For those of you who are not members of the “Ur - What Remains” facebook page, Sophia Rosalind (aka Voluptua Sneezlelips) has very generously offered to share her account of her studio tour as the sole subscriber to the “Heroes” perk in the indiegogo campaign. Here is the very detailed story of her afternoon with her guest Tenebrae and myself, including answers to questions she fielded for other Glitch alumni:
(p.s. If after reading this you find yourself wondering… The answer is yes, I am very sorry for eating Tenebrae’s taco).
Last weekend I had my afternoon lunch and studio tour with Voluptua Sneezelips, who brought along Tenebrae as a guest. I feel like I’m in my own little world working on this stuff, so being able to show it to people who are familiar with the world it emerged from was revitalizing and gave me a new lease on the project!
We had about five hours of fun geeking out about everything that went into making the sounds and music. If you are part of the “Ur-What Remains” facebook group, you can check out the great detail Voluptua went into documenting the afternoon with pics and answering questions from other players.
The Soundtrack is coming along slowly but surely. Although I’ve taken on some other projects, it remains my main pre-occupation and finishing it means a whole lot to me, especially considering the overwhelming support I’ve received. I’m going to do my best to get out of my basement studio this summer, so I’m eager to wrap things up by then.
Last week I had a breakthrough in terms of combining all the files from the broken up tracks for the different regions. I went and visited a pro who specializes in breaking down tracks for big artists to use in their live sets and he ran me through a process that will help me streamline things.
Mauk and I are putting the final touches on the little SFX/video feature for the Ringtone package. I’m currently looking for a way to deliver it where I won’t get shut down when 800+ people start downloading it. It seems most services including dropbox have prohibitive bandwidth limits.
Here are a couple more rough mixes/arrangements to chew on:
I won’t wait so long for the next update, I promise!
Hello Friends, here’s an update as March gets underway!
I hope to be getting theringtonepackage to you verysoon. First we’d like to come up with a way to combine some of them with visuals for old-time’s sake, and include them in the package. Like thisRandom Kindness Rainbow. A lot of them are just so much better with a visual reference!
I’m right in the thick of arranging the music that will appear on the Soundscapes of Ur collection. It’s pretty hard! The first part of the process is getting all the raw sections I need for each track into one file, which is a challenge because of the way I created them in the first place (as separate files). Some of the software I’m using does not like this! Then it’s finding an organic flow to the pieces without changing all the stuff you love about it. For those of you that spent hundreds of hours with the music on (really?!) you’ll notice some differences. I’m thinking that I’ll make all the original tracks available in some form in case there’s really something you’re missing about the original format.
Here are a couple of stabs at arranging the Uralia music. Soundcloud allows you to make comments so feel free to get in there and give feedback.
The Glitch Variations should be a lot easier as it’s mostly a matter of some fine-tuning and having beginnings and endings — so I’ve decided to leave them till I have a good handle on all the Soundscapes tracks.
Also, check out this remix of the Rube Song from Xavier. This is how he always meant this song to sound. I’ve often had the experience where I’ve played a track for somebody in the early stages, and learned that if they actually like it, I won’t have much luck changing anything about it without them saying “I liked the first version better”. It’s often frustrating. This time I got to experience this from the other side. I love this remix, but there’s a nostalgia for the first version that I heard a kajillion times that’s hard to let go of! Don’t worry, both versions will be included!