LucidShadowDreamer's News

Happy New Year, Newgrounds!

2015-12-31 16:50:35 by LucidShadowDreamer
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Hello again, everyone!

Once again, it has been a month since my latest update post. Despite not having had any school for a few weeks, I've been quite busy lately. I've been working hard, to reach my goal of 52 music uploads this year! I did that last year, and I'm happy to announce, I did it again. I like to think of them as one for every week of the year :D

This has been such a giving year for me. I have focused a lot on making music in general, and I can say I've learned a lot, and improved greatly. I've also been trying to take part of almost every music related contest in 2015. Man, there were so many of them! They have all been a blast, thanks to the never tiring organizers :3

I made a new game this year, and it was received quite well. So a sequel can be expected sometime in 2016, as I've promised one to so many people :)

I also had the honor of composing the score to BUBBLEBOY, which is a very underrated game, made by none other than @Chaz!

I've had a great deal of my uploads featured this year too, which is awesome. I suspect that the culprits behind this are mainly @Tom and @Step. Maybe someone else too? Thanks a great deal, nonetheless.

In 2016, I will probably relax a bit on the music front, meaning I won't partake in every competition. I will still make music whenever I get the chance. I will also keep working on creating music for the BRUCE project, made by @JayWEccent. He is a great writer, and an amazing voice actor (and singer). Be sure to check him out!

This year has had it's downsides too, as every year has, but I'd rather not focus on those right now.

Instead, take a listen to a track I've composed today!
 

 

And how could I not mention the fact that I've been able to be a part of 4 collaborations with @dem0lecule this year?
I learned a lot through him, and I look forward to working with him in the future as well. To send 2015 to the past, and welcome 2016, we just uploaded our very first (and slightly unfinished) collaboration for your listening pleasure.
 

 

Finally, here's my final blog entry of this year (on my "real" blog). It's a bit personal this time, I guess.

Now, I'm fully ready to take on 2016. Come at me bruh!


Happy New Year!!!


//LucidShadowDreamer


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2015-12-01 05:48:32 by LucidShadowDreamer
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Oh wow. It sure has been a while since my last post here. Time seems to simply fly by :p

And since last time, I've gained some new fans as well. Thanks a lot, not only to you, but to each and every one of my fans. I never expected to reach this many, and this fast too. To be honest, I've been pretty lucky. I've got a lot of exposure thanks to frontpagings and such :)

Whether you're here for my music, my games, or anything else, I'm happy all the same. And I'll keep doing all of those things in 2016 (as well as during later years) too, so make sure to stick around and show up now and then!
In order to show my gratitude, I just uploaded a stupid track of me singing with no music in the background, because why not.

Other than that, I recently bought Stormdrum 3. I haven't really made anything big with it yet, but I tried it out quickly, and this is the result:

 

 

Even though I didn't mix or produce it properly, it sounds way more powerful than most of my tracks before it. It'll be fun to experiment further with SD3. I'm also currently working on making tracks for @JayWEccent's BRUCE project. Aside from that, the NGMT is currently going on. I should probably get to work on that too...
Finally, I'm tying up loose ends, and diong my best to finish stuff from earlier in the year, to get closure. I'll hopefully upload the piano version of "Facing the Foe" before the end of the year, as well as a few mystery projects. I'm trying to reach a total of 52 uploads this year; one for each week. I did that last year, and I'm pretty close now, so it should be doable!

Btw, here's a general song tip... Listen to this!

Yeah. Once again, thanks a million for becoming fans of mine! I'm still in a slight disbelief about the sheer amount of you :O

If any of you feel particularly brave, you could try taking on an insanely long read of 6000 words. Yesterday night, I wrote a blog post about bisexuality. It turned out to be very long, and very weird (and pretty personal too). Read at own discretion :p

That's it for this time. I hope that you've been having a great day so far, and that it will continue to be great, and that the next day will be great as well, and hopefully, your entire life too. Until next time ;)

//LucidShadowDreamer


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Music & Sexuality

2015-09-30 21:57:55 by LucidShadowDreamer
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Well, the title is a bit of a clickbait, but not entirely. First off... AAAAAAAARRRRRGGGGHHHHH!!! I'm going insane. I'm way too busy right now. I am used to having a lot more time to do the stuff I want to do. And right now, I am so busy I even have hours upon hours of youtube to catch up on. I guess that's the way things go when you start studying after a long break, huh?

Even though I have a lot of reviews and such that are still on my bucket list of what to do on Newgrounds, I have managed to be at least a bit productive. Mainly, dem0lecule and I just uploaded another collaboration for the NGADM 2015!!!

This one, is a piece we truly feel is important to us, and it has a lot of meaning behind it. More information to find on the song page itself.

The track is pretty darn long, so most of my time these past weeks, have been spent working on it, as well as watching anime (to get me in the mood, hehhe). Some school and friend stuff in between too, to keep my sanity intact. I hope you'll enjoy the listen!

