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As I wrapped up production on another song, I took a step back and asked myself: "how the hell did I get here?" I mean, It's been a few years of me quietly producing below average to average pieces with good intent behind it; I don't do it to throw "just decent" content on the Audio Portal. Everytime I finish a piece, I honestly and truly belive I've outdone my previous work. Which I guess is a good thing. However, some of my songs are plagued with less than ideal choices that greatly impacted thier performance. Others however, showed that not all my decisions are bad.
Nevertheless, I wanted to take a look a finished productions that I could point to and say: "This was a big milestone in some way". No, this isn't a list of my best performing pieces of work - rather, it's a list of 5 songs, in order from oldest to newest, that I made that I thought really pushed the boundaries of who I was back then, for better or for worse, and which subsequently leads to who I am now, again, for better or for worse. In addition, I'll include the song's current score out of 5 and it's play count - just for your own reference.
- George's Swarm [2.96/5] (396 Plays)
This was technically speaking, my first REAL song I've ever composed and I was pretty proud of the melodies. However, it's current rendition on Newgrounds isn't the original creation. The original creation was a MIDI file. I then remixed it in FL Studio and posted it here back in 2014. It wouldn't be until a year later when I decided to "remix the remix" to try and improve the quality and take a few suggestions into consideration. All that work for a slightly above 50% score. But some of those reviews were from the song's first iteration on Newgrounds so who knows exactly how reflective it is.
Now it's a not too bad DnB song. I think the percussion turned out pretty great and it's what I like the most about this song to this day. Using the Gross Beat plugin, I turned the guiros from a "rip" sound into a "squeel" sound almost reminiscent of a weird type of bug and that suits the song well. Why is that? Because George is a character in my book series: The Chronicles of Yeelp. Specifically, he is a small, slimy, legless bug that is a crossover between a scorpion in his appearance and a earthworm in his ability to burrow in the ground. Needless to say, the squeel sounds fit perfectly in my mind.
What would I change in this piece? Well, I would tone down that reverb a LOT and add some chords to fill in the song a little more to give it some structure.
Secrets [3.00/5] (848 Plays)
Out of ALL my songs on Newgrounds, this one has, by far, the most plays. Now plays don't mean a song is good but to this day, I'm still baffled at this song's ability to entice people to play it. You'd think my plays would mean more reviews and more votes but that's not how things work I guess. A mere one 3/5 vote out of all 848 plays this song has received. That's weird in my opinion.
This breakcore song was my first attempt at breakcore and it really gave me a chance to experiment with a lot of fun stuff. I learned a lot making this! I sidechained the Amen break a lot and fiddled with it in a bunch of interesting ways from reversing it to slowing it down.
What would I change? Again, I'd like to add some chords to give the song more structure. It kinda just did what it liked and fiddled around with the Amen break and yeah that worked out well for it but it could be much better. Maybe someday I'll get around to remixing it. Part of the reason I haven't is I'm not sure if it's a good song to begin with. A single 3/5 rating isn't a large sample size to base my judgement on it's quality.
Nuclear Rave [3.50/5] (597 Plays)
One of my better dance pieces. I really aimed for a catchy beat with percussion to get you on your feet. This song gets this spot as I truly feel this is the point where I really put a lot more effort into my mixing, mastering, plugin management and so forth. This song knew what it wanted to be the moment I started making it - a claim not all my songs can make.
This song really allowed me to experiment with rises as opposed to drops which of course create a whole different mood. The song starts with a ambient feel as the intensity slowly rises until the chorus. I'm truly a fan of the Sytrus plugin I used which was an edited of a preset to create an epic sounding string choir.
What would I change? That terrible sounding crash at the beginning was SUPPOSED to be a sort of "whoosh" slide like sound but it just turned out to sound like a terrible crash. I don't know why it didn't get removed in the final cut. It is atrocious.
Sys-Time-atic [2.36/5] (406 Plays)
I'm not sure why this song performed as poorly as it did score-wise. I don't think it's deserving of a less than 50% score but who am I to judge. I guess this song marked a time where I wanted my songs to have structure and not just be all over the place.
The idea for this song was to create a easy to follow melody that hit on the "on-beat" so to speak. I could then support this melody with a similar styled percussion. The whole theme of this piece is structural, yet minimalistic. Everything is systematic in a way (Hah, get it?) but at the same time, there's not a whole lot of things going on. I personally think this minimalistic approach works really well for this piece.
