LucidShadowDreamer's News

Watch Me Play the Piano!

2016-01-31 16:44:31 by LucidShadowDreamer
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Hi ya'll!

 

It has already been another month. Time sure flies by... And times sure are busy too!

As school has started again, I feel I haven't had time to do everything that I want to do, lately. But that just means that everything is as it always has been. Either way, here's a small update of what I'm up to:

I apparently started giving piano lessons every week, so that's something. I'm also planning on collaborating with lots of NG people, but I'll let the names remain a mystery for now. I am still working on BRUCE (sorry it's so slow, I swear I'm really busy!), and I'm still composing other music. I was recently asked to create some music for a certain event (local, so not online), but we'll see if I have time for that. However, it might interest you to know that I'm going to start being active on my youtube account!


I found out that apparently, my phone shoots videos in okay quality, so I decided (and was practically forced by @EtherealWinds) to record videos of me playing the piano. So I'm going to start uploading videos of such nature every now and then.

But I've got to start with something, right?
So for now, we have this:

 

 

 

[EDIT: And here's another upload as well, of a spontaneous improvisation on a real piano:

 

 

And finally, a normal Newgrounds upload of yet another improvisation:

 


I've been a bit busy with school related things lately, which is why improvisations have been easier and quicker to make than full compositions].

 

I'd appreciate it if you took yourself a listen :'D

I think that's it for now though...

 

I hope you're all well!

 

//LucidShadowDreamer



Silly NG :'D

I woke up to this today:

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So something tells me that the features at the bottom of the page just miiight be automated based on weekly popularity? :p
Thanks for listening to mine, and to mine & dem0's track enough to make them so popular at the start of this year :)

But is that enough? No of course not. Since I took second place in Bosa's "The Gift of Christmas" audio contest, another track of mine is currently frontpaged as well. And yet another christmas piece of mine, from 2014, was in the frontpaged batch right before that:

 

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So yeah... In theory, I could have another track (that got me the first place in the second round of Skyewint's NGMT contest) of mine frontpaged as well. But I said that there is no need, based on the fact that I've clearly been accidentally stealing spots from other great musicians lately. I actually ended up scoring second place in the overall NGMT 2015 edition, which I'm really happy about.

I did work really hard at the end of 2015, to reach precisely 52 audio submissions that year, to finish a lot of projects, and participate in the final contests of the year. I'm really thankful that all that hard effort paid off and was recognized by Newgrounds. But this is perhaps a bit over the top xD

Either way, if you're not tired of listening to my stuff by now, I'd be happy for you to listen to the collaboration that I and @Mattashi uploaded a few days ago! We'll definitely collaborate a lot more in the future, to bring you more RPG style tracks. This one, is supposed to sound like the music that would play in the starting village/town of a game:

 

 

I also apparently reached the peak for amounts of tracks that can be in a playlist, late in 2015. Since I now currently have 111 audio uploads on Newgrounds, I had to make a new one :3
I don't think you can embed playlists?

 

Anywho, that's pretty much it for this post. Thanks a lot for listening to the music that a random dude is just casually composing from his bedroom(s). It means a lot :3

I hope you're all having a good time!


//LucidShadowDreamer


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


300

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