Oh, and I almost forgot!!!
Make sure to check out the wonderful track made by our wonderful opponent for the round, @JacobCadmus:
 


Other than that, I managed to, for the first time in a loooong while, write a pretty long blog post. And the contents are pretty substantial too!
At 4700+ words (that's right, words), it's probably my second longest entry thus far. It's about human sexuality, and whether or not everything we do is controlled by it. Check it out ;)

That's pretty much it for now. Thank you for lending this a moment of your attention!

//LucidShadowDreamer



First and foremost, check out the track I made for this round of NGADM 2015!!

 

 

In the end, I went solo for this one, but I think it sounds quite good despite that. For the next round though, it's definitely collab time again ;)
I'll eventually (some time after the judging period) upload both the unfinished collab version of this track, as well as a solo piano version.

Don't forget to check out dem0lecule's and mine track for the previous round:

 

Thanks a lot!

Other than that, I secretly participated in the latest Ludum Dare (33, Jam)!!!
I haven't uploaded the game to Newgorunds yet, as I'm thinking I might actually make this into a full game some day. But I totally still need votes, so I'd love it if you went to my LD page and fixed that problem!!!

Or if you don't want to, at least try the beta of the game out!

 

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That's pretty much it for this time. I just started life in a University. Turns out that students in Finland drink and party a lot... Like, pretty much every day with no sleep in between a lot o.O

If you want to, I guess, you could also check out my blog, but there isn't much happening there currently, so I suggest you read entries from 2013, or very early 2014. I will write interesting things there sometime in the future though!

Thanks a lot for paying attention to another one of my long news posts. Over, and out! (That means you should totally leave a comment) ;D

 

//LucidShadowDreamer



Hi there, all of you super cool and interesting people that probably all deserve to be loved and worshipped because of your unbelievable awesomeness!! *cough* *cough*

It's incredibly rad that such amazingly infallible people would happen to cross paths with this newspost. Now that you're already here, why don't you show an example of your glorious splendor by reading this entire post? You will :O? Why thank you, I feel undeserving!!! :D

Jokes aside...

Recently, I was presented with the privilege to work with @Chaz on his newest game, Bubbleboy.

 

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You should definitely check it out! It's a beautiful game, about a boy exploring his dreams during 4 weeks, while also learning more about himself. The game requires a certain amount of dexterity and patience to beat, as it's not very easy. Which is great, as we currently have an overload of games lacking difficulty altogether. I can assure you that most of you will really enjoy playing, hehhe...

Now what did I do?

I composed a short soundtrack for the game; that is, the music you hear while playing! :D You can download the soundtrack entirely for free from my bandcamp (which is a master of hide and seek, as most people never find it. Be one of the first >:D).

While you can't download the tracks from Newgrounds, you can totally listen to them here!

*Magical embedding sounds*

 

Pretty short and sweet, huh? The album features 2 short loops, and a short solo piano piece. By downloading the album, you may or may not also get a bonus track, which may or may not be made by the creator of the game. Who knows? You will, after downloading ;)

It was a great experience to actually get to make some music for such a wonderful game. 10/10 would do again ;)

Thanks for paying attention, for playing, and for listening!

TL;DR:



SYKE!!


//LucidShadowDreamer


Happy Robot Day 2015!

2015-07-10 08:05:02 by LucidShadowDreamer
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Whooo, Happy Robot Day 2015!!!

 

I've worked for ages on this track for the competition, and I'm happy to finally present the end result :D

 

 

The track is heavily inspired by @johnfn, and his style of music.

For the cover art, I used Nerdtendo Bot, by @TripleThreeTwo.

EDIT: For the first time, I also decided to upload the track to Youtube, just for fun. Check it out ;)

 

But wow, there sure is a lot of competition this year, which is great! There's always a lot going on in the Newgrounds community, especially during summer time, and I love it :)

I urge you to listen to some of the other tracks that have been posted already, and I'm sure there will be even more awesome tracks uploaded a bit later today. Here are some of the ones I've listened to as of yet XD

 

Mindchamber's Revenge, by @dem0lecule

http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/633597

 

Re-Booting, by @Deshiel

http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/633693

 

Robotic Dancer, by @Djjaner

http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/633009

 

Oak - Funkerbot, by @LiquidOoze

http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/633636

 

Formulaic, by @gween123

http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/633696

 

Automaton, by @Steampianist

http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/633666

&

Burn, Yearn, Learn, Turn, by @Lich

http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/633823

 

I hope you're all having a great day ;)

 

//LucidShadowDreamer


Featured on Jayisgames + Other Stuff!

2015-06-13 07:14:38 by LucidShadowDreamer
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Well then. To start with, dem0lecule and I just uploaded a collaborative track that we both worked extremely hard on, for the Newgrounds Inspired Music Contest.

It's a 6 minute long orchestral track, and we'd both be extremely happy if you checked it out. More about the track in the description, and in dem0lecule's news post.

 

 

Other than that, I've been (and am) working on a lot of other projects as well. A couple of days ago, I uploaded a new game to Newgrounds, and I was happy to notice that it is thus far very well received!

And not only is it well recevied, but it was actually featured on jayisgames.com!

A short review was written to accompany it. Click the image to see for yourselves.

 

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It was also this game that earned me a throphy which allows me to write posts for the front page, this being my first one.

