A trip to Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. (and more tales of exciting weekends), another track to share from World Beyond + some BTTB updates!
Hello everyone and hope you've all had a great week since the last blog post. I have pretty much not been here for most of it (Friday to Tuesday evening), so there's not a whole lot to report about in terms of my work, but there is some new music to share and a few little updates which we'll get onto in a moment. First though, I thought it'd be cool once again to share with you what I was up to this past weekend, and even without seeing Ozzy Osbourne (get well soon sir), boy was it a busy one! Let's get started!
Saturday commenced with the traditional family coffee morning which was as usual a great start to the weekend, before myself, twin Eamon and girlfriend Eva headed to London for a late Christmas present: a trip to the Marvel Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibition/experience! Unfortunately for us, it was rail replacement bus services all this weekend, which meant a much longer journey than usual and so no time to explore London (and Denmark Street) before going to the exhibit, and even at our speediest we arrived at 3:20 pm for what should have been a 3:00 - 3:30 pm entry. Cutting the time a little short there!
The exhibition was simply fantastic though if you're a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe! With props all the way back to the Iron Man suit that Robert Downey Jr wore back in 2008 (the chunky one in the cave), to Captain America's WWII uniform and shield, to even scale models of how HUGE the Hulk's hands are, as well as tonnes of articles about the science (both factual and only slightly fantasy) behind many of the characters and event during the franchise, it was a fantastic display and step into the world of the Avengers! I shan't give too much away here in case you go and see it for yourself but here's some pictures of me pulling a silly face on Captain America's Harley Davidson, and trying to pick up a replica of Thor's Hammer Mjölnir!
There were also many interactive experiences including a motion tracked Hulkbuster Armour game, and a strength test in which somehow I managed to consistently register as just about stronger than Natasha Romanov (AKA Black Widow), which I'm pretty chuffed about considering I'd describe my build as "a bunch or twigs held together by string", and neither Eamon nor Eva could figure out how I managed it. Perhaps all those years of playing doubleneck? We shall never know... Thanks so much to Eva for the fantastic day out once again (and for taking the pictures too), and I wonder what our next adventure will be!
Sunday was another day out too, again rushed because of the lack of trains, so not much time to explore Brighton this trip either. The trip's main purpose though was to see the new Battle Angel: Alita live action film, based off the 90's manga/anime of the same name, and overall, fantastic execution, especially the visuals, acting and story. I won't spoil anything here, but the one thing I would say is DUDE BBFC, you really messed up with the age rating on this... 12A?! More like 15 (even the animated version was a 15). Children should not be watching this level or gore and dystopia even if accompanied by a parent, I have no idea what you were thinking with that... Very well done film though. I'd highly recommend to any fan of the franchise!
Finally for the long weekend, Monday (with the Ozzy gig being postponed) was spent chilling and catching up with friends instead which was great. Tuesday morning was exciting too as my brother won an auction last month for some props used in another live action 90's anime adaptation, 2017's Ghost In The Shell film, and the items finally arrived in the post which was super cool. After that, it was a long day of travelling back to reality which included a headphones synth jam on the train. Overall another great action packed weekend!
Onto the audio news for this week, I've another great track to share with you from last years World Beyond album, a groovy heavy metal tune "Nickel and Dime"! I'm on bass and lead guitar as usual for this one, and I hope you enjoy the vizualiser music video that Vlad put together for it. More music to come soon, and if you can't wait, be sure to check out the full "Nobody Asked For This So I Did It" album on Bandcamp via the link below. Enjoy!
Lastly for this blog post, a couple of updates on how the upcoming Better Than The Book - Hopes and Dreams album is coming along! Although I haven't had much time to work on it this week, as of yesterday 2/10 mixes have been tweaked to perfection (to my ears at least) and have been exported ready for mastering when they're all done. The mastering session has been set up too with a solid processing chain set up ready for the final tweaks and polishing when the mixes are done. It's slowly but surely coming along, and hopefully I should be at least halfway through the album by the next blog post (if all goes well). The finish line (audio-wise at least) is well within sight, and I'll keep you updated with the progress as and when there are things to report!
That about wraps things up for this post. Apart from working on the upcoming Better Than The Book album, I have a couple of other things to take care of this week which'll hopefully make an appearance in the next blog post. We'll see how it all goes and I'm sure there'll be another World Beyond visualiser to share too! Until then, I hope you have a great and productive week and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various music projects. Have a good one and take care!
Happy Chinese New Year, sitting in Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)'s drum kit, Patreon rewards & another JabunAudio newsletter sent out, Better Than The Book anniversaries, an animated music video from World Beyond + setting & reflecting on some more goals!
Hi everyone! Hope you've had a great week whatever you've been up to, and for those who have been celebrating it, Happy Chinese New Year from JabunAudio! Although I've not been here for most of this week, it's somehow been as if more than a week's worth of stuff has been crammed into the few days I have been in the studio, and as such, it's going to be a long blog post this time, so I hope you enjoy it. My studio time this week has mainly been spent working on the final audio tweaks for the upcoming Better Than The Book - Hopes and Dreams album, as well as drafting up the cover artwork, both of which are going well so far. Before we get onto the main news for the week, I thought it'd be cool to share with you what I was up to this weekend past, as it really was a spectacular time! Let's get started:
So amongst the tasty food, red envelopes and chill time with loved ones this weekend, I also went on a pilgrimage of sorts on Saturday and finally took a trip down to Drum One, the drum shop that Iron Maiden's drummer Nicko McBrain opened last April in Manchester! I've been meaning to go since it opened (for those don't know yet, I've been a HUGE Maiden fan since my teen years), and the cards lined up perfectly this weekend for a trip there and it was simply awesome! Not only was there tonnes of cool drum stuff there, but by the entrance was Nicko's touring kit from when I saw Iron Maiden for the 2nd time back in 2008 with a tonne of my family and friends (last year was the 5th time seeing them and they're always a blast!). I asked whether I could take a picture with the the kit, and the guy at the counter asked whether I wanted to take a picture IN the kit instead! Mind -> blown! Of course!
