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from Leo Lumpkins, directed by Kahlil Maskati
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Hello, Newgrounds! I have enjoyed getting back into this site recently, following my favorite creators and uploading some new original audio:
- Prius Envy - a short chiptune, one of a number of MIDI files composed recently (listen to more at the MIDI Cave)
- Leo's Blues - a cue from the score for Leo Lumpkins
Thanks as always for listening. If you enjoy my work, please consider subscribing.
This image of the solar eclipse earlier today was taken from Wikimedia.
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Hello, Newgrounds! Just a brief update on my recent output:
- Magical Realism, an orchestral loop featuring woodwinds, brass, a harpsichord, a celeste, and light percussion.
- Wave!, a recent attempt at abstract art using the Bryce 3D modeling and rendering software.
Thank you as always for listening/viewing. If you enjoy my work, please consider subscribing to my account.
Hello, Newgrounds! Just a brief update on my output this month:
- I have updated my Newgrounds playlists, which can be found at benjamintibbetts.newgrounds.com/playlists. These organize my audio and visual art on this site into categories.
- I uploaded a new track, a live performance of my Piano Sonatina. If you are a pianist and you would like the sheet music, please feel free to get in touch.
Thank you for listening. If you enjoy my work, please consider subscribing to my account.
Hello, Newgrounds! It is good to be back. I hope you are well. This past year, I spent most of my time teaching and making music. I didn't spend time uploading music to my Newgrounds account. I intend to change that and be more regular with my updates.
Here is a brief description of the music uploaded since my last news post:
- Night Music #4: Baby Mine - "Night Music" is a series of piano improvisations. I am very proud of this music. This fourth episode features music from Dumbo and an obscure Disney SingAlong cartoon called "A Cowboy Needs A Horse".
- Mongols and Magicians - This is a dark, mysterious orchestral piece commissioned for a video game.
- Baal in the Big Apple - I wrote this track for fun. I am not sure how to categorize it. It mixes 16-bit and modern sounds in a way that I hope is seamless and compelling.
- Adventures of Guinevere, Rat Race, Ax Men, Sage in the Desert, and In The Nothing - I wrote these for fun as well. They are intended to realistically emulate and imitate classic sounds on the SNES.
- Benevolent Tycoon - This was a commission. Like the tracks listed above, "Benevolent Tycoon" is intended to evoke memories of the SNES.
- The Winners of the Game - This is a short orchestral loop commissioned for a college TV station.
Thank you so much for listening. If you enjoy my work, please consider subscribing to my account.
This past month, I released a new episode of Night Music, a series of recorded solo piano music which features wild improvisations upon familiar melodies. The original tracks were performed on a digital keyboard, and then the music was changed in all sorts of ways; some bits were added, other bits were removed, and much of the original material was altered in some way. The final products are half-improvised, half-composed. Night Music #1 featured the main theme from PIXAR's Inside Out and Night Music #2 featured "Westminster Chimes", a tune commonly played by clocks around the world. This past month I completed the third Night Music, a very angry rendition of the Christian hymn "Jesus Loves Me". I am working on a fourth episode right now.
If you enjoy my work, please consider subscribing to this Newgrounds account. And even if you don't enjoy my work, please consider leaving a comment; I welcome and appreciate constructive criticism. Thank you!
Concept art for Inside Out (source)
Last month, I organized my music and digital art on Newgrounds into playlists. This month I updated my website with much of that content. Although it's not totally done, it's getting there, especially the page showcasing music for video games. Many of the games mentioned on that page were featured mainly on Game Maker forums, but a few were on Newgrounds, including Solar Strike and my own Evasion Game. There's also a page featuring my film music. Both pages include old projects--music I wrote in middle school, high school, and college.
There is a tendency among some creative professionals to hide early works, which the creators feel are lower quality than their current output. I understand that. I don't think my early music is as good as my recent music, for example. However, in my case, I've come to feel that it's not worth pretending those older projects didn't happen. I won't necessarily go out of my way to promote my early materials, but I am still listing them on my website as part of my overall output, marked as "juvenilia" so people who want to commission me know those projects aren't representative.
In other news, I am working extremely hard on a new solo piano audio series called "Night Music". Each episode of Night Music features an improvisation on a familiar theme. I am very proud of this series so far. Check it out here on Newgrounds or on my website.
As always, thanks for your support!
Hi, Newgrounders! I've been busy the past week or so making playlists for my digital content on Newgrounds. These include original soundtracks for movies and games, visual art series, and collections organized by genre. For a full list of these playlists, go to benjamintibbetts.newgrounds.com/playlists. Here are a few of the most notable:
- Original soundtracks for Chaos Weapon, The Board, Survivor Reborn, and episodes of the Guinea Something Good web series
- Unaffiliated orchestral, 16-bit, 8-bit, and other video game music
- Silly/comedic visual art
- Daydreams: a new abstract visual art series I've started
- Otherworlds: a short series of digital landscapes
- Arrangements and remixes
- Performances and recordings
My website still needs to be updated with all of this content (and then some)...I'm working on it!
Hi, Newgrounders! It has been a while. Here are some of the things I've been up to:
- Writing and sequencing music, including stuff for the audio portal (Struggle Mountain and Moonbound) and original cues for Guinea Something Good
- Rendering computer-generated art, including Strata, Magma, and the one below (made for this news post)
- Teaching piano lessons
Hi, Newgrounders! Recently, I've been working on my website. It's being updated daily now, following this weekly schedule:
- Sunday: royalty-free audio
- Monday: interviews and articles
- Tuesday: Creative Commons audio
- Wednesday: visual art
- Thursday: compositions and performances
- Friday: photography and educational materials
- Saturday: films, software, and video games
If any of that piques your interest, check it out at www.bentibbetts.net. Most of this stuff is already available via this Newgrounds account (which you can follow by clicking here), but some of it isn't. Also, for some reason, I really enjoy designing my own custom site to house this content--I put a lot of love into the articles, compositions, etc. to create a compelling and diverse selection of creative entertainment. This website is like a little shrine to the things I'm interested in.
Here's an image from the photography section:
I recently collaborated with composer Chris Carlone on music for two short films by 3GI Industries. Both films use fast-paced editing and scattershot, wacky humor. The first, Jurassic Swamp, combines elements of the Jurassic Park and Shrek movies. The second, Irrational Treasure, takes its inspiration from the National Treasure movies.
Here's a summary of my recent uploads to the Newgrounds Audio and Art Portals: