Contact Info / Websites
UPDATE: Well, because the system has failed me, and no specialist will see me soon enough, and because my condition has gotten so bad I could barely sleep last night and not work today, I'm going to a hospital. As you remember, I went to one in November, but they just gave me a temporary fix and sent me on my merry way. I'm going to make SURE they don't do that again, I want to be CURED. I'll make them keep me overnight and give me an endoscopy whatever it takes. I'll try and bring my laptop.
My health condition is getting worse, acid reflux burning my stomach badly even though i've been eating the same and nothing to upset my stomach and i've done what my doc told me to do. My friend thinks it's my gallbladder or a hiatal hernia...not sure. But im losing sleep over it and i feel sick some of the time, it's hard to eat and sleep. And specialists are telling me i have to wait until may or june...I don't have that long.
I'm calling every day to see if i can move the appointment up. But sadly this means no music for a while more (even though I made a metal track but I can't release it quite yet, but next month it might get released, it's for something special I can't announce yet), no podcast episodes (I gag frequently off and on from it and can't talk very well), etc. BUT, I can still do the AIM contest, maybe not replying as frequently, but I can still do it. But that's all I can do for now.
For 6 years I've had doctors give me dead ends, no real answers as to why I am this way. Acid Reflux to the extreme since November, breathing issues that isn't asthma, chest tightness, Anxiety Disorder, Depression (now cured), food sensitivity (i literally can't eat anything outside of 10 or less foods because my tongue flares up and my stomach because of whatever this is), I can't eat a lot of carbs or sugars or my body will freak out (but not Diabetic, i got tested), and I know it's triggered worse by gluten, that's the worst, my guess it's gluten-related but I cut that out of my diet 6 years ago.
Before 6 years ago, I did not have all these issues and I know they're all linked to whatever this is, and it's getting worse. :( I'm scared, I don't want to go to another hospital. If anyone can tell me what this is, instead of me wasting more money for 6 MORE years getting no clear answers from anyone, please let me know.....I feel sick. It's nothing I ate, I've been eating the same unfortunately....I just want to be cured already, it's ruining my life. I want to keep my job and live a normal life....
I can't tell you how much it's hurting me physically and emotionally, because of how stressful and upsetting this is, I've been fighting this bullshit for too long, too young to have these problems. Anyway.....stay tuned for a song next month and updates in the soon future...I hope. No podcast for a while. Sorry guys.
Well, it's finally happening guys. A.I.M. Contest 2017. I hate to say I don't have an artist currently for this year's poster or prizes yet, but I want to get one. Any volunteers? I need more prizes. Part of this was because I was organizing NGADM, so prizes so far area little on the slim side, but I want there to be more soon if anyone is kind enough to donate, hopefully!
PS: New podcast episode, check it out here: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/734335
Good luck, here's a half-assed announcement video and the contest thread link if you want to enter: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1421358
Also, 9 years ago I made the Necromancer theme, and I have a message to all the ones who say "you're a one-hit wonder, your 15 minutes of fame are up" on YouTube.
I need commissions because my job is cutting everyone's hours back due to a dumb decision by corporate, not caring about how we need the hours to make enough money pay our bills, so if you wanna commission me, check out http://www.FlareheartStudio.com and go to the Commission page, I updated the site in a couple places.
New email to contact me is RFmusic180@gmail.com for commissions, fan mail, fan art, etc.
Art-Inspired Music Contest
The contest is happening soon, March 19th, a week from Sunday! That's when it starts, so don't start making any music until then. I'll update the official post (linked at the front page date) with the forum topic on that day. The official judges are me, @Bosa, @Hikari, and @EDM364. I'm excited! For more info, click the link (highlighted text) at the front pages date which will take you to the post.
Help a Friend or Two?
@Kiwi-KittyMagic and @Phyrnna are struggling financially right now, help them? Kiwi needs a new laptop to start drawing again and she's going to be drawing one of my new album covers. Phyrnna's mom has been in the hospital (and I believe got out ok if I'm not mistaken) but the hospital bills are really whaling on them, and need help.
