Hi everyone and hope you're staying safe and well indoors with some very clean hands (lots of time to practice that at the moment)! It's been a slow week here at JabunAudio finishing up some tax year admin work, practicing the usual BTTB tunes and learning/brushing up some more, jamming on synths / drum-machines / samplers, playing a bit of cello for the first time in a while, a tonne of melodica, and working on more demos for the upcoming Jabun album(s). As it currently stands, the demos total to over 111 minutes (1 hour 51 minutes), which makes me about 8 and half minutes away from this month's target (probably 2 or 3 more tracks I recon). Nice! Certainly feeling that lock-down strain at the moment though and looks like it'll be for another few weeks at least so staying productive is going to be a push. Keeping at it as best I can though! Other than that there's not a whole lot to report this week, though I do have something very cool to share from World Beyond, so let's talk about that!
So over the past year and a bit since World Beyond released its 2nd full-length album "Nobody Asked For This So I Did It" in December 2018 (for which I played guitar and bass on most of the tracks), my dear friend Vlad has been working hard on various animated videos for each of the tracks, unveiling a story which has been many months in the making! On Sunday, the finale of these animated videos was released for the track "Awaken The Giant" and it was simply glorious! "Awaken The Giant" happens to be the only track on the album which I didn't contribute to instrumentally (though I took part in a lot of proof listening etc...), but I just had to share it here! A huge congrats to Vlad for getting this project out there and looking forward to working with you on your music again soon! I hope you all enjoy "Awaken The Giant" and here's a statement from Vlad about the production:
"This animated video signifies the end of a huge period of my life that started with the production of the album Nobody Asked For This So I Did It, way before I turned to Nick Standing for recording the first guitar tracks. Back in 2016 I took the photo of construction workers on top of a nearby building and then decided it would be cool to make this a theme of the entire album only with a sci-fi twist. Ordinary people building a foundation for the future of humankind. And then the plot thickened with each new video revealing more and more of the structures they were working on from odd looking towers appearing to be parts of gigantic heads that turned out to belong to huge stone robots. The final video was supposed to tie everything together. I teased a few scenes in the Not The Beginning video. Back then I thought I would be able to finish Awaken The Giant a lot sooner, but life got crazier and production of some scenes had to be cancelled or postponed. Every segment in this video took me hours, sometimes days to design and a lot more to render in 4K on my workstation. Sometimes I had to return to finished footage to update the visuals which pushed the release date even further back. And yet, I just had to do it because from the inception of NAFTSIDI everything was for this video. Finally able to move on, I'm releasing the animation on my channel and the mkv file will also be available from Bandcamp as a download. I hope after so much tease, I at least did not disappoint you. Thanks so much for staying in our World Beyond. You made it happen."
And that about wraps things up for this blog post! Not a whole lot to report these days unfortunately, though I'll be keeping up the blog for the forseable future and reporting what I can! Looks like this next week will be filled with more Jabun composition and various practicing as there's not a lot else I seem to be able to do at the moment, but I'll be sure to share anything else exciting that crops up in the next post! Until then, I hope you all have a great week to come, stay safe and wash your hands and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various projects! Take care!
Nick Standing; Better Than The Book; Jabun!
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