The .xyz community is home to talented music creatives using .xyz domains to develop their portfolios and highlight their skills. Tokyo-based rock band Za-Ningen.xyz established their online home with a vibrant and comprehensive website. Accomplished actor, comedian, and rapper AceofAllTrades.xyz highlights his vast career experiences on his own personal website. Reggae and R&B singer Amindi uses Amindi.xyz to showcase her impressive projects and unique style. In this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, we’ll introduce you to a composer and adjunct professor who shares his accomplishments on a “FirstNameLastName.xyz” domain: JonathanBingham.xyz.
JonathanBingham.xyz is the personal website of Jonathan Bingham, an accomplished San Francisco-based composer recognized for his unique blend of electronic and acoustic instrumentation. Jonathan has received numerous commissions, including ones from the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and the National Brass Ensemble. He has also composed original scores for over a dozen film productions that have premiered at prestigious festivals such as the New York Film Festival, Rome International Film Festival, and BFI London Film Festival. With a background in music education, Jonathan has lectured at renowned institutions like Stanford University. Currently, he serves as an adjunct professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Jonathan holds degrees in composition from Howard University and New York University, where he studied with composer, pianist, and music historian Anthony Randolph and composer Justin Dello Joio. He is also the founder of Cool Story, a record label that focuses on researching music and producing recordings of lesser-known literature.
Jonathan’s website features a simple and informative design that makes it easy for visitors to explore. With effortless navigation, visitors can easily locate Jonathan’s Catalog, Film/Video, Press, Essays, and Contact pages, making his featured content readily accessible. Head over to the Catalog page to check out Jonathan’s featured small and large ensemble compositions. Here you can review details of each composition, such as Tautology. Jonathan composed this piece in 2021, and it is scored for two flutes, two oboes, two clarinets, two bassoons, and two horns. He shares some background about his work on the piece, and writes “Just as the elements melody, harmony, and rhythm are vital to the craft, I continue to also prioritize form and structure. For my catalog, Tautology is a new innovation conveying architecture as frozen music and music as liquid architecture.” Jonathan embeds the track on his website via music streaming platform SoundCloud for easy listening. Jonathan makes some pieces, such as Diamond, available for purchase. He includes a CTA to Purchase Score which takes you to a page where you can review more details and add the score to your cart.
Jonathan’s work has also been featured in various film and advertising spots. Visit his Film/Video page to view selected commercials embedded from their respective Vimeo or YouTube pages, such as the Nike Air Max Foot Locker promo or the RC Luxury Worldwide limousine service promo. You can also view his list of film credits, including Passing Through, written and directed by Mike Doyle, and the short film Starters, written and directed by Jeanette Bears. On Jonathan’s Press page he shares pull quotes from various press clippings, including one from the Chicago Classical Review which states “Bingham is a young American composer worth watching.”1
Using a FirstNameLastName.xyz domain like JonathanBingham.xyz can help make it easier for Jonathan and his work to be discoverable online. Anyone who Googles “Jonathan Bingham” will see JonathanBingham.xyz at the top of the search results page (as of April 25, 2023). With a professional website using a domain name that matches your full name, it’s more likely that your website will show up in relevant results. In addition, there is a great benefit to a branded email address like [email protected]. Much of Jonthan’s communication will likely be email-based regarding potential commissions or purchasing original scores, so it’s a great idea to use a custom email address in order to appear professional and generate trust. When you have an email address directly associated with your domain name, customers can use that email address to find your website and feel confident that they’re reaching out to the appropriate person.
We asked Jonathan about his choice to develop his personal website on .xyz. As he explained to us,
We are proud to have Jonathan among the thriving .xyz community of artists, creators, and makers. You can learn more about Jonathan by following him on Twitter and Instagram, and by visiting JonathanBingham.xyz.
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