Donate to Kiwi: https://www.furaffinity.net/view/22821033/
Donate to Phyrrna: https://ko-fi.com/Phyrnna
Alien: Covenant (New Talking Real Episode)
In my latest episode of my podcast series Talking Real, I discuss my thoughts and theories on the newest trailer of the next movie in the Alien franchise. Check it: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/733102
Hey guys, I'm looking for programmers for NG: Zero Hour (if you remember it), and music producers for my rap project, Kid Project. The record would be free, no money would be made, but would be cool to collab, I rap, but not a lot of people know that. If you're interested in either, comment below, or contact me!
Game Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CwHyvczpKIs
Game Demo: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/664782
Also, check out my latest podcast talking about me having to poop in a hat (medical condition updates) and 7 Days to Die, and check out my Old Man Joker voice acting clip, for all ye Batman fans. That's all for now, Venturescape Episode 1 is in production! Yay!
Old Man Joker: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/729687
New podcast episode: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/730257
Art-Inspired Music Contest 2017 (A.I.M.)
Contest Forum Thread: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1421358
What is it?: It's a contest for musicians to help improve their skills with solid advice from experienced musicians as well as to have fun with this creative endeavor, searching for artwork in the Art Portal, whatever inspires you for an awesome song! You then link to the artwork and your song, but take your time! This contest goes on for almost 2 months, so you have plenty of time!
Newgrounds Audio Deathmatch 2017
Countdown Clock: https://w2.countingdownto.com/1754190
Same goes for the Newgrounds Audio Deathmatch Auditions thread! Auditions for NGADM starts May 28th, so you can submit a new or old song you made starting then on the thread until June 25th whenever it gets posted, which will be here. Last year there was no NGADM, but this year, we have restarted this epic tournament, be prepared!
What is it?: NG's most challenging audio competition to test the might of the musicians! A tournament that tests the musicians that make it past the audition round to battle against each other to the finish! This is indeed NG's hardest competition in the music department, alongside A.I.M. of course.
Talking Real: Resident Evil 7
Told you guys I would be talking about Resident Evil 7 in my next podcast episode, well, here it is! I give my thoughts on my impression of the game and theories on what may be next for the RE series. Enjoy: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/727964
Frieza's Wish (I'm Babadi)
Go check out the first part of @MysticSkillz DBZ fan animation, I voice Babadi! :D
Looking For Game Programmer for NG: Zero Hour
Title speaks all. I'm looking for a programmer to finish this awesome game that we started. We have a lot of sprites already, but I want to establish a programmer first before I start looking for artists again (maybe calling some old ones back) who will help finish this game. Check out the demo, and if you think you have the skills, show me your games, post a comment! (Note: Game works best on Google Chrome, doesn't play on some browsers)
Hey there! Before I get into the A.I.M. (Art-Inspired Music) Contest, and NGADM (Newgrounds Audio Deathmatch) updates regarding if you guys are okay with the proposed schedules for this year, go check out my new podcast episode of Talking Real, taking a NEW turn this time, talking about the Geometry Dash situation, and in future episodes, about other things besides my own life like Nintendo and nerd culture.
Check it Out Here (I'm now posting these to YouTube as well for the first time): http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/726613
NGADM/AIM Contest Schedules/Need Help
I've been organizing both contests this year, and it's a BIG responsibility (especially since I'm working a lot with my new job), so I need a Co-Director (basically a second leader when I'm gone at work) for the NGADM. If you know someone responsible, experienced, organized, and can take on the role of second leader, write in the comments who you think would do well.
@TaintedLogic has a proposed schedule for the NGADM as we've been talking about it (here: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1419355/2), IF YOU COMPETE THIS YEAR, let us know if this schedule works for you, we're trying to make most contestants happy with it, so give us feedback? :)
TaintedLogic: (all dates are mm/dd/yy)
("J" denotes judging phase)
Auditions: 5/28/17 - 6/25/17
Auditions (J): 6/26/17 - 7/2/17
(We might even want to let judges start judging earlier than the 26th if there are enough submissions. We'll have to plan ahead of time for this by mandating that no one can change their audition piece after a certain date.)
