New A P O T H E O S IS track: "Final Boss [Phase 2]", Better Than The Book recording updates + more!
Hello everyone and I hope you've all had a good week since the last post. Over here, my week has mainly been filled with recording rhythm guitars for the new Better Than The Book album (more on that in a second) and doing the final checks and preparations for the Final Boss Theme for A P O T H E O S I S which is now finished and ready to share with you below! There's not a whole lot else to share this week so let's start with that new track!
So first of all, after many days of composition, editing, mixing, and all that jazz, I'm super happy to present to you the demo for the Phase 2 music of the Final Boss Theme for the A P O T H E O S I S game! By now the primordial god is getting pretty angry at your attempts to defeat him, and the fabric of existence is crumbling around you, and this cinematic/metal mash-up/remix of the Phase 1 boss theme will accompany the final leg of the fight as you battle to achieve apotheosis! I hope you enjoy it, and I'm certainly looking forward to playing the next demo when it comes out! Feel free to play the current demo here and without further wait, here's The Final Boss Theme [Phase 2]:
And with that track done, that actually concludes this round of my A P O T H E O S I S work for the time being! I think there'll be one more track to come (credits music), then it'll just be the final checks, mastering and stuff before the game is finished and the soundtrack released! Exciting times, but I imagine it'll be a little while before I'll be composing for this again. Looking forward to it when the time comes though! This also concludes the weekly new tracks for a while (sad times I know), but I hoped you enjoyed all the new music these past few months, and with the upcoming Better Than The Book album currently in the works, it shouldn't be too long until there's new music to be shared again!
And on the topic of the new BTTB album, next and lastly this week, I have some updates on that for you all. As of today (Wednesday as I write this), 5/10 tracks of Rhythm guitars have been recorded and compiled ready for the next step! The end of last week had a number of mishaps and delays due to multiple power-cuts and some bad planning on my end (forgetting to make notes in the demo sessions...), so I'm a little behind schedule, but I hope to be all caught up by the end of the month ready to start recording bass (and possible acoustic guitars) in April! I'll keep you informed with how that's all going and feel free to follow Better Than The Book on Twitter for daily updates on the production progress!
And that about wraps things up for this week. Kind of a short post compared to the last few, but such is the way. This upcoming week is sure to be filled with BTTB rhythm guitars for me, so I'll be busy with that and probably not much else until the end of the month I recon (but we shall see). Another little bit of exciting news with regards future music though, I finally invested in an extra boom attachment for my mic stand, so now I should be able to appropriately and simultaneously mic up my acoustic guitar and vocals (amongst other things) to do some proper high quality LIVE acoustic covers (In theory). It only arrived while I was typing this, and I still need to give it a proper test, but I'm excited at the new prospects! Anyways, I hope you enjoy the new music and as always, thanks for supporting JabunAudio and my various musical projects! I hope you have a great week until the next blog post and have fun whatever you're up to in the next 7 days. Take care!
New A P O T H E O S IS track: "Final Boss [Intro + Phase 1]" (+ some updates), Better Than The Book has started recording, an amazing present from my brother, a post from World Beyond, 1 million views for "3 Little Raptors and the Beanstalk" + more!
Hello everyone and what an exciting week it's been over here at JabunAudio! After many months of writing and preparing I've finally started recording the 3rd Better Than The Book album, and I am so super hyped up with ska-punk energy at the moment, I feel I could explode! More on that in a second. Other than that, I've actually been away for a great deal of this week celebrating mother's day with my family and getting some fresh air and a little too much amazing food. Seeing my brother again too, I can finally share the crazy cool present he got me from Japan (and it sounds AWESOME! *Warning: serious fanboying ahead*). In all honesty it's been a jam packed an exciting week and with that there is TONNES to share so let's start with some new music as usual: the latest track for the A P O T H E O S I S game!
So first of all this week, I'm super excited to share with you the latest piece for the A P O T H E O S I S game: the first part of the final boss theme! I must say that this game has been a blast to compose for, but this final boss theme I'm especially proud of. The final boss fight is split into 2 main stages and the following track is to accompany the intro and phase 1 of the battle. The music for phase 2 is very nearly done, but I'm just waiting on some final checks (and possibly edits) before it'll be finished, so hopefully it should be out in the next blog post, but if not, I'm sure it'll be in the following one. Anyways, I hope you enjoy this mash-up of genres for the climax of the game and if you like what you hear, go play the demo for the full experience! Happy listening! (More like tense/suspense listening though...)
