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Above It All (Feat. Bad Man Incorporated)

2012-01-11 23:01:38 by Back-From-Purgatory
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Once again, sorry, "Last Night, Good Night" is not yet finished. Partially due to the reason I'm making this post.

And that is... I've triumphed over my writers block and have a new original song to bring to you guys!

Info:
Using a new guitar tone (Used for both the rhythm and lead parts, just changed the pick up between the two), the bass guitar, in reality, isn't a bass guitar, it's actually a synth, because my bass desperately needs new strings and it really hates being tuned down to Drop C, which is what this song was recorded in.
Drums... Much, much more active than you'd usually hear from me.
Solo (OMG, BFP did a solo?! Inorite?!) is pretty damn short, but it's definitely the fastest solo I've ever played. Just ignore the fact that I missed a note and we'll all be good.

The Song:
Above It All

PS:
I would love to hear someone take a stab at vocals on this song, the lead part in the "chorus" is pretty much how I envisioned the vocals would go. If you want to give it a shot, just shoot a PM my way and we'll work something out!

Enjoy!

UPDATE:
Looks like Bad-Man-Incorporated is going to be taking a shot at vocals, will have a link for you guys as soon as it's done!


Final Flight Updated

2012-01-05 03:42:44 by Back-From-Purgatory
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Ok, so I'm not done Last Night, Good Night yet... but I did work on something today that people have been bugging me about.. which is redoing Final Flight, the biggest complaint I got was that it was too slow... So, I sped it up, as well as made numerous other changes which are listed in the description.

Enjoy!:
Final Flight (Updated!)

I also uploaded the new version to youtube with it playing back inside FL Studio in case you want to see what it looks like:

Be sure to like/comment/subscribe!


Last Night, Good Night Update

2012-01-03 02:48:54 by Back-From-Purgatory
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So, as I mentioned in my previous newspost, seeing as I have been struggling with writers block lately, being unable to come up with anything new... I decided to do a cover. In this case, I'm remaking Last Night, Good Night by Hatsune Miku (Arranged by livetune).

So, I spent a few hours working on it today, I've more or less got the drums done, tweaked a bit of the piano, added a celesta in the middle break section of the song, spent half of the time trying to level/EQ everything properly, etc. etc...

So it's coming along nicely so far... But I've still got a long way to go if I want to include everything from the original song. I have decided to try my hand at putting in the "jumpy synth" that plays throughout the majority of the song, which should be interesting (Read: A real pain in the ass), and I still have to figure out the piano and strings part for the vast majority of the song... But at least it's getting done.

Hopefully the next time I make a newspost, it will be with the finished song.

Also:
I just updated Final Flight, be sure to give it a listen!


Last Night, Good Night

2011-12-30 07:30:05 by Back-From-Purgatory
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So, I've talked about vocaloids before and how I adore them, however, this newspost is not just to talk about them or how much I enjoy the music people put out using them... This time, I'm announcing that I'm working on a cover of one of my favorite, if not my favorite, Hatsune Miku song.

Last Night, Good Night

I've mentioned it before, but I'm gonna say it again, this was basically the song that got me into Vocaloids. And it very quickly became one of my favorite songs, vocaloid or no, because of it's very mellow and soothing nature (The kind of music I love most... bet you wouldn't guess that with all the metal I end up doing would you?).

Currently, I'm referencing a MIDI file I've found to figure out the chords and whatnot that are used... Although I more or less figured out the intro piano by ear (It's actually pretty simple once you ignore the delay).
However, the MIDI file I found is so incomplete it's not even funny, no drums (trying to replicate those drums will be a real pain in the ass... with all the ghost notes and what-not in the song), piano notes are out of place or missing altogether (The piano part beyond the intro is completely non-existent)... The only thing that really seems to be correct or finished is the vocal part... So it may take a while for me to figure out all the missing notes/sections... and even then I'll likely leave a few things out (Such as a few of the finer pad or "twinkle" effects) just to make it a bit easier on me.
Fortunately, I also have a high quality instrumental version of the song to help me pick out the sections I'll be doing by ear, which will help immensely with the piano part in the verse/chorus.

As for the vocal part, I'll likely end up recording that as a guitar or synth part once I finish the instrumental, unless someone would care to do the vocals for me once I finish the rest of the song.

So it's something to look forward to instead of going another 2 months without an upload. I'm still struggling with writers block, so I don't really have any new original songs planned (Or new versions of existing songs unfortunately)... Although I was playing around with a guitar riff earlier. But at least I'll have something up... soon... ish.



Music
First things first, I'm sure those of you who follow me are already well aware that I haven't submitted anything in a while (A while being around 2 months at this point). And unfortunately, it's not because I'm about to release something big, nor is it because I've been ridiculously busy (Save the time leading up to Xmas). It's mostly because I've had severe writers block over the past couple months.

