I don't honestly remember when this particular season has ever felt utterly relaxing and refreshing to the point I feel nothing but joy and pure careless bliss. I don't, do you? Me neither. Anyways.
I'm back... ish. Sort of. I still have some music commissions ongoing, but I've been taking my time thinking about my projects and any possible comeback tracks here. Despite experiencing a bit of creative burnout, it's been largely a time of experimentation and self-reflection for me. I've been trying to understand what kind of output feels the most "genuine" to me, and I'm referring to my own musical output.
When I look at some of my "cinematic" tracks, I feel as if they've reached the point of stylistic stagnation. Too standardized. In my eyes, the "cinematic" trailer-like genre as a whole has become a dead weight. The carcass of a glorified musical ready-made. It has never really felt mine enough. If there's something I really stress myself during production is genuinity. I need to be honest with myself before even opening my DAW. It's not just feeling a certain emotion or being in a certain mindset. Rather, it's one flow, it's one conscious. It's energy. In that moment, music is my language. I am one with the music I feel from deep within.
At least, in theory. I think genuinity also brings a level of uniqueness to one's creative work. I often find myself admiring musicians who are dedicating or have dedicated their lives to their craft, not conforming to standards and following their own brand of daring, at times challenging approach to music. It's what makes them an evergreen example in my mind of how individual creative freedom should be expressed. Enough with standards, enough with genres, enough with overproduction, enough with "functional" music, enough with these narrow-minded one-liner definitions. Music is music. Sound is sound. It doesn't come from anything but ourselves.
Woo, I'm rambling again. It's late, I'm off to bed.
Hey folks, just passing by to inform you I'm gonna be dragged IRL by exams and work for at least a whole month and more.
I've got my hands full at the moment, so I cannot accept any paid commission for now.
I'll see you guys around,
Greetings, everyone. I hope you're doing great.
So, I've got some interesting news today. I'm proud to unveil a project I have been keeping under wraps for The Underground Collective, which isn't Volume II. It's a complete and utter surprise, instead. It's something special meant as a tribute album for someone we hold dearly in high regard. Someone who's a fellow Newgrounder like us, a charitable individual and a great composer.
This is for you, man. @MactaMendax
It's our turn now.
So, how did we get the idea? Well, me and @backwardecho have been wanting to create something like this for months. It was important for us to remind ourselves about what really makes Newgrounds great. It's a community, first and foremost. We reminded ourselves that there's nothing wrong in asking for help when someone needs it. We reminded ourselves that our collaborative spirit can take us to greater heights and propel each other to grow as artists and individuals. We collab to express ourselves and ultimately because it's fun!
We took this opportunity to show to this awesome website that such things can exist if we open our minds to it. We grabbed about a dozen people — good friends and musicians, and we then decided to secretly coordinate ourselves for this special occasion. An entire album made to symbolically represent what @MactaMandex's actions mean to us. His patronage and philanthropy on the website. And we took the concept a step further.
With charity on our minds since the start, we thought of sharing this cause, as suggested by our friend @RealFaction, available at GoFundMe here: https://www.gofundme.com/help-my-abused-girlfriend-move
It's a heartbreaking story, and the title of our tribute album unintentionally reflects what we could all wish for Jacob and her girlfriend: freedom. Freedom of expression. Freedom to be what you want to be.
So, please, give our tracks a chance! :) Share them, listen, do whatever you want. Feel also free to tag more people in the comment section below.
As for Volume II of The Underground Collective, well... TBA. ;o
Hey folks, so the website is finally live at this link: http://forgottendawn.tk
It's still heavily in the works, but it should give you an idea of what my output will look like in the future.
I really just needed a space where I can just put all my ideas and projects in one place. It's a crowded and ever-changing place, like a busy workshop, so there's always gonna be stuff going on.
Also, just saying, a lot of features still don't work and the website is technically responsive but it's not yet optimized.
That said, have fun browsing my website. :)
Hey guys and gals, how's it going?
I wanted to wish a Happy Easter to anyone celebrating the holidays, and to everyone else, I just wanted to leave some quick thoughts about what's been going on here lately.
As I mentioned last time, the Forgotten Dawn website is in the works and there's been some good progress. Been working on it for quite a good while —this is actually the third time I'm designing the whole thing from scratch— and it's coming up nice and tidy. I'm not entirely sure when I'll give it the first light, but it is gonna be this year and it's gonna feature quite a lot of content, old and new.
Musically speaking, I'm probably gonna focus on ambient music again. I consider it my musical home and I always return to it every time I feel the need to take a break from anything else. It also works as a self-relaxation tool and as a simple outlet for myself. There's just something about it... I love putting good droney atmospheres in the background and just drift with my mind, whether it's writing or drawing or working on something else. Good feels, man.
So, yeah. I hope you have a good day and I'll see you next time.
Hey folks, how's it going?
I'm happy to announce that my personal website is officially in progress after months of stagnation and rethinking.
It's currently designed to be simple, hopefully intuitive, and chock full of content. Pretty static design, too, nothing too flashy or fancy.
Speaking of which, part of the reason why it's been taking me a really long while to create this thing is because my output is incredibly diverse and it doesn't include just music. In short, organizing all this content has been the hard part.
However, good news is that there's a pretty solid structure now, so hopefully it's only a matter of time before the website is up and running. I will still use Newgrounds as a social/blogging platform.
So, that's about it for now, I'll see you folks later.
As I mentioned last time, full album videos are now available on my Youtube channel. Right now they only include soundtrack albums and I will slowly upload my other personal projects once they'll be ready.
Just a quick announcement: full album streamings on my Youtube channel — including soundtrack albums and personal projects — will be available at some point. Hopefully soon enough.
I figure it'd be easier to recognize the individual projects as a whole as opposed to having to look for the single tracks.
Will keep you posted in due time.