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I will not lie, lately i've had "writer's block" with my music and I've felt discouraged because sometimes i just feel some of the music i end up putting out is failure sometimes due to bad mixing i cant improve on. I've tried. I've been frustrated with myself on failure of improvement ever since the NGADM, that was a disaster (mixing issues). I haven't really felt inspired except this one song i've been working on, been having trouble with client work but trying.
I don't know if i can write another comedy song, I can't come up with material. I've promised my youtube subscribers a comedy song since they requested it but gah, wheres the inspiration? When I put forth hard work and effort, unless I'm paid for it, it doesn't do me much good. Lately there have been too many failures, so I've been scared to put my heart in something again. I don't feel good enough. But I'm really trying. I do feel passionate about it and love what I do but lately I've felt so blank and discouraged. Not sure where to go from here.
I love Madness Day, and I love Madness, and Krinkels is my buddy, but I will not participate this year, for I've had lack of confidence in my music writing skills lately, and shall only write when I feel inspired and have the passion to, not to compete, as I know I am not good enough to as proven (even though i was shocked I got into the NGADM).
Originally this post was more or less a result of my rage against the people in the forums who make newgrounds a less enjoyable place, but then I saw some supportive comments that restored my faith in this community. I want to thank you all. So I rewrote this post to make this more helpful without appearing angry.
Basically, the reason people like me hate posting in the forums, is because of the people in the forums "shitposting" and trolling and acting like you gave them a death threat or something when you didn't, just to be funny? I don't see why people have to make a community less enjoyable to make you want to stay away from forums.
Sure some say "wah wah whine some more" but theres a difference between whining, and making a post to say, "Hey, why can't we be a better community?" or, "Why do people want to make newgrounds a less enjoyable place to talk to people we can barely talk to?"
EDIT: Well....I've seen a lot of supportive comments that have restored my faith in the people in this community. Perhaps I should just not be in the forums, but still take part in this community. I revised this post to be more constructive than destructive. Also was recently offered a voice acting role so we'll see how that goes. I would like to apologize as I could've made these points in a better way but that's what happens when you push someone I guess. I still believe in what i said about the forums being better but I don't care to meddle around in there anymore. Anyways, thanks guys.
So my new album is finally out, and you can download the 15 track album for only $5! Would mean a lot, I REALLY want to get this out there so spread the word! Click the link below!
O-Tone did an AMAZING job with the artwork you can find here: http://www.newgrounds.com/art/view/otone/dark-city-album-cover
Also JUST released a pop EP (Clocks EP) with Zoozbuh. Check it out here buy it if you want: https://zoozbuh.bandcamp.com/album/clocks-ep
Well, I guess I've been a little down lately. I WAS invited to an album called Harmony of Heroes...but to my uttermost disappointment, was not good enough to compose for it...I guess. It's always mixing which is my problem, I guess it's made me a bit upset since I've tried my hardest and it's not good enough on some cases such as why I lost in Round 1 of NGADM even though I worked hard. I was really looking forward to it but I guess I'll still be looking forward to hearing the songs on there.
I was also working on a comic in the works but...well I guess that's been put on hold for a while. Things have been slow and not as well as I'd like them to be, such as recovering from my asthma and lots of pollen flying everywhere. Could be worse, but could be a lot better too :/. Anyways, enough of my bitching.
PS: My sweet new logo was made by Animattronic, woo!
So my new album is finally out, and got a website in the works thanks to a friend, plus a new logo on the way! Download the 15 track album for only $5! Would mean a lot, I REALLY want to get this out there so spread the word! Click the link below!
O-Tone did an AMAZING job with the artwork you can find here: http://www.newgrounds.com/art/view/otone/dark-city-album-cover
Psst, if you like my facebook and leave a comment there if you buy the album, you'll get a FREE track from my NEXT album Volume 2 not expected until early 2014!
I'm your guy. I'm offering my musician services for your games, videos, or music just to listen to! My only restriction is I don't do music for explicit adult content (pornography). I do a LOT of genres so shoot me a message and we'll talk prices, I really could use the support and business right now.
Also, updates on my new album coming in ONE WEEK!, new music, etc, it's another Faction Report below! Click the link! :D
Here's the new single, "Dark City" featuring my friend Zach Holsclaw on the screams and my singing.
Here's the album trailer: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/623949
So almost 2 weeks ago I made it into the Newgrounds Audio Deathmatch, I was I'll be even more shocked if I make it to Round 2, but
It was really hard to make but I managed, I honestly think it's the best song I've ever made, partially because of how much time and effort I put into it compared to my past work, and I'm really happy with how it came out! :) A lot of inspiration came from Dream Theater (one of my favorite bands) and Back-From-Purgatory (one of my favorite newgrounds artists).
As usual, every two weeks, here is my latest news on music I've been working on, new videos, and oh, I made a couple tutorial videos on how to make the Necromancer Theme from Castle Crashers. A lot of people forget I'm the one who made that song. I want to move people away from that and bring them into my new music because quite frankly, I'm tired of living in the past but people just don't seem to care...oh well. Here's all the updates in an organized fashion.
Subscribe to my channel if you want more! http://www.youtube.com/realfactionmusic
So I started doing this thing called "The Faction Report" because I now have 2,000 subscribers on youtube and need to dedicate more time to editing for my fans, and figured this is a more effective way to update and interact with them.
