Well, the year’s about over, for me and my music anyway, and what a freakin’ amazing and crazy year it was.
I honestly feel inspired after everything that’s happened. Renewed, even.
This year started off pretty lame at first, with the realization that I’ll never be as recognized in the brony fandom nearly as much as other people for a variety of reasons, the biggest of which being that the main outlet for brony musician exposure is run by a guy who believes himself and his blog to be above all criticism, which I made the “mistake” of delivering. I’d later make that same “mistake” again on a certain MLP-centric forum community, criticizing the staff for their defense of bigotry, leading to me being bullied off of those forums by its staff and losing all respect for someone I had previously respected immensely.
Thankfully, brony music has never been a major focus of mine, despite what little popularity it gave me. For this year, I played my hand heavily in the video game music arrange scene, and it was a blast.
I started off my OC ReMix album debut by playing guitar on a track made by an all-around amazing musician and human being, Dj Mokram, which saw its place on a co-published album between OCR and Eidos Montreal, Deus Ex: Sonic Augmentation.
Later in the year, I turned my attention to Guild Wars 2 and Super Adventure Box, to release an EP of metal covers which was extremely well-received. The original composers really dug it, it got a mention from ArenaNet’s CMs, the reddit thread was filled with an amazing amount of positivity, and it caused my webhost to get hit pretty hard after my free downloads on Bandcamp dried up in a matter of hours. It’s the first time I’ve ever made any decent amount of money from my music, so that was an interesting experience as well. I just hope the next three EPs in the series are anywhere near as well-received.
That EP dropped at the same time as BadAss: Boss Themes: Vol. II, which didn’t seem to get as much respect as it really deserved.
The Sonic CD remix album recently released by OCR makes my Sonic mark on the site, and has convinced me that maybe I should do a certain something someday that has yet to be done. Maybe in a few years. “A World in Motion” also marks the first time I’ve ever done vocal work in a (finished) VGM remix, and it was awesome to see it well-received by the majority, considering all the vocal hate OCR gets.
My baby this year, though, was Be Aggressive! A Gunstar Heroes Tribute Album. To see that project finally reach fruition, and to see the overwhelmingly positive response, it was euphoric.
I’ll have to do a lot to top how awesome 2013 was overall, and thankfully, those plans are taking root. I’ll be finishing up the next three Hardcore Adventure Box EPs, starting up a remix album for one of my favorite video game series, and finally tracking a follow-up to my only original music release. As for what else, we’ll just have to see where I go, but for this year, this is DusK, signing off to get married and chill for a month.
Everyone knows I love me some Sonic. But I also love me some Mario. Enjoy this metal cover of Super Mario 3D World’s overworld theme I made tonight.
|—||@peterdcohanlon, delivering what is definitely my favorite review for any of my remixes ever, speaking from a place of obvious talent and wisdom|
It’s an honor finally being part of a Sonic the Hedgehog-related OverClocked ReMix album, being able to tackle such a well-known, iconic song, and finally seeing some of my vocal work on the site. I had an absolute blast making this track, and I hope you all enjoy it.
Here’s to many more years of OC ReMix goodness!
Sonic CD: Temporal Duality has been released on OverClocked ReMix! Go get it! Now!
I’ve watched this video like, 30 times. It makes me laugh. every. single. time.
And I’m not even a musician.
My mind was blown when I heard this. XD