And so I the rest of the pictures speak for themselves! I didn't get a chance to play, as there wasn't a snare set up (I did manage a hi-hat stomp though), but it was simply awe inspiring, and frankly intimidating being inside such a large drum set (see the panorama below to get an idea) that I'd seen played by one of my biggest drumming heroes! 9 toms (ranging from a TINY 6" to much bigger than I thought existed too (18" apparently)), 11 cymbals plus the hi-hats minus the usual gong at the back, snare stand set up but no snare, and a single kick bass drum (I have no idea how that guy does what he does with a single kick!). Amazing! Thanks so much to Eva for the detoured trip and for taking the outside drum pictures! It was an amazing day out!
Onto the first of the main news for this week, it's the beginning of another month which means another JabunAudio music production newsletter has been sent out! This time, I’ll be continuing with the topic of vocal production, discussing various methods for creating artificial vocal double tracks before sharing my own technique for achieving tight and naturally varied doubles for you own vocals (without having to pick up the mic a second time)! If that sounds interesting to you, sign up for free on the JabunAudio home page, I hope you enjoy it, and be sure to share with anyone you think would be interested!
Next, and continuing with more beginning of the month usual content, yesterday was the first Wednesday of February which means I've just sent out another batch of rewards to the $1 / $2+ patrons over on Patreon! This time I'm sharing the final piece of the publicly available Better Than The Book discography, a bonus instrumental version of BTTB's debut album: "Two Years On [Instrumentals]" and yesterday just so happened to also be the 2 year anniversary for that album, as well as the 3 year anniversary since BTTB dropped it's debut album Two Years On! How time flies, and it's been an incredible 3 years since then. Thanks so much to everyone who's supported the project over the years and I really can't wait to share the upcoming Hopes and Dreams album with you soon!
With all that said you can now get everything BTTB has currently released (including many exclusive bonus tracks) when you subscribe to my Patreon page (+ even more good stuff if you go for the higher tiers)! If that sounds good to you, then become a patron for as little as $1 a month to download all this music and all previous rewards for your tier including the One Small Step EP, Two Years On album and the last few months' collection of tracks too! I look forward to sharing the journey with you!
Next this week, some awesome and epic animated fun from World Beyond, as Vlad releases a music video for the first track on the recent "Nobody Asked For This So I Did It" album, "Not The Beginning", set as a teaser to the climax of the album "Awaken The Giant", which I'm sure will be coming soon! I think I'm just on bass for this track (possibly guitar too? I can't actually remember), but whatever the case, I hope you enjoy the epic visualizer! Be sure to subscribe to World Beyond on YouTube via the video below to be the first to see the latest videos. I can't wait to see what's next!
Lastly this week, another beginning of the month tradition as we look back at January's goals and see how I did! Here's what was set:
1) Have all 10 mixes done for the new BTTB album ready for final tweaks and mastering
2) Set up a new archiving / back-up system for projects
3) Update my ISRC records for the new (and old) World Beyond tracks
All successes for last month! All 10 mixes at least have their first draft completed and I've already started on the final tweaks and setting up a mastering session for the album! The new archiving / back-up system was off to a shaky start (some corrupted files on one of the copies, but is all set up and rectified now, and my ISRC records are as updated as ever with the World Beyond tracks. Horray! So what shall I set myself this month?
1) Finish a first draft master of the album ready to send out for feedback before any final edits
2) Draft up the album art for the Hopes and Dreams BTTB album
3) Set aside ISRCs for the new Hopes and Dreams album and fill in all the information I can in my records (apart from the stuff I'll need to sort just before and after the release).
It's both a busy and short month with really only 3 weeks to get all this done, while not even being here for a lot of it, so I'm really not sure if I'll be able to make all these targets this time. Thankfully, 3) is already done as I managed that earlier this week, and I've made a good start with the album artwork and tweaks too, so hopefully things should be nearly done by the end of the month. I'll make finishing the audio for the album top priority with the artwork being a bonus if I can get that fully drafted too. We'll see how I get on! Any goals you'd like to share for the month? Feel free to comment below so we can keep each other accountable!
And that about wraps things up for this post! Phew, that was a long one. What does my coming week look like? Well I'll be away again for another extended weekend, though unfortunately Ozzy Osbourne has postponed his UK gigs due to poor health so I'll not be moshing my heart out on Monday night. Hope you get well soon Ozzy and looking forward to seeing you again in September (hopefully) for the re-scheduled dates. Thankfully I still have a Marvel Exhibition to look forward to as well as possibly seeing new new Battle Angel: Alita film which I'm super looking forward to for the best part of the last decade. Other than that, and working hard on the new album when I can, we shall see where the week takes me! Until the next post, I hope you have a great time whatever you're up to and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various music project! Take care and have a good one!
All first draft mixes from the upcoming Better Than The Book album complete, another track "Where Fires Burn Bright" to share from World Beyond + the January $5+ Patreon rewards have been sent out!