I'm uploading the songs from the A.I.M. contest that landed on the contest album, uploading them DAILY so check this playlist on a daily basis for new songs:
PS: I can't believe I'm in the 1st Round of the NGADM X___X such an honor! Good luck everyone :D
You can save up to 15% on car insurance by switching to....what? Anyways! Recently I organized the A.I.M. (Art-Inspired Music) contest which had a HUGE amount of support by a LOT of people, it's great! It was a lot of fun. Here are the results to that contest, as well as a video. Thanks to Luwano for the awesome artwork!
A.I.M. Contest Results: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1344605
Let me tell ya, was a LOT of hard work but well worth it! Thank you Tom Fulp for frontpaging this event and supporting it, I want to do it again later this year, not sure when but stay tuned!
I'll make music for you for cheap whether it's for a game, for listening to, whatever! Just shoot me a message and we'll negotiate prices, I need the money and I love making music for people.
Shout out to my pal Evil-Dog for giving me some insanely sick drumkit samples to use for my future music, you rock broseph! Also shoutout to Back-From-Purgatory for putting up with my nonsense and overall being supportive with this contest and hard working. Same could be said with HalcyonicFalconX who also judged the competition and worked hard and pulled through in the crisis during the competition, you work hard girl!
Other than that, working on my new album to be released next month, and made a remix of Dr. Mario that I uploaded so stay tuned! Love you guys.
- Real Faction
Earlier this year I attempted to start my business...only got a few customers, but was decent. I'm going to try to start it up again, and I will make music for almost anything (unless it's explicit) you need, like music for a video, a game, an animation, etc. Here's some details.
2. Then, I charge a one time fee of $20 for one song and I won't rest until you're happy with it! I feel this is more affordable than what most people charge, so I figure it's a fair price.
3. Try to find a song that's similar, or give me some ideas of the kind of style/genre you want.
4. Throughout development, I'll send you samples of what I have, then you tell me what changes to make or to keep it as it is, making it longer or etc.
5. I do up to 8 minutes for the song, but extra will cost you a little more depending on how long, that's negotiable.
6. If you need a lot of songs (such as for a soundtrack), we can negotiate on a fair price. I don't want to keep charging $20 for all of that, that wouldn't be fair!
From time to time, I'll keep making free music to post, but not as often, and stay posted, soon I'm coming out with a new metal/rock album. I'm excited Dark City (the single) got frontpaged! I'm currently talking to someone to get vocals on that track. I may release it instrumental, as some say it would be better, but we'll see!
PS: The A.I.M. (Art-Inspired Music Audio Contest) is going great! However, if you want to enter the contest, PLEASE read it through, people have been not linking to artwork as of late on the forum thread, and ask all questions in the discussion thread.
Originally, I didn't add this part to this post, but I have to now because I've seen a SHOCKING number of creative folks (animators/artists) who don't listen to constructive criticism and think "I'm successful, I know what I'm doing, so I don't have to listen to you" because they're egotistical.
The advice? Get real, and keep an open mind. I've seen some GREAT animators on here turn this route whom used to make better animations with good writing, but they became lazy and either don't focus on writing and make unoriginal inspired toons (yeah you know which ones i mean, I don't have to name them) or they don't listen to critical reviews and brush them off with a pat on the head and say "I'm the best, so I won't listen to you. Time to make another toon with annoying voices and douchebaggary".
I could name a list of people but that would be insulting and I'm not stooping to that level of fowl play. But it just pisses me off to see these famous artists waste their talent and become robotic hacks with a huge ego. Some of them being frontpaged with these annoying toons...they used to be so talented, really, and that's what urks me.
If you're a REAL artist, you ALWAYS have an open mind for improvement, and think more about where you're going with your creative work. I miss the old days on newgrounds when animation and art required well thought out input, and SOME of the animations are, but most of the ones i've been seeing here and there by certain artists, are well animated yes, but purely unoriginal bullshit, some with annoying voices (on purpose) and cliches (like memes).
TL;DR : It's about time some certain artists got their heads out of their asses and actually respected the constructive criticism. Just because you're really good at animating, doesn't make an excuse to be a douchebag. Keep your roots and remember who you are. It dissapoints me to see that some really talented animators became so egotistical they feel that they're gods with closed ears.
I'm done ranting, sorry to sound harsh, but I'm not the only one who has felt this way I know, I just haven't seen many post about it, so thought I would. They won't listen or care, but this will be realized. I love Newgrounds for the community it is and the talented artists, but I really hope nobody else goes that route, even though they probably will.
The Indescribable Name Of Signing,
- Real Faction (it's now spaced!)
I've taken a while to get this idea together, but I've FINALLY orchestrated my Art-Inspired Music Audio Contest(A.I.M. for short)! Basically music inspired by art.
You could win $100, a $50 Steam Card, your winning song on the FREE A.I.M. Compilation Album, and this contest runs 6 weeks. Everything you need to know is in the submission thread, but ONLY submit your song submission there, talk in the discussion thread.
Submission Thread/Main Contest Thread: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1339801
Discussion Thread: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1339800
Also I'm looking for work as a freelancer, I charge cheap say about $15 cheapest but it's all negotiable, I could use the money (my friend is providing the contest prizes out of volunteering, as I'm poor). Message me if you want to me to make you something. I'm really thankful to Soma689 for being a judge and for the prizes, he's my buddy, glad he supports me with this idea. Also thanks to HalcyonicFalconX for supporting me and being a judge as well!
Also shoutout to Luwano for the awesome artwork! Good luck guys!
On a side note, for months i've been SICK of Game Grumps animations, some of them are well animated sure, but it's just a "ass-kiss" sceam to get an automatic front page for making some random flash of two guys playing a video game...pretty stupid.