I had told one of you a little while back that I was gonna write something while I was pulling an all-nighter in an attempt to get my sleep schedule back on track, adding on the fact that I always seem to write better music when I'm tired as hell. Well... Unfortunately, that fell through, once again I was struck with a lack of motivation/inspiration and a whole lot of writers block.

Nothing actually written aside... I have still be practicing, so hopefully this means by the time I do upload another song (Which at this rate may be a cover just so I can have something new up in a half decent time), it'll sound a lot better than previous stuff. I'm not guaranteeing anything though.

Christmas
So, Christmas has come and gone, so I figure as an unwritten law of the "jolly season" I would share what I got for Christmas. Unfortunately, nothing new came under the tree to help my music, but I'm not too fussed, I can certainly make do with what I have, but it would be nice to have a few new musical toys to play with to help keep the motivation flowing (Which as mentioned above, I am severely lacking).
But here's what I did get:
New Graphics card (Nvidia GTX 560)
Battlefield 3 (PC, feel free to shoot me a PM if you want to play, although I am kind of terrible, seeing as I haven't played many shooters lately)
Resonance of Fate (PS3, for my JRPG fix)
Dark Souls (PS3, for the masochist in me)
A hoodie with built in headphones... Very trippy having headphones actually built into my clothing... Suitable though seeing as I'm pretty much listening to music 24/7.
A couple shirts
And a bunch of chocolate

And that's about it. Your turn, list off what you got!

Audio Mod Stuff
Ok, now I'm gonna take a moment to try drill something into the heads of people new to the audio portal, and I'm gonna do so in a convenient list:

1: READ THE SUBMISSION GUIDELINES!
--- All too often people complain that they were banned stating they didn't know what was or wasn't allowed. Or people complain that they were banned without warning. I've got news for you, you are supposed to read the guidelines before you submit anything so that you can avoid a ban... We are not obligated to explain or give warnings before bans that you could have easily avoided if you had just read the guidelines!

2: IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND, ASK!
--- Should actually be more like point 1b, because it's largely related to reading the guidelines. It's not our fault if you don't understand the reason you were banned if you never took the time to clarify a rule you didn't understand.

3: SONGS MADE OUT OF PREMADE LOOPS ARE NOT YOUR OWN WORK!
--- Programs such as Garageband, Mixcraft, Magix Music Maker, among a few others are notorious for their premade loop banks, and believe it or not, the Audio Mods are very good at hearing premade loops in a song (Because we hear them A LOT). When the submission guide lines say, "You are making the legal claim that it is your own original work." It means that YOU made the song... Making a song consists of a lot more effort than what it takes to drag and drop a bunch of loops into a playlist and hit "Export to MP3".

4: DON'T GET OFFENDED WHEN WE ASK FOR PROOF THAT A SONG IS YOUR OWN!
--- We Audio Mods are here to keep the Audio Portal clean, and this involves investigating tracks (If they're waiting for approval or not) that we, or the community, suspects may be breaking the rules. If you get offended and refuse to offer up the proof we ask for, we take it as an admission of guilt and you will be banned. We aren't asking to piss you off, we're asking to give you a chance to defend yourself!

5: SAMPLING COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL IS NOT OK!
--- Recently, we've been really cracking down on people that have been using copyrighted samples in their submissions, and a lot of people seem to be upset that we aren't giving special treatment to long time members. The fact of the matter is, we aren't all seeing, it takes time for us to find and investigate submissions that break the rules. We are not overlooking people because of social status or any other such nonsense, we simply haven't found or received reports about their submissions breaking the rules yet. And because of this, I think a lot of people are seeing samplers in the community and thinking, "Oh, they're getting away with it, so I should too!"
This is simply not the case. We are bound to find out eventually, and you will be held responsible for your actions. The, "Well, so-and-so hasn't been banned yet!" excuse does not work. "So-and-so" probably hasn't ever been reported, in which case, we don't know... Until you inadvertently tattled on them because of your own ban.

And that's about it... For now.


Youtube and Stuff

2011-11-16 01:36:43 by Back-From-Purgatory

So, I'm gonna veer off a different direction from usual and ask a couple of questions as well as (hopefully) gain a few more subscribers on youtube (For those that like my music enough to subscribe that is).

But first, the question:
Currently, I am using my youtube channel as a medium to put out both my music, and gaming videos (All of which have my music in the background so far). And lately, I've been curious as to whether or not I should specialize or not... People love gaming, and people love music, but not everybody necessarily love both. Should I create a separate account for my gaming videos and keep my main profile dedicated to the music?
Let me know!