Hello everyone and hope that once again you're having a great week and are keeping warm in these chilly winter times (apparently snow is coming in the UK)! It's been another busy week here at JabunAudio with lots of exciting updates to share. Last weekend was Winter NAMM 2019 which although I wasn't there in person, I had a blast catching up with in all the various news blogs about studio and musical gear and my lord it looks to have been a great start to the year for music, with SO many things piquing my interest (affordable modular synths, anyone?). I'm sure you know what I'm talking about if you followed the NAMM news too, but in case it's not your cup of tea, I'll quit my fanboying for the moment. If you did follow the news, leave a comment below with your top gear wishlist additions and I'll share mine in a reply too! With all that said, let's get into some actual JabunAudio news!
First on the cards this week, a notable update for the upcoming Better Than The Book "Hopes and Dreams" album as this weekend all ten first draft mixes for the album were finally completed! We're really approaching the final hurdles now, and with things in a great state at the moment, I've decided to take a short break from the audio to freshen my ears (and catch up on some admin work), and come back to it with some perspective before making the final mix tweaks, mastering the album, and sending it out for some feedback in February. My aim is still to have the album out around April and I think at the rate things are going, it's a good timeline to work with. February is looking to be a pretty busy month though with other things, so we'll see how timing works out, and check back in at the end of February. Exciting times, and if you can't wait to hear something, head over to Patreon (www.patreon.com/NickStanding) for more BTTB news and teasers while you wait (more on that in a second)!
Next this week, I've another very appropriately timed track from World Beyond to share "Where Fires Burn Bright". I'm on lead, bass and acoustic guitar for this one, and it's a lovely contrasting atmospheric track compared to the other more hard hitting metal vibes on the album. I hope you enjoy the animated visualiser that Vlad put together, and no doubt there'll be more where that came from next week!
Finally this week, yesterday was the final Wednesday of the month which means I've just sent out another batch of rewards to the $5+ patrons on Patreon. This time I'm sharing the final piece of the publicly available Better Than The Book discography, a bonus instrumental version of BTTB's debut album: "Two Years On [Instrumentals]". If that sounds all good to you then become a $5+ patron to access Two Years On [Instrumentals] immediately (or you can pick up a copy from bandcamp). This latest reward will also be sent out to the $2 Hi-Fi Pigeons (everything) and $1 Pigeons (Mp3s and Artwork only) next week on Wednesday 6th February (which'll actually be the 2 year anniversary for Two Years On [Instrumentals], and the 3 year anniversary for Two Years On), and if you aren't already a patron, remember that you'll also be able to access all the previous music downloads for your tier too when you sign up, including the entire (current) Better Than The Book discography (One Small Step EP, Two Years On album, and more)!
For those of you who decide to join (or have already joined) the $10 DEMOlition Pigeon tier or higher, you're in for a treat too as this month I'll be diving into the creation of more Better Than The Book artwork since the One Small Step EP, as well as sharing one of the first draft mixes from the new album! Fun times! [Note: Patreon charges on sign-up AND on the 1st of each month, so to keep the cost low for you folks, be sure to wait for the start of the new month before signing up or changing your subscription tier. Many thanks for the support!]
And that about wraps things up for this week! I'm actually away for much of the following few weeks, so I'm not sure how much I'll be getting done during that time, but my aim is to continue working on the Hopes and Dreams album when I can and I'm sure there'll be more visualisers from the recent World Beyond album to share each week at the very least. Until next time, I hope you have a great week whatever you're up to (stay warm), and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various music projects. Take care!
Another track to share from World Beyond "Dawnbreaker" + only 1 track left to mix for the upcoming Better Than The Book album!
Hi everyone, and hope you're keeping warm this week as it's REALLY started to get chilly here in the UK. Feels like this post will be almost a repeat of last week's one, as once again there's a new track from the latest World Beyond album to share, I'm getting even more excited about NAMM 2019 (which sets up today!) and all the amazing pieces of gear that have been announced over the past week, and there's some more updates on the upcoming Better Than The Book "Hopes and Dreams" album to share too. Let's get started!
Another week and another track from World Beyond's "Nobody Asked For This So I Did It" album to share, and this time it's an appropriately chilly visualizer for the track "Dawnbreaker"! Once again I'm on clean guitars and bass for this one. If you've yet to check it out, go listen to "Nobody Asked For This So I Did It" on bandcamp, and I hope you enjoy the new video!
Finally this week, another update on the upcoming Better Than The Book "Hopes and Dreams" album! It's been an intensely productive week working on this and as of Tuesday, 9 tracks have their (at least) first draft mixes completed, and the final track is in the works! Things are really starting to shape up, and after this last one is done, it'll just be some final tweaks and mastering to do, then the audio will be finished! There's still more to sort out though, like artwork and the admin side of things, so I'll still be aiming for a release around April. If you can't wait for that though, head over to www.patreon.com/NickStanding to pick up the previous albums/EPs/singles and more, and even some demos of what's to come! Hope to see you there, and looking forward to sharing this project with you soon!
And that about wraps things up for this post. No doubt I'll be spending my week, keeping informed about all the exciting NAMM news to come out over the next few days while being busy working on the final mix of this new album. Sounds like a good one to me, and we'll see what else happens in the next blog post. Until then, I hope you have a great week whatever you're up to, stay warm, and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio, Better Than The Book, World Beyond and my various music projects. Take care!
Another track to share from World Beyond "Heavy Duty" + some updates on the Better Than The Book album!
Hello everyone and hope you've been having a great week since the last post! As always it's been busy on my end, mostly mixing the upcoming Better Than The Book album "Hopes and Dreams" (more on that in a second), but also doing some audio consultation for a science podcast which has been a nice change of scenery! With Winter NAMM 2019 (the music tech convention) just around the corner too, exciting news and new gear is starting to be released, and so it's been a great week for fanboying about all the cool new stuff soon to hit shelves from my favourite manufacturers. Perhaps I'll be able to go in person at some point.. Anyways, it's only a short(ish) post this week, but let's start by sharing some more music from last year's World Beyond album! Onward!
