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...of 2016, that is. Everyone else makes clickbait-y subjects, so I figured what the hell. Haven't been posting very often or even submitting all that much in the way of music in the last six months or so, but hey--there's still some noteworthy stuff to go over!
First of all, and most recently, I finally hit 222 fans! Sure, that may not seem like much by some user standards, and plenty of the earlier fans probably don't even frequent good ol' Newgrounds anymore, but since the number 2 in any form has always been lucky for me, it's still a pretty important personal milestone. It's also what made me finally decide to write up another one of these lovely News Post things. I just want to say thank you to each and every one of those two hundred and twenty-two fans; also to all the folks who have stopped by for a listen, voted, reviewed...you know, all that good stuff. Also a special thank you to a select few of you who know me personally and put up with all my crazy-go-nuts antics! You guys seriously rock.
It's been a truly eventful year, although that has mostly been outside of Newgrounds, hence the fact that I've been here less and less over the last couple years. But hey, I still love this place! It's always a hub of bustling activity, and I will never stop doing my part when it comes to watching, voting, playing, voting, listening, voting, and just generally being a part of the NG cummunity. Did I mention voting...? I don't think I'll ever stop coming here, unless of course it ceases to exist for some weird and inconceivable reason.
As for the music, this track has gotten over 29k plays since June of last year, so if you haven't heard Called to the Sea yet, check it out! It won't take much to boost it up and over 30,000! That would be so epic, and I think you'll like what you hear.
And finally, please check out my newest track!
Thanks for being awesome.
2015 has come to an end, and here we are, already on the second day of the new year and still hurtling forward in time. I feel like 2016 is going to be an incredible year, not without the typical ups and downs, but my hope is that the rollercoaster of life eases up a bit over the next twelve months.
That said, this past year certainly wasn't all bad. A lot of really great things have happened in my life, and hopefully that trend will continue. My wish for you, as you take the time to read my thoughts, is that you may find much to smile about throughout year!
Think before you act. Commit random acts of kindness. Be less offensive and not so easily offended.
Just a few suggestions, and each one is something that I continue working on within myself. Life is often like a weird little karma boomerang, so bad behaviour tends to come back to bite us. Fortunately, the reverse can also be true. Everyone talks about New Years Resolutions this time of year, but I think just wanting to be a better version of yourself is a pretty solid plan.
Oh yeah, and before I forget, here's a track I just released for Pixel Day!
And here's a full-sized version of the image I used for the CD art. Just because.
Yep, that happened. I remain very pleasantly surprised, though maybe shocked is a better word. Many thanks and felicitations to the judges and my fellow contest entrants! It was an incredibly fun and rewarding experience even without the cash and prizes, so...bonus!
We were all provided 50 samples to work with, and the idea was that we were stranded on a deserted island with our laptop with its preinstalled audio creation tools and a half-corrupted flash drive with 10-25 samples on it. Pick your samples, make a track, and hope that playing it on a loop will get your rescued! Simple premise, right? And totally fun.
In case you haven't heard it yet, here's my 2nd place track, Called to the Sea, for your listening enjoyment: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/630845
The first place winner is Phonometrologist with his undeniably impressive track, Costa Concordia: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/630605
And, in a very interesting tie score happenstance, here's Emid's incredible piece titled A Folklore: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/631745
I could go on and on listing all the other entries and winners, but each and every track is deserving of your full attention, so here's a link to the official playlist: http://www.newgrounds.com/playlists/view/249a7aa6bb6b08db9aa1e7bece818e1b
Well, at least not this year. Happy April, one and all. ^___^
I'm sure I don't need to tell you this, but life sure is some kind of crazy, mixed-up rollercoaster ride. The ups and downs, the push and pull of it all...it's enough to make a person go completely mad! Unless you can manage to sit back and enjoy the journey when it all goes sideways, that is. Or at least muddle through when it's all at its murkiest.
And yet there's beauty to be found in the whole ridiculous mess, and that's where I'm sitting right now. Maybe I don't completely know where I'm going, but I certainly know who I am and where I've been, and that makes all the uncertainty worthwhile. This feeling probably won't last because, well...nothing ever really does in the strictest sense, but that doesn't mean I'll stop hoping that the good stuff somehow manages to outweigh the bad.
So, for now - in this very moment - I'm feeling good. Maybe even great. And as we all know, the art that flows from the soul is a reflection of our innermost thoughts, feelings, opinions, beliefs, blah, blah, blah...you get the idea. I mean, this wasn't really supposed to become some long-winded thing, but it's late and I'm still surfing the highs, and yesterday my clock turned over another full year of existence that has culminated in a wiser, more interesting, and somehow even weirder version of me.
I guess I'm meandering, but I don't really care, so if you're reading this - to quote someone infinitely special to me - "Sorry, not sorry." I may have actually said it first, but so what? By the way, here's a fun new Electric Ambient track that I finished recently. Whee~!