What would I change? I would fill the song out with some chords and then alter the bass to support the chords instead of mimicking the lead synth. This would flesh the song out more, while hopefully not removing it's unique minimalism.
Page, The Original [3.50/5] (231 Plays)
Now this song isn't here because it's my latest upload. I really beleive it's one of my better pieces. Again, it had a purpose and it knew what it wanted to be from the get go. The mixing and composition could be improved a bit but I think this song isn't terrible.
It follows in the footsteps of Sys-Time-Atic by having some semblance of structure but now, it has a theme intertwined as well. At least, it was an attempt anyway. I think this song sort of shows off a lot of what I learned over the years I've spent composing.
What would I change? I'd remove a few of the crashes, I have a bad habit of putting too many in. I'd also like to give the song a better introduction to ease the listener in as suggested in the comments
So that wraps up my personal top 5. I think I've come quite some way since my beginnings and I think it's interesting to look at my progression (or lack thereof) over the years. What do you readers think about my selections? Are they milestone worthy? Which one do you like the most? Also, do you think my proposed changes make sense? If not, what do you think could improve these pieces? I appreciate everyone's input even if I don't acknowledge it.
So thank you all for reading! Heck, if you're a music artist and you managed to come all this way in my post, voice your thoughts about it in the comments, then shoot me a PM with your favourite song you've composed. As my thanks to you for your input, I'll take a listen and review it for you!
Again, thanks to all of you for reading about my personal reflection. It means a lot to me.
Ha ha ha ha guess Yeelp's Uprising came out of retirement. I thought it was done too. Guess not.
I dissapeared for no reason and I'm back for no reason. I'm uploading random tracks I found on my PC that seem to have a Jazz inspiration. I'd appreciate the reviews for future improvements.
The Cronicles of Yeelp is still a thing (It's my love child it will ALWAYS be a thing). Just thought I'd make the audience who reads this aware. Sometime in the future, I'll be uploading a piece of lore of the series (In other words, it's not the first book). The idea behind me doing this is to flesh out parts of the Yeelp universe to prep it for it's first big story. Setting the stage if you will. There might be 3 or 4 lore pieces before everything is ready (I think).
I haven't really had time for many of these frivolous past-times. I've been doing university and uni life definitely keeps me busy. Too busy. But hey, at least I got all A's (Except for one course... Freaking B+ in Physics man). So things are going quite well there.
So. whether you're happy about it or not, I'm back for some time. How long? I dunno. Talking to myself here on this profile can only be so entertaining before I start looking like a maniac. (Watch now someone's gonna comment and this entire paragraph will be completely invalidated)
Anyway this is just a big way of saying hi...
I did it, I reuploaded all the old Yeelp's Uprising and The Science of It tracks that I took down because they were out of date. FINALLY.
Not only that, but Atomical is out and as an apology of sorts for not doing all of the above mentioned things when I said I would, I've uploaded ANOTHER track: Dubnium Drums.
Also, be sure to check out the END of this post for info on review requests, something I'm going to try out and see where it takes me. Should be fun.
The real spotlight goes to Dubnium Drums. This is my first drumstep track. After reading up on the genre, and taking a listen to one or two tracks from the genre, I undertstood it's structure - at least, I think I did. Half-time drums and substep and 160-175 BPM is essentially what the genre is; and essentially what the song Dubnium Drums is. Except with guiros.
The next track is the track I kept saying I would post: Atomical. After letting it sit for a while, I realized that I might as well post it anyways. My main issue is that it seemed to be a Sys-Time-Atic clone at first but after the aforementioned sitting, I realized it wasn't as similar as I thought!. If you haven't listened to Sys-Time-atic, then click here to listen to it. I recommend listening to it first before listening to Atomical to see the similarities.
The last reuploaded tracks from the album The Science of It are: Light Speed and Universe in Balance. The last reuploaded track from Yeelp's Uprising is Death's Rule. They'll be here as well.