If you want to read more about the game, read my previous news post, and if you wish to play it, that can be arranged too.

 

Thank you for your time!

I will be going on a 2 week long trip to Cyprus, so during that time I won't be as active as usually. But I will probably still be able to respond to things now and then :)
See you when I get back!

And I almost forgot, if you for whatever reason want to read more crazy things about myself, you could check out my blog! :p

 

//LucidShadowDreamer


Playing With Letters

2015-06-09 12:13:22 by LucidShadowDreamer
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Hello.

 

As some of you may have noticed, I didn't upload a game for Stencyl Jam 2015 this year. I had an idea for a game, but I was already working on another game that I wanted to finish first. At the time I finished it, making a game for the Jam would've been far too rushed, so I decided to save my idea for the next year :)

That said, I just uploaded the other game I was speaking of, after a long wait. It is a text-based adventure game, even if it may be a bit different than most other games of the same genre. I actually wasn't even planning on making this game to start with, but one night when I was trying to fall asleep, an interesting idea just suddenly popped into my head. That was the seed which inspired me to create this game!

I don't want to spoil too much, but the game is based on word puzzles/games of different kinds. It also features a riddle created by my sister. I asked her to create a slightly morbid riddle, and about 5 minutes later, she had one for me. Scarily impressive...

The game might be difficult, and then again, it might not be. It will be much easier for those who speak fluent English; that much is for certain. The first real level especially may be confusing, as the concept requires some getting used to. But I'll say it here like I said in the game description. Look at the title of the letter for hints, and seek after meaning behind some words and sentences in the text. That is as much as I am willing to give away :D

The music for the game was, naturally, made by myself. All of the "programming" was also made by me, in Stencyl, as well as the story and design.

I also want to thank my two faithful beta testers, @LunacyEcho & @absoluteDETH, who also created the credits screen in the end.

If there's anything you want to ask, please do so in the comments. Just remember, I won't spoil too much! ;)

That's pretty much it. Enjoy playing with letters, everyone!

 

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//LucidShadowDreamer



The title sounds deep, but in reality, it holds no meaning, other than... Well. I think it's pretty clear. I just don't like to have "Small Update" as the title XD

I just thought I'd share three of my latest creations.

Well, all of them aren't as recently created, as they are uploaded. The first track is a cover that was recorded in 2012:

 

 

The second one is a piratey track made with only Cubase and EWQL SO Silver Edition.

 

 

And the third track, is the longest improvisation that I've recorded and uploaded, even if it's far from the longest I've played. It has a very apt name as well.

 

 

I'd be happy if you took some time to listen to one or more of the tracks, and perhaps even leave a review. Especially for the middle one, as it's the most reviewable track, as well as the one that is the most in need of one.

 

Have a wonderful second, minute, hour, day, week, month, year, decade, life; eternity.

 

//LucidShadowDreamer


20 Years of Awesomness

2015-04-26 00:18:05 by LucidShadowDreamer
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Happy Pico Day everyone!!! :'D

To think that Newgrounds is actually that old (as old as me, now that I  think about it) :)

Most people probably don't know this, as this account was made around the later part of 2013, but I've actually been lurking around Newgrounds for 11 or 12 years, hiding in the shadows, without ever making an account. Until one and a half year ago that is, when I actually began submitting content of my own.

We all know that it was prefectly heatlhy for 9 year olds to visit Newgrounds in its old days, like I did. I cleeearly turned out to grow up as a perfectly normal human being. Yup. Totally.

 

Anyway. It's great that this site has been able to hang on for so long, and here's to another 20 years!

 

Originally, I wasn't actually going to submit anything for Pico Day this year. But today, after seing everything that has been going on, I decided to make something small anyway :)

In most cases, I would've composed some music, but for some reason that didn't feel quite right today.

So I gathered my poor artistical skills, and used the mousepad on my laptop to draw a weird adaptation of Pico himself. A.K.A. The one below this sentence, in case I've made the character completely unrecognizable.

 

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Maybe one day, I'll pick up a pen and pencil, and decide to actually put some hard effort into learning how to actually draw skillfully. But that day, is not today.

 

Other than that, I've uploaded a few noteworthy tracks since my last entry.

The first one, is the first track I've ever made using EWQL, check it out:

 

 

 

The second one, is the track of mine that currently holds my personal record for the most views on Newgrounds thus far (out of music, that is). Is it because it's just that awesome, or is it because it got featured for a long time, for being an April Fools joke? Find out for yourself!

 

Best Song Ever Made

 

(Is this truly what I am to be remembered by?)

 

Finally, of course, is a simple piano piece, which I composed while under the influence of Post Anime Depression Syndrome. It's not really my usual style, but I still like it:

 

A Song for Someone Else

 

I've also been working on a mystery project, which I will upload after working out a few things. Look forward to it!

 

And finally, if you want to hear more passionate babbling about anime, which will most likely bore you to death (disclaimer: possibly, litrerally; be warned), you could always try reading my latest blog entry over at blogspot.

 

 

See the length of this? That is why I should update this little thingy more often.

Have a great day, all of you, and try not to die!!!

 

//LucidShadowDreamer