November 2022 blog post: An exclusive Inktober Instrumental Jabun beat download for all Patreon supporters, a WIP studio demo from Better Than The Book for the $10 patrons + big updates from World Beyond, Cyberdevil and more!
November 2022 blog and Patreon post: An exclusive Inktober Instrumental Jabun beat download for all Patreon supporters, a WIP studio demo from Better Than The Book for the $10 patrons + big updates from World Beyond, Cyberdevil and more!
Hi everyone and hope you've had a good October, Halloween and everything. Truth be told it's been a very difficult and turbulant month on my end, and with all that's been going on I've had to put all personal projects on hold for the moment, hopefully not for too long. I wasn't sure whether I'd be writing a post this month at all, but as it so happens it's been a very eventful month with collaboration news AND for the first time in a while I have a related new music download reward for my supporters on Patreon (exclusive too)! Let's get started with the monthly updates:
Firstly, as has become tradition, for the 4th year in a row, my pal Bob Axell AKA Cyberdevil has been doing his yearly Inktober challenge, writing and recording a new rap every day for the whole of October! As usual, I was invited to submit a beat to lend some inspiration, and although tough finding the time/headspace, I just about managed to get one to him which I'm really pleased with! Check out Cyberdevil's Inktober 2022 adventure below (there's also a doodle a day in the art tab):
And check out our collaboration for day 26 below "A Lemon Leaf Breeze" which was also awarded a Front Page feature! Thanks Newgrounds:
AND as an extra exclusive treat, I'll be sharing downloads for the instrumental beat with all my supporters on Patreon! Hope to see you there (see the end of the post for details)!
This instrumental was a really cool one for music production "firsts" for me as it was my first time recording with my homemade spring reverb and Fender Mini-Twin amp (for the guitar), and also the first time recording with my homemade Leslie Vibratone style rotary cabinet (on the organ). I think this is also the first publically released track with that vintage Yamaha YC25d combo organ on it too which is pretty cool. Overall I'm really pleased with the way it turned out, and for those wondering (because I've been asked about it a few times already), that glitchy "synth" scratching sound is actually an electric piano being run through an analog modelled delay feeding back on itself and then playing with the delay time (courtessy of the Yamaha Reface CP's CP80 sound and the onboard analog delay effect). It's much too fun. I need to do it more often!
Onto other collaborators, World Beyond has been cooking up an amazing new cinematic orchestral album "Blindsight" which I've been helping put the final touches on (as a second set of ears) over the last few weeks! As far as I know, after careful considerations and hours or prooflistening, it's just about ready to be released and should be out in the next week or so! Expect to hear me on cello for a few tracks and check out the amazingly animated teaser below:
More on the following link when the album's out!
Finally in collaborative news this month, I'm super proud to say that Sif Savery's Tales of Zale "Flickering Lights" animated film that I did the sound mix (and some sound design) for has been awarded "Best Nordic-Baltic Children's Film" by the Fredrikstad Animation Festival 2022, by the jury of children too apparently! Amazing news, a huge congrats to Sif and the rest of the team and check out the trophy below. Super cool!
Before I leave you to it until December, a quick reflection on monthly goals, and as mentioned above it's been a very difficult time so no progress at all with those. As such I'll just be renewing the same goals as before, though it may still be a while until I'm able to tackle any:
1) Finish the masters for the upcoming Jabun EP
2) Finish melodica parts for Better Than The Book
3) Finish cellos for Better Than The Book
Well see how it goes and celebrate any small victories as and when.
That about wraps things up for this month, unless you're a $10 patron in which case, I have another sneak peek WIP studio demo from Better Than The Book to share with you, a track I was supposed to be recording cellos for last month and which seems lyrically appropriate given the current times. I'm really not sure how much I'll be able to do music-wise in the coming month(s) but at the very least, I'll be back in December to share with you a link to World Beyond's brand new album "Blindsight" so I hope you're looking forward to it. Until then I hope you have a good November to come and thanks as always for supporting my music, collaborations and more however you can and especially on Patreon. All the best, take care and I hope to be sharing more new music with you soon.
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