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Re: Alec Taylor Music Thread

Postby Alec Taylor » Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:07 pm

Double albums are notorious for being overlong and overbloated as well, and mine is no exception. Tracks 6-11 can be seen as the "low point", and it makes up the center of the project. I really didn't have any other way to order the tracks, but I was afraid that maybe that would have a negative impact.
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Re: Alec Taylor Music Thread

Postby Alec Taylor » Sat Mar 25, 2017 12:53 am

So just a brief update, nothing special.

SunShade Reigns has been doing a little better recently, but not by much. By my own system for reviewing music (which I don't really do any more), it gets like a 63% or so, so not that good. Phantom Turnip II is no longer going to be a music project; it's now going to be a novella. The chapters will be published on a blog or something, and will sort of flesh out Phantom Turnip and his place in the world. Project Antipode is now the next music project on the list.

It's going to probably take a long time to make. I had it and another thing (Project 2018) become merged together, as well as a ton of songs that were outtakes from SunShade Reigns and Polyphonic Pulse, plus the songs from Phantom Turnip II that won't be used any more, PLUS some of the other unused Discomposure tracks... well, it's become a rather large project. I'm not saying that all of the 50+ songs will be used, but it's going to be a streamlined effort that's going to take time. I'm also not opposed to seeking outside help on it when the time comes, but we'll cross that bridge when we get there.
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Re: Alec Taylor Music Thread

Postby Alec Taylor » Fri Mar 31, 2017 8:04 pm

Phantom Turnip II is going to be a strange, messy release, and I've been racking my brain trying to find a way to make it work. I'm trying to put my inconsistent floundering ways behind me so I can really gel with something good, but I need everyone to bear with me through one more sloppy project.

I need to bring an end to Phantom Turnip so I can move on, but all of my ideas for his final project have been sketchy to say the least. What I've settled on, and what makes the most sense and feels the best to me, is a two-fold project. The original idea was to have PT read "letters" over distorted music as he slowly dissipates from existence, but I found that to be too non-musical and experimental. Then I was going to split the album to alternate between music and "letters" so people could just skip the "letters" if they didn't care about the lore, but that seemed like a waste as well. I decided to just write the "letters" as a blog and move what music I had to Project Antipode, but those songs just don't mesh with each other at all.

So the compromise I've made is that there will be a condensed collection of "letters" that will make up a short story, and a six-track extended play will follow using the songs from the original PT2 project. I think this will work out for the best. It will also help tie up loose ends with SunShade's story and give a few hints as to what Alec Taylor (the lore me, not the real me) will be doing with Project Antipode in the future. I'll probably stick with MIDI to crank out the EP since it won't take too long to do I don't think, but I don't plan on working on it until I get moved in May. Antipode will likely take months of work to create everything I want to do (learning FL Studio, 30 songs, animated music videos, etc.), so...


...er, I'm not so good at ending posts.
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Re: Alec Taylor Music Thread

Postby Alec Taylor » Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:29 pm

I don't like using retconning to fix continuity errors, but with my mind as lost as it is right now, it's time to clear things up.


Phantom Turnip II will be something else in the far future, and is no longer a 2017 priority. Project Antipode is the next musical project, a sort of "soundtrack to the Universe" that will be a stylistic follow-up to Polyphonic Pulse and hopefully be my first non-MIDI project. Project Neptune also exists, but nothing to report on.

Rest assured, Phantom Turnip is alive and well, and Alec Corporations denies all allegations of illegal experimentation made by the Megalopolis PD. Let's all just move on from this debacle, so operations can resume on schedule.
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Re: Alec Taylor Music Thread

Postby Alec Taylor » Sun May 07, 2017 4:52 am

Yet Another Update?