The videos keep coming from World Beyond and this week I'm happy to present to you the 13th video in the tracklist for "Nobody Asked For This So I Did It": "Heavy Duty"! As usual I'm playing bass, but I'm also playing clean guitars too this time! We're over halfway through the playlist now, and I'm wondering what'll be next in the video series! If you've yet to check it out, go listen to "Nobody Asked For This So I Did It" on bandcamp, and I hope you enjoy the visualizer for Heavy Duty!
Next and lastly this week, I just have a few updates to share for the upcoming Better Than The Book album "Hopes and Dreams". As of yesterday 7 mixes are ready for their final checks, with just 3 left to do. These last 5 mixes have been a little more difficult than those I finished last year, as I've done myself the favour (or disservice) of doing all the easy/smaller ones first. It's going mostly smoothly so far though, even if a little slower than before, and I'm still aiming to have all 10 tracks to the same standard ready for the final checks, tweaks and mastering in February. Exciting times and I'll keep you updated with it all as things unfold.
In the mean time while I'm finishing up this sophomore BTTB album, check out the first one "Two Years On" on bandcamp! For even more bang for your buck though, you can head over to Patreon, where you can pick-up Two Years On, the One Small Step EP, and a load of other tracks when you sign up for as little as $1 a month! Pick one of the higher tiers to hear the new album before anyone else and get unreleased demos and behind the scenes content too (and even more depending on your tier). More information over on Patreon, hope to see you there, and let's try to hit our 1st target by the time the new album is finished! We're almost halfway there (Livin' on a Prayer)!
That about wraps things up for this week! I'll be working hard to get another BTTB mix done before the end of the week (and another one started before the next blog post), and we shall see what other mysteries shall occur in the next 7 days! Until next time and beyond, I hope you have a great week whatever you're up to and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various music projects. See you in the next post, and take care!
Happy New Year! Holiday fun, more music from World Beyond, a Fender Contest to share, Two Years On Patreon rewards & another JabunAudio Newsletter sent out + setting and reflecting on some more goals!
Happy New Year everyone and hope you had a great winter break, festive celebrations and first week of 2019! It's been a busy week for me getting back into the swing of things, but it's nice to be back and there is much to share this week, both in terms of music, as well as news and updates. Before we get onto that though, let's briefly look back at the holiday and see what I got up to!
Unfortunately as usual I've been quite ill for the past few weeks, but that didn't stop me from trying to have a good and busy time! It was great to catch up with family and friends, and the new Spiderman was a fantastic watch at the cinema, probably the freshest film I've seen in ages! It was also fantastic to catch up with my old bandmate and friend Andy Forman who I've not seen in far too long! You can hear him playing guitar on Woof Woof, Nag Nag and shouting with the crowd in the rest of the One Small Step EP, as well as in our other past work together in Lights, Camera, Attraction! Looking back at last year's post, it looks like almost a repeat of last winter, as again due to illness I didn't manage to have a jam, or skate with my brother, and this time not even visit Brighton due to illness... I did however make the most of playing my old gigging Ashdown bass amp (as well as other instruments I don't have here). Boy I miss those low end vibes!
As with the holiday season, I was blessed with some great gifts this year too, including the usual edibles and vouchers, some Yu-Gi-Oh! cards (yes, I am a child a heart), and an additional hard drive for backing up all that audio hard work (always useful and just in time as I was running low on free space). My brother also got me a keytar strap kit for my Yamaha Reface Piano which works a charm, frees me from the keyboard stand when needed, and is REALLY well designed! Now I just need to get some more rechargeable batteries to free myself from the AC adapter! The final highlights were some amazing experience gifts for the new year: tickets to see Ozzy Osbourne and KISS on their final tours, a ticket to the always amazing Australian Pink Floyd, and a visit to the Marvel Exhibition in London, all of which I'm super excited for! All in all a super generous set of gifts this year! Thanks so much everyone!
And with that said, enough talk of the holidays and let's get back to some of the usual JabunAudio news! First there's a load of new music videos to share from World Beyond, then some more announcements and updates before we take a moment to reflect on 2018 and set some new goals for 2019! Let's get started!
Firstly this week, I have a whole load of new music videos to share from World Beyond from our recent album "Nobody Asked For This So I Did It", so feel free to check them out below if you missed them over the holidays. The album is also now available from all major digital retailers and streaming services, and you can find all the links you'll need via the URL below! I hope you enjoy it all, and be sure to subscribe to World Beyond's YouTube Channel to be the first to see the new videos. Cheers!
Nobody Asked For This So I Did It: https://fanlink.to/naftsidi
Next this week, I wanted to share with you a photo I took for a competition last year called the Fender Upgrade Contest. No wins for me this time, but I was good fun so I thought I'd share my entry here now that the contest is over. To give a bit of background, the contest was a photo/video competition where you can show Fender why you'd like an upgrade to your musical gear, and the winner as judged will receive $5000 of Fender products to re-kit them for gigging and recording (very nice)! It seemed like a great opportunity for some creativity, and I love Fender stuff, so I thought it couldn't hurt to enter! The picture is captioned and is pretty self explanatory, so I'll put the caption below and I hope you enjoy it!
Oh, and if you're wondering, this wasn't even half of the paper cranes I have in just my current flat (there's still WAAAAY more where that came from)! Enjoy!
"Every day for the past 4+ years I get a little note from my girlfriend and fold it into a paper crane. It’s become such a big part of my life that it’s ended up in my album art and I have 1000s of them now!
