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So, I've kinda been a little quiet recently. Mostly just being a baby about stuff that doesn't really matter in the long run. But some good stuff has been happening. Got a job working in the warehouse of a music company and now I get to be around the stuff I love. The work is far more demanding than retail, but it's worth it to finally be around people who understand what I'm talking about.
Sorry about the continually dying thing. I've been studying music theory on the side and the music notation side of it has been extremely boring, but on the other hand I have enjoyed learning about things like chord names and rhythmic structure. I'm going to be applying these new learned techniques into my stuff. I'm been just kinda fiddling around lately with sounds and stuff trying to develop my own niche/style so to speak. I'm gonna be posting some hopefully good stuff soon.
Time to dust off the ol' skool one and bring it back.
I owe a lot of thanks to Newgrounds and my friends here for the constructive-criticism I've received over the past few years. But I'm going to be stepping back from uploading for awhile to truly learn things like piano and music theory. Fl Studio is an amazing DAW and very fun to use and can be even more fun combined with the knowledge of piano and more advanced music theory.
Plans for the future, Duke?
Well, I can't say what will happen in full assurity. But my plan is to become a pianist along the likes of artists like Rick Wakeman and Jordan Rudess. It's a huge goal, for sure. But I don't care. It's better than sitting on my ass wishing I could play like them. I also plan on releasing a small video game soundtrack, but I'm taking my time on that and only going to be working on it when I feel like applying the music theory I've learned to make it even more memorable. One more plan I have is something way more down the road, but I'm currently working on the OST little by little for an original video game me and my brothers are making together. That's right, there's more than just me in the family. I've never before seen such effort being put into a video game, but then again, this is my first video game OST I've worked on minus another that didn't go very well. (The game itself was still cool. Problems just arised.) So yeah...that's pretty much it.
1: Not uploading a whole lot atm. Sorry lol.
2: Learning piano and more advanced music theory.
3: Working on a small fake video game album.
4: Working on an actual OST for my brothers' video game.
If you're feeling a little down, I don't know why, but I do have a special upload in mind for Christmas if I can do it quick enough. Something very near and dear to my heart. So there's that maybe to look forward to this year.
See ya soon...
I guess you could consider this little guy my vocaloid or whatever.
I came up with it in a day while messing around in mspaint. Not too shabby.
So I'm sure a few people have seen posts about me fighting my personal addiction and it's been a rollercoaster of emotions for awhile. But it's definitely been worth it to fight it, but my mind has been going crazy through its rewiring. Overthinker was the asshole who was running my brain for the longest time and has since been fired and replaced by Mr. Critical Thinker. There was this one time though where Overthinker managed to sneak in and really screw up the brain's circuit boards. Mr. Critical Thinker had to pull some late-nighters recently to fix the mess he made. Lol.
Anyway...I've had a healthier life-style as of late and am slowly getting back those child-like aspirations I used to have. And it feels incredible. Currently weening myself off caffeine since I find it hasn't had too many benefits for me personally. Have had a lot of sleepless nights due to it. I love my craft, but I'm not going to sacrifice my sleep for it since I'm not even making any money off it currently. That's it really.
On a sidenote, I've also been getting some amazing advice from the incredible Intero on my musical capabilities and it's been working like a charm. You have him to thank for the quality of my latest uploads. The guy's a real pro.
I started taking my music too seriously and in turn it almost drove me mad. It's been so hard just to get out of bed recently. Just stress and more stress. Is this my mind telling me I need to do something different.
I'm doing my best to get inspiration to work on the track. But I'm trying not to force the creativity since it just makes me stressed and I can't get anything done anyway. I'm working longer hours at my job right now to pay off a lot of money my family and I owe, and that's more important to me at the moment than having a track ready for some contest. I can promise I'll try though.
So, I've had these melodies stored in my brain for ages. Pretty much ever since I started writing music and I think at this point it's time I did something with them. So, after AIM2017 which I'm using as a means of practice with my motivation, I will be working on an album of video game music inspired by layouts like SMB3 with different music correlating to environments. Even though this music probably won't ever actually be used in a game, I'm going to make it regardless. I'm going to make the album revolve around a save the world scenario without worrying too much about plot, but more on the concept.
Since I'm going to be really pushing myself with this album, I won't be on the internet that much but maybe to update people or post a track on the side occasionally. During my journey of fulfillment, I asked myself what was my purpose in this world. And now I believe it is to compose. I started my music much later than most musicians. 17 years old. I had a lot to learn in a short period of time. I not only listened to the music that inspired me, but studied it. Things like: "How did they match the atmosphere of the environment so well? How did they transition to that key so flawlessly? How do they make such complex music, but still have the same composition contain such memorable melodies?" These were things I paid amazing attention to during my studying and I'm still learning to this day. I don't ever want to stop learning, cause that will be the day I die as a musician.
I have a lot to prove to a world full of musicians who started at a very young age. But I like a challenge.