Round 1: 7/3/17 - 7/16/17
Round 1 (J): 7/17/17 - 7/23/17
Round 2: 7/24/17 - 8/6/17
Round 2 (J): 8/7/17 - 8/11/17
Round 3: 8/12/17 - 8/25/17
Round 3 (J): 8/26/17 - 8/29/17
Round 4: 8/30/17 - 9/12/17
Round 4 (J): 9/13/17 - 9/15/17
Round 5: 9/16/17 - 9/29/17
Round 5 (J): 9/30/17 - 10/2/17
Art-Inspired Music Contest Schedule (still need judges and working on prizes, going to start a thread on that in a week)
March 19th - May 7th (both are Sundays)
Do these schedules work? That way, AIM could still be almost 2 months. If we can finalize the schedule for NGADM soon, AIM can be organized soon, as I want it in March (that is pretty soon, but gives enough time for hype and preperation). Let us know! And, let us know who'd make a good second leader.
Health Condition + Music + Personal Life
Well....apparently we figured out what's been wrong with me for 6 years, FINALLY. I had it as a kid, called Leaky Gut Syndrome (what a mature scientific name...yes it's real). It has been draining me and having multiple symptoms of malnourishment all these years, I'm going to a specialist Friday to get meds for this, hoping my life can be what it was when I could run freely, do lots of things freely, and not get easily tired.
This is why I've been taking a break from music, and my current job has me working 8 1/2 hour shifts 5 days a week...holy moly. Rarely any of my friends hear from me because even on my off days I just want to relax, not much energy. Hopefully meds can clear this all up. I plan on eventually working on Kid Project, Piercing Lazer, and other stuff more.
In the meantime, I'm going to do my podcast series Talking Real weekly, expanding to topics I'm a fan of other than just myself, and making the episodes longer. :) Well that's about it, let me know what you guys think about the stuff I mentioned earlier, next podcast will be after Friday to give updates from the specialist, hopefully, and some Resident Evil 7 thoughts and theories since I've followed every game since the beginning. Later guys, off to work for me.
UPDATE: RobTop posts a blog the GD users should really read. Props to the guy, much respect: http://robtopgames.com/blog/2017/02/01/geometry-dash-newgrounds/
Here's my official podcast statement and guide on the situation: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/726613
I'm getting a lot of hate and insults regarding the takedown for Geometry Dash, but I will have an official statement on my end SOON being your complete guide to what happened, and the future of GD when I record my podcast talking about it next when I have time (will link here when it's up). I have a job, and I work a lot, I come home tired. I have a medical condition, which also drags me down.
So bear with me, soon I'll explain what's going on with GD, how it's affected NG to help people understand, and how they've tried contacting RobTop for YEARS without response from him. That's my statement until Friday. There's hopefully going to be a future for GD, but now he's going to be forced to do what he should've done years ago; Fix the issues, and actually talk to us. When you run a community, communication is IMPORTANT. It shows you care.
In the meantime, please stop attacking me and the mods like we aren't human beings, hate never got anyone anywhere. I don't want anyone upset, but if you simply think of the factors in all this, you'll see why we aren't being unreasonable, we have been for years, even though I haven't known about GD for as long. The simple truth is, Rob could have done more to solve things, but chose not to, and ignored people.
You'll try to direct that back at us, but what they did for years was civil and TRIED to sort this out, you act like they never did, and like you know all the history when you need to see how hard they've tried to sort this out and simply talk to Rob. It took TOO LONG to get to this point. With that said, I hope RobTop and Tom Fulp can figure out something that works for NG and GD in the future when GD is hopefully revived with a fix.
What do I think of the game? I played it a few times. It's fun, and challenging, well-made. BUT, people abuse Newgrounds to upload copyrighted music and use music without permission. The game has flaws like that. The original idea is a good one, probably with good intentions, but unfortunately ended up in chaos. GD users that are hateful, voting down songs in the audio portal, leaving abusive reviews, not caring about the site but using it like a tool for GD, that's all it is to them.
Not to mention, thousands of songs per month, SPAM uploaded from these users like Skrillex songs, ignoring the rules and making a lot of work for the mods without a real break, all because of GD. It was way less years ago, people still uploaded stolen music, but the count was way less before GD. It has put Newgrounds under the boot of many people, trampled on, treated like dirt, and RobTop let this happen for years, when NG tried to make him aware of it. I don't want my songs (like Neon Highway, which was used) with a CC license you NEED permission to use, in a game without my permission. Simply respecting the artist would be nice.
Think about it. That is all, for now.