NO WAY! NO WAY! NO WAY? NO WAY!
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Re: Alec Taylor Music Thread

Postby The Silver Lining » Sun May 07, 2017 8:14 am

So project Antipode will be recorded through a DAW? That's awesome. :) I'm looking forward to that.
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Re: Alec Taylor Music Thread

Postby Alec Taylor » Sun May 07, 2017 4:06 pm

I discovered that some DAWs can use soundfonts the way my MIDI programs can. The difference is in how the sound is put out. With MIDI, there is no real sound and it's just data being told to play like something. When used with a DAW, however, it's actually emulated similarly to a VST, making it a more organic instrument instead of just "data". Of course, it's all technically "data" since it's electronic, but I don't know how better to explain it. I toyed with it a bit and imported an older MIDI song of mine and used the same exact soundfonts, and there was an audible difference in how it sounded. That helps me a lot, because now I don't have as big of a learning curve since I can use most of my old stuff with the new software.

I will be making some singles in my down time to test the software and get a feel for it, so that I at least know what I'm doing for Project Antipode. I'm also working to eliminate my old image of being dark, abstract, and artsy by refining the upbeat sound of Polyphonic Pulse and adopting its vibrant color scheme. Once the artwork I have planned is done and the new test single is complete, I'll unveil the new sound and style I want to be known for. Out with the dark, in with the bright!

Also don't let all of the NO WAY! NO WAY! NO WAY? NO WAY!'s fool you. That's not a teaser or anything, it's a phrase that pops up with you use the Lock-On Technology of the Sega Genesis/Sega Mega Drive incorrectly. I've just been spamming it everywhere because I'm stupid. LOL
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Re: Alec Taylor Music Thread

Postby Alec Taylor » Wed May 17, 2017 4:55 am

Project Neptune is something I've mentioned a time or two I think, but I'm ready to really talk about it. As my job hunt continues to amount to nothing, I've decided to just take a big risk and create a resume to be a video game soundtrack composer. I plan on doing this by creating a demo reel of video game tracks that I can use to show potential employers what I can do. Project Neptune is that resume. It will be between eight and twelve tracks designed to fit into a video game and be looped infinitely (as video game tracks usually are), and will fit a wide variety of level tropes and moods. It's not replacing my normal job hunt, but I figured "why not?".

Project Neptune will also be a stepping stone towards Project Antipode, my major project for 2017, so once it releases, I will be taking suggestions and criticism on those tracks to ensure that they're absolutely perfect for the real show.
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Re: Alec Taylor Music Thread

Postby Alec Taylor » Tue May 23, 2017 2:11 am

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Re: Alec Taylor Music Thread

Postby Artisan » Tue May 23, 2017 6:46 am

Uh-oh. Textless and contextless image posted out of the blue with no announcement... this can mean possibly literally anything in the universe but I think it's safe to assume that this means one thing.
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Re: Alec Taylor Music Thread

Postby Alec Taylor » Tue May 23, 2017 5:43 pm

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You're on to something there.

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Re: Alec Taylor Music Thread

Postby Artisan » Tue May 23, 2017 9:02 pm

It's the code to his safe! There must be more clues in there!
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Re: Alec Taylor Music Thread

Postby Alec Taylor » Wed May 24, 2017 3:41 pm

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All done. See you guys tomorrow with something fresh. ;)
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Re: Alec Taylor Music Thread

Postby Artisan » Wed May 24, 2017 4:49 pm

Something fresh... something we haven't seen before... I've got it! Tomorrow, he's going to come up with some kind of cryptic teaser thing!
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Re: Alec Taylor Music Thread

Postby Alec Taylor » Fri May 26, 2017 1:49 am

"I wonder what those pictures of a star, light, and studio sign were supposed to-"

"Quiet! Quiet on the set! Everyone, please get in your places. The first show is about to begin!"


Alec Corporations presents the opening night at our new music venue, STARLIGHT STUDIO! Please remember to enjoy your alcoholic beverages responsibly, don't ask the house band to play "Free Bird", and if you see our proprietor around, don't bother him with questions about the Phantom Turnip incident. We're doing our best to fix our reputation, just enjoy the music and don't look into it any further!


All dumb role playing aside, this song was a fucking blast to make. I feel like I've found a good groove, and I'd love to hear feedback about how I can keep moving forward. I was hoping to mix the multisection song structures of prog with the melodic structures of pop and the instrumentation of early 1990s new jack swing. Hope I pulled it off. Oh and also this is my first song to use 0% MIDI. Enjoy!
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