Firstly, and I guess somewhat off-topic but it has to be mentioned, as opposed to my usual away-for-a-few-days, this week away was for some awesomely arranged Birthday festivities! To start with, my brother and I went to the "Avengers: Age of Ultron" Midnight Premier at our local big cinema, which was spectacular! It was my first time going to a midnight premier and the atmosphere was intense! Fantastic film all around and a great addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It's a dream of mine to one day be involved with the audio post-production of one of these films. Working towards it!
The next few days I spent with my lovely girlfriend Eva, who organised some amazing presents for me. Below is the fruits of one of them. Over the past few months, Eva had been in contact with a few of the awesome people I've worked with as well as some people I haven't but I'm a huge fan of, and each of them drew an amazing picture for/of me :D Thank you soo much to Bob (Cyberdevil), Eamon (My Brother) who also helped organise some of it, Naniiebim, Sif (Hikarian), Anthony (FS4K), JoshNG, Jacob, David,Lars, and of course Eva ( I love you <3) for organising it all. You're all amazing!
Back onto our usual topic (sort of), Vlad from World Beyond buzzed me this week announcing that a piece we worked on together a while back "Combat" was featured in this awesome Russian video with off-road 4x4s! Vlad composed this masterpiece, while I'm just playing electric guitar. Combat is available for creative commons licencing and is free to download for your own listening pleasure too, so feel free to check it out here. Be sure to check out the 4x4s video below as well. There's some crazy awesome driving in it!
Next on the cards, I've made some good progress with the new Better Than The Book Album/EP in the past weeks! Over half of the lyrics/melodies are written now, and I've started drafting instrumental parts for the songs with finished lyrics! It's certainly shaping up! Also, after a lot more trouble than it should have been and a looooong time waiting (I'm honestly talking years!), I've FINALLY managed to get something sorted which I've been wanting to do since the first Better Than The Book EP! No spoilers as I want this to be a surprise, but I'm really looking forward to putting this into action. Lots to learn, but it'll totally be worth it! Stay tuned for more news :D I might even reveal some track titles soon ;P
Finally in the main news for this week, after a rocky start and an even rockier middle and end, the Dinosaur Sharing Animation/Book by Fun Station 4 Kids unfortunately wasn't successfully funded on Kickstarter :C. It's certainly disappointing, but we're trying not to take it personally since our main audience are pre-schoolers XD Many thanks to all the people who lent their monetary support and helped spread the word throughout the duration of the campaign though. It means a great deal to myself and our team. With regards what will happen to all the work we've already put into it, I believe the current plan is still to finish the animation at some point, though it'll be placed on the back-burner until our animator is less busy. I can't give an ETA at the moment, though I'm sure we'll teach people the importance of sharing at some point in the near future :3
Before I sign off for the week, I just wanted to share an interesting (that's debatable...) observation I noticed this week. I've no idea how it happened, but somehow since the beginning of JabunAudio, we've lost the space between the words! Apparently it used to be "Jabun Audio", which just looks weird/wrong now... Oh well, for the official record the name of this business is (now) "JabunAudio", no space, because there is no space for filler! I'll shame myself now...
That's everything this week. Next week will likely be more Better Than The Book and searching for more Mastering clients. Maybe some other stuff too! All the best for your weeks and as always, thanks for supporting JabunAudio. Take care.