I have 1,500 followers, a big milestone for me, thank you so much! Second of all, I have a new episode of my podcast series "Talking Real" out, talking about some of the stuff I mention in this post. I also talk about how Pixel Day went.
Here it is: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/725134
Making a Game, Send Help! (I need Programmers and Artists for NG: Zero Hour)
As some of you remember, I made a game with @TwinBlazar and many others called "Newgrounds: Zero Hour", a demo rather. I need programmers and artists, so if you're interested, contact me if you want to help me finish this game, whether you want to contribute one or more things. We were going to finish it, but....it's my fault we didn't. Next point...
(Here's the Demo by the way: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/664782)
I rushed things too much, and stressed everyone out. Originally I said he quit but...that wasn't true. So I'd like to apologize for misunderstanding, not being truthful about that, and not being reasonable as a person back then. I mistreated him. Which leads me to my next point...
Help TwinBlazar Get His Next Game Greenlit on Steam!!!
Title speaks for itself, his new game is amazing, go check out his post, sign in to Steam, and upvote his game, it's solid stuff! I want to see him get his stuff out there more!
That's all for now, podcast tells you more about what's going on if you're curious about the current status of music I'm going to be uploading. Pixel Day was a blast! Thank you guys for submitting! Can't wait for next year! :D
Happy Pixel Day! I can't wait to see your submissions! I'll be judging them throughout the week with @TomFulp when we have the time for it soon. Also, you can expect me to leave reviews! :) It makes me really happy this is a yearly thing, I'm really glad I shared this idea with Tom in 2015. Seeing you guys participate means a lot to me, I like bringing things for you guys to participate in.
PS: At the bottom I talk about a certain game I'd like to finish called Newgrounds Zero Hour...
Newgrounds Audio Deathmatch/Art-Inspired Music Contest
I posted a new thread in the Audio Forum on organizing the 2017 NGADM, and I need help. If you're interested in voicing your opinions on when it should be this year, how long, interested in participating or being on the staff, check this out: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1419355
It also means the status of the A.I.M. Contest will be riding on this, because depending on the time of year the NGADM is, AIM will either be before, or a little at the tail end of it. I really want AIM to be this year, so we'll see how that goes after we figure this out, that'll be next.
Podcast/Real Faction Stuff
If you're curious about my personal/music life regarding what I'm doing with music, why you haven't seen much from me as of late, what my plans are for this year, check out my Talking Real podcast series, I posted a new episode this week: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/723381
Newgrounds: Zero Hour
This game....we've gotta finish this game eventually, right? The demo is still up and sometimes I STILL play it! It's fun. I'm looking for a programmer mainly right now, and a few artists. We have a lot of the assets already (a lot that aren't in the demo but future stages too). If you're interested, let me know!
That's all for now, been busy working at my new job, and loving it. Lately life has brought some rough waves to me stressing me out a bit, but I'll get through it. All the info is in the podcast. Can't wait to see what you guys have for Pixel Day! PS: I think I said Sunday, and I was wrong, sorry about that (in the podcast).
2016 has been a rough year for everyone, myself included. But, there's also been life-changing things that's happened to me, thanks to you guys, and my friends online and offline as well. So here's my year in review, making it as short as I can possibly make it...oh boy. I've done a lot this year, big year for me.
Before I get into that though, real quick, I want to announce the final cast of Venturescape Episodes 1 - 4, my audio drama series.
Venturescape Episodes 1 - 4 Final Cast (minus some small extra roles)
Krystal Valentine - @SailorSilverStar / Star
Young Krystal - Jenny Glynn
Jeremiah - Patrick Seymour
Ethan Roderick - @Saminat / Sam Zamora
Jessica (last name is a spoiler) - Marissa Lenti (she does work for Funimation-dubbed anime series, and I'm a huge fan, I'm really glad I could get her on!)
Young Jessica - @ATheatricalSongbird / Aimee Smith (You know her from Freedom Planet, love that game and the voice work)
Billy's Mom - @ATheatricalSongbird / Aimee Smith
Billy's Dad - @Ceevro / Dan Knype
Krystal's Mom - @ATheatricalSongbird / Aimee Smith
Abigail - Jenny Glynn
Extras - Early 1900's Woman - @ATheatricalSongbird / Aimee Smith
(still need a couple small extra parts but I'll figure that out, I might do one of them)
I'm excited to have all these talented voice actors on the team! Also there's going to be music from me, @ForgottenDawn , @PeterSatera , and @Ceevro in the episodes, some custom for the series, some already made. Okay, so now to the review of the year! Thank you to everyone who auditioned, including @Gianni!
