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Posted by Zoonotist - 2 weeks ago



This track is dedicated to Daunte Wright, Anthony Thompson Jr., Adam Toledo, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Christian Hall, Daniel Shaver and all victims of police violence. Solidarity to all, and Rest in Power to the fallen.


I started writing this track around the time Daunte Wright was murdered by police, and it was finished today. It was an emotional roller-coaster writing this track. I recently learned that George Floyd's girlfriend was Daunte Wright's high school teacher.


I combined Chicano guitar's playing style, chopped and screwed for the woodwinds and hiphop beats. Each of the techniques symbolize the culture of the victims. I was gonna talk about the instrument like on Bandcamp, but I will talk exclusively about the production on Newgrounds, my home.


This track is a breakthrough for me. Not just arrangement and composition, but also mixing and sound design. In so many previous attempts, I failed in mixing tracks with lots of reverb. Like lots and lots. But I also learned that reverb is about space, not density. So the trick to balance the reverb is to have many melodic instruments playing at the same time. I have been never ending experiencing with this since I first learned to write music.


I want the listener to feel for the the victims of police violence. I feel powerless that I couldn't do more to help them. I tried my best. I have superpower in other selves, but in this self I am just a composer.


The production took exactly one week.


Please donate to the victims if you can


Daunte Wright


https://gofundme.com/f/dauntewright


Adam Toledo


https://gofundme.com/f/uhhas-adams-memorial-fund


Christian Hall


https://gofundme.com/f/justice-for-christian-hall


Anthony Thompson Jr.


https://gofundme.com/f/what-happened-to-anthony


Daniel Shaver


https://gofundme.com/f/justice-for-daniel-shaver


George Floyd


https://gofundme.com/f/gianna-floyd-daughter-of-george-floyd-fund


Breonna Taylor


https://gofundme.com/f/9v4q2-justice-for-breonna-taylor


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Posted by Zoonotist - February 28th, 2021



SOLARPUNK is everything from a positive imagining of our collective futures to actually creating it: aesthetics, afrofuturism, art, cooperatives, DIY, ecological restoration, engineering, fiction, futurism, gardening, geodesic domes, green architecture, green design, green energy, ingenuous indigenous practices, intentional community, maker spaces, materials science, music, permaculture, repair cafes, solar, solar power, sustainability, tree planting, urban planning, volunteering, 3D printing. (r/solarpunk)


WHY THIS EP: For the longest time I was a collapsnik and I buried my head under the sand, waited for the world to end. But I realized that's not how I want to live, it shouldn't be this way. So I seek out for optimistic ideas and that's how I came across, solarpunk. I realized that there are so many young people like me who were born in the hell, but they refused to give up and give in. They kept their heads up and envision a better future not just for themselves but everyone and every living species on this planet.


My last album, RESILIENCE, was to explore and experiment with this idea. But I also realized that being resilient is just an idea of trying to survive the collapse. SOLARPUNK is about building the world without collapse. And it filled me with life, imagination andΒ creativity once again.


Also, I was hoping to release this as an album for Black History Month (annual February), but I do not want to rush the quality of the production, so I rather worked my best on four tracks for an EP, instead of a full album. Beside, every month should be about Black History.


And that's another philosophy of this album, that Black Music should be about innovation and invention, not just the aesthetics. I find that a lot of composers when they want to make Black Music, they would use instruments like djembe, marimba or African chant, without ever touching the fact that Black Music is much much deeper than just those aesthetics. Black Music is the reason for the existence of all modern genres. The reality of Black Music is about never-ending innovative production techniques and ideas, and not about stereotypical music it often represented in media from non-BIPOC musicians.


Which is why I decide to work outside-the-box for the composition and production that utilized and implemented a lot of amazing Black production techniques such as: chopped-and-screwed, funk & rock guitar playing styles, hiphop sampling techniques, reggae & hiphop inspired beat patterns, and I also used jazz & blues music theories in these track. A lot of these sounds are also DIY, to give respect to the spirit of Black Musicians who are mostly self-taught and self-reliant.


For the longest time, I ranaway from myself, from who I really am. I'm a POC refugee who was nurtured by Black community, and I was raised by Black Music, yet I tried so hard to escape from it. But I realized how inept I was when I attempted to do that. So I no longer runaway. I have returned to my roots.