Here is Dubnium Drums:
Here's the overdue Atomical:
And the missing tracks from Yeelp's Uprising and The Science of It, respectively:
As of 6/28/2016, 9:27 P.M. EST, The new version of Universe in Balance hasn't been, I guess, accepted? I uploaded it an hour ago or something WITH the new Universe in Balance .mp3 file but I suppose the Newgrounds servers haven't realized the change and updated. I dunno if that's EXACTLY the reason or if I'm completely off. Nevertheless, the new Universe in Balance starts completely silent; if you instead get a loud "ding dong" sound as the first review describes it, you can click "Download this song!" to download the actual UPDATED version.
The Chronicles of Yeelp
What happened to the story? Well, one failed torrent of Smart Ideas 5, several virus removal attempts, and a GIGANTIC life FAIL later, I realized I'm cleary too dumb to just grab the Smart Ideas 5 I have on my older laptop that's still functional. Ugh. Progress has been made but the aforementioned progress is slow. I know what I want to write about; themes and all, I just need to put it all together and not brisk over any plot holes.
So what's up with me? Summer just started, exams are over and the infamous beginnings of university, along with its respective collection of stresses looms over me like an eternal shadow. Workloads, scammers, cheaters,; the list of Things to Worry About in Uni is endless.
And I'm too busy pursuing potential advancements in my love life to even care. Classic, classic, me. This is my life now.
I'm also taking part of the NGAUC: The NewGrounds Audio Underdogs Competition! Wish me luck! for my tryout, I'm thinking of using Sys-Time-atic, Atomical, The Lab, Gretel's Witchery, Secrets or Louis' Isolation. I'm going to check the performance of each of my tracks and take thier release date into consideration when chosing a potential tryout candidate.
To wrap things up, I will say that there is more track of Yeelp's Uprising to be uploaded. Yes, UPLOADED, not reuploaded. bringing the track count of The Science of It and Yeelp's Uprising to 10. While the track count for Yeelp's Uprising will stay at 10, as it's done, The Science of It may continue to garner new tracks. There you go: 4 The Science of It tracks and one Yeelp's Uprising track for a total of 5 tracks as an apology for being so inconsistent and inactive. Let me know what you guys think of anything and if you' like me to review a track for you, be sure to respond in this post or PM or whatever. Yes, I'm doing review requests. What's the catch? Nothing! Any conditions? Nope! If you'd like to check out one of my tracks as a thank you that'd be awesome of course! Thanks for everything and stay awesome!
I WAS going to post Atomical, but I decided its body wasn't ready (That's the first and last time I meme here). So, you guys get a different song instead - The Outsider. This wasn't intentional, I swear. Atomical will come soon (hopefully).
Hope you guys enjoy it. Stay awesome!
Quick post before I call it a day (at least it should be quick)
I've realized I have too much going on to keep a consistent posting schedule. I won't bore you guys by listing all the sutff that's going on. Maybe things will calm down, maybe not. Although chaos can lead to stress, I'd rather have that then a boring, repetitive schedule. My new moto is to wing it. And by "wing it" I mean wing practically everything.
I have made one song. It's titled Atomical. I'll try to release it soon. I feel like it's finished but at the same time I feel like it's lacking a lot of character. I essentially whipped it up in one session on FL Studio in what only felt like a few hours, but may have been more. Since I finished it so quickly, I feel like I rushed over a lot of things and didn't take the time to flesh it out. Hopefully, I can get over this internal quarrel and upload it so I at least have SOMETHING to say for my absence. Not sure how many people care if I'm consistent or not with my postings, but I, for some reason, feel that it's important to post at least once in a while to show that I'm still around.
This post, much like my most recent song, was me just putting thoughts on a screen (or musical motifs, in the song's case) knowing that it'd work itself out to something, and that the technicalities aren't important. I hope that's not an indication of Atomical's quality, but who knows.
Thanks for tuning in. stay awesome!
Sorry for not being active the last few weeks, I needed a break after a few back-to-back of non stop stress and work - from school, work and life in general. I've wanted to get more active to stop the, what I now see as inevitable, procrastination seeping through me. Like I said, it was inevitable. I forgot the limitations of my own self as I woke up every day and went straight to business until I collapsed anywhere from 10:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. after having got in a commendable day of work. Only to wake up the next day and do it again. Now, with some time off school and not much else going on, I had little reason to get up in the morning, so I often didn't - only waking up a few hours before work - if I had work that day. Even though I WANTED to get up and work on music, writing or anything, I often lacked the motivation to even move - thus rendering me too lazy to get anything done.
