Annual update.

I say that jokingly. I’m very bad about updating my front page, but there are songs constantly being updated on here. Sometimes, I forget to even change the ones that are updated so everyone knows what’s changing and what’s not. I’m bad. I know. I’m sorry.

As you may have noticed, I did do a change over to WordPress. It’s not that bad of a change, but I’m still getting used to it. I haven’t seen any activity, but to be fair, I’m not doing anything really noteworthy either. As a CMS, I’d say it’s doing alright. I’ll probably start doing some HTML 5 streaming on the site somewhat soon. Hopefully that will alleviate a lot of the issues people have streaming to my site.

So, what else is new? Well, Gestahlt is no more. In fact, I probably really need to rewrite my whole “About me” page. Liam and I decided to condense projects and can Gestahlt and Totenkreuz. I ended up with the Totenkreuz songs and he ended up with the Gestahlt songs. We recorded and released his album, Dogma, in June which is comprised of a lot of the old songs. I did the drums, bass and guitars on it as well as his production. You can check it out on his Bandcamp.

In some other news, I have two guitars being worked on right now. Namely, Hello Kitty and the good ol’ Ibanez RG170DX that KT and Tyler gave me for my 17th birthday. They are in the care of Mills Custom Guitars. Give him a like on Facebook and subscribe on YouTube.

Expect a new album of original material when they’re complete, alongside a complete reworking of the Doom soundtracks, the Operation Serpent soundtrack and a couple of other projects in the future.

Down, but not out.

This is the post no one ever wants to write. Ever. This is the post I hope none of my fellow creative minds will ever have to write. Everything is gone.

Yes, gone into the abyss of corrupted hard drive failure and irretrievable clusters. Lost in a void of ones and zeroes that don't make any sense. It's all gone.

So, what do you do from this point? Well, you rebuild! You have to bounce back, better than ever before. Believe me, everyone. That is what will happen.

From my personal project to every project I worked on. I will do it all again. It took me six years to get this far. Let's see if we can get it all back. This isn't my goodbye to music, nor is it something I'll just give up on. This will happen.

I'm so sorry, everyone. I will bring it back.

Shane

KURIKINTON FOX remasters.

My old recordings piss me off. They really do. They all sound bad, are poorly mixed and have terrible guitar tones. However, I did some pretty decent playing sometimes. This is the case of KURIKINTON FOX covers.

After this solo project switched from being electronic to rock, I did covers of three of KURIKINTON FOX's songs. A few of my first songs were a John 5 cover, a couple of redone Crazy 8 songs and a few Final Fantasy requests. Once I discovered KURIKINTON FOX, I kept up on his site (despite not knowing any Japanese. Thanks, Google <3). He eventually posted some backing tracks and tabs for other guitar players to take stabs at his songs, so I did.

At the time, my recording experience wasn't quite up to where it is now. It was basically me running a Roland Cube directly into my mic port and playing through the songs. I worked with what I had, and I was pretty satisfied with the results at the time.

Upon reflection, the Cube doesn't necessarily have the prettiest tone. So, in this release, I fixed up the tone a bit with AmpliTube, some EQing and saturation. I also attempted to get the sound more balanced.

Take it for what it is and enjoy some four year old classics.

The updates can all be found on the albums page.

Updated Songs:

  • A Hyrule Fantasy
  • Over Drive
  • Ride On The Sky
  • Sonicboy
  • The Genius Of Dr. Robotnik

Gun Metal release and December updates.

What better way to kick off the month than with some new tracks? First, we have Gun Metal, complete at last. It's available on the albums page. Credits go to Jay Reichard for sequencing all of the original Top Gun: The Second Mission MIDIs and Lewis Thomas for sequencing all of the original Top Gun MIDIs.

The next updates can all be found on the miscellaneous page.

New Songs:

  • Retroghost
  • Saying Something Is The Same As Saying Nothing
  • Terminal Velocity
  • The Song That Shall Not Be Named

Updated Songs:

  • The Governator
  • Werewolf: The Last Warrior
  • Wild Coil

iR.I.P.

R.I.P. Steve Jobs. I was never an Apple user, but I still respect you immensely.

Does anyone remember Canyon.mid?

Oh, come on, you've got to. It was one of five songs (that I can recall) that were included with Windows installations since Windows 3 up until Windows 2000. One Stop, Flourish and Town remained until Windows XP.

It used to be a popular craze to render the songs using your MIDI sequencer to compare with everyone else. I decided to bring back this blast from the past and release my render of all of the songs that I still happened to have.

Download C:/WINDOWS/Media/.

See? I'm clever. I named it after the path where you would find the MIDIs. Unless you were on WinNT. No one cares about that.

Credits:
Trip Through The Grand Canyon – Original MIDI by George Stone
Flourish – Original MIDI by Nathan Grigg
Passport Please – Original MIDI by George Stone
Town – Original MIDI by Nathan Grigg
One Stop – Original MIDI by David Yackley

If anyone has anymore obscure MIDIs from Windows installations, you should tell me.

Updates.

I'm making updates to EVERY song on The Waiting Room. Yes, it's a very time consuming process but I feel with the increased quality of my newer songs over my older ones, the old ones deserve an update. Unfortunately, this means I won't be coming out with anything "new" for a little while, but all the songs should be on par in a while.

If you go to the music page, the songs with the flashing "new" are reuploaded. The obvious goal is to reupload every song, including the Sonic Robo Blast 2 soundtrack and BattleToads X.

The main goal is to have a pretty consistent flow with the sound of the songs. Right now, I'm currently using a Ludwig Black Beauty for my drum kit, a Fernandes 6-string bass, a B.C. Rich Beast for my rhythm guitars and an Ibanez RG710DX for my leads. The old songs vary from equipment used, and when the variations don't sound as good to me as I think they should, I'll go back and re-record all the parts I feel necessary. I've also collected a pretty hefty amount of soft synths now, and I've been using more diverse synthesiser sounds.

Another thing I've been changing when I can was the normalisation. My old songs used to be averaged from -10dB to -6dB, depending on the how loud the drums were. This caused the songs to lose most volume dynamic. I've now gone to keeping all volume dynamic when possible. Some tracks, such as the KURIKINTON FOX songs are not possible to do this with. In the case of the KURIKINTON FOX's tracks, I only did the lead guitars over his backing tracks, which were already normalised and compressed. It's not possible to recover any of the volume dynamic from this.

Tracks such as this are very rare, and there are only maybe four or five throughout the whole library. You'll notice when you get to them, as they'll be a lot louder than the other tracks.

Some of you know that I have also been doing high quality soundtracks for ZDOOM and if you're wondering if those tracks will be uploaded here sometime, short answer is yes.

To answer the question before I get overflowed with it; yes, this will push Pizza Power! back a little bit. However, I still expect it to be done within this year.

The Angry Video Game Nerd.

It seems that everytime Sharkis comes over, we end up watching James Rolfe's videos. Especially the AVGN episodes (we happen to be angry gamers ourselves). It seems I have this thing about hearing songs too much and wanting to do covers of them, so I bet you can never guess what's coming next…

Download The Angry Video Game Nerd.

P.S. Just cos there were three links in two short sentences and four in a short post, here's one more.

Credits:
Some ideas taken from Gertjan

The Governator.

Not much to say. As I was watching James Rolfe's videos reviewing The Terminator games and movies, the theme kept getting stuck in my head. Of course, being a Californian, I also had to tribute The Governator in some way, right?

Anyways, I hope you enjoy this track as much as I did making it.

Download The Governator.

Credits:
Original MIDI by Matt Anderson with some ideas taken from Jay.

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