But the birds were not credited on the album and have exacted their vengeance by stealing my precious Jaguar! I must gather a band of misfits, acquire a new set of instruments, and do battle on stage. Only then can I restore balance to ska-punk and make this story Better Than The Book!"
Next this week, well... last week... it was the first Wednesday of the month and time to send out the Patreon rewards for January! This time I was giving away my debut full-length album as Better Than The Book: "Two Years On", so if that sounds good to you, then become a patron for as little as $1 a month to download Two Years On and all previous rewards for your tier including the One Small Step EP and the last few month's of tracks. Next time I'll be giving away "Two Years On [Instrumentals]" which will be the final piece of the BTTB discography so far, so look forward to being able to pickup the full (current) Better Than The Book discography in its entirety next month. I look forward to sharing more music with you then.
And keeping on the topic of the beginning of the month, as usual another JabunAudio music production newsletter has also been sent out. This time I'll be discussing how to record great gang vocals even if you're working on your own, so if that sounds interesting to you, sign up for free on the JabunAudio home page, I hope you enjoy it, and be sure to share with anyone you think would be interested!
Finally this week, as has become a tradition, let's look back on December 2018's goals and see how I did. Here's what was set:
1) Have 5 mixes finished for the new Better Than The Book album
2) Write 3 more articles for the JabunAudio newsletter
3) Schedule the holiday time Patreon posts (i.e.: next months rewards)
And it's a triple success from even before I closed the doors for the winter holidays! Only 5 mixes left to go for the new album, all the articles have been written for the blog posts, and the Patreon posts were scheduled and went out in my absence without any problems. Horray! With all that taken care of, here's some goals for this month I'd like to achieve:
1) Have all 10 mixes done for the new BTTB album ready for final tweaks and mastering
2) Set up a new archiving / back-up system for projects
3) Update my ISRC records for the new (and old) World Beyond tracks
I'm not sure that I'll be able to get 1) finished entirely, but I don't think it's impossible, so we'll see how I get on and take as much time as needed. 2) should be pretty simple to set up, but it'll likely take a lot of downtime, to transfer files. 3) I actually set at the beginning of the month, and managed to get done by the time of this post, so it's a cheeky bonus tick in the box for that one already! January's looking to be a bit more of a laid back month at the moment (certainly compared to the last few), so I'm hoping I can sort or nearly sort these goals before a busy February comes around.
Since it's also the beginning of the year, I thought it'd be nice to look back at January 2018's goals for JabunAudio, and see how I got on with those too. Here's the ambitious targets I set myself:
1) Release the 3rd BTTB album in summer + continue gathering ideas for the 4th album
2) Either release a Jabun EP or be well into working on a new album by the end of the year
3) Invest in some new studio equipment and/or instruments (I don't actually have much in mind for this at the moment, but it's always good to reward yourself)
4) Make some new connections and help make more animations
5) Keep doing what I do, and keep getting better at it!
6) Be a better business as well as an audio engineer, music producer and musician. Make 2018 the best financial year for JabunAudio yet!
Well, it's not a great start to those targets, but although the upcoming Better Than The Book album is a bit behind schedule, it's also well on the way towards completion which is something to celebrate. The new World Beyond album was a surprise achievement for the year, so that has to be mentioned in celebration too. Goal 2) has been held back as well for similar reasons, but I've continued to gather new ideas for both BTTB and Jabun throughout the year anyway so that's good. 3) Although I haven't really treated myself to any new instruments / (strictly) musical equipment this year, I did receive the desktop PC earlier this year which has been fixed up and become an incredible tool for music production! I also received the Yui Amplug from my brother which has been amazing for late night practicing and really helped hone some of my guitaring this year. Hilariously, I decided to try and buy a similar thing to help with my bass practice in December, but unfortunately I lost the bidding war on eBay... to my girlfriend, Eva. Apparently, it'll be a present for me at some point (hopefully soon)! The purchase of the new JabunAudio.com webdomain and email address, although not the most fun of things, has been a great investment for the business too. 4) A couple of new connections this year, but mostly rekindling and nurturing long term and older ones I think, and while it's not been a busy year for animation work, it was great to end last month with the new McDowntrends animation from Mr Overkillcoin. 5) I'm still here and I'm definitely continuing to grow, so it's big tick there, and for 6), while 2018 hasn't been the best year EVER for JabunAudio, it's been much better than 2017, and I don't think I made any particularly bad mistakes this year (having learnt from the past), I think I've made some great decisions instead which are already starting to show their benefits. All in all I'd say although I'm a little behind schedule to where I'd thought I'd be, 2018 was a pretty successful year, so let's get some JabunAudio goals set for 2019:
1) Release the 3rd BTTB album and (at least) start on another BTTB or Jabun album
2) There's a cover song I've been meaning to do for a LONG time so I'd like to release that too
3) - 6) Same as last year: Keep growing!
I think those should all be pretty doable, and I'm still aiming to have "Hopes and Dreams" finished and released before my birthday in April. We'll see how it all goes, and wishing you all a great and successful 2019 for you and your goals too!
And that about wraps things up for this week! I'll be keeping my head busy with mixing the upcoming BTTB album over the next week I'm sure and I hope you all have a great time whatever you're up to as well. Thanks as always supporting JabunAudio and my various projects, once again Happy New Year, and I look forward to sharing more music with you soon. Take care!
Last blog post of 2018: A new Overkillcoin animation "McDownTrends", a sampler of the recent World Beyond album (+ another track), some Better Than The Book album updates + Happy Holidays and see you in 2019!