2016 in Review
Pixel Day this year was lots of fun, and it's coming up again January 21st if you want to enter. Go here for more details: http://www.newgrounds.com/collection/pixelday2017
Story is, mid 2015, I came up with this fun idea to make a new NG holiday for earlier in the year, since January didn't have a holiday, and I thought after the video I did in 2015 for the 20th anniversary, being pixel animations and all, since Newgrounds is based around the spirit of gaming theme-wise, why not make a hoiliday for the generation of gaming that inspired it?
I pitched the idea to @TomFulp and he loved it, and we judged great submissions we got this year, and next month we can't wait to see what you guys have to pitch us!
Music Records I've Released
This was a pretty big year for albums and such from me, I released a lot. I released stuff "from the vault" that I couldn't release for years because they were games in progress that eventually got cancelled. Also, Piercing Lazer's major comeback after years of the long hiatus. And, don't forget my 10th anniversary for making music in general.
The Thing Fan Game OST: So, in 2013, I started a fan game with @deathink and @Saminat that we never got to finish, we were all fans of The Thing, so it was cool for what we got done. I made sound effects and music for the soundtrack. In 2014, well, we gave up. It's free for download here: https://realfaction.bandcamp.com/album/fischer-ost-cancelled-game
Fischer OST: Man...I was really bummed when this got cancelled, there's no other game like it really, it was going to be a really great game by @VOEC. She's talented, and we made some of the music together, she gave me pointers on what she wanted. I started making the soundtrack in 2013, and was my first attempt at Ambient music. I still love it. I made a couple sound effects and jingles and music. 3 years later, it got scrapped. I'm still proud of the work I did though. It's free to download here: https://realfaction.bandcamp.com/album/fischer-ost-cancelled-game
Piercing Lazer - The Other Side EP History: This has been a long time coming. Piercing Lazer is known for Simple Sight, a song in Castle Crashers, that was on the second PL album, and due to the "hacker" incident between 2008-2010, I lost a lot of work for a third record, and eventually scrapped it. I had tried to get Dustin back and my friend Garrett to make it a full band, but their busy schedules and lack of motivation didn't work out.
In 2015, I started work on a remake of "Risen From the Deep", a song from the very first PL album in 2007, my favorite one. People ended up loving the result when I uploaded it here, so that's how the new record (The Other Side EP) started. I wanted to do a deluxe version with vocals earlier but I ran into medical issues. I plan on releasing it with 3 or 4 NEW songs as well, making a full album, in 2017.
I also did Simple Sight (Part 2) to hopefully win over fans of the original and show them I've gotten MUCH better since 2008, but that's the LAST SIMPLE SIGHT RELATED SHIT I'M DOING AFTER REMIXES AND THIS DEAR GOD. XD haha. You can buy it for $5 on Itunes, Google Play, Amazon, and BandCamp: https://piercinglazer.bandcamp.com/album/the-other-side-ep-instrumental-version
The Underground Collective (collab album): I made a song for this massive thing (that's what she said). @ForgottenDawn and I talked on Steam and in forums about how we were getting tired of NG looking bad because of how cluttered the audio portal used to be with bad music, but we also wanted to bring musicians together for an interesting experiment. We wanted to make a collab album gathering some of NG's finest to represent Newgrounds in a free album to show our diversity. I went back to my 2006 roots with "The Second Flight", a song I uploaded here and on the album.
Pick it up here for free: https://the-underground-collective.bandcamp.com/album/volume-i
Roots Canal (10th Anniversary Album): This has also been a long time coming. For my anniversary, I wanted to go back to my roots and celebrate my different sounds over the years as well as try new stuff. It has some of my electronic styles. Pick it up for $5 here: https://realfaction.bandcamp.com/album/roots-canal
Pico Day 2016
This was the first year I got to go to Pico Day, it was awesome. I met people I know on NG in person, and people I didn't know. I loved it. I hope there's a Pico Day 2017! I wanna come! I got to see a preview of @TomFulp 's awesome game that won't be out for a looong time, it's bombastic, I called it fantastic...kudos if you get the reference.