Next this week, as stated in the intro to this blog post, recording for the new Better Than The Book album has finally started, and as of right now, 3/10 tracks have their rhythm guitars sorted (which is the first stage of the recording process I've chosen). This album I'm trying a slightly different approach to the guitars using a wider variety/combination of my hardware and virtual amps/effects than ever before in my music, so it should be an interesting new soundscape for me, and I'm looking forward to having fun with it. Of course before any of the guitars could be recorded, they all needed a thorough service and restring which was good fun, but very time consuming (especially the double-neck). All worth it though and with that done, here are the electric guitars which will be taking the stage for this album!
The last guitar there (The Pacifica II) I actually won't be recording at all with for this album, but its already been captured in the original guitar parts for GG [Good Game] for which there is a vocal version on the new album. It's gonna be strange not having that guitar with me (It's at my parent's house 200 miles away), as it was the sole guitar on the One Small Step EP (apart from on Woof Woof, Nag Nag), and my main guitar on Two Years On. Nevertheless, I think the other 3 are going to make for a lovely sonic soundscape for this next collection of 10 songs. Of course I still have my bass to service before recording too and there's the acoustic guitar to record, but I imagine that'll be in a few weeks! I'll keep you all updated with how progress goes!
Third on this list of things this week, brace yourself for some intense fanboying as I struggle to contain my excitement for the amazing gift that my bro brought back for me from Japan: The Yui Hirasawa signature model VOX Amplug (1st gen)! A little background: The Vox Amplug series are a selection of compact headphone amps for practicing/recording and there are various models depending on what kind of music you play or tone you want (clean, classic rock, metal, acoustic sim, bass, etc...). This one was a special limited edition (1 of 3000) Japanese model to emulate the guitar rig/tone of the fictional lead guitarist Yui Hirasawa of the lighthearted Pop-Punk/J-Rock band Houkago Tea Time (HTT) from the anime K-ON, both of which I'm a huge fan of (in fact, my first bass I got was the same as the bassist from that band). Long story short, it sounds INCREDIBLE: like putting a Shure SM58 in front of a Marshall JCM stack (with adjustable, gain (from barely breaking up to Zakk Wylde levels of gain), tone and volume), with the optional extra of the most J-Rock echo preset I think I've ever heard! I've known that these existed for years, but after seeing the prices on eBay, thought I'd never get to see one let alone play one. Eamon however stumbled upon this in a second hand shop as cheap as chips and the rest is history! Thanks so much bro! I have no need for sleep now, as I can practice with amazing tone even when I can't crank my Marshall! (Oh, and it's already on the new Better Than The Book album). I'd like to do a video about it at some point as it's an intensely rare item and there aren't many demos of it on YouTube (not in English certainly), but we shall see!
And I think that's my public fanboying quota used up for the rest of the year!
Next this week, I just wanted to share a post that my good friend and long term collaborator World Beyond made about one of our early collaborations. It's nice to look back at how far we've come and I hope you enjoy reading the story about how the track came to be:
Read: "Everything We Stand For by World Beyond feat. Nicholas Standing | Cinematic Orchestral Music from Winter Legend EP"
Finally this week, it is with great pleasure that we can celebrate reaching 1 million views on YouTube for "3 Little Raptors and the Beanstalk", one of last year's Fun Station 4 Kids animations I did the mixing for. It's certainly been tough on YouTube over the past year, but I'm super happy to be able to celebrate this milestone. Well done to everyone involved and I look forward to working on the next animation when the time comes.
And that about wraps things up for this week. Phew that was a long post! What's up for next week? Well I'm definitely going to be continuing with some Better Than The Book rhythm guitars and hopefully I'll be able to finish off and share the Final Boss (Phase 2) music for A P O T H E O S I S (but we'll have to see). I can very much see it being another busy week ahead, but it's the good kind of busy so I'm looking forward to it. Until the next blog post, I hope you have a great week and thanks as always for reading and supporting JabunAudio and my various projects. Take care!
Week 8 out of 8 of the acoustic cover songs: "The Juggernauts" by Zebrahead, new webpage for the "Unwrap With Caution" EP, A P O T H E O S I S & Better Than The Book updates + more!
Hello everyone! Hope you've had a great week and as usual it's been a busy time here at JabunAudio! The past 7 days for me have been spent working hard on the A P O T H E O S I S soundtrack yet again (more on that in a moment), and doing some hard techno mastering work for a returning client (always fun to have some variety). There's not a whole lot to say in this blog post, but as usual there's a cover song and some small updates to share, so let's get straight to it!
Firstly on the news this time, after 8 long weeks, we've come to the final track of the acoustic cover songs I recorded as Christmas presents for my parents and girlfriend Eva, and to finish things off, here's an acoustic/rap version of a pop-punk favourite of mine, "The Juggernauts" by Zebrahead! Fun fact: the first gig I went to see with Eva was Reel Big Fish supported by Less Than Jake and Zebrahead at the Concorde 2 in Brighton! What a fantastic night! Anyways without further wait here's "The Juggernauts". Happy listening and I hope you enjoy it!
And with that, I conclude the latest batch of cover songs! To think I've been releasing a cover song here now for 18 consecutive weeks (a new record for me), and sadly, that's the last cover I have to share at the moment. Don't fret though as if everything goes to plan, the next 2 weeks will be filled with the latest hard hitting tracks from the A P O T H E O S I S soundtrack, so there's more music to be shared yet! If you want to revisit any of the past cover songs, feel free to explore the Covers Webpage, here on the JabunAudio site (or on YouTube), which as of yesterday has a new section added for the Unwrap With Caution EP. Hope you enjoy them, happy listening and I look forward to sharing more music with you all soon!
Finally this week, just a few little updates on various projects. First of all, as of yesterday, I have sent off the first mastered demo for the final track in the latest batch for the A P O T H E O S I S game soundtrack and if all is well, that'll be the latest batch finished and ready to share with you, and I REALLY can't wait to share them! In terms of news for the upcoming Better Than The Book album, I've been busy practicing for the imminent recording sessions, and as I write this, 1/3 of my guitars has been serviced ready for the task at hand. If all goes to plan, I should have started recording by this time next week! Exciting times, and feel free to follow Better Than The Book on Twitter for the latest updates on the project as well as daily tweets!
And that about wraps things up for this week! At the moment I'm just waiting for some feedback so I can finish off my current batch of A P O T H E O S I S work, but other than that and some end of project admin work (backing up files etc...) it looks like next week will be back on track for the Better Than The Book album! I'll be servicing guitars as soon as this post it out, and hope to be all set up and ready for recording by Monday at the latest! Exciting times. Anyways, I hope you have a great week whatever you're up to, and be sure to stop by next week for (hopefully) some A P O T H E O S I S music! As always thanks for supporting JabunAudio and all my projects and take care until next time. Have fun!
Week 7 out of 8 of the acoustic cover songs: "Papercut/PPR-KUT" by Linkin Park, new collaborative track with Subu Nomo, "Saboteur" is out, A P O T H E O S I S soundtrack updates, reflecting on goals / new goals for March + some more updates!
Hello all! It's been a jam packed week these last 7 days and while my time has been mostly spent working on the A P O T H E O S I S soundtrack (more on that later), there is much to share in terms of both news and new music! It's the first of March too which means it's time to check in on some goals, and speaking of which, this week's been a bit of a break from the new Better Than The Book album as I'm trying to finish up some of the other projects I've been working on before I get back to it. There's a lot to say this week so let's start off with the next acoustic cover song to share.
First on the news this blog post, after last week's conclusion of the cover songs I recorded for Christmas for my parents, we move onto our next set of cover songs, a pair of acoustic rap tracks I recorded for my girlfriend Eva for Christmas! I'm not going to claim at all to be a fantastic rapper or anything so don't expect much, but I'm very happy with the way they turned out. First in the series is a mash-up version of Linkin Park's "Papercut/PPR-KUT", and next week we conclude this acoustic covers series with Zebrahead's "The Juggernauts". I hope you enjoy the tracks and without further wait, here's "Papercut/PPR-KUT"!
Speaking of waiting, after many delays, mishaps, and feeling like the whole universe was against us getting this finished and out, I'm super happy to finally be able to present to you my first collaboration with Indian musical chameleon Subu Nomo, a Black Sabbath esq old-school metal track: "Saboteur"! Despite all the production problems, this track was really fun to make and really brought me back to my early teen years of playing Black Sabbath with my mates in a band after school. I think the wait was definitely worth it! If you like it, go show Subu your support by visiting his YouTube Channel and pick up a free download of "Saboteur" on SoundCloud or Newgrounds. I'm sure this'll be just the first of many collaborations to come! Credits are as follows, and here's "Saboteur":
Written and recorded by Subu Nomo & Nick Standing
Vocals, Bass, Guitars, Guitar Solo #2: Nick Standing
Lyrics, Additional Backing Vocals, Guitars, Guitar Solo #1: Subu Nomo
Mixed by Subu Nomo
Mastered by Nick Standing
Next this week, some updates on the A P O T H E O S I S soundtrack! As I'm sure you're well aware by now, over the past month I've been working hard on the climax of the game, the final boss fight! The fight itself is split into 2 sections, an intro cutscene, phase 1 of the fight and phase 2, and as of this week, my music for the intro and phase 1 is complete, while phase 2 is well on the way, just needing a couple more elements added, some live electric guitars recorded and of course some good mixing and mastering. Since the intro and phase 1 are finished now I aim to upload a demo for those for your listening pleasure on March 14th, following the current series of acoustic cover songs, with phase 2 hopefully going up the following week on March 21st. We'll see how it goes and I'll keep you updated on how things are going, but hope you're looking forward to the most intense addition to the soundtrack yet! I can't wait to share it!
Next this week, just a little update. Having been making music for a fairly long time now, my SoundCloud page is starting to reach its upload limit (again), and so my oldest track on there "The Theme of Isabelle Samson" which I recorded and engineered for my brother DR Eamon Standing (before I even released Better Than The Book's One Small Step EP in 2012), has been moved to his own SoundCloud page, where you can find a small collection of other tracks. It's been a while since I worked with him and I very much hope we can work together again soon as he's got a whole library of amazing song which need to be recorded! Check out his latest demo here, go show him some love, and in the spirit of the hashtag that is #ThrowbackThursday, here's "The Theme of Isabelle Samson"!
Finally this week, another month has gone by (unsettlingly fast..) and we're at the start of March, so let's look back and reflect on what goals I set at the beginning of February:
1) Have all the drums for the new BTTB album drafted out ready for recording.
2) Service all the guitars ready to start recording by the end of February.
3) Finish the A P O T H E O S I S Final Boss Theme.
Soo... looking back at it, it's been a sort of successful month, but it could be better... Task 1) was complete, but delays in 3) (which is very much getting there), mean that I've yet to start on 2). On the bright side though, I managed to fulfill some more personal goals this month as well as release the long awaited "Saboteur", so while I didn't make all the targets I'd hoped, I wouldn't by any means think of this month as a failure, if anything, I'm just a week or 2 behind schedule. With that, let's set some new goals for March:
1) Service all the guitars ready to start recording.
2) Finish the A P O T H E O S I S Final Boss Theme.
3) Record all the main rhythm electric guitar parts for the new BTTB album.
I think that's reasonable at the moment, though I may add stuff to the list later, and for sure I have some more personal goals to look into soon too. In any case, let's work through this together and feel free to share your own goals for the month below if you've got any in mind. I'll keep you updated on mine!
And that about wraps things up for this week! This coming week's looking to be more work on A P O T H E O S I S for me and I'm hoping to get the track to a state where it's just mixing and mastering left to do by this time next week (if it's not already complete). Still got to service my guitars too, but I'll wait to do that until after all the recording is finished for A P O T H E O S I S! Looking forward to sharing those new tracks and we'll see where the wind (and snow) takes me in the next 7 days. Thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and all my projects and hope you have a great week until next time. Take care and have fun!
Week 6 out of 8 of the acoustic cover songs: a very Johnny Cash version of "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails, new webpage for the latest batch of cover songs, Better Than The Book drums all composed + some more updates!
Hello everyone and hope you had a lovely week whatever you were up to. This week was a chill one for me working on more Better Than The Book and some admin stuff as well as going away for the weekend to celebrate Chinese New Year which was a whole lot of fun! Similarly to last week, there's not a lot of new media to share apart from the latest cover song, but there's some updates on upcoming projects to tell so I hope you enjoy that. Let's start with the latest cover song!
First in the news for this blog post, it's week 6 out of 8 of the cover songs I recorded as Christmas gifts to my loved ones, and this week it's the final song dedicated to my parents, a very Johnny Cash version of "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails (I'm sure you know the one)! I must say, this one was a challenge to try and do justice to, but I'm confident to say, although not straying far from the "original", I think this is one of my best recorded/produced cover performances to date! I hope you enjoy it and I'd love to know your thoughts if you'd like to share them. Without further wait, here's "Hurt":
And with this track, that concludes the "Merry Christmas The Dings 2017" EP! I hope you enjoyed the 6 cover songs and in case you missed any, you can explore the complete EP on the new dedicated webpage by >>>clicking here<<<. Next week we start a brand new short series, 2 acoustic rap covers dedicated to my girlfriend Eva for Christmas 2017, starting with a mashup version of Papercut/PPR-KUT by Linkin Park! Hope you enjoy it and tune in next week to have a listen.
Next on the news, some more updates on the upcoming Better Than The Book album! As of the end of last week, every song now has a fully composed drum track ready to start recording imminently! Similarly as with the lyrics, these are subject to some changes/edits as necessary before the final release, but as opposed to the simple loops I set up when composing the rest of the arrangement, these are all fully fledged drum performances complete with fills and everything you'd expect. Next on the production list, I need to service my guitars, then it'll be time to track the rhythm guitars (and possibly some leads), but there's some other projects I'd like to finish before I concentrate on this (more on that in a second). Overall, things are a tiny bit behind my initially planned schedule, but not beyond recovery. I look forward to sharing more information with you when I can and feel free to follow Better Than The Book on Twitter for more frequent updates, as well as (mostly) daily posts.