I also took production inspiration from @ZipZipper's recent track 'Black Lives Matter' that they made in solidarity with BLM. Here's ZipZipper work:Β 



I hope you would enjoy SOLARPUNK. I'd soon submit it to Creative Commons website and I do not plan to make money with this album, or any of my music. Please take care of each other and stay safe! ✊🏽 #BLM


Black woman portrait was from Pixabay. Solarpunk flag by @noffle and @michaelsproul (from r/solarpunk)Β 


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Posted by Zoonotist - February 26th, 2021


In 2012 when I was still a baby anarchist, the two of the most awesome musicians on the internet collaborated on an anti-capitalist musical project... The OG meme God Chocolate Rain Tay Zonday + violinist Goddess Lindsey Sterling made a phoenix that echo across time. Yesterday it resurfaced on r/wallstreetbets...


Enjoy and be educated about the reality.



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Posted by Zoonotist - February 22nd, 2021


This post was written as a guide based on @LD-W's post on freeware for music composition. What is difference from his post is this one will go in-depth on my experience in composition with the free instruments, their functionalities and the good/bad about them. Also, hopefully I get sometime around to make guides like these into a series.


All of these tools and plugins I shared work across platforms. On Mac and Linux, these Win tools can run out-of-the-box with Wine without extra installation. All the DAWs I shared have native port for Mac. The best thing is these Win versions can also be installed on Linux/Mac via Wine if you preferred to work with the Win version.


A - DAW FROM NOTHING


Supposedly all you have is a computer, something really budget, like those really generic $300 laptop you got from Best Buy. You either have Win 10 or 8 pre-installed, or a Linux like Ubuntu.


The recommended DAW that I have worked with for years on multiple platforms are:


TRACKTION WAVEFORM (Win/Mac/Linux)

This is the closest thing to professional DAW can get for free on different platforms. Its UX/UI was designed after Ableton Live. I've used Waveform along with the discontinued free versions (Tracktion 7) for major projects.


FL STUDIO 20 FREE TRIAL (Win/Mac/Wine)

The flagship DAW for all levels from noobs to pros (by @EvilRaccoon). I haven't really bought FL 20 and still using the Trial/Demo version, because its trial features already fulfilled my needs for a powerful DAW for scoring.


There are two plugins by Blake Robinson that were developed to fix the missing features of FL Studio in film/game scoring: BRSO Articulate that to replace FL's MIDI Out for keyswitches in plugins like Kontakt Player, LABS or SINE player. BRSO Accumatime for replacement of Fruity Player to sync tempo change when scoring a video.


REAPER (Win/Mac/Linux)

Possibly the best shareware DAW out there that has complete functions even after evaluation ended. There is also a BRSO Accumatime version for Reaper.


ARDOUR (Win/Mac/Linux)

Can't include a budget guide post without FOSS. Ardour is possibly the most usable FOSS DAW so far, totally beats LMMS.


Why not other DAW? Problems I've encountered while working with other DAWs:


Cakewalk - Win only, doesn't work for Wine. Even if you have a decent PC, lagging and crash are main problems. The DAW's memory management was poorly developed and will spike when you have multiple instances of plugins opened. Hence the crashes.

Pro Tools First - Same as above. Also, incomplete and limited features. But what even more frustrating is the iLok protection that require you gotta be online all the time.

LMMS - Buggy as hell and incomplete features. Decent for beginners but after sometime you gotta move on.

Renoise - Free version is fairly limited, I don't recommend tracking for beginners.

ModPlug - Same as above. Features are KISS and handy but only if you are familiar with tracking.

SunVox - same as above. But using it for sound design is really cool.


B - YOUR ORCHESTRA PLUGINS


I'm gonna list the plugins based on its versatility and usability:


Spitfire BBCSO Discover

Orchestral library with good features for a complete orchestra setup. Lightweight and work out-of-the-box. Two-week wait time to get the lib. Here is an example I used it in latest track:

There is a small problem I encountered tho, when you load up multiple instances at once in FL there will be some hiss from CPU spike. I think they have fixed this in latest version of their plugin.


Spitfire LABS

If you are looking for deep-sampled intimate sounds, LABS have everything you need. My favorites from the library are Dulcimer and Frozen Strings. So far there haven't been problem with it. I used LABS in most of my composition.


Versilian Studios Chamber Orchestra CE 2

The best free orchestra for a long time before the other free stuff came along. Made by Newgrounders like @Troisnyx. Run on Sforzando


Orchestral Tools Layers and SINEFactory

Are you looking for full mic positions with your mixing? Layers is possibly the best free library that has almost full features of an AAA orchestral plugin. Dynamics, round-robins and the comprehensive mic positions. As its name said, Layers is for layering your instruments with other libraries. But it's also good for solo uses of basic composition. It's the only free lib that can go from soft to loud sounds with few tweaking.


SINEFactory includes three contents: String Ensemble with sustain and spiccato. Grand Piano, and 'Gearbox' which basically with 13 different percussion articulations. All three are on Full Mix, single mic.