I documented it all on video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3Lb4caRZwc
Art-Inspired Music (A.I.M.) Contest 2016
This year was probably the most organized year, since every year with the contests, I learned more of what could be improved on, so this year was probably my favorite with the organization. Also, MANY people pitched in prizes (mostly games), I was shocked and amazed. @Ceevro made these beautiful paintings for the winners and runner-ups. I still have a few left over since some didn't want them. @Template88 did amazing artwork for the contest too. Amazing submissions as always, I can't wait till next year's.
You can check out the winners with the artwork that inspired the music here: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1412517 and the album here: https://artinspiredmusic.bandcamp.com/album/art-inspired-music-2016
My Sister and I
Earlier this year, my extended family (dad's gf' and her kids, but we're basically siblings) visited me in the summer, I was so happy to see them since I rarely got to. Kaci and I made a song together called "Over" with Hunter. I really want to make a song with her again!!! I love her voice! Check out the song we did: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/693104
Visual Raid / Fisheye Placebo OST
Thanks to @WACOnline for asking me to do this; I did the music for the official motion comic adaptation of the manga, "Fisheye Placebo". This is the episode I did a song for. Check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnX3MfBLfRk
"Look at That Shit!"
Remember when @MindChamber uploaded his Facebook video of him delivering mail in a hurricane like the ballsy man he is? He's got guts man, that was crazy. Well, I remixed it and he decided to put the original video on youtube, then that wildfire spread like crazy, went viral. The remix, not so much, but I had fun. I also turned him into a pixel art meme: http://www.newgrounds.com/art/view/realfaction/look-at-dat-shit
Rescoring Pico's School + The Adventures of Scrotum The Dog - Episode 1 + Kel-Chan
Firstly I'd like to thank @Kel-Chan one of my besties on here who I talk to a lot, for letting me voice in a couple of her animations, and writing part of the script for a couple of them. She's used some of my music in the past, and I made a song for her animation "Life In Slow Motion", check it out: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/685556
Next, I'd like to thank @TomFulp for giving me the honor of asking me of all people to make a new original soundtrack for Pico's School: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/310349 (Behind the Scenes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rbfm6Y70Xw0&t=165s), NG's most iconic and controversial game back then (still sort of is), and Scrotum: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/1 . Historic stuff, man. Go play them and check out the songs I made for em.
Video Game Soundtrack + Soul Jump + Business
So, my business (Flareheart Studio) has been picking up a little, I'm happy about that. I need more commissions though. Thank you guys for supporting me! Also, since February, I've been working on a soundtrack for @OrangutitanGames ' game, which I can't talk about much yet, but we're hoping to release it in 2017. I've made 15 songs so far for the game, and it's lookin awesome. Look forward to that, when I can talk about that more.
As for Soul Jump, it's been rocky. That's an animated show that KingBee (animation studio) has been trying to get off the ground for 3-4 years or so now, I've been with them for 3 years making them music. Hopefully someday it gets on TV.
In the meantime, i'm making a Fleetwood Mac cover for them, which I can hopefully show in the future. For now, I'll show you an OLD song I made them, as well as a recent video: (Skip to around 4:34 for my song that they sing over, I'm a part of the band since I'm one of the music composers) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgWUqnRLXCk
For around 7 years now, I've been working on what was originally going to be a book, then I decided comic book, but none of that worked out. With the help of my friend Sam Guggenberry, helping me make a final draft and into script format, I'm making it into an Audio Drama. I announced the final cast above for this part of the series. It's a story I've been wanting to show people for years. I put all of my heart and soul into this guys.