Hello everyone and I hope you've had a great week since the last blog post. As always it's been busy times over at JabunAudio, and this week I've been especially occupied trying to wrap up as many projects as possible (or at least get them to a good check-point) before I close up shop for the winter tomorrow. In this final blog post of 2018, I've got some last minute projects to share which have been great fun to work on + some updates on upcoming things to look forward to in 2019. Without further wait, let's get started!
First of all, this year hasn't been too busy in terms of animation work, but it looks like luck was on my side last week for some last minute audio post-production fun before the holidays! I'm super excited to present to you the latest parody animation by Mr Overkillcoin, and the satirical artist/animator is poking fun at cryptocurrency once again in his latest project "McDownTrends"! I did the audio mixing for this one, and it's great fun to be working with him again after our last collaboration in 2014! Check out McDownTrends:
Next this week, I have another couple of videos to share from World Beyond and this time it's a compilation of lots of clips from each of the 22 songs on our recent collaborative album (a sampler medley of what it's all about if you want to quickly explore the vibe) as well as another full new track "Renegade Radio"! I hope you enjoy them and remember that "Nobody Asked For This So I Did It" is available to listen to and purchase in full on bandcamp via the link below (coming to iTunes and other major digital distributors shortly):
Finally this week, just a little update on the upcoming Better Than The Book album! It's been a very busy month with other things so I've not had as much time as I'd have liked to work on it over the past few weeks, but in the last few days since finishing up client and collaborative work, I've had some time to get back to mixing. As it currently stands 4/10 tracks are in a great state ready for some final tweaks and mix assessments when the rest of the tracks are all at the same level, and the 5th mix is very nearly there too, so hopefully I should be able to finish it this afternoon after posting the blog. I think this project's definitely going to be one for me to take my time with, but I'm positive that it's some of my best production work yet, so I've no doubt that any delays will all be worth it! Looking forward to sharing it with you all in the coming year, and remember that you can get sneak peeks of what I'm working on with the $10 DEMOlition Pigeon tier when you support my music on Patreon if you can't wait to hear more. Exciting times!
And with that, that concludes the final blog post of 2018! My final afternoon before closing up tomorrow will no doubt be spent finishing off the 5th mix for the upcoming Better Than The Book album, and after that, it's time for a well earned break! Thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various project and I hope you have a great holiday season, final few weeks of 2018, and a great start to the New Year! See you in 2019, and next time (which'll be Thursday 10th of January) we'll be reflecting on the accomplishments of 2018 (and December) and setting some new goals and targets for the future! All the best, a huge Happy Holidays from JabunAudio, and take care.
A busy week of writing, Fun Station 4 Kids merchandise now available + some more music to share from the new World Beyond album!
Hi everyone and I hope you've had a great time since the last blog post. It's been an intense week over here at JabunAudio, not working on music or audio, but instead trying to get all the writing work done for the next batch of JabunAudio newsletters, as well as scheduling Patreon posts for when I'm on holiday at the end of December / beginning of January. Thankfully it's all done now so it'll be back to mixing the upcoming BTTB album and some other audio work very soon. At the moment, I'm not sure I'll be able to make all the targets I set at the beginning of the month, but with just about 1 working week left to go I'll see how far I can get. Onto what's been going on this week, there's not a lot of exciting news from me to share but I did want to share some other news from my various collaborators. Let's get started!
First of all, some really cool news as Fun Station 4 Kids finally opens up an online merchandise store where you can buy various items featuring our beloved prehistoric characters! You can get shirts, water bottles, notebooks, baby bibs and more, and there are some really cool designs to choose from. >>>Click here<<< to explore the store and see all the items for yourself, and check out the advertisement on YouTube below. I wasn't actually involved in the making of this video, but since I do so much audio work for the big animations on the channel I thought I'd share it here. Hope you enjoy it!
Next and finally for today, I have another couple of visualizers from the World Beyond YouTube Channel to share. This time it's tracks 02 & 10 from our recently released album "Nobody Asked For This So I Did it", another high energy track: "Alternative Route Advised", and a slightly more atmospheric one: "Waterline"! Hope you enjoy them and I'll be sure to share the next few tracks as soon as it goes up on YouTube! Remember that you can listen to and buy the full album on bandcamp, as well as explore our other collaborative albums together. Here's the link and I hope you enjoy the music!
And that about wraps things up for this week! Next week'll be the last blog post of the year, and I'm sure the week leading up to it will be filled with some Better Than The Book mixing and last minute audio work (and backing up the work machines) before I shut the JabunAudio doors for the winter. Until then, I hope you have a great week, keep warm, and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various music projects. Looking forward to sharing more news in the next post, and take care!
New World Beyond album "Nobody Asked For This So I Did It", new BTTB bonus track "Stars Racing", Patreon $1/2 rewards and another JabunAudio newsletter sent out, reflecting on November + setting goals for December, and the winter downtime schedule!
Hello everyone, and man has it been a busy week since the last post, so much so that I had to cut down the title quite substantially just to fit the character limit here on the website (and that's a very rare occurrence)! As you can probably see from that, there's a whole bunch of new music and news to share with you this week, and this is going to be a long post, so let's get straight to it!
First of all in this post, this week World Beyond finally released our new collaborative alternative metal album "Nobody Asked For This So I Did It"! I think I said everything I wanted to say about it in the previous post here, but here's an official press release statement about the project from the main man himself, Vladimir Kuznetsov! Congrats on the release my friend, and looking forward to the next collaboration already!
Vladimir Kuznetsov and Nicholas Standing present a brand new World Beyond album "Nobody Asked For This So I Did It".
