Sunday, February 28, 2010

News: OLR finale, Sonic Classic Collection

Hey.

Well, One Life Remaining is just about finished.  There's a few gaping plot holes in the season, as per usual with my shit as I barely have time to plan, but I think it's the most coherent season of episodes I've released so far (that follow a story arc, the old Arby 'n' the Chief doesn't really count).

I think fans of the series will get a kick out of the finale.  The last three upcoming episodes are quite interwoven with each other to achieve maximum suspense in the last one.  Also, the upcoming eleventh episode is the first episode of anything I've created that I've used my rough musical abilities to provide an underscore to, to give the show an extra layer of suspense (I spent a lot of extra time on it).  It's something I plan to do much more often.  The same goes for twelve and thirteen.

After One Life Remaining, I have a number of paths I can take.  I'm not necessarily done with One Life Remaining, I'm interested in doing a coherent second season, but perhaps not right away.  I'm leaning towards either a random sketch show, or a story driven action series in the vein of Die Hard or 24 or something, which would really be an opportunity to flex my music muscle.

Completely off-topic, for those who are interested, there's a game for the Nintendo DS coming out this week called Sonic Classic Collection, and it contains Sonic 1, 2, 3 and Sonic & Knuckles, and you're able to actually use the lock-on feature and play Sonic 2/3 & Knuckles, something you could previously only do in Sonic Mega Collection (but you have to do a bunch of stupid, tedious shit to unlock it first, like stop and start one of the other Sonic games a hundred times).  And now it's PORTABLE!  I know it probably seems odd to make a big deal about this on my blog, but this is the coolest shit ever from my perspective.

I need a time killer until Perfect Dark comes out on XBLA on the 17th of March anyways.

In addition, the olympics are almost over, and the time is near for every obnoxious sports fan crowding outside every restaurant and bar in Vancouver shouting, high-fiving each other and slapping their dicks together to fuck off already.  Rejoice.

Thanks,
Jon

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Video: One Life Remaining S1: Episode 10

Hey,

The tenth One Life Remaining can be viewed here!

Thanks,
Jon

P.S. I know it kinda sucks, but the next episode is when shit goes down.  I'm trying to go all out with the pre-planning for the finale, and that includes musically scoring it with my newfound abilities.  By finale, I mean episodes 11, 12, and 13.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Music: "Detonator Fumble"

Check out "Detonator Fumble" here!

Thanks,
Jon

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Music: Cyberthreat!

Experience "Cyberthreat" here!

My best piece yet.  Starting to get the hang of things.

Man, I've just about had it with all this Olympics shit over here.  The media is over-saturated with it to the point where it's brainwashing, not to mention a population spike of two million people in a city without enough room is pretty cool, and all the other little things this event's gonna fuck up, like traffic and jobs.

During a single walk around the downtown area of Vancouver I spotted no less than three people wearing giant Canadian flags as capes, down to their heels.  Everyone else was wearing red and white everything with the word "Canada" plastered everywhere, as well as those fucking mittens everyone keeps going on about.  RAGE.

The Olympics has brought one cool thing though: Stephen Colbert, who's doing a taping of the Report and doing interviews near Science World next week (for Vancouverites that might not know already).  I'm fucking stoked.

Also, it won't be long before CanWest 2010 is here, and I'll most likely be producing something for it.  I don't have anything solid to deliver as of yet, but I'm aiming at another 25 minutes-or-so original video (not Arby 'n' the Chief).  It'll be completely separate from my job at Machinima.com, meaning it'll be an original production specifically for CanWest and be uploaded onto the web later, probably under my original YouTube account (DigitalPh33r).  No promises yet though.  More later.

Just checked out the ViDoc for Halo: Reach... my faith in Bungie is revitalized (I made a blog post about Halo 3: ODST not being on par with Modern Warfare 2 or Uncharted 2, but still being sold on shelves for the same price, which WAS some BS), I guess they just bloomed late with their next big hit.  Not that I ever had a problem with Bungie, I knew they'd impress eventually.  Reach looks pretty fucking nice.

Thanks,
Jon

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Video: One Life Remaining S1: Episode 9

Hey all,

The ninth One Life Remaining is up and can be viewed here.

Don't worry, no more poor attempts at music yet to make professional music connoisseurs out there rage some more.  Eventually, though!  I might suck, but at least I'm getting shit done and dipping my toes in the musical sea.

Thanks,
Jon

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Music: Fate's Path

Made another one.

http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/309672

I gotta work on my transitions between melodies, but I think it still turned out kewl.

Thanks,
Jon

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Music: MOAR music (now with 100% better music)

UPDATE: And this one: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/309162.  :3

UPDATE: I also made this: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/308992.  Way faster pace.  I fucking love this software.

Yo,

So guess what I bought?  EastWest Quantum Leap: Symphonic Orchestra Gold Edition.  For those that don't know, it's a sampler with quality samples of pretty much every orchestral instrument you'd need.  It's one of the programs of choice for people that write music for Hollywood television or films.

I know I'm nowhere near that level yet, but I enjoyed tinkering around with shitty sounds in FL Studio so much that I figured I should invest in what I love doing and produce some pretty decent tracks as I learn more and more.

EWQL SO Gold was about $500.  ...Yeah.  ...Well, at least I won't be buying music off musicloops.com anymore for my videos -- I can make my own!  This is one of my first efforts:

http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/308936

I made it in about two hours.  No loops, I painted every individual note for every instrument on the sequencer (except for the violin screech near the end, that's kind of a loop I guess).  I'm really proud of it, and I feel like I've opened a whole new creative door for myself.

So yeah, if you're into music, I'd advise you invest in the same thing, or maybe one of the other packages (there's one for drums, one for just orchestral instruments, one for choir singing, you can browse through them at http://www.soundsonline.com/.

It takes a lot of getting used to, and it's a fucking pain in the ass just to familiarize yourself with the security features set in place to prevent this shit from getting pirated.  I can understand why, but fucking hell.  Took me eight hours just to get it working so I could START playing instruments.  It's worth it though.  Creating music is such a time and stress killer.

- Jon