As a special treat, please enjoy this collection of my recent Kwakfest entries!
- BEARS: Theme was “CARL SAGAN IN SPACE” and unfortunately I was unable to participate at the time, but yesterday I set aside an hour and did a song anyway after a couple of shots. I promise I did not cheat, I took 55 minutes and change, and forced myself not to change it at all after the hour.
- whipswing: This is totally a “90s swing revival everyone’s jumping on the bandwagon hooray” version of castlevania 3 “clockwork”
- HAMMERTIME: The special theme here was NINJAS!!!!! and my special procedure was: drink another shot of Courvoisier every 6 minutes, so by the time the hour was up I had consumed 10 shots. Forget drinking and driving, the real danger in my life is drinking and sequencing, and you can hear my skill and determination fall apart over the course of the song.
- Battak: Battak is, I think, Hindi for “duck”. Yes, that’s the Ducktales theme with MIDI tabla and sitar. Sorry, but this is probably the best one yet, especially the “If I only had a ____” section.
- Three Inches: Standard v-kwakfest style, just particularly complex this time with a well-defined recurring theme.
- Supabonk: Starts out with my take on Super Bonk’s Adventure for SNES, degrades into a horrifying adventure through the sex lives of Metal Gear’s Solid Snake and our own Super Mario. Yes, that’s Yoshi doing Mario in the ass.
Hope you enjoy these. Kwakfest is really the highlight of my life, and the perfect exercise for speed-writing and improvisation.
R.I.P. Ben “Diablo” Shelton, 1974-2005, #trax regular, sysadmin guru, beer connoisseur, rally racing fan, telecom geek. Passed away on April Fool’s day, of all the luck. One of the people whose general knowledge I most respected, despite our strongly differing political viewpoints and frequent snarking. He seemed to know at least something about almost everything.
When I got to my computer and saw them talking about his passing, I was already feeling pretty gross, and I just did a triple take and sort of ..quietly retracted into the sequencer and drowned out everything by writing music. I didn’t use a metronome or do any cleanup, I just hit record and played fake guitar because Ben said once that he liked my fake guitar.
Heaven is in Europe, you commie tree-hugging yoga-stretching bastard.
Sorry if I brought anyone down upon reading/hearing this, but I’m a mess right now. Disabled comments, but I’ll be back to my chipper self probably by tomorrow or something. With Kristi around making silly faces and yawning I am unable to remain upset for more than a day or so.
big update today. four new arrangements!
The Legend of Kay, which is my first large-scale console title, is out in europe! you can order it by following the links on the official website in the uk and germany.
i’m not sure what the north american release schedule looks like, but hopefully it will come out here soon too. i’ve been sent a copy of the european version, so i’ll have to use a ps2 mod to play it (it has an NTSC option, in case you want to import), but i can’t wait.
in other news, i’m currently in calgary for the next couple of weeks, working on more goodness with orbital media. their first game, Racing Gears Advance, has just been released for the GBA, and while i didn’t do the music (it’s by neil voss, the badass who scored tetrisphere), the game is very smooth and these guys are super talented.
shame it’s up in the frozen north, eh? (it’s actually warmer than baltimore right now, though that could change at any second).
Thanks to a recommendation by my awesome, local, adorable blog-wizard friend Jay, I hooked up WordPress and jammed it into my current layout. Every time I add a new song to my site or experience a noteworthy career breakthrough, I will post about it here. So check back often, and be sure to leave some comments — I doubt I’ll ever get so jaded that feedback, even from complete strangers, doesn’t help me out.