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A.I.M., NGADM, Resident Evil 7 (Talking Real)

2017-02-11 06:00:30 by RealFaction
Updated

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
http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/688746



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)

Demo: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/664782


NGADM/AIM Schedules (Need Feedback) + Podcast

2017-02-05 14:24:38 by RealFaction
Updated

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.


Geometry Dash, 1500 Fans, Game Development

2017-01-28 00:16:51 by RealFaction
Updated

Geometry Dash

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. 

 

1,500 Fans

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)

Public Apology

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!

Post: http://twinblazar.newgrounds.com/news/post/975530


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

 

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Pixel Day/NGADM + AIM

2017-01-21 15:16:13 by RealFaction
Updated

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!

Demo: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/664782

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 In Review/2017 Plans/Final Casting

2016-12-27 19:32:02 by RealFaction
Updated

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)


Dr. Adam Walls - Patrick Seymour (You know him from Freedom Planet, love that game and the voice work)

Billy Cloud - @Saminat / Sam Zamora

Young Billy - @Rocker962 / Mark Gonzales

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

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 memehttp://www.newgrounds.com/art/view/realfaction/look-at-dat-shit

Remix: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/694684

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


 

Venturescape

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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q2yW_X6eG6I&feature=youtu.be


 

 

Random Shit

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.



2017 Plans

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.


Summary

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!


Pixel Day + Need Voice Actors + More

2016-12-19 13:46:36 by RealFaction
Updated

(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
 

Pixel Day

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. 



Current Cast


Billy Cloud - @Saminat / Sam Zamora

Young Billy - @Rocker962 / Mark Gonzales

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

 

Male Roles

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.
 



Female Roles


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).


Plot

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!


Writing Stories/Audio Dramas/Pixel Day

2016-12-07 16:40:41 by RealFaction
Updated

EDIT 12/8: Added more roles!  Forgot the extras and a couple side characters!

Before I get into this, would you help me find people for this?  I need voice actors, and to use some music from musicians with permission.  Tag them in the comments, perhaps?  Also, my Newgrounds holiday, Pixel Day is coming up January 21st!  If you want to make something for Pixel Day, read here for more details: http://www.newgrounds.com/collection/pixelday2017

Audio Drama?

If I were to share my stories I've been working on passionately for years, if I were to do audio dramas for them, would any voice actors be willing to lend their voices to the characters, and musicians potentially willing to provide music you've already made?  I would be making some of the music for some of the stories, but making all of it would be too time-consuming.  I'd ask some musicians for songs they've made, basically.  Anything that fits.

It would be a chapter-by-chapter thing, potentially every 2 to 4 weeks.  Different chapters are narrarated by the main focus character of that chapter, and they have lines in the story.  It's kind of like Noir narraration but, not Noir. I figure this is easier work.  Who would help?  I want to see how Chapter 1 goes first if I decide to do this. 

Plot

The story itself deals deeply with emotions and character backgrounds, but the plot is basically set in the year 2086, and due to the falling economy and outrageous riots (note I started writing this almost 7 years ago before recent riots), the government decides to hire a research team to make a drug called Iris, to replace anti-depressants, 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).  It's basically a character-driven series, I worked hard on the characters.  It takes you through their memories, their dreams, and will help you understand them, as well as take you on a mystical journey through a dying world.   There is magic and other stuff eventually, no spoilers.
 


Voice Actors/Characters

To give an idea of a couple people I had in mind, @Piper, @Nikki-Chi, and @Gianni would be great for this.  If you can reccomend any other voice actors/musicians and tag them in the comments, that would be swell.  I'll check them out.  I expect high quality work.  I'll tell you what kind of voices I need.  I encourage all of you to try out for multiple roles, because I'm interested to see your takes on them.  :)

Males (First 4 Chapters):


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 Cloud: 19 years of age, long black hair, caucasian, kinda skinny, likes to dress Goth (he wears a black trenchcoat and black gloves, leather pants, etc) and act like a smartass.  He's a bit cocky sometimes, but deep down, he is sensitive and an intelligent mind, with racing thoughts.  Preferably something like Spike Valentine from Cowboy Bebop, but a bit higher to match the teenage years, and not quite as relaxed, something a bit different.  I'm open for suggestions on this voice, experiment!

He would be nararrating all of Chapters 1 and 2 (and a couple others later in the series) as he is a main character. 

Young Billy: This is Billy at 13 years old.  Shorter hair, and not so dark of an appearance.  All I would need here for this part of the story, is a higher voice, something younger.  Sound like a 13-year old boy, same personality, just younger.  If no one provides something like what I'm looking for, I might do this one, not sure.

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.

Ethan: This role has the least amount of lines.  Ethan is Billy's roommate.  He's a drug addict and well, not much is revealed about his personality other than he's Billy's close friend.  He's the "hey dude" type, a stoner.  So...stoner-type of voice?  I'm open to different types of voices here, but he's around Billy's age, so keep that in mind.

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), another 1900's man potentially,  Also, a DJ voice, someone energetic who can get people pumped at a live concert or party.

Females (First 4 Chapters):

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.