I just won't be continuing with it. It's been a pretty cool experience overall, but I'm a little sorry to see it come to an end. At the same time, I'm also kind of relieved; it's a grueling two weeks of composition each time, followed by an excruciating wait that feels about ten times longer than it really is while the judges deliberate and finally release the results. Five days somehow feel like an eternity, so it can frazzle one's nerves just a tad, waiting to find out if you're moving on or dropping out.
Nevertheless, the good has far outweighed the bad, and I am very pleased to have been a part of the 2013 Newgrounds Audio Deathmatch. I've gotten acquainted with many talented artists throughout this process and am walking away with new friendships, scads of impressive feedback, and a sense of personal growth. Getting all the way to Round 3 is, in and of itself, quite an achievement. I was happy to pass the auditions, and the rest has mostly felt like a dream. This particular dream may have ended, but the music is only beginning. Be on the lookout for more from me in the near future, and until then I will leave you with a list of the songs that got me this far and the one that ultimately wasn't quite good enough to beat the incredibly talented etherealwinds who - interestingly enough - added his vocal talents to my Round 2 submission, Tir Na Nog.
Audition ~ Forever Fantasy (2011)
Round 1 ~ Anthem of the Adventurer
Round 2 ~ Tir Na Nog
Round 3 ~ This is Not the End
Tir Na Nog is by far my best and most popular composition from this contest, so if you listen to just one, make it that one. That being said, they all have their own merits, so do yourself a favor and listen to them all!
This is amazing. I never really expected to make it past the audition phase, and here it is Round 2 already. I'm still in this thing, and I can scarcely believe my good fortune. The level of talent is out of this world, the music on offer is widely diverse and utterly breathtaking, and I am still here. Wow. Just...wow.
My Round 2 submission is a fairly traditional Celtic piece. You can listen to it here: Tir Na Nog
I have finally been able to hop aboard the FL Studio train, and the future is looking brighter than ever. That being said, here's my first original FL jam, ready and waiting to make sweet, sweet love to your ear holes:
I've also been working on a separate, commission-based project, and I'll see about maybe sharing bits and pieces of that when it's finished, as well. I completed the original version using my previous DAW, but the opportunity to recreate and retool the entire project in FL was too good to pass up. I've also been fortunate enough to get some phenomenal feedback and assistance from the estimable and ridiculously talented Halcyonic Falcon X (aka Phyrnna). What can I say? She rocks.
Well, that's pretty much it from me for now. Let me know if there's a particular favorite song of mine that you'd like to hear me recreate in FL Studio. I'll definitely be doing some of that, pretty much just because I can. Out.
I just popped my 2013 audio cherry! Go on and give it a listen. You Were There (ICO)
My goal this year is to beat my total number of audio submissions from 2012. I'm thinking that it probably won't be hard to accomplish since there were only five. If I were trying the same thing using 2011 as the year to beat instead, I would almost certainly fail. Sixty submissions in a single year? Well, I guess that's what happens when you have a massive backlog of stuff that's just been sitting there, waiting to be shared with an unsuspecting world. I'm pretty sure I've got some more unreleased stuff gathering dust somewhere around here, and if I happen to find any worth sharing, I will do so.
Besides that highly attainable goal, I am happy to announce that I've managed to work through a variety of fun and exciting (not really) technical difficulties so that I can start cranking out music like a maniac again. Or not. It all depends on my muse. All things considered, I'm rather hoping to be quite a bit more productive on the musical side than last year. I would also love to expand my repertoire here on Newgrounds, but we'll just have to wait and see what time allows.
Incidentally, if you happen to be Mayan, I'm coming to end your world right now. No, not really. But I am. Kidding, that is! Except that I'm not. Or am I? By the time you figure out the truth, it will already be too late...
So yeah, obviously the Newgrounds redesign is up and running (for the most part). It looks pretty and all, but just like everyone else I've got beef over a couple of the changes. Several items aren't working properly yet, including those important little icons at the top of the screen next to the user name, but those are bugs that will be ironed out in due time and have probably been brought up by everyone else already. The thumbnail images for movies and games are nice, but having to mouse over everything to see the title and rating is a bit of a mixed bag. I also miss being able to view the current score of a submission, but I'm thinking that it was probably designed that way so user won't make all their decisions on what to watch and vote for based upon that.
What makes me thoroughly unhappy is losing all of my nifty little audio icons. Sure, the bigger and better size will be great going forward, but all but a select few of my submission icons are 46x46 per the previous design scheme. Those are now gone, and they're simply not big enough to use anymore. I had sixty submissions before the redesign, but there are plenty of other artists with more. It's admittedly a rather superficial gripe, but I spent enough time selecting, sizing, and cropping images to earn the right to nitpick.
I won't be replacing all those artistic little icons that were quite likely unappreciated anyway. It was a lot of extra work that now amounts to fuck all. Perhaps I'll do what so many other artists have done and simply create an artist icon for future submissions; something that symbolizes my music. Yeah, that sounds like a plan.
Good talk. We'll have to do this again sometime.