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!
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