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.
More than a rant, it's just a way to get some thoughts out of my head. It's nothing serious, I'm doing fine.
However, sometimes I can't help but feeling... afraid and really uneasy within today's society.
I think it's appalling that in 2017, I still hear people talking about "white" people, "black" people, SJW's, BLM, feminists, neo-nazis, alt-right, alt this, alt that, autists, cucks, immigrants, non-immigrants, etc.
You really can't afford to say anything these days without being taken out of context and have a label glued on your forehead by whoever doesn't like your opinion and doesn't wanna hear it, twisting words and turning them into disposable insults for the sole purpose of inflicting more misery upon others. What's going on out there?
Everything just seems to be blown out of proportion these days, ain't it? Oh, this guy said this about that, wow, big deal. Everybody can be an easy target for the media bubble and internet justice mobs. It's convenient, and easy to do. You just need to be "outraged" about something and vehemently project your hatred and bigotry upon the other. There are so many echo chambers across the world you can join at the cost of nothing but a lot of... passionate time. It's so easy, and it's not just confined to the internet.
It's a war on labels. I call you this and you call me that. Kids in kindergarten do it, but they're kids, you can forgive them. One day they'll learn how to behave more maturely. Hopefully. But society these days seems to enjoy hammering that behavior as a kind of "normal" thing to do whenever something doesn't go quite their way.
I think it's sad. And scary.
It's scary to think of how easy it is to regress into this form of media-inflated tribalism where everyone can point fingers about stuff they don't like that is suddenly deemed "outrageous" or even "dangerous". Freedom of speech, you say? I think that's abuse of that same freedom, when you're limiting others' own freedom for the sake of feeling superior.
Opinions can be argued, sure. You may agree or disagree with them, we all have differences. But it ends there. It's not a reason to fuel the fire of hatred and bring things on a personal level. When it comes down to opinions, that's really all there is. It's just an opinion. Of course, if i.e. you say you hate X group of people and then try to actively harass them, I might have a slight problem with that, but you know, if you're all talk about it, I simply disagree with whatever you say and let go. Fact-checking is the hard part. No one wants to do that, so it's just a lot easier to spread ignorance instead.
I simply think there are more pressing matters at hand worth discussing. I know I've been painfully general here, it's really just a rant/venting out post. I get up every day and I think to myself "I hope that one day my music, and my games, my writings, my artwork, my... anything, really, will invite people to stop and reflect for a sec about what's going on in our lives, if what we're doing is good or not, if we're hurting people by our actions, if instead of healing we're creating more divisions without even noticing, if we're building more walls instead of bridges, if we're simply regressing to our uglier, more brutal side."
Every day I come to Newgrounds with new ideas and perspectives, and try out ways of having fun with the community by proposing different ideas and celebrating our own collaborative spirit. Because it's fun! It brings us closer together and through our creations, we eliminate borders. I say why not? It's not that radical of an idea, isn't it?
What I do in my creative works tends to be generally apolitical and avoids direct references to news or religious topics for the simple fact that projecting my own personal beliefs isn't the main focus of my own work and has never been. Creating for the sake of controversy isn't really my thing either, and I think it would be more collateral than anything. I just create for expressing myself, and that's really why I am frightened, sometimes.
There will be people out there who won't like such freedom. They'll seek to destroy it in any way possible and my fear is more towards the fact that it's becoming easier and easier for such people to abuse their privilege. Imagine your lifetime work suddenly disappearing because some dude or some group of folks decided your shit was too controversial to exist, or didn't match their own blind expectations.
I don't know if it's too commonplace to think that if in the old days people didn't like something they would just avoid it, when suddenly nowadays everyone is entitled to take something down because "it hurts my feelings and I'm an emotionally fragile individual".
I think it's ultimately gonna be... a really bumpy ride, lol. I won't yield, and it took me a long, long time to get to the point where I can bring myself to speak freely about my own thoughts.
Anyways. My next posts will likely cover more Newgrounds-based initiatives and AIM is also pretty close, so I look forward to that. Thanks for sticking around and see you guys soon.
So, long story short, 8 people voted for "Contest", as opposed to 2 people who voted for "Collab" instead.
There you have it! Please, let me know your thoughts.
Not too long ago, I had the honor of lending the following tracks for a short student film that was screened at a friend's graduation ceremony. I was there in the front row, and seeing my name at the end, along with my FD logo, really made me think lately.
If I have the opportunity to share the film, I'll let you guys know and drop a link here.
I thought, why isn't anyone making more music videos here on Newgrounds based on tracks from the audio portal? It would be such a great opportunity for both musicians and animators to be known more, and it would also be a great way to experiment with something new.
I think there are so many interesting tracks around that go pretty much undiscovered until someone has a visual reference for them to work upon.
Oh, and of course, feel free to use any of my tracks (safe for those belonging to game soundtracks) for any Newgrounds or web-based project. Sharing the revenue would be nice, but not mandatory. I honestly don't even care if the final product is shit because I consider my tracks as a resource. I can't tell you how to use them; that's entirely up to you.