Young Jessica -ROLE TAKEN-: Same deal, only an 11-year old version.


Krystal Valentine:  18 years old, long red hair, caucasian, average build (she's thin-ish but looks healthy), likes to dress preppy, sort of.  She likes wearing hoodies like from Aeropostle or Hollister (not companies in the book, just saying), tank tops, skinny jeans, t-shirts with long sleeves, tennis shoes. 

She's a sucker for reading, she loves playing piano, she hates being "pretty" because she draws what she calls "the wrong attention", she wants a sweet guy to see her heart.  She's closed herself off from love from being hurt too many times, and she's scared.  She has anxiety about it.  She works as a Librarian.  The ideal voice for this is potentially sort of deep, (but not too deep), but something either elegant, soft and sweet,  a soothing "mother's voice".  But, I'm open for different types of voices for her.

She would be narrarating Chapters 3 and 4 (and a couple others later in the series) as she is a main character.

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. 

Krystal's Mother:  Essentially, this one is simple.  I didn't write much about her, other than Krystal got her love for playing piano from her mother.  Mostly, this small role is for an emotional part of the story where the mother is crying, I won't say why, but...it's harsh.  I need someone who has a good motherly tone of a grown woman, and can give a convincing crying voice. 

Billy's Mother: This is also a small role, but similar to Krystal's mother.  Billy's mother is a fun mom, she is energetic, has spunk, kind of a tomboy.  She says things like "good morning, sleepyhead".  Things a loving mom would say.  So, that should describe what kind of voice I'm looking for, for this one. 

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.

Extras: These parts could easily be played by the actors as they're short lines in parts.  So I'd need a teen girl, another early 1900's woman (could be done by Abigail's actress maybe), a motherly woman in her 40's or 50'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).


Music

People like @ForgottenDawn and @PeterSatera and @Animattronic , their music would be perfect to use, certain songs.  I'm looking for cinematic music, piano music, maybe even soft jazz, or hiphop jazz in some parts.  Feel free to reccomend whatever, as long as they're experienced.

As for art, I would plan on commissioning an art cover with all the characters, for the whole series.  This one's a Sci-Fi/Drama/Adventure/Psychological Thriller/Fantasy series.  It's called Venturescape.  The series after this would be shorter, but more action and sci-fi, and the third series, VERY Sci-Fi/Futuristic and fun with good characters.

Closing Statement

I want to see how the first 4 Chapters of this series do, which follows mostly 2 main characters to start off the story, but there are more characters later on, more main characters to be introduced.  I won't spoil anything.  I plan on adding sound effects, and music, things to really bring this series to life.  Who's with me?  Anyone want this?

Here's an example i did, yeah i don't like the voice acting i did, it's a later chapter, but doesn't spoil anything really.  It just gives an idea.  I did the music and mixing too.  https://instaud.io/Evz


Help Me!! + NG Zero Hour + I'm Babidi

2016-12-01 21:03:00 by RealFaction
Updated

This post is going to be about LinkedIn and how I'm struggling finding a new job, seeing who can help me find work on there as I'm not doing well financially at the moment, as well as my recent voice-acting gig, and promoting a friend's music, and talking about my work life.  Also, my Beating Depression podcast series.


Before I go into all that though....

NG Zero Hour + Game Ideas

For the longest time, I have wanted to finish Newgrounds: Zero Hour (it's a game), and still have some of the assets that are already made for some of the stages.  Would anyone be willing to be a programmer for it and also would any pixel artists be interested in helping out with it (including the ones that previously worked on it)?  I've been wanting to
finish this game.  The artists who have done work for it, worked hard, I don't want their work to go to waste. 

Here's the demo if you haven't seen it:  http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/664782

I've had an idea for a 3D game for some time now, but no idea hows the best way to go about it, seems harder to reach.  I've been passionate about writing stories and ideas for games.  If anyone has advice for me how to join on a team for that or execute it well, let me know.  I suck at programming and modeling, but I'm good at writing and music.

Voice Acting

@MysticSkillz is doing a big animated movie collab for his fan-animated project, Frieza's Wish.  I submitted my lines, because I'm playing the role of the evil wizard who brought Buu back into the world to cause chaos.  That's right, I'm playing Babidi!  My take on his voice is a bit different, it's darker, yet somewhat similar, but different.  I hope you all like it!  You can expect a teaser trailer soonish, whenever he posts it I'll link it here.  I'll be in the trailer.


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LinkedIn + Work Life

I recently worked on my LinkedIn profile and have decided to be more open with it.  I've been desperate to find a new job, because I'm not making the money I need, and my job isn't safe.  I have to rely on tips as a pizza delivery driver.  My car is also old, and I can't wear my car out anymore, I can't afford a new one.  Would you help me out by connecting with my LinkedIn profile and endorsing me?  Help me find some work?  It's been hard for me lately, I have been struggling for years.

Here's my LinkedIn profile to connect with: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-guy-190a4831



Beating Depression

Every week, I'm recording and uploading a new episode in the "Beating Depression" podcast series, helping people learn more about how to beat Depression, lots that isn't known.  I'll link the next entry here when it's done soon, I have the script done.  I share my personal experiences too.




