About me: Sascha Ende

Sascha Ende (2001) with a Roland MC 505
Sascha Ende (2001) with a Roland MC 505

Meet the individual behind FilmMusic.io, a web programmer and music producer who has overcome a tumultuous childhood to pursue his passions in music, film, and technology. Born in America, he fled from home and later became a war child with two years of experience in Iraq. Despite the challenges he faced early on, he discovered a love for web programming in 1998 and has been hooked ever since.

With a particular fondness for PHP and Laravel, he has a wealth of experience and expertise in creating websites and applications. But that's not all – he's also an ex-deejay with a deep passion for music, having played the keyboard since 1986 and worked as a composer and music producer. His portfolio boasts a wide range of film scores, and he has even dabbled in drone piloting and photography since 2008.

While his Asperger's is often misunderstood, he sees it as a blessing rather than a hindrance. He has a quirky sense of humor and a love for music by the likes of Hans Zimmer, Schiller, and Chicane. He's also a big fan of lo-fi and can often be found tinkering with music and technology projects in his spare time. One thing he doesn't like, however, is narcissists, and he rarely understands irony.

All in all, this individual is a force to be reckoned with, bringing his unique perspective and skillset to everything he does. Whether you're looking for a top-notch web developer, a skilled music producer, or a creative filmmaker, he has the passion to deliver exceptional results.

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Which instruments from which manufacturer do you use for your handmade productions?

I use the following hardware:

  • Keyboard: M-AUDIO Oxygen Pro61 (I've been playing the keyboard since I was 7)
  • Audiointerface: Focusrite Scarlett 8i6
  • Microphone 1: Rhode PodMic
  • Microphone 2: Rhode NT1-A
  • Microphone 3: Rhode NT-5

I use the following DAWs:

I use 95% instruments from the following manufacturers:

What about A.I.?

I use various well-known providers for the creation of A.I. music and always test out the latest ones. That's why I can't name a specific provider here.

What about Mastering?

A History starting in 2010

  • 2010 - Launched my initial musical portfolio on my personal website, ende.us.
  • 2011 - Transitioned to a new domain, ende.tv.
  • 2012 - Marked a significant milestone with over 100,000 visitors to the site.
  • 2013 - Engaged in a pivotal role at a prominent media company, leading to a strategic partnership and the transfer of ende.tv to the company. This decision, in retrospect, was a notable misstep.
  • 2016 - Departed from the media company and migrated my musical works to sascha-ende.de.
  • 2017 - Founded Filmmusic.io, shifting my music to this platform. The domain sascha-ende.de was repurposed as a virtual business card.
  • 2019 - Expanded Filmmusic.io to include other artists, allowing them to upload and monetize their music. This year also saw the establishment of "Filmmusic.io UG," a decision I later regretted.
  • 2022 - Faced significant financial challenges in sustaining Filmmusic.io. Despite forgoing a salary, "Filmmusic.io UG" was forced into liquidation. I adopted the small business regulation, assuming control of the project as an individual. Implemented a new model allowing artists to use their payment providers with a 100% revenue share, supplemented by voluntary donations. This approach, however, proved to be another critical error.
  • 2023 - Removed advertising for privacy considerations, further complicating financial sustainability. While guest artists achieved substantial sales through their payment providers, few contributed a portion of their earnings as donations. The time invested in development and support yielded minimal returns, averaging 150-200 euros per month. Additionally, the integrity of the platform was compromised as artists began registering their entire music portfolios under YouTube's Content ID system, leading to a loss of user trust and exacerbating my personal challenges, including periods of severe depression.
  • 2024 - Refocused Filmmusic.io exclusively on my compositions from the end of January, due to ongoing trust and licensing issues. This was prompted by additional guest artists incorrectly registering their music, purportedly copyright-free, under YouTube's Content ID system, in violation of Creative Commons 4.0 License terms, thus affecting the platform's integrity. This decision marks a positive shift in strategy.