So, yeah, good stuff. Tell me what you think.
EDIT: Please vote on the poll below to decide what to do with the aforementioned idea. :)
The poll ends on Friday 10th March, at 12:00 PM EST.
EDIT2: POLL CLOSED! Look up the results here: http://forgottendawn.newgrounds.com/news/post/982027
Just a quick announcement.
While waiting for my portfolio website to be done, or at the very least functionally up, I just want to say that every future album, including my "rogue" albums mangled.bits and sixteen (they'll be available again at some point, don't worry), will be available for free under a Creative Commons license... aside soundtrack albums and Audiojungle tracks.
The reason is quite simple. Sounds are my playground and everyone should be welcome to sit, listen, and enjoy. They're personal projects, and if you guys have been following me for a while, you should already know that I tend to be eclectic and fairly unpredictable. One work might sound melodic and more "reachable", while the next might be a collection of noises, hard to pigeonhole or discern.
I definitely don't want prices to be a firewall to discovery and ingenuity. It gives me a lot of creative freedom and expressive range in that respect and I'd like to preserve that kind of liberty. For me, it's the logical conclusion to something I've always been willing to do, that is to explore possibilities and play with all these different sounds around me. It's a constructive experience and a moment of reflection, not just for me but for my audience as well.
Of course, you may still donate if you want or feel inclined to. I'm not one to refuse anyone's generosity, even if I'd never ask you to do so in the first place.
So, there you have it. I'll see you in the next post.
Yup, today marks Forgotten Dawn's 4th year here on Newgrounds and a bunch of other places. Time flies, doesn't it.
It's weird because I don't feel like it has been that long since the day I finally decided to get my shit together and move forward, you know? It's a mix of accomplishment and wondering where I'll be in the future. Right now I wouldn't trade this project with anything else in the world. I'm relatively good where I am, and I think that's what matters, ultimately. I think it boils down to this video:
Well, bottoms up!
I don't have anything else to say for now. I'm tired.
For anyone who has missed the news I posted last night on Twitter/FB, I just released a preview build of what the final version of .defrag might look and play like.
Technically, the game is pretty much there. It can be finished, there's quite a bunch of new content available since last time, and in general, it's just to give you a heads-up on what I've been developing and what to likely expect in the final release that will still bear the 1.3.0 version number.
If it's your first time with the game, please take some time reading the FAQ available on the Gamejolt page. It's an RPG Maker game, even though the game itself isn't an RPG. Love it or hate it, lemme know your thoughts, and as always, stay tuned for news.
Main changes from v1.2.1:
- New title screen!
- Revamped running mechanic. It now works automatically upon acquiring the Speed Hax item. Running is disabled during cutscenes and smaller areas.
- New third of the game available. More quests, characters, dialogue, happenings, shenanigans, etc.
- Two extra endings. Conditions for triggering all endings have been altered according to the new content.
- Slightly altered Garden layout map.
- Bonus areas :3
What to expect from the full release:
- Extra graphics for the Garden, Junkyard, and Plant areas.
- Some items artwork (possibly).
- A couple of extra music tracks.
- General polishing duty here and there.
Hi folks, I've been thinking about something. Yes, it's one of my midnight thoughts.
In little less than a month by the time of this post, Forgotten Dawn as a project will blow its 4th candle. I've surely came a long way since then, but I've also been thinking about my musical beginnings, back when I was @KKSlider60 on this website or simply "KK Slider", because I liked the ring of it. And the Animal Crossing character.
I've been quite reserved about it, mostly because for a long time I had considered it a bit of an old shame, safe for a few selected projects. I must confess to have at least a couple of GB of unreleased material still lying around in my hard drive. Things that were never intended for the public, which is obviously about Japanese pornography, but no. It's not.
It's just a lot of material that quickly became an afterthought as soon as I began gaining more experience. It's funny to me because it's like looking at a photo album and seeing how dorky I was, yet enthusiastic about my own endeavors. It's a testimony of how much musical experimentation was a novelty for me and I would just end up producing material of opinable quality, bundle them in personal albums and call it a day. 2010 and 2011 in particular were the "album-a-month" days, as I call them nowadays. OK, yeah, "shit years" would be more appropriate given how out of all that material, I'd eventually consider "decent" less than 5% of it.
In short, it could probably be interesting if I make all of that material publicly available at some point in the future at the cost of nothing — probably after my own website will be up. Just to say "hey, I was this kid before eventually becaming FD".
Honestly, it would feel to me like I'd be finally at peace with who I was artistically and put that chapter to rest once and for all. In the age of sharing and information, I think it would make plenty of sense.
Just wanted to quickly drop by to announce that I won't be participating Pixel Day, or likely be around here for this week and the next. I'm just really busy IRL and that comes first.
I've been also working pretty hard on .defrag, adding new content and making sure it feels like an upgrade compared to what's currently available, which you can still check out if you want. Testers might be needed at some point, so why not.
That's all for now, I'll see you folks later.