With that said, I want to see how this Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Drama series does. I want it to emotionally impact people, teach them things. I currently have potentially an artist working on the cover, and I made a theme song, but won't show it until Episode 1 is close to out. I want to see how the first 4 episodes do, and if people want more, I'll cast for more. In the meantime, it's time to send lines out to people! :)
DBZ Fan Animation / Babadi
I forgot to add this haha I have done so many things this year! @MysticSkillz asked me to be Babadi in his upcoming fan animation, "Frieza's Wish". I'm psyched, can't wait to show you guys! Heres the trailer: https://youtu.be/D5e-2ThO4YA?list=PLPMeNDoYyF1D3Q4KQsdHU0NEO6oHzNiLV
10th Anniversary + Christmas
I've been on the site for 13 years, but 10 on this one. I'm 25 now....wow. Hard to believe sometimes. I don't feel any older. I'm really happy I've been able to impact this site the way I have, and thanks to @TomFulp for believing in my ideas to help you guys. Also, my Christmas was awesome, I found happiness and I got out, met people, and this week....a girl drove 6 hours to see me and is over here so...*blushes* I adore her. <3 Here's the Christmas video:
On the side, this year, I started my podcast series "Talking Real", talking about my future plans and current life, my music, the works. I also started my series on how to beat depression. I really gotta work on the 3rd episode of that. Go check those out in my submissions. I also started "Kid Project", a new side project I'm going to reveal more on next year.
I know this is a long ass post, but it's only for those who wanna know the shitload I've done this year and will the next haha. Not much planned, but I'll tell you a small list of what's planned.
- Pixel Day (but, we already talked about that. January 21st is the deadline!)
- NGADM (Newgrounds Audio Death Match. @Echo and @Step have stepped down, and passed the torch to me. I will be revisiting an old topic I started when talking about the NGADM to others, seeing what time of year it should be and who would join the team to help me organize it. I want to keep this legacy going!
- Art-Inspired Music Contest (A.I.M.) (It may have to be bumped to a different time of year due to me also running the NGADM)
- Venturescape (That Audio Drama I just talked about)
- New genres you haven't heard from me before (yes, really)
- Pico Day 2017...maybe (Tom isn't sure if there will be one yet, but hope so!)
- Working my new job at that grocery store (yep, I'm happy, had a good interview today!)
- That video game I talked about earlier will be released, hopefully, with the soundtrack I'm doing
- More Soul Jump music + videos
- Piercing Lazer's "The Other Side (Deluxe Edition)" and a NEW album, hopefully (been working on it for a couple or so years on the side)
- Kid Project album (new experimental hip-hop side project where I rap and sing and make freaky beats talking about serious topics and sometimes fun/hilarious songs)
- Watch myself play Babadi when Frieza's Wish comes out.
- The Underground Collective Vol. 2 (I may or may not be a part of it that time around)
- Get a girlfriend, maybe...but not ready yet, but maybe? I dunno. New music as usual, same old shit.
Well folks, that about does it for 2016. My life has changed emotionally, financially, and I have all my friends and family and fans to thank for that. Thank you for an amazing year! Here's to 2017! If you made it this far and read it all, say "Oy"! Love you guys!
(Life updates are at the bottom if you're curious, and I posted a podcast episode about this.) http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/718049
My Newgrounds holiday, Pixel Day is coming up January 21st with the contest! It celebrates all retro gaming (like classics such as Megaman) from 8-bit to 32-bit! If you want to make something for Pixel Day (like music, art, animations, games), read here for more details: http://www.newgrounds.com/collection/pixelday2017 Keep in mind, no parodies, has to be all original! Tom and I will be judging submissions! It's the second annual, the first was great!
Thank you @TomFulp for letting this be a thing, and the new front page looks awesome!
Need Voice Actors for Audio Drama Series
I'm making an audio drama series (see this crappy thing I did for example: https://instaud.io/Evz), and I need voice actors! I have some parts chosen already, but I still have a handful of parts I still haven't decided on that I'll need more auditions for (or some that haven't been auditioned for yet). If you know any voice actors, point them to this post or have them message me! :)
I'll show the current cast, and what roles I still need more auditions more. If you want to see the plot to this Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Drama, scroll to the bottom.
The music will be done by me, @Ceevro, @PeterSatera, and @ForgottenDawn . Some songs will be composed by some of us, some will be songs they've already made. I'll also be asking other artists for songs they've made. I've already made the theme song, but it's too early to unveil it, though I will be excited when it's time to show it, I've never made music like this before.
