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With a vet appointment in 4 hours to have one of my dogs, Jade, put down... About an hour ago... we found her dead in the yard.
She was suffering from epilepsy, and more recently, from bleeding ulcers... She refused to eat, and spent the majority of her time hiding in familiar, but out of the way places... Which as someone who's had dogs/cats their entire lives, I know that this means that they are waiting to die.
She was suffering, so we decided to do the humane thing and have her put down before she suffered more than necessary, as there was nothing the vets could have done for her.
She didn't last until the vet appointment...
Jade was 4 years old.
Left: Kali, Right: Jade (R.I.P.)
So, I was checking my youtube profile today for new comments/subscribers... and someone had commented on the the video I have up of the slower/older version of Final Flight... They were asking me to upload the older version here, or even put it on Amazon so they could buy it.
So.. I was happy, I promptly opened up my projects folder and scrolled down to where both the project file and the MP3 of the song should be....
...To find that they were both missing.
I have recently reformatted my computer... and as always, no matter how hard you try to back everything up... you always seem to miss something. In this case, I somehow missed not only the MP3s, but the project files for both the old AND new versions of Final Flight.
This of course is greatly frustrating, because Final Flight was the longest song I have ever written, it was also one of my first adventures into trance... as well as my most popular song with more than 29,000 views on a fan upload on youtube.
This makes me wonder what else I ended up losing when I reformatted... I'm not looking forward to finding out.
Ok, that's enough of kawaii panda... Back to a theme more my style... This one suggested by ancientsurvivor.
If you don't know the origin, I don't know you.
Is the first time I've ever... ever... tried writing anything with 8 bit sounds... So hopefully it's not freaking terrible.
Long time no post... And surprisingly, I actually have something to talk about this time... aside from my love for rain.
First off, I've finally uploaded something new... another cover... because everything else I'm working on is gonna go on my album, and I don't wanna spoil it. But yeah... I didn't even know this song existed til I saw a Youtube video of someone playing a MIDI of it through Synthesia... I immediately downloaded it and learned it.
... Then I recorded myself playing it, and uploaded it... Cause it's pretty, that's all the reason I need.
Give a listen, let me know what you think... Unlike a couple other piano pieces I have up right now, this one I actually played all the way through, very minimal editing... I deleted a couple of accidental extra notes and messed with the velocity a little bit because I haven't fine tuned my MIDI Keyboard velocity settings just right yet since I reinstalled Windows.
Yep, still working on it... Funny story, while playing the cover above, it gave me an idea for a song for my album, a mellow piano piece, I'm also working on an orchestral metal song, as well as what might possibly be straight up metal.
At this point in time, I don't have any concrete plans for trance yet in regards to the album, although I do have a few unfinished projects lying around that may end up making the cut after I finish them.
As mentioned in the past, a donation will get you a copy of the album when I finish it (Minimum $1), you can use the link on the left side bar that's conveniently labeled "Donate!" to do so.
1: Diablo 3 is fun times.
2: I think my monitor or graphics card is dying... or god forbid... both.
3: I'll be changing the theme of my profile soon (Themed Black Rock Shooter now, previously was themed Yin from Darker Than Black). Am open to suggestions.
4: I'm trying to learn Moonlight Sonata.
5: The cover above is the first piano piece I've learned to play with hand over hand action.
So, I'm working on a song for my album, and I've run into a bit of a dilemma... I started out with a 3 guitar melodic intro, that was going to build up into an epic orchestral metal verse... Then I replaced the 3 guitars with piano... Then I put the guitars back and wrote out a piano section on it's own based off of the riffs I was using in the intro, which ended up all on it's lonesome in FL Studio instead of me ending up exporting it to Midi to put into the song I was writing.
... Then I deleted everything and recorded what was originally my idea for the verse which ended up being the intro for a completely different song... Then I played a solo over it... hated it, deleted it... Played another one and sped it up x2 to see what it'd sound like at the speed I ideally wanted to play it at.
Then I started writing an orchestral piece based off of the piano thing I did earlier.
Then I realized I was having an ADD attack and saved everything and gave up before I flew through a million different ideas without actually getting anything done.
If nothing else... I at least have a bunch of ideas to flesh out now... Granted by the time I'm done this album, I'll probably have 5000 different song ideas laying around on top of whatever makes it onto the album itself.
And I think I had something else to talk about here... but it's completely slipped my mind at this point... so instead, I'll leave this sexy little link here:
Donate to get my album when it's released!
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As the title of this newspost suggests, I have a touchy topic in mind, that could very well turn people away.
What is it you ask?
Yep, I'm touching on the topic of donations. Now before everyone gets the wrong idea, I'm not asking for anything, all I'm doing is providing the option.
In reality, there are 2 reasons I have opened up a donation box:
1: As a means for people to essentially "pre-order" the album I'm working on.
2: To help motivate me.
Number 1 is pretty straight forward and obvious, you donate, you get a copy of my album (Which was planned to be a pay what you think it's worth album anyways, so it all works out).
Number 2 is a bit trickier... Long story short, as implied by my last newspost, I have a hard time believing anyone enjoys my stuff... Why? I don't know, and I won't get into it.
But if people are donating, I have more of a reason to write, and write more often, which in the end should mean more quality stuff, sooner, instead of how I'll go into 2 month hiatus's from creating anything because I just don't feel there's any point.
Anyways, enough explaining... everything considered, I figured if nothing else, it was worth a shot at least once, if it flops, then whatever, I'll let it die until the album is released and open 'er back up again for purchases (If I don't decide to go through another source instead of doing things completely independent).
So, the moment of truth, the donation link, do with it what you will:
Points for no "Gimme money cause my life is hard" sob story?
If you do for whatever reason decide to donate, please let me know, so that I can add you to the list of people to receive a copy of my album whenever I finally finish it. And please note, only donations above $1 will get you a copy of the album... Admit it, you'd feel pretty insulted too if you someone paid $0.01 for your efforts.
So... I've been noticing recently that my stuff has been getting a lot more attention lately... Where did this sudden, seemingly random, boom of interest in my music come from?
Someone even said I was "popular" in chat a couple days back, to which I thought, "Me? Popular? Not possible."
Have I just been ignorant... clueless... about some increase in interest in my stuff? Or... what?
Someone explain, before I hurt myself trying to think over how this happened.
...And so the power struggle intensifies. This slippery slope seemingly insurmountable.