Hi there, bad news.
One of my HDD has failed me recently. It caught me off guard since I wasn't able to fully backup my data, meaning I lost a good portion of my own work and ideas for the future including games, albums and soundtracks.
Since I'm still trying to recover from the blow, I might go on a hiatus indefinitely, enough for me to come up with a viable road map.
I'm considering data recovery, but I'm negotiating the option as it would cost me an eye and a leg for something that is not 100% guaranteed to work (and would still have to pay no matter the result).
That's about it for now.
1 sub - Mom's favorite Youtuber award
50 sub - Someone actually gives a shit award
100 subs - Toilet paper award
200 subs - Bottom of ELO Hell award
500 subs - Still doing better than your neighbor award
Next goal: 1'000 subs - You're still giving yourself awards award
EDIT: New links now available.
Personal albums Bandcamp: https://forgottendawn-main.bandcamp.com/
VGM Bandcamp: https://forgottendawn-vgm.bandcamp.com/
Hey folks, what's good.
So, I've been preparing a secondary Bandcamp account. Why? Because I've been needing a place to host my personal albums, i.e. a collection of organized noise unrelated to video game music.
Since I'd like to create my own album series (plural), each with their own kind of sound, I figured it this would be a good incentive for me to start churning out albums and focus on my own creative research. I've been holding two oldies in particular ("sixteen" and "mangled.bits", made in 2015) because I've been in the process of figuring out how to better organize my own material. When my website will finally be finished and fully optimized for both desktop and mobile, my series structure will be much clearer and hopefully more evident.
For those who missed out my older posts about how I'm envisioning my personal discography, here's a quick summary: think of a tree with many unique branches and leaves. Each branch represents an entire series of albums (the figurative leaves), as they all belong to the same tree (a.k.a. me). Refer to the infographic below.
It's a way to avoid spawning different aliases and projects every time a new series is born whilst giving everything a sense of unity. This categorization also leaves me plenty of creative freedom in the long run, as I can come up with as many different styles and stories as I can.
So, in short, expect more albums coming out before the end of the year, and I hope you guys won't mind the two accounts for everything. Of course, both VGM-related material and personal albums will be fully streamed on my Youtube channel, so nothing is lost.
Will put links once I'm done prepping everything.
I just wanted to announce that I am going to publish a full soundtrack version of my _fade prototype/demo game, which is already available on Gamejolt and RMN, featuring nearly all the audio you can hear in-game.
The soundtrack isn't representative of what the project _fade will be in the future, so take it as an idea that will be developed at some point.
The soundtrack was made between 2014 and 2016.
I will post the soundtrack link when I'll be done arranging each loop.
See you guys later,
EDIT: Feel free to get the full album here: https://forgottendawn.bandcamp.com/album/fade-prototype-complete-ost
Hey folks, just a quick PSA.
My website will be temporarily unavailable until it's actually finished and fully optimized for mobile. It might take me months or even years due to how busy I am, but I just wanted to let you folks know.
Some of my related links are back in my profile page, so nothing is lost.
Personal albums will be available again at some point in the future.
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