ProjectSam The Free Orchestra

It's more like a series of Kontakt instruments rather than an orchestral lib. A lot of the patches came from older libraries like Symphobia and True Strike. What the benefit of TFO is you can jam it in a lot of big & wide sounds in trailer music, which is what ProjectSam libs are known for.


KeepForest Ferrum Free

Basically the ultimate free percussion library. I'm sad that Drumic'A was pulled but Ferrum replaced my needs.


Embertone Arcane

Quirky lib, but I really like the patch originated from Friedlander Violin.


Etherealwinds Harp II CE

By @Etherealwinds. Decent samples for solo instrument.


Keyzone Classic

Insanely well-sampled piano instrument.


Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra

The OG free orchestra library. This lib is over a decade old, way older than some of you. And it's still a decent one that can be used for small compositions and sketches. Run on Sforzando


Why not other libraries?

VSL Big Bang Orchestra requires USB dongle, which a bit stupid for a free library. Other than that stuff like


C - WHAT ABOUT THE HYBIRD STUFF


The stuff I use for hybrid compositions, aka a lot of wubs and brams:


SYNTH

Zebralette

Vital

Helm

Surge

VK-1 Viking

Dexed

Autogun

Bazille

Podolski

Helix

Mikro Prism


SFX

Guitar Rig Player

Reaktor Player

Supercharger

Filterstep

Finisher Micro


TO BE CONTINUE


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Posted by Zoonotist - February 17th, 2021


I figured that the Frontpage post can be used for something helpful. Transcript included.


Please stay safe, stay warm and care for each other!


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Transcript:


- Choose 1 room to inhabit


- Move all furniture to external walls


- Move your mattress to the center of the 1 room


- Block pets from leaving that room, put all needs in it


- If your fridge is warming up, put all perishable items in trash bag and place outside, form snow around


- If you have plants, move them in the room with you


- If you have a small space heater, move it in that room with you


- Hang thick blankets or large towel in all the windows


- If a sunny day arrives before power, open curtains when sun hits directly, then put back up


- Wear multiple layers of clothing


- If your pets are too cold, put socks on their feet and/or other clothing you have that fits them


- Roll clothing or towels and block all door and window gaps


- Throw all your dirty clothes on the floor, covering every space you can


Your body heat will warm the room if you remain in ONLY that room.


You want to use anything you can to add insulation between you, and the outside.


Hence covering and blocking all floors, windows, and walls


Now isn't the time to have a clean house, it's time to survive.


Late addition thanks to a friend of mine:


If you have, or can get, bubble wrap, tape that to all windows, as it creates a kind of double insulation!


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Posted by Zoonotist - February 12th, 2021


https://zipzipper.newgrounds.com/news/post/1142820


500 years of struggle by Black and Brown people to demand that their lives are matter. But speaking up about it, even for their allies, are quite a hard thing around here. But it should never be a difficult or controversial thing to say Black Lives Matter. Because black lives do matter. And I'm glad @ZipZipper wrote a song about it, you should check it out.


✊🏽✊🏽✊🏽




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Posted by Zoonotist - February 3rd, 2021


Possibly the most awesome, fun, authentic and experimental album I have worked on.


RESILIENCE is a fun album to experiment, improvise and innovate. I have discovered so many new composition, mixing and programming techniques on how to make music more colorful, fun, authentic and unique. Things I have improved in this album:


  • Better mixing & mastering - No more sloppy mix & EQ. I also learned how to properly do wide mixing without sacrificing dynamic.
  • Superb percussion programming - This area of my musical skill is continuing to excel and flourish.
  • Authentic guitar arrangement & composition - Hey if my music start sounding like mainstream pop/rock/RnB it's because I'm doing it on purpose!
  • Shorter track means better quality - Shorter length means I have more time and space to spend on perfecting the productions.


The focuses of RESILIENCE is about surviving the Collapse, yes, the collapse of ecology and human civilization. While being a doomer is fun, unfortunately it isn't a realistic way to look at our world. Survival is a collective responsibility and this album is inspired by that spirit.


Enjoy!



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Posted by Zoonotist - February 1st, 2021


I worked on this tutorial for a while but never got around to finish it. However, if people are interested in a percussion programming tutorial I'd make a video where I explain how to work with perc and drum with realism techniques, humanization, arrangement, mixing and EQing. I'd also use free virtual instruments as tools so it can be easy to learn for y'all.


Stay tuned.


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Posted by Zoonotist - December 16th, 2020


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Freedom of expression can never be bought or sold


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Posted by Zoonotist - December 11th, 2020



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