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First off, I have to thank you guys, as last Tuesday is the second time I have managed to get a song (-Dream P.1-) on the weekly tops list in the Audio portal, which is is flattering considering it's a song I didn't spend a ridiculous amount of time on, nor was it an extremely serious project. Was just one of those, "I feel like writing something today" type things. But apparently, I did well enough that it stayed up top long enough to make it onto weekly tops.
So... Thank you guys!
And now to keep my promise, bringing old tradition back, here are my weekly picks for both audio and art!
Song: Navi's Sacrifice
This was actually a submission I, personally, approved not too long ago, and was one of the few that I liked enough to PM the artist to show my appreciation. I'm not usually a fan of this style of music, however, the nerd in me just couldn't resist the awesome lyrics of the song.
Art: Miss Watson
So, I was browsing the Art Portal, looking for something worthy of my weekly pick, and this came up. My first thought was, "Dammit, the Art Portal isn't for photography."
But when I blew it up and took a closer look, I was blown away, it's a freaking painting. It takes a damn good painting to fool me... And this did it.
Touché Caine1989... Touché.
So, a while back, I had been doing a "Band of the Week" thing, where I had featured a band that I had found exceptionally talented and/or underrated. At the time I was only featuring bands outside of Newgrounds that I had found by various means. However, I would like to bring this back as Song of the Week, featuring 100% Newgrounds artists.
Being an audio mod, I get the pleasure of listening to hundreds upon hundreds of songs every week, so I figure if nothing else, I can always find a newcomer that could use a little exposure while I'm doing my modding.
What's the addition you ask? Well, I'm also a fan of the Art Portal, and while I'm by no means extremely active over there, in practice or social means, I figure I browse enough of the art that I can include an "Art of the Week" selection as well.
These picks will be chosen at my own discretion or by way of suggestions from members of the site. I won't necessarily be posting up the stuff I think is the best, but I'll be picking stuff that I feel is underrated or has a certain touch to it that just adds that little extra something, even if it's not a technical masterpiece.
But before I post up the reincarnation of my "Best of the week", I'd like to whore out my latest song first, give it a listen and let me know what you think!:
2011-08-04 23:42:29 by Back-From-Purgatory
So, those of you who follow me probably well know that I have a tendency to usually do 1 of 3 different styles of music, Classical (Be it dark, depressing, or simply calming), Metal (Traditional, Orchestral, or melodic), or Electronic (Trance usually, sometimes DnB and some stuff I don't know what to call).
Well, I was shooting to create another slow, calming classical piano piece with some light drums, maybe a choir, flute, violins, etc... But I had my guitar out because I was practicing my playing not long before I sat down to play around on my keyboard, and decided to try through guitar over the piano track I had instead.
And what do you know, I liked how it sounded, so I decided to throw in a chugging guitar part along with a simple, melodic lead.
This was the result:
Give it a listen, let me know what you think!
In light of recent events, I have sustained a serious injury, it's so serious, that I am unable to post this as I am actually not here right now, you're all just imagining things.
Stop it, you cause me great pain imagining that I am here when I'm really not, but of course, I don't have any idea that this is happening, as I'm not really here. You see, I'm actually... really... and completely... but possibly not... somewhere that isn't here but is there in your minds.
So please... Stop posting imaginary newsposts in my absence, you're embarrassing yourselves!
Well, I mentioned this a while ago, but I decided to do a song with vocals in it, and I procrastinated a bit on the idea... And today I finally sat down and did a bit of recording.
This will be my first full song with vocals in it up on NG... Well... first full song with vocals period (I'm talking original BTW, I'm not counting covers). So you could say this is my very first attempt at singing something that isn't by another band.
Anything else I'd wanna say about it I put in the author comments, changes and what-not that will be coming in the next version, that sort of stuff..
Take a listen and let me know what you think:
So, it's been a while since I've uploaded anything... So I figured I'd sit down and muck with FL Studio for a while today... and this is what came out:
I also decided to throw in a section right at the end of me playing piano in roughly the same chord progression as the rest of the song... Why? Because I felt like it. This is now the second song I have on my profile of me playing the piano by hand as opposed to just programming it. I even left it un-quantized and in free form to "keep the emotion" of it, because no one loves a piano piece that's perfectly on time as if played by a robot.