Finally for this week some small updates on other upcoming projects. It's been a bit of a break from A P O T H E O S I S this week while I've waited for feedback on the latest additions to the composition, but having received approval, I'll be mixing that right after I finish this blog post! There's a second piece to do in this batch for the game, which is a variation on the to-be-mixed piece I mentioned, so I plan on finishing both of these before I start recording guitars for the new Better Than The Book album. With any luck it shouldn't be too long and I look forward to sharing the latest (and greatest) additions to the soundtrack in the coming month! In other projects, I just this morning received the initial mix for the delayed Black Sabbath esq collaboration with Subu Nomo, "Saboteur" and it is sounding glorious! Still a couple of little tweaks to do, but this one should be finished soon too and I look forward to sharing it.
And that about wraps it up for the news this week. Next week is looking to be very much concentrated on working on A P O T H E O S I S again, as well as possibly starting to service some guitars ready to start recording for Better Than The Book shortly. New cover as usual to share next week and I'm sure there'll be more updates to tell too. As always, thank you for reading and supporting JabunAudio and my various projects and I hope you have a splendid week until the next update. Take care!
Week 5 out of 8 of the acoustic cover songs: "The Impression That I Get" by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, some BTTB updates + more!
Hello everyone! It's been a pretty heads down and quiet week here are JabunAudio with only a few little updates to tell. Most of my days have been spent working more on the A P O T H E O S I S soundtrack which is going well, and also composing the drum parts for the upcoming Better Than The Book album (more updates on that in a moment). Other than that, not really much to share apart from the weekly cover song, so let's start off with that!
So, first on the news in this blog post, it's week 5 of the acoustic cover songs dedicated to my parents, and this time I'm sharing a lovely 90's ska-punk classic, "The Impression That I Get" by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones! This has got to be one of my favourite ska-punk tracks of all time, and I hope I did it justice in this recording (I'm happy with the way it turned out). I hope you enjoy it, and stop by next week for the final track dedicated to my parents, a very Johnny Cash esq version of "Hurt" by Nine Inch Nails. Happy listening!
Next and lastly for the JabunAudio news this week, just a few little updates on how the upcoming Better Than The Book album is going. As of yesterday, 9 out of 10 drum tracks have been composed now, and 8 of those have been set up in sessions ready for guitar recording once the guitars are serviced! It's all coming together and I aim to have all of these drum/recording sessions sorted by this time next week. Gotta get some more guitar practice in before the red light is on so I'll be squeezing some that in when I can!
That's about it for this week. Next week is looking to be much of the same though we shall see how it goes. If appropriate it'll be good to start servicing some guitars ready for BTTB recording, though I'll focus on trying to finish the A P O T H E O S I S work before I start. Anyways, hope you have a great week whatever you're up to and thanks as always for stopping by to support JabunAudio and my various projects. Until the next blog post, take care!
Week 4 out of 8 of the acoustic cover songs: "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield, two years on since Two Years On, some Better Than The Book album updates + more!
Hello again, and it's been yet another busy week here at JabunAudio, mainly working on the A P O T H E O S I S soundtrack (which is going smoothly), as well as some more stuff for the upcoming Better Than The Book album (more on that in a moment). Despite the busy times though, there's not a whole lot to report this week compared to the last few posts, but here are some nice things to share nonetheless. Let's get straight to it!
First in the news for this post, it's week 4 of the acoustic cover songs dedicated to my parents, and it's finally time to share some blazing guitar solos and 4 part vocal harmony from the 60's classic, "For What It's Worth" by Buffalo Springfield. This track is one I've been playing for years, and doing it justice when recording was a special kind of challenge. I'm very pleased with the way it turned out though! I hope you enjoy it and tune in next week for some acoustic ska punk, "The Impression That I Get" by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. Happy listening!
Next this week we take a look back to achievements of the past. This week two years ago, on the 6th of February 2016, I released my debut album "Two Years On" as Better Than The Book! A year later I released "Two Years On [Instrumentals]" to celebrate the album's first anniversary, and today the upcoming follow-up album is in pre-production in the studio ready to start recording imminently. To the listeners, interviewers, radio DJs, media makers who've shared my music in their games and videos, people who keep asking when my next american tour will be, the heartfelt message senders, and my friends/family and loved ones, thank you for all the support over the last 2 years! I never thought this album would have reached out so far across the globe from the tiny bedroom studio it was made in. All the Better Than The Book original music is available on bandcamp here and if you've yet to hear it, I hope you enjoy it! Looking forward to kicking ass with the next album and I can't wait to share it this summer! Happy 2nd anniversary to Two Years On:
And moving on from that, we come to the last piece of news this week, some updates on the upcoming Better Than The Book album! Progress is going well and as of today 6 out of 10 drum tracks are planned out ready for recording! Just 4 left to go which should hopefully be done by the end of next week, then it's just servicing guitars to do before we finally hit the big red button and start recording! I'm super excited to get stuck in with recording this album, but I've gotta make sure to do all of this necessary groundwork to ensure the smoothest production process. Looking forward to sharing more updates with you when I can and hope you're as excited as I am to hear the follow-up to Two Years On! For more frequent updates, feel free to follow Better Than The Book on Twitter at @BTTB_UK.