Krystal Valentine - @SailorSilverStar / Star
Ethan Roderick - @Saminat / Sam Zamora
Young Jessica - @ATheatricalSongbird / Aimee Smith
Billy's Mom - @ATheatricalSongbird / Aimee Smith
Krystal's Mom - @ATheatricalSongbird / Aimee Smith
Extras - Early 1900's Woman - @ATheatricalSongbird / Aimee Smith
Parts Still Available
Dr. Adam Walls: Though it isn't stated, he's in his 60's, and is the head of Roots Research Lab, the research team and company who started it all, making the drug. He is a research scientist, and is the first voice you hear in the Prologue, and wishes to make everyone happy with this "genie in a bottle" drug as he says. His vision gets twisted by others, but his original intent is to help people and things don't go as planned, but no spoilers as to why.
His voice should sound like an older man in his 60's, it doesn't have to be rough or ragged, but honestly, I'll take any interpretations for this one. This is who narrarates the beginning, I would like a potentially deep voice for this though, something that shows age.
Billy's Dad: Small role for Chapter 2, but Billy's dad is a fun guy. He's the "let's go outside and play catch" type of dad, who also went fishing sometimes. He has a fun expressive voice. Something that shows a grown man's voice, but also full of energy.
Jeremiah: It's a small role, but decent amount of lines, a little more than the moms and dads. This man can be easily compared to Gaston from Beauty and the Beast, and should have a hefty voice as such, or similar. Something that sounds masculine, deep, maybe even heroic. There's a reason for it, once you see the chapter. I won't give away much, other than he is from the early 1900's, and should talk like a heroic gentleman. Not time-travel. You'll see. Research on the accent will help.
Extras: These parts could easily be played by the actors as they're short lines in parts. So I'd need a teen guy (think highschool), Also, a DJ voice, someone energetic who can get people pumped at a live concert or party.
Jessica (her last name is revealed later): 17 years of age, kind've girly but also kind of a tomboy. She's spunky, sweet, caring, and silly. She's got a playful personality. So that gives you an idea of what I'm looking for. She's a side character, but has a decent amount of lines. (I might know who I want to cast currently, but I want to see more auditions before I cast the role to see who else has something to offer as well)
Young Krystal: Krystal at 12-years old. Something higher in pitch, same personality. This Krystal is more fragile, and shy, so that will tell you what kind of voice I'm looking for. Depending, the same voice actress could potentially do Noel, if able to do something slightly deeper than this.
Abigail: Small role, but says more lines than the moms and dads. She is a woman from the early 1900's (yes, same part of the book as Jeremiah), and is a victim of abuse, and worse. Bonus points if you can give me a voice for this woman who sounds "proper" as they spoke in the early 1900's. I'm open for different pitches for her voice though. Research on the accent will help, I believe it's called the "Trans-Atlantic" accent?
Extras: These parts could easily be played by the actors as they're short lines in parts. So I'd need a teen girl, a motherly woman in her 50's or 60's with a similar nature to Mrs. Doubtfire in the tone of voice (I'll even be open to different accents for this one from around the world), News Anchor Woman (think professional news anchor woman voice, put simply).
The story itself deals deeply with emotions and character backgrounds since it's a very character-driven story related to the events going on, but the plot is basically set in the year 2086, and due to the falling economy and riots, the government decides to hire a research team to make a drug called Iris, issued by the FDA, to stop the riots, by giving this lucid-dreaming drug to people. It can let them see their fantasies, their imagination with ease.
But, little did they know they would be facing their fears, getting to know who they truly are, and waking up to a world on the verge of an apocolypse (not zombies or nukes). It takes you through the characters' memories, their dreams, and will help you understand them, as well as take you on a mystical journey to survive in a dying world. There is magic and other stuff eventually, no spoilers.
Statement + Life Updates
I realize this post is long, don't know who will read this far, but kudos if you did! I'm really happy to be bringing this series to life, been working on it a long time writing-wise.
As far as life updates....oh boy. I quit my job, it was making me miserable, and I needed something better, and I'm a lot happier now, more myself. Mentally, and emotionally, I was going to a darker place I didn't want to be, I had to quit. I'm looking for a new job in the meantime. I have a new "Talking Real" podcast episode up here soon talking about all this (http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/718049) . Working on commissions in the meantime and will be entering remix contests on other sites.
Well that's all for now, thank you all for your support, and send me voice actors! Yay! Later guys!