Animattronic/The Last Navigator

Check out my buddy @Animattronic at http://www.animattronic.ca and his side project The Last Navigator at http://the-last-navigator.com/home .  I love his music and his 3D work.  He's made some of the music videos for Circle of Dust, Celldweller, and Scandroid.  He and I are currently working on a song under my Kid Project side project.

 

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That's all for now!  Help me guys...


Pico's School Soundtrack + More

2016-11-23 17:49:35 by RealFaction
Updated

Recently, @TomFulp asked me to replace the copyrighted music in Pico's School he could sadly no longer use, by making a new soundtrack for it.  I was shocked, and I'm honored, because I know how iconic that game is and how it made Newgrounds what it is today.  If it wasn't for that game and the other controversial fun games Tom made, NG wouldn't have gotten it's popularity at the time. 

To think, in 2003 I was just a user, 2006 an unknown musician, and 10 years later, this happens!  It's just so surreal man, but I'm really happy!  He commissioned me to do it, paid more than I thought he would, which is generous of him.  If you wanna commission me for some work, check out my prices: http://www.flareheartstudio.com/catalog

Check out the "Behind the Scenes" video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rbfm6Y70Xw0

Play Pico's School: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/310349

Also I released the second entry in my "Beating Depression" series to help anyone with Depression: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/713837



J GRGRY

I want to take this time to promote this awesome artist, he and his band are amazing.  Joe Gregory.  I noticed the music video for his first single, "Cave Birds", has not even 900 views at this time, but his music is so different.  I love it.  Go show him some support, watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrY0psKXkbU

Follow the band on Twitter: https://twitter.com/jgrgrymusic



Before I get into the new music project "Kid Project" news (at the bottom), let's talk about what I posted this week, and will post in the soon future.

2 New Piercing Lazer Songs

I posted 2 new Piercing Lazer songs to Newgrounds and YouTube, from the upcoming deluxe edition of "The Other Side", which will be expanded into a full album with vocals on every track.  Those songs are instrumental versions of "The Secret", and "Deadbeat".  If you're curious about their background stories, it's in the descriptions of the songs.  Check them out.

The Secret:  http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/712909

Deadbeat:  http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/712911

I also have another song on the way that isn't done yet, called "Galaxy".  That'll probably be finished soon, then I'll post it.  It's taking longer than I thought to finish the deluxe edition.  It will be sometime in 2017.  I've been behind on a lot of work I'm getting done this week such as commissions and lines for Babadi in MysticSkill's new DBZ fan animation project "Frieza's Wish".  That, and I'm working on Kid Project, which I'll discuss in a minute.
 


"Beating Depression" Video Series

Every week, I will be filming a video for my "Beating Depression" video series.  I beat a lifelong battle of Depression, and I've learned a lot of things most people don't know, stuff I learned from wise friends.  Every week I'll tackle a different topic in hopes to educate more people to help them beat their Depression. 

I can't guarentee it'll work, but I have a lot of faith in it.  Here's the playlist on youtube to keep you updated on the series: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLM_ItXF6mgdrOb1GRH0m-97IqNDi5QxzC

I'm filming video #2 later today, and posting it tomorrow. 



Kid Project

I'm going to give you a little more detail on exactly what this is, but not tell you everything.  This is a new experimental hip-hop music project I've been working on the past month.  It's not like any you hear nowadays (thank god honestly, but there are a few I like), I'm making some of the beats, as well as collabing with producers.  I thought to myself, "I've been sticking with artist names I made when I was 14 and 15 years old, I need to start something new".  So I did.

So why the rapper name Kid Project?  Well, it describes me and this project very well.  I always saw myself as this cartoon character (and my real name being John Guy, or Johnny K. Guy as I like to say my name, sounds like a character name), since I have a wacky personality and I'm still a kid at heart.  That, and originally Kid was going to be K.I.D., standing for "Killing Inner Demons", since this project is about spreading positive messages of love and how to fight those inner demons. 

I want to impact people's lives through this music, help them beat depression, hate, any negative thing in their lives to find peace with themselves and the world.  I'm in the works of making an EP debut, which will come before the Piercing Lazer Deluxe Edition album.  So, secretly I've been working on songs for this project.  I won't say who I'm collabing with yet though, or reveal the flashy outfit (yes, there's a signature outfit since it's a "character" sort of), that's a surprise. 

You can expect the debut of Kid Project sometime in early 2017 (hopefully), so nothing will be released for a while.  I do however want to film a music video for one of the songs this year if I can, to release a single in the near future.  Still got ways to go, but the record will probably be a 5 or 6 track EP.  Rarely do I do full albums anymore, no one ever really gets them anymore, and it's a lot of work.  I figure less money for the people, a handful of songs, and quicker releases, but still taking my time on them. 

Mystery Plan

I have a really big plan for my life besides that, and I can't say it yet, but if it works out, you'll end up hearing about it.  Let's just say I might be going off to somewhere, that may get me out there and change my life.  If it works out, anyhow.  I really hope it does.  I want to get famous someday and impact the world and financially help my friends (and be financially steady enough to leave my job).  Catcha later guys, got more on the way soon!