And that about wraps things up for this week. Next week is currently looking to be much of the same stuff: A P O T H E O S I S music and Better Than The Book drums. No complaints there, but we'll see if anything else crops up too. Hope you all have a great week whatever you're up to and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various projects. Looking forward to sharing the goings on in the next blog post, and take care until then!
Week 3 out of 8 of the acoustic cover songs: 'Wish You Were Here' by Pink Floyd, Brutal Bunnyhop receives Newgrounds award, Jabun awarded Newgrounds 'User of the Day', reflecting on goals / new goals for February + more updates!
Hello everyone! I was fearful that this week would be comparatively uneventful following the last few jam-packed blog posts, and although in some ways it has been calmer, there's still a heck of a lot to report! I must say I am missing my brother a fair bit since he's moved but we've been in regular contact and he seems to be settling in over there. He also informs me that he's picked up an amazing piece of gear which I've wanted for years and will be playing it constantly until giving it to me for my birthday in just under 3 months time! I'm so excited for it, but I shall wait to make the big reveal here in around 12 weeks time when I can actually play it for myself! If I have to be patient then so do all of you!
Hehe, anyways, this week has been full of many surprises and although I thought I'd be spending most of it working on the latest track for the A P O T H E O S I S game (which I did make a fair amount of progress on), I actually spend a lot of this week recording vocals for a collaboration with Indian guitarist and producer Subu Nomo. We've been working on this collaborative track for the past few months, but due to illness, holidays and other production problems, it's been delayed a couple of times. As of this week though, it's finally back on (phew!)! I'll release more details about it when the track is released (which shouldn't be too long) and I look forward to sharing it with you all soon!
Anyways enough with the introductions and what I've actually been up to, let's get onto the main news this week and new music to share!
Firstly, it's the 3rd week of the (mostly) acoustic cover songs dedicated to my parents, and this time we have a studio recording of the same track as last week's video cover: "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd. I say mostly acoustic because I didn't actually have my acoustic 12-string at hand when recording this, so instead it's the 12-string side of my homemade electric double-neck. I think it fulfilled the job well though, and I hope you enjoy this intimate rendition of a timeless rock classic. Next week we go back even further in time for Buffalo Springfield's "For What It's Worth" so stay tuned for that and I look forward to sharing it! Happy listening!
Next this week, some awards and celebrations! Firstly, I'm super happy to announce that last week's game Brutal Bunnyhop (ac_car) went on to receive the Daily 5th Place award on Newgrounds! A huge congratulations to the game's designer Alexander Clay and thanks so much to Newgrounds for celebrating our work in the community. If that wasn't enough recognition for the week, after over a decade of making music on Newgrounds, my user account Jabun, which covers all my contributions from Better Than The Book to Jabun, my music as Nick Standing, collaborations, and my animation post-production work, was made 'Newgrounds User of the day' for January 31st, 2018! Another massive thanks to Newgrounds for celebrating my work and I very much look forward to uploading more original music and collaborations to the audio portal soon!
Finally this week, since it's the start of a new month, I thought it'd be nice to reflect on the goals of January and set some new goals for February. In my first blog post of the year, I set myself a few targets for January and I'm happy to say that they are all complete (sort-of). The JabunAudio website is finished, though as explained last week, there's some room for future expansion, the lyrics to the new Better Than The Book album are complete, and I've started on the Final Boss Theme for A P O T H E O S I S, although there is still much work to do on that. For February I'd like to continue this trend and as it currently stands, my goals are to:
1) Have all the drums for the new BTTB album drafted out ready for recording. 2/10 tracks are done; just 8 left to go (and most of those are at least partially drafted).
2) Service all the guitars ready to start recording by the end of February.
3) Finish the A P O T H E O S I S Final Boss Theme.
I have another couple of goals too, but nothing significant enough to share here, and I'm sure there'll be more things to add to that list before the month is out. I think the goals above should be doable and I'll keep checking in with them as the month goes on. Let's continue to work hard!
And that about wraps things up for this week. Next week will undoubtedly be spent working on the A P O T H E O S I S soundtrack and maybe some BTTB drums in the weekend. There's also the new cover song to release, and possibly some more work on the Subu Nomo collaboration to do too. Whatever happens, we shall see! Anyways, I hope you've enjoyed this week's blog post, thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various project and I hope you all have a good week until next time. Take care!