I'm not sure how much more time I need for this "recuperation" so to speak, but I hope it won't last much longer. In order to at least leave you guys with SOMETHING, I've decided to go ahead an upload that Oh, Canada! remix. Make of it what you will, and as always, constructive feedback is always admired.
By the way, if everything goes to plan, this should be the LAST song I make using native FL Studio plugins. I should be getting my hands on some nicer sounding ones this week.
So thank you guys for all you patience, kind remarks, feedback and support. I should see you all sometime next week!
I heard that my friend got a music assignment that consisted of essentially "remixing" Oh, Canada!. Guess what I did once I got home that day?
I made my own remix for Canada's national anthem sing dubstep and vocoders...
Let's talk about mistakes...
I may upload it or not, I'm not really sure... Thoughts?
Just wanted to update you guys on my new social media that I've attained: Facebook and Instagram.
I decided to make a Facebook page as it allows me to reach out to more people in a different medium - which is always important. You can find it in the Links box on the left or you can click here to check it out! It's been created as of 2/25/2016 so it's pretty young - as such it's kinda barren for now. But I plan to fix that. If you guys gave it a like that would mean the world to me. I'm sure I wouldn't mind returning the favour.
Also, I created a Facebook profile as well - for those interested. More of an accident than anything but hey, let's roll with it. So if you want to send me a friend request as well on Facebook I don't mind at all either :P
Finally, I've created an Instagram that's just for showing producing techniques and again for reaching new people through a different medium. It's also in the Links box on the left. Likewise, it was also made at the same time that I made the Facebook page so it's barren for the time being. But again, I'll fix that.
Thanks to you all for your amazing support and appreciation of my work. Stay awesome!
Well, this post has been LONG overdue! To be quite honest, I'm not sure why I never got around to it. I have no valid excuse. So here we are: the first "real" post of 2016!
Well, let's just get it over with then...
Actually, before we begin, I hope you all had a great Familly Day and awesome Valentine's Day! Kinda funny they'd be back to back since they're kinda similar. Hope you all had fun spending time with those who mattered most to you!
And, for those wondering - although I would question why you'd even bother wondering - I had no real plans on either of those days. So don't ask.
So, for the showcase, I wanted to feature my first attempt at swing and my most recent creation.
The spotlight goes to the swing song; the genre has definitely seen an increase in popularity over the recent years, at least in my eyes. This song isn't swing, but more electroswing which is pretty much modern swing - it's swing with modern elements like more advanced drum machines etc. My song, Tap Tap Swing, uses mainly swing elements; since it was my first shot at the genre, I didn't want to get to fancy right off the bat. There's a piano, saxophone, trumpet, clarinet and a few synths at work in this song. I really like the groove that I captured with this piece to be honest. I should also mention, this was my submission for the Newgrounds Secret Santa which now happened FOREVER ago. Whoops!
The next song is my recent creation and part of my science themed album: The Science of it. The song is appropriately named Sys-Time-atic (a pun on the word "systematic") since the structure of the song makes it feel very robotic and, well, systematic. Furthermore, the drums kinda sound like what I would envision the interior of a complex clock to sound like.
So here they are in all thier glory!
I want to talk a bit about the story I've been working on. To tell the truth, I've been lazy. VERY VERY lazy. I've had ideas but never wrote them down. I'm going to try to work on the story some more this month and hopefully get something presentable. I want to be able to show a bit of what the story is like so I can get some feedback.
Musically, I want to try composing some chiptune. But I want to analyze some elements of chiptune first before I take a crack at it. I currently have a NES plugin for FL Studio and I've been messing around with that today. I'm also taking a look at a few chiptune songs and analyzing them for thier structure and form. Currently, I've been taking a look at Bit Shifter's Hexadecimal Genome - a chiptune song that I listened to a while ago and really liked. You can click the embeded link or just go to my Soundcloud and find it under my favourites. If you have any other chiptune songs that you know of to really reflect some of the key elements of chiptune music, let me know! So, while I study up on chiptune, I'll be filling in the space with reuploads of my old creations that I never got around to reuploading!
Anyway, I don't really have much else to say! So thanks for reading and thanks for checking out my content! Stay awesome!