On that note, if you enjoy my music, I have a few links for you to abuse, subscribe, follow, favorite, whatever each lets you do, and I'll love you long time!:
Back From Purgatory's Youtube
Back From Purgatory's Soundcloud
Back From Purgatory's Twitter
And you already know where my Newgrounds profile is... at least I would hope so.

Also, I'm still looking for some more feedback on the latest version of "A Taste of..." So please do go give it a listen and leave a review, send me a PM, or even reply here.

That aside... Skyrim... Awesome. 50 hours in 4 days awesome. Don't know what else to say, been playing as a thief, 1 shotting everything (Including dragons)... Planning on turning the difficulty up.. as a 30x damage multiplier on my sneak attacks is making things somewhat easy... Although I guess the drawback is that once I'm spotted, I'm pretty much dead.
Regardless... Skyrim is orgasmicly awesome.


Skyrim... And stuff.

2011-11-07 20:00:23 by Back-From-Purgatory
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The Elders Scrolls V: Skyrim is almost upon us... Just 3 days and 5 hours left (At the time of this post). The mere fact that I'm using my front page post should give away how excited I am for this game, which will save me an explanation.

Usually, when I'm really looking forward to a game, I try to refrain from learning too much about it before it's released (Unless it's out real soon). But I broke down a week or two ago and started looking up all the juicy details I could find on the game, and if I wasn't looking forward to it enough before, I want to knock myself into a coma now and wake up when it's out so I don't have to wait any longer.
Right... I started looking up info a tad too early.

I've also broke down and watched a couple streams that people have put up after the leaked copy of the 360 version of the game started circulating. However, I've been keeping it to a minimum, and skipping anything that could potentially be a spoiler. I've watched people do a couple dungeons, wander around towns or wilderness... but I stop watching the second they go to pick up a quest or do anything involving guilds or other major events. I even refused to watch the intro to the game, including the tutorial, because nothing beats coming out of the tutorial for the first time in a game like Skyrim on your own. I didn't want to spoil that for myself.

So yeah... Skyrim... almost here. It's a good thing I got version 4 of "A Taste of..." out the door already, because once Skyrim hits, I likely won't do any writing for a while.

Speaking of...
Do check "A Taste of..." version 4 out if you haven't already, so far the feedback has been minimal, and I'm dying to hear what people think of the progress. Listen, leave a review, vote, or even just send me a PM with your thoughts, it's all good!

And lastly:
Please do check out my previous newspost and give me a some feedback/suggestions! It's something I've wanted to do for a long time, but now that I actually want to try it, I'm torn as to what song to do first!


To Zanarkand Trance Remix?

2011-11-06 00:25:34 by Back-From-Purgatory
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So, today I was playing around with my keyboard, playing the usually stuff with my signature piano sound heard in most of my songs (Of those that include piano of course), and I had a funny idea...
"I'm gonna open up Toxic Biohazard, pick my favorite lead synth and play To Zanarkand with it."

And to my surprise, it didn't sound half bad, and I could just hear the possibilities for a trance remix of it.
Along with To Zanarkand, I also ended up trying Lilium, God Knows, and Eternity of Lightwaves using this lead synth... And now I'm torn by which one I want to do.
Note: The versions of these songs I play may not be the exact same as shown in the videos I linked to, most notably, God Knows (I play a softer piano version).

So I'm asking you guys, if I were to do a trance/techno/whateveryoucallit remix of any of these songs, which would you prefer? Keep in mind, I may end up doing the others eventually either way, I'm just asking which I should do first.

So, let me know, and I'll see if I can pump out a remix of the song you guys want most!

Also:
Please be sure to check out my newly released Version 4 of "A Taste of..."... While it's been getting good votes, not a soul has left a review so far, and I'd really like to know what people think, good and bad.


It's finally here!

2011-11-03 23:01:13 by Back-From-Purgatory

"What is?" You ask?

Well, in my previous newspost I said I was finally working on version 4 of "A Taste of..." And I wasn't lying. Today I sat down and spent the vast majority of the day recording. And the end result was finishing version 4. So I'm here to present it to you all after the long, painful wait it's been.

Enjoy!

A Taste of... V.4

Be sure to leave a review and let me know what you think!



That's right, I've finally figured out what I'm doing for the next section of "A Taste of..." (My most popular song). And I hope you guys will enjoy it as much as I do.

I don't want to spoil the surprise, but the song will be taking a pretty mellow turn in the next section (Seeing as the section I left off at in Version 3 is pretty intense). The song will also introduce a piano for the first time.

It's not done yet (Only a couple tracks are recorded so far), but now that I know more or less what I want to do with it, it shouldn't be too long before I have it up on my profile. I may shoot myself in the foot giving an estimate as to when I'll release it... But I'll dare to say in the next week or two (Hopefully before Skyrim hits) it'll be up.

The wait is almost over!