no_apologies: (Music is Love!)
For those who may be curiously wondering about my fun and enjoyable process, I feel like sharing. I don't think I really posted into detail about this on here before. I'm cross posting this from a blog entry on my website. I'm copying and pasting what I typed from there, to here.

(If you haven't seen my website yet, you might want to. I showcase my podcasts and art on it, aside from my music... I love how the appearance of the website looks, along with how my site's forum looks--even though that hasn't been active in a while.)

The way I do remixes is a lot of fun. I have a method of dividing a lot of everything individually. I'm doing the same kind of thing I've done towards Mortal Kombat Komputer.

First, I listen to the original version of a game theme enough times just to memorize at least the main melodies of it. My memory is often really good, but it's always handy to have the original version to listen to. It's nothing too hard, since I've self-taught myself to play stuff by ear over the 10 years of playing music. Though, I at times surprise myself when I find out certain things are harder or easier to produce when I least expect it!

So, after I get original melodies and other original things (bass, chords, whatever) down and edited to the way I love and want them to sound, along the way and after that part's done, I come up with original melodies and things to mix into the track. This would be the experimentation process! I blend certain things to find out how well they sound together before I start making the track itself. For the Mortal Kombat remix, as some of you who check back on this blog frequently may already know, almost everything I put together and planned on in advance made it into the final 1.2 version.

In the last part of making a remix, it's likely I'll come up with some other really neat things while putting the track together.

Mortal Kombat Komputer is 7 minutes and 41 seconds. I didn't think it would be that lengthy, but in the end, it became an excellent masterpiece for a gaming remix debut. There are some really supportive and thoughtful musicians I've come across on NewGrounds, and their tips toward cutting back and varying the drums for 1.2 made such a difference. With that in mind, I'll be looking forward to whatever feedback I get once this new track is complete!

With better luck, I might submit it to OverClocked Remix! They only accept material that are straight from the video games themselves. Mortal Kombat Komputer is a remix of the Techno Syndrome, by The Immortals. One person's remix of that had been taken off and moved to this archive website they've put together... Once I found that out, I decided not to submit it to them. (However, I am considering on allowing the creators of the Mortal Kombat games to check it out! I believe they'll dig it.)
no_apologies: (Music is Love!)
I'm feeling so PUMPED and psyched that I want to write an update on here! I should catch up with favorite music artists around NewGrounds soon, as well as on Sound Cloud. I'm so overdue for just setting time aside to listen to some tunes... I've been sucked into writing my fan fiction and reading other people's fan fiction, along with some role-play writing with friends (around here) on the side! ^^;;

I'm not quite there to finishing this remix, but so far it's been amazing progress!! I really like the beats and synths I've been coming up with so far. I've recorded some speaking parts too, some of them by yours truly. LexaHergon, one of my buddies on NG and Skype, inspired me a little for an extra speaker part I hadn't thought of. Hey, it turns out it works. Thanks!

For the intro... In the Darius Twin game I remember playing so much on the Super Nintendo, there's this alarm sound that goes off, followed by a message on the screen just before the boss ship arrives. I'm inserting something like that. :D

Darius Twin does have some good music tracks to go with the challenging side-scrolling in the spaceship battle game. (Search for "Darius Twin OST" on YouTube! It's all there!)

I know there's one other Darius Twin remix idea I'll want to do, something that came to me out of nowhere. As I first heard this play in my head, I thought, "Oh my God... YES!" This other idea I really love and will try my hardest to accomplish will blow us all away, I know it.

It's a blast when it comes to experimenting. Putting in my own spin when it comes to remixes. I'm on a roll, and looking forward to figuring out what original melodies and basslines (and more beats) of awesomeness I can come up with.

It'll be at least a month until this Boss Theme remix is all done. This week, I've been in the process of getting all I want in variations of the main melodies. I know I want 2 to 3 variations of that. Piece by piece, I managed to get one of them done today! After I get all that done--or at least half done--I'll come up with more original material to mix in.

Sometime last year, I was messing around while jamming on the Waspy LE VST I've got. I played the Darius Twin Boss melody half a step down-pitched from the original notes. In tweaking the options and stuff I created a really nice synth in doing so. That really fun and most excellent jam session first gave me inspiration to want to do this remix project. (YEP, the synth I've played with is going in there! *beaming with excitement*)
no_apologies: (Damn flying monkeys)
I'm currently feeling a teeny bit icky, but it's nothing really serious. Definitely not as awful as to how it was when I got up in the morning. Something I ate for dinner last night, scalloped parmesan potatoes or something like that, just did not sit well at all in my tummy.

I'm wondering if my digestive system's becoming a little sensitive. I guess it's something that happens when your body's aging a bit at a time.

For example, there are two fast food places I know I can't order food from anymore because it makes me ill. Checkers food I used to eat without a problem. It's been about two years since I last had any of their food. I don't know what it is, but something in their sandwiches the past couple of times I ordered made me feel really sick. So sick that I couldn't eat any solid foods until my stomach settled down a significant amount.

Nope! Can't go over there anymore--even though their curly fries are awesome. I liked their milkshakes, too.

My mom and I both had bad gas the next morning after we ordered some food at a Sonic once on a Friday night, on our way to board game meetup. Once and never again, because the onions in our burgers were too dry...

All I had for breakfast was fruit juice, because my stomach was hurting for a while after I had to hurry up to the bathroom to puke. This was sometime early in the morning, and I only had to puke once. Good. I did have lunch, a PB&J sandwich once I was all caught up on TV shows and finished rewatching some Avatar: The Last Airbender episodes. My stomach pain went away as I was sleepy while watching Avatar, so I'll rewatch certain episodes again later this week.

Incoming Lengthiness involving more than one fandom! )

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