Week 2 out of 8 of the acoustic cover songs: Aliens Exist by Blink-182, ANOTHER extra special LIVE performance video, Better Than The Book featured in a video game, JabunAudio Website finally complete + new webpages, raising the rates + more!
A super busy time this week and a lot to show for it despite spending half of it away! Long story short, after the previous blog post, I traveled back to my hometown for a long weekend to celebrate my older twin brother graduating from Mr to Dr. Eamon D. Standing! Words can't express how proud I am of him and if that wasn't reason enough reason to visit, he moved to Okinawa this week (probably still travelling as I type this). I wish him the best of luck and look forward to seeing him again in April when he's due to visit. Anyways, it was a really nice weekend away and more on that in a second, but let's get onto the regular audio news for this week. It's a little later than usual as I was working hard to finish some things before this post, but I hope you enjoy it! Here we go:
First off, another 7 days go by and another cover song is released! This week we have another acoustic version dedicated to my parents: "Aliens Exist" by Blink-182. Hope you enjoy it and tune in next week for a truly classic and timeless track, "Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd. Happy listening!
Next this week and back to the topic of my trip home last weekend, I'd like to share with you another special live performance, this time with my twin brother Dr. Eamon Standing:
Next this week, some more exciting news as "Make Your Mark" by Better Than The Book gets featured in a video game on Newgrounds! With the hook-line "Violence is a thing that STILL happens", Brutal Bunnyhop is a Doom-esq first person shooter in a car by Alexander Clay. The game was created for Pixel Day 2018 and is free to is free to play on Newgrounds. Thanks so much to Alex for inviting me to be part of this project, and keep up to date with his projects by visiting his Website and Newgrounds page or following him on Twitter. Click the thumbnail below to be taken to the game and hope you enjoy it (note: this game is not recommended for those who may suffer from epilepsy or similar conditions).
Penultimately this week, I'm super happy to announce that the revamping of the JabunAudio website is finally complete! Since last week I've added JabunAudio's most comprehensive music portfolio yet (as well as a revamped main portfolio page), a fully featured services page showing base prices and descriptions for all services as well as additional pages for my specialty services Digital Mastering and Audio Post-Production, and of course a revamped homepage with an updated "Latest and Greatest Productions" section and a brand new "JabunAudio has assisted" section with logos and links to some of the high profile and notable clients I have worked with over the years (obtained with their permissions of course). It's been one heck of an undertaking and well overdue to finish, but I'm pleased with the way it's turned out. Feel free to explore the site and I'd love to know your thoughts (also please let me know if you spot something that seems off and I'll correct it ASAP)! Some additional thoughts from my end: I'm pondering adding a JabunAudio newsletter sign-up box though currently I'm not sure what I would write about, and I'm also thinking about adding an equipment list specifically for the session playing services so that there's a comprehensive inventory of the gear and instruments I have available for people's productions (and there's a lot of it!). Just thoughts at the moment but we shall see where they lead.
Finally this week, after over 3 years of JabunAudio, contributing to over 20 million views of YouTube videos and almost 200 music tracks, as well as receiving international Radio Play, a number of awards, and even working on a few TV shows and video games, I felt it was finally time for me to raise my service rates a little! It's not by much, but just a bit to let people know that I value my growth and work and that countless people across the world have appreciated my contribution to their projects! Thanks for all your support over these years for helping me to get this far and I look forward to working with you in 2018!
And that about wraps things up for this blog post! It's been busy times lately hasn't it? What's in store for next week? Well with the website finally revamped I aim to get back to composing for the A P O T H E O S I S game starting tomorrow, and boy have I been looking forward to this! The Ernie Ball Sterling has been set up and tweaked for some more drop-C distorted bass madness and this final boss fight should be the grand climax for A P O T H E O S I S's soundtrack! Other than that, expect to see an acoustic cover of "Wish You Were Here" next week, and maybe even another live video if we're lucky! Other than that, I'll see where the wind takes me. Until then, I hope you all have a great week whatever you're up, and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my various audio endeavours. See you next time, and take care!
Week 1 out of 8 of the acoustic cover songs: Perfect by Alice Cooper, the future of YouTube, an extra special LIVE performance video, Better Than The Book lyrics finished, new webpages + more!
Hello everyone and hope you've had a great week whatever you've been up to. It's been cold here, with a lots of snow and sleet over the past few days (for England at least...), but I've been keeping super busy since the last post developing the website, working on Better Than The Book, and uploading the next 2 months of cover songs to YouTube (more on all that later). There's a lot to report this week, plus some extra special things that don't come around often to share, so let's get straight to it!