On the note of piano, I've almost learned to play To Zanarkand all the way through (Read: I know how, I just can't do it consistently yet), and you can bet I'll upload a cover once I get that down, much like I did for Lilium.
I am also still working on that fabled "song with vocals"... slowly but surely.
When submitting to the audio portal for the first time, please, please... PLEASE, include more than a description like "my first song"... Tell us what you used to make it, VSTs, Programs, samples, loops, etc...
Nothing is more of a pain in the ass to approve than a track with a description like, "lulzsong" when the song sounds like a child prodigy made it. If you want to be approved in a timely fashion, give us a reason to believe you did the track!
Keeping on with the theme of my previous newspost, I have gotten started on my way to working on my business plan... Starting small, I currently only have a blog (Which still needs a lot of work), and a single post for my introduction.
Be sure to head over and check it out!
I'm thinking of starting up a review/blog site that would make me some coin by sales referrals for sites such as Amazon and/or Direct2Drive.
Read on for full details.
So, I'm sure it comes as no surprise, but musicians are generally poor folk, some having to choose between this months rent and food for a week. I'm no different, while I've been enjoying a boost in popularity (Which I'm eternally grateful for BTW), I've yet to make much, if any, money off of album sales (Mostly because I haven't put one out in AGES), and paying commission work is few and far between... Not to mention I'm still slowly treading my way up the Newgrounds revenue sharing system hoping to one day get a single paycheck out of it.
In any case, music being one of the very few things I enjoy in life, it's been difficult for me to find a job that I find even remotely interesting, as generally anything to do with music is ridiculously difficult to get into, because everyone that's ever touched an instrument wants a job in music. So I've been in and out of "safe" jobs for years now, security, maintenance, customer service, chef... From normal 8 hour days, to 12 hour nights... And nothing really stuck, while the shift work was pretty good money, it not only destroyed my social life (Har har, I'm implying I had one to begin with), but it was extremely exhausting constantly switching from days to nights and vice versa, and left me little time to work on my music.
So recently, I've been looking into alternatives, and I've stumbled upon something everyone has heard of and knows well... But I neglected to ever really think of it as a career. Affiliate Marketing.
Now, before you go all freaking out saying, "You mean those guys that just spam the internet with links to surveys and porn?!"
I'm talking about legit business, not the 12 year olds that have bots spam the internet with their survey links. I'm talking about running a website featuring reviews and articles on stuff (In my case) like games, movies, music, TV Shows, etc. You do a review of a product, and leave a link directing you to a site where you can buy it, should the person reading buy the product, the person reviewing it gets a cut of the profits.
In my searching around, I've found people (Quite a few people actually) that make a living doing this, and some make a killing, I read one case where someone claims to make upwards of $10,000/month (Granted, he also said it took him years to get to that point).
It's not a pyramid scheme, it's not something you need a ridiculous amount of schooling for (Granted you do need a little knowledge in how to design a website, which I have friends that can help me with that), and you make your own hours, and you are your own boss. It's not a get rich quick scheme, but it's definitely a career option that, if you work enough at it, you can make a living simply doing the things you love, and telling other people about it.
So, long story short... I've come to the conclusion that I'd like to give this a try. I could review Anime, Music, Games, Movies... I mean, that's practically all I do anyways. I could even review things on request (Within reason, obviously). And if I were to get good enough at it, I could very well get free stuff to review like many Youtube reviewers do.
And I'm hoping that once I get a site up and running, and start putting out reviews, some of my fans will be my first readers. It'll likely start out more like a blog than a real review site, as I'll have to learn as I go... But I see it as something I could do that not only makes me some extra coin, it'd afford me a way to share things I enjoy with others, and hopefully, eventually, help get my music out to more of the world.
Today, my world turned to hell. My trusty old van... Is dead. Everywhere I need to go, is at least 20 km away, I have a group session tomorrow afternoon, I'm broke... And now the money I was going to use to go back to school for music, is going to have to be used to get a new car instead. To top it off... I don't have enough money to get a new car... So I'll have to get a shitty used one, which means it'll likely die on me the second I get back going again too.
Just when I think things are finally starting to go my way, this happens. Murphy's Law.