fun w/ synths and midi controller. originally for the second half of a rap beat, but probably WAYy too busy for that (actually, might be too busy anyway… see: megalovania ostinato IT SHOuld probably just go….) so I’m definitely gonna scale it back….
also using… default… FL…. drumloops…. that might change too….
[edit: it was hard for me to strike a balance between making the echoes imposing and making everything incomprehensible, so i decided to not care a lot because there are only a few lines and they’re in the comic]
Does Andrew ask you to write songs to fit flashes, or does he put flash to your songs?
Also, how much control does Hussie have over the songs? Does he give you total freedom?
We do whatever we want with the music.
Andrew puts the flashes to our music.
Andrew chooses what pre-existing song to use. He’s asked me twice to make a specific song that didn’t exist yet. I didn’t really get any direction though, he just told me what he wanted in relation to other songs because they were remixes. (Umbral Ultimatum and Terezi Owns)
He told me to add more asskicking to an earlier version of UU, so I did. That was the only direction I got. He’s free to tell me to change instruments or different parts of sections if he wants, but hasn’t exercised that power.
improvising fake touhou music is the most natural to me because that’s what I learned to play on piano first
I’ve got it mostly figured out, the pentatonic arpeggios, the key changes, the melodies, the downtime in the piece before the crazy part while you are dodging bullets, I can even imagine when the obnoxious trumpets come in
however I don’t know if I want to do a fake touhou song because I already make a lot of dire boss music
Hggghhhn, anything with Karkat’s theme in it makes me happy. So cooool.
can this be the official thing
I made it… so it is official, and I’m probably gonna turn it into a whole song once I get more deets about the story of The Signless. (Although Andrew probably won’t use it in the comic, but when has that stopped anyone? Also Kali’s sufferer song for his ancestors album is different too)
on one hand I’m very inspired and excited about coming updates
on the other hand this kind of seems like the worst possible time for another tangent given the amount of momentum we have towards the end of the act… even if the tangent is important to what’s going to happen at the end of the act (scratch) it’s just another story on the table to clear before we can continue to what actually matters
and the possibility of the scratch eradicating the main characters as the actual main characters is kind of shitty, although I don’t think the kids will be erased because that would make developing them as much as they have been ESSENTIALLY POINTLESS…
edit: AND if there are 4 new developed main characters to keep track of I’ll basically ollie out of this whole fandom into outer space
edit 2: yes I know jade’s plan involves them……. getting them around the scratch…….. that’s why I said I don’t think the kids will be erased… most likely we’ll reap all the benefits of the scratched session (see: J) w/o losing the kids
If you live where trees and plants exist, next time you go for a walk try to learn what all the trees and plants in your areas are!!! I never paid attention or learned any of that ever and it is fun and opens your eyes to understand the world around you.
PLUS if you are an artist or a writer, it helps a lot to know those things, so you can learn to draw many different plants and trees and mention specific kinds in your stories. And the best way to know them is to see them in real life and learn what they are like and where they grow…….. there are maybe more kinds than you even realized!
i love homestuck because it was literally written by someone a lot like me for someone a lot like me
i’m surprised it’s popular as it is because there are so many elements in it that seem so out there (the comp. sci jokes, all of the pop culture references, how bizarre/dry/odd the humor and characters are) I CAN NEVER TELL PEOPLE TO READ IT EVEN IF IT HAS MY MUSIC IN IT BECAUSE like, I don’t think anyone would really like it unless they’re a big niche nerd like me that talks to people on the intenret
and then there are objective problems with pacing and tone!! the story has some things that aren’t exactly progressive too (let’s not talk about this EVER). it LITERALLY reads thicker than a dictionary at times. sometimes it gets a little rushed at the expense of the quality of the story or the presentation.
but I don’t really give a shit because I love all the updates and it’s a first draft we’re reading live, and probably the fastest you will ever see a visual story of this scale and complexity come to fruition in such a timeframe. that doesn’t suddenly invalidate or excuse its problems because yes they exist, but HOLY SHIT I think that’s cool that it is done THAT FAST and overall PRETTY FUCKING RAD despite its hangups. NO it’s not the BEST CONCEIVABle path the story could have taken, but the fact that the story got this far along a path at all at this level of insanity and TRYING EVERYTHING YOU CAN DO WITH THE MEDIUm is still like, holy shit
everytime there’s an update with andrew hussie or something creepy I just see so many people quick to wash their hands of the comic or go like “honestly…… the fandom is better……” (let’s not talk about the self insertion either I find it funny and amazing rather than self-indulgently creepy/stupid but maybe that’s because I know andrew and because I think pulling a shitty fanfiction trope in a story this complex and large is hilarious… OK SOMETIMEs i think it’s terrible and dumb because iti s but it has good parts)
and you know what the fandom is amazing and does a lot of stuff that’s cute and great that andrew would never do like PROMSTUCK or all the fanart by people that are better than andrew at drawing
but IT’S FUNNY BECAUSE EVERYone out there all wants a comic written for them and so sometimes they get out those wishes in their fanworks (sometimes) and so for some people the fandom IS better because it has more of what they ACTUALLY WANT…. (kissing)
but the comic itself……. is basically…. written……. for me……..
ps - WHAT I FIND REALLY INTERESTING is that I think if the comic was EDITED to work better it would be such a double-edged sword… as in… objectively the pacing would be SO MUCH BETTER and the kids/story could be developed SO MUCH BETTER if hivebent, maybe exiles, etc. were just cut out and the story worked around that, the whole story would read better and would probably be reviewed by critics better if homestuck was even something that had anything to metrically compare to as a weird medium experiment clusterfuck. maybe the guardians could have picked up more importance in the story EARLIER.
BUT THEN… IF IT WAS CUT….. we wouldn’t have the trolls as in-depth as we do AND we wouldn’t have 999999% of the people in the fandom. SO ACTUALLY, some of the things that make the comic terribly paced and confusing… are the reason… many of you all… are here….
so actually the best idea in terms of having lots of people like the comic, wasn’t actually the best idea in terms of having an objectively well-written comic.
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AND… ANOTHER THING…………. homestuck…. is an experiment…. there’s so much experimentation with the medium that goes on there, with WV giving john the commands and playing the games and all those things and now with the nonlinear pages…. so……… try to remember….. that…………. not every experiment will be succeed……ed……..