First of all this week, I'm excited to introduce the first of the eight acoustic covers I recorded as Christmas presents for people last year. This one is the first of the tracks for my parents, "Perfect" by Alice Cooper, a song sang back when we were living together. I hope you enjoy it, and tune in next week for some more Blink-182; an acoustic cover of "Aliens Exist". Happy listening!
While we're on the topic of YouTube videos, I'd unfortunately like to share something with you all that I received this week which, to put it lightly, pissed me off a great deal. After uploading videos to YouTube for over 7 years (and that's 159 videos as of recent), YouTube sent me a notice saying it will no longer be monetising my content. Why is this? Well as of their new standards, in order to keep my content monetized I must have over 1000 subscribers and over 4000 hours of viewed videos in the past 12 months, and if I haven't exceeded these standards by this time next month, I will no longer be eligible to make money from YouTube. Now being realistic, I know I'm not going to make megabucks from my videos, but the fact of the matter is, whether I receive my due pennies or not, YouTube will likely still be running ads on my videos and making money off them. Needless to say, I'm not the only person unhappy with these changes, and after last year's Adpocalypse which severely effected many of the people I work with, it really seems like YouTube mastered the art of how to disappoint the people which create content for its communities. I'm not sure what the future holds for YouTube, but I sure as heck hope that they realise soon the effect they're having on content creators, especially new ones. If you're reading, what are your thoughts on the matter? Do you agree with the changes or do you feel the same as me?
Anyways, enough ranting, let's get back to the nicer topics at hand:
Secondly this week, I have an extra special treat to share with you all. A throwback to last summer, and it's a crime this hasn't been put up sooner, here's a video of my good friend Sam Brown and I playing an unrehearsed, spur of the moment "Don't Fear The Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult during one of Sam's gigs at The Woolpack in Burgess Hill. It'd have been my first public performance in probably over 2 years, and Sam and I's first performance together in about 9 years! For those who don't know, Sam is pretty much a brother to me, a fantastic dude and friend since my early teens. We started our first band "Crow's Wing" together along with my twin brother Eamon, and another great friend Andrew Gelnar, Sam on bass and myself on guitar and vocals, and recorded and played gigs together until about 2008 when we parted ways for University. In 2007 I started a metal band Lupus Atrum as the lead vocalist and guitarist, and after my departure, Sam took the mic and rocked the vocals in my place. Later on in 2012, I took the place of Sam on bass in the pop-punk quartet Lights, Camera, Attraction! until my departure in 2015. Indeed we've had an intertwined musical path throughout the years and I hope it stays that way. Love you, bro, and it's always a pleasure to share the mic with you. We should definitely do this more often! (In case you don't know what I look like, I'm the long haired one playing guitar)
Next this week, some more awesome news from Better Than The Book. As of the weekend just passed, lyrics for all 10 songs on the new album are complete! Horray! Now just a little disclaimer: there is still a chance that some of the lyrics may be altered before the final recording, but it's at the stage where they're all fully fledged songs you could sing and play on the guitar without having to mumble that one verse where you don't know the words. Progress! The project flies have been cleared up too with only material for the new album in the folder and all the unused ideas moved to the ideas collection ready as riff fodder for the next album. Recording is still scheduled start next month, though before that I need to service my guitars, work out some of the parts in more detail and practice them, and generally prepare for what looks to be an exciting and high energy recording session this spring! Hope you're as pumped as I am and I look forward to sharing the journey with you as I go!
Finally for this post, the main thing I've been up to over the past 7 days has been working on the website, and again progress has been made as this week I'm happy to present to you the brand new and updated VIDEOS and GAMES sections of the JabunAudio portfolio! As well as that I've also completed behind the scenes the main Portfolio and Music pages too, though I'm waiting for some permissions on artwork on those before I can make them public. Hopefully I'll be able to share them next week, but we shall see! All that's left to do is the Services and Home pages so with any luck it shouldn't be long before the website is all finished and live. Hope you're liking the new design and please let me know if you spot any broken links or errors on the site in the mean time. Many thanks in advance for your help!
And that about wraps things up for this week! What's in store next week? Well there's the next cover song "Aliens Exist" by Blink-182 to look forward to, and hopefully the website will be complete or at least close to it by the next blog post. I'm away this weekend for my brother Eamon's graduation to Dr Standing though so there may be some delays over the next few days, but I'll do my best. Next on the audio projects list, the A P O T H E O S I S final boss theme is on my plate to compose so I'll be starting on that as soon as the website is done, and as for what else is happening, I'll see where the wind takes me! Hope you have a great week whatever you're up to and thanks as always for supporting JabunAudio and my projects. See you next time, and take care.
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