For the past 2 years we've been working on a new release, an album which draws inspiration from the music we listened to during our high school and university years. From the early 2000s to this day, the alternative and metal music genres have been a major part of both our lives. They were always there for us when we needed them, countless songs by badass bands and artists within reach right in our pockets. They empowered and encouraged us, helped us deal with pain and hardships, they were a way to vent and a way to find out there were people in this world like us, with thoughts and feelings we could relate to. And today we want to bring you a soundtrack for the reality you are living, no matter where you are in life, if you ever feel like nobody cares what you do or who you are. As you put your headphones on, we want you to have something to carry with you, and to tune into whenever you most need it. We want you to feel confident; we want you to feel strong.
"Nobody Asked For This So I Did It"
Heavy Rock Delivery Ready For Pickup
The album is available now to listen to andpurchase on bandcamp, and will be coming to iTunes and other major digital retailers soon, as well as the World Beyond YouTube channel! Check out the album via the embedded Bandcamp player below (remember to start from track 01), and if you like it, go show Vlad some support! You can also check out the visualisers for tracks 03 & 04, "Driving Force" & "From Under The Rock" via the YouTube videos below, and Vlad tells me there'll be many more of those to come in the future! We hope you enjoy it!
The album has also now been added to the JabunAudio music collaborations portfolio, so if you're ever wanting to listen but can't find it here in the blog, just head over there.
Secondly this week, I'm super excited to share with you a brand new (sort of) Better Than The Book seasonal bonus track which is also the first new track I've released since I joined Patreon, "Stars Racing"! I wanted to do something a little different but relatively simple for this year's seasonal bonus track while I'm busy working on the upcoming BTTB album, and so I thought I'd give this mashup a try featuring "Hearts Racing" from the Two Years On album (which'll be next month's Patreon reward), and the infamous and highly memed "All Star" by Smash Mouth! Whether you're a patron or not, you can check out the track via the YouTube video below, and I hope you get a kick out of it! (I thought it worked surprisingly well!). As yesterday was the first Wednesday of the month too, I've just sent out rewards to the $1 & $2 patrons, mp3s and artwork (and WAVs for the $2 Hi-Fi Pigeons) for 3 Patreon exclusive Better Than The Book bonus tracks: The 2017 instrumental demo of Meteor Shower, 2018's April Fools prank "MLGG", and this new mashup track "Stars Racing"! If all those rewards sound good to you, then become a patron for as little as $1 a month to download this music and all previous rewards for your tier including the One Small Step EP and last month's collection of tracks, and I look forward to sharing the Two Years On album with you next month! Without further wait, I hope you enjoy "Stars Racing"!
Next this week, it's the beginning of another month which means another JabunAudio music production newsletter has been sent out! This month is going to be one for the ska and pop punk heads as I'll be discussing how to create space for a horn section in a guitar heavy ska-punk mix! If that sounds interesting to you, sign up for free on the JabunAudio home page, I hope you enjoy it, and be sure to share with anyone you think would be interested!
And continuing with the usual first post of the month traditions, let's take some time to reflect on last month's goals and set some new ones for December! Here were November's goals:
1) Finish editing all the tracks on the BTTB album ready for mixing
2) Finish the mystery bonus track for Patreon!
3) Make 1 solid mix for the new album
And looks like we did well! 1) was finished prior to starting mixing (though looks like I may have a couple of little edits to do in some of the mixes later), 2) was of course referring to "Stars Racing" which is out now, and with 3 solid mixes under my belt for the new album already, 3) is certainly done too! The added bonus of finishing and releasing the new World Beyond album was an unexpected addition to the the list, so I can undoubtedly say that November has been a great month for progression! With those things reflected on, lets set some new goals for December:
1) Have 5 mixes finished for the new Better Than The Book album
2) Write 3 more articles for the JabunAudio newsletter
3) Schedule the holiday time Patreon posts (i.e.: next months rewards)
It looks like December is going to be a very busy month for me as well as only being here for two thirds of it, so I'm not sure how many of these goals will get done, but it's what I'm aiming for. Since 3 mixes are already done for the new BTTB album, with the 4th quite far along, I hope that another 2 over the next 2 weeks should be doable along with my other work, but we'll have to see. Writing articles for the JabunAudio newsletter isn't a particularly high priority at the moment, so as long as I have 1 article ready for the start of January, I should be ok to leave the other 2 for January's goals. Finally, the last goal is mainly so that I don't have to work over the winter break, even though I'll have my laptop with me during the holidays. It shouldn't be too difficult to pull off and may take some time, but I'd certainly like to get it done, so I can chill and make the most of being with my family. Let's see how I do in the new year! Any goals you'd like to share? Leave them in the comments and we can keep eachother accountable! Best of luck!
Finally this week, a heads up for the usual seasonal downtime. JabunAudio will be closed for the winter break from Friday 21st December 2018 to Friday 4th January 2019, during which I will be unable to carry out any audio work. Any communications during this period may also receive delayed responses, though feel free to message me and I'll get to any messages by Friday 4th January. Apologies in advance for any inconvenience, and I look forward to working with you when I get back! Of course the blog post will be on hiatus during that period too meaning the last blog post of the year will be out on Thursday 21st December before a 2 week break and returning on Thursday 10th of January 2019! Hope you don't miss me too much and I look forward to sharing more music with you all in the new year!
And that about wraps things up for this blog post! The coming week looks to be very busy writing (words) rather than mixing as I tackle all these articles and scheduled Patreon posts. Hoping to get back to mixing the new Better Than The Book album very soon! In the mean time, thanks as always for stopping by to read the JabunAudio blog and supporting JabunAudio and my various projects! Hope you have a great week until the next one, only 2 more blog posts until the winter break, and take care!
New World Beyond album trailer, tracklist and first track "Diesel Heart" revealed + release date set for December 1st (now available for pre-order), $5+ Patreon rewards sent out + deep into mixing the upcoming Better Than The Book album!
Hi everyone and I hope you've had a great week since the last post. It's been intensely busy here at JabunAudio, perhaps the busiest week for a long long time, not that it's been particularly calm for a long time either! Tonnes of amazing news to share in this blog post, which is going to be a long one, so let's dive straight into it!
Firstly and the big news for this week, I'm super excited to finally be able to share both the teaser trailer and the first pre-order track "Diesel Heart" for World Beyond's new (mostly) instrumental alternative metal album "Nobody Asked For This So I Did It"! It's been one heck of a journey being a part of this, and having played lead guitar, acoustic guitar and bass in some combination on 21 out of the 22 tracks for this project, as well as countless hours of listening and consultation on the production, it's undoubtedly not only the biggest musical collaboration I've done with World Beyond, but my biggest musical collaboration to date EVER! A huge thanks to my musical genius friend of almost 6 years now, Vladimir Kuznetsov for having me on board with the project and being my go-to 2nd set of ears on my own music throughout the years! This'll be our 3rd album working together (the last one being Mindshell, just shy of 2 years ago), and here's to big things and the big launch for "Nobody Asked For This So I Did It" this coming Saturday! Super excited times! No doubt the final few days before the launch will be some of the busiest this year, but I've no doubt it'll all be worth it! Can't wait to share the rest of the album with you all next week!
Releases this Saturday December 1st, and available for pre-order on Bandcamp now!
Check out the full tracklist as well as the animated teaser trailer and the pre-order track, "Diesel Heart" below. I hope you enjoy it!
World Beyond Presents
"Nobody Asked For This So I Did It"
Heavy Rock Delivery
Ready For Pickup 1.12.2018
01 Not the Beginning
02 Alternative Route Advised
03 Driving Force
04 From Under the Rock
05 Over the Ridge
06 Rock Hauler
07 Diesel Heart
11 Because We Can
12 Riffs Explode
14 Where Fires Burn Bright
15 Renegade Radio
16 Nickel and Dime
17 Heavy Duty
20 Awaken the Giant
21 Not the End
22 Rewind Machine
Next this week, yesterday was the final Wednesday of the month which means I've just sent rewards out to the $5+ supporters on Patreon! This time there aren't any main discography tracks, but I do have 3 Better Than The Book bonus tracks (and art) to share which have never been released for download making this the first month of Patreon exclusives!
First of all, I have a bonus track released for streaming on YouTube last Christmas, an early instrumental demo for one of the upcoming tracks on the new "Hopes & Dreams" album: "Meteor Shower". It's one of the more J-rock inspired heavier BTTB tracks (think Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets meets Zebrahead), and has since been completely rerecorded in the studio for the new album!
Next a RIP-headphone-users warning for the first (and only (so far)) April Fools Prank from the BTTB YouTube Channel last year, the MajorLeagueGaming edit of last month's track GG [Good Game]: "MLGG". I never put it up for download because it was just too stupid, but as a bonus track, it cannot be denied from the BTTB discography! You can revisit the "official music video" on the BTTB YouTube Channel. Probably best to turn your speakers down... but I hope you share my sense of humour!
And finally this month I'm presenting this years seasonal bonus track and the first "new" track since I joined Patreon: "Stars Racing"! I wanted to do something different but relatively simple this year while I was busy working on the upcoming BTTB album, and so I thought I'd give this mash-up a try featuring "Hearts Racing" from the Two Years On album (which'll be next month's reward). I won't spoil what the mash-up is, but I hope you get a kick out of it (I thought it worked surprisingly well)! The track will be released on YouTube in a week's time to coincide with the rest of the Patreon rewards, but until then, it'll remain a little secret for the $5+ patrons only!
If that sounds all good to you then become a $5+ patron to access the rewards above instantly! These rewards will also be sent out to the $2 Hi-Fi Pigeons (everything) and $1 Pigeons (Mp3s and Artwork only) next week on Wednesday 5th December, and if you aren't already a patron, remember that you'll also be able to access all the previous music downloads for your tier too when you sign up, including the One Small Step EP and last month's 2 tracks! The mysterious new bonus track will also be uploaded to YouTube on Wednesday too, so even if you're not a patron, I hope you enjoy it when the time comes! For those of you who decide to join (or have already joined) the $10 DEMOlition Pigeon tier or higher, you're in for a treat too as we dive into the creation and story behind the One Small Step EP artwork. On top of that, I'll be sharing with you a first draft mix from the upcoming "Hopes and Dreams" album. Exciting times! [Note: Patreon charges on sign-up AND on the 1st of each month, so to keep the cost low for you folks, be sure to wait for the start of the new month before signing up or changing your subscription tier. Many thanks for the support!]
Finally this week, I've a couple of little updates to share on the upcoming Better Than The Book album. While much of my week has been spent working to finish the lastest World Beyond project, I'm also currently deep into mixing my own BTTB album and as of Tuesday, 3/10 tracks are mixed and in a very good state ready for the final checks when the rest of the tracks are done are done. I'm aiming to have half of the tracks done before the JabunAudio closes for the winter break, but Decemeber's looking to be a very busy month so far, so I'll see how it all goes. More on that in the next blog post when I set my goals for the month!
And that's about it for this time! Next week's looking to be intense with the final preparations for the World Beyond album's release on Saturday, then I've got a few JabunAudio admin things and other beginning of the month duties to attend to before I can get back to mixing the Better Than The Book album. Expect another long post next week, as I'll be sharing the new World Beyond album, as well as setting and reflecting on some monthly goals! Until then, I hope you have a great week whatever you're up to and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various projects. Keep warm in these winter months, and take care until next time!
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