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A Mowgli's 2-pack and NEVER AGAIN. (8/14/20)


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#121 marty

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Posted September 16, 2020 - 02:04 PM

 

I appreciate that! Every custom I release is a labor of love... which sometimes ends up with me temporarily hating the songs, as with the latest Mowgli's releases :D. All the speed bumps I hit with those two customs really demoralized me, but once I start something, I try to see it through. I learned an important lesson I've been preaching to other authors for a long time, but thought I could skirt around... which is: don't bite off more than you can chew! Even a 2-pack is too much for me to handle at once. I need to hyper-focus on one custom at a time and finish it completely, then work on another song. Juggling even a mere two projects makes me waste time checking and re-checking things to make sure they're done correctly. And, hell, I had to update those Mowgli's songs a week after release to include forgotten practice sections and animations. D'oh!

 

I compose the write-ups to document how everything got made, because I don't think I've ever released a custom without at least one collaborator. Those contributing authors deserve to have their work highlighted, so I try to do them justice. I also hope my chronicling inspires other forum-goers to dip their toes into authoring; I got my start helping other authors with vocals, and now those same authors help me with charts! Drums in particular :D

 

Hoping to have a new Guster song to release this week, along with an update to my first Guster release. We'll see how everything goes!

 

Your extensive documentation is certainly encouraging to new people who may be interested in authoring(me).  I just spent 2hrs reading this entire thread and previewing each of your songs.  19 new songs to play :)



#122 Atruejedi

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Posted September 16, 2020 - 09:33 PM

Your extensive documentation is certainly encouraging to new people who may be interested in authoring(me).  I just spent 2hrs reading this entire thread and previewing each of your songs.  19 new songs to play :)

 

Glad to hear about the incidental encouragement! You might remember that I got my start in customs authoring by helping other authors fix their vocals charts' incorrect pitches. From there it grew to creating simple pro keys charts, then bass lines, and then guitar charts. I've dabbled in drums once or twice when preparing Guitar Hero conversion charts for renowned drum authors to fix properly, but it isn't something I understand or am interested in.

 

The reason I mention all this? If you want to learn authoring, start small. Authoring full-band customs right off the bat is a bad idea because:

 

1. It's honestly overwhelming, if you want to do it right... and you should!

2. No matter what, your charts won't be that great. You'll hate your charts as you learn more. But you will get better, if you stick with it long enough.

3. It isn't easy and takes a lot of time.

 

(That doesn't mean you have to select a song missing common instruments. It just means you don't have to author everything at first. You can always update your custom later with new additions and fixes!)

 

Advice I've given in the past to aspiring authors is to choose a hip-hop song you like and try to author that. Why?

 

1. It most likely has a steady BPM, so there's nothing to tempo map. I've never tempo-mapped a song myself, because I have crippling OCD :)

2.The vocals are likely unpitched, so you can get a feel for how vocal charting works.

3. Instrumental parts likely repeat, so there's the opportunity to copy and paste gems and reduce the workload.

 

I've been given so much feedback and advice that has helped me grow as an author. Everybody here is very helpful, and I try to pay that forward. You should start dabbling!

 

I'm also very glad to hear about the downloads! Whenever I chart a song, I keep in mind the Rock Band playability factor and the party factor. Does this song have instrumentally interesting parts? I hope so! But if not, my customs at least have to be crowd-pleasers... even if they're obscure and unknown. They'll grow on you, if you give them the chance :D

 

Thanks for the reply, and good luck on your journey!


#1 Ranked Wii Customs Player... because it's the Wii
"Like a madman laughin' at the rain" - My custom song releases
Freelancers wanted! - Works-in-progress
"One-Trick Pony" - Details of my contributions in the database!
In-Depth Eclectic Suggestions - Let's collaborate!

Vocals Charting Philosophy - Because sometimes less is more
Packing Like a Pro - The Guide for a Legit Wii Library
Last.fm Profile - Let's be snobs together.


#123 Nintendo113

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Posted September 22, 2020 - 04:03 PM

Just read your write up on the Mowgli's 2-pack, interesting read and it sounds like it was hell for you. If it helps at all, you made a group of 10+ people very happy. 

 

I've been listening to the songs ever since because I just love em so much, needed some feel good tunes and they hit just the right spot. I've also been playing it randomly and a lot of people are taking notice and asking what song is playing. Making a lot of Mowgil fans out here because of you! 

 

Anyways, thanks for your continued support of this site and this game, I know not a lot of people don't bother to comment but I'm sure there's a lot more that appreciate your (and every single charter tbh) efforts. Thank you! 



#124 Atruejedi

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Just read your write up on the Mowgli's 2-pack, interesting read and it sounds like it was hell for you. If it helps at all, you made a group of 10+ people very happy. 

 

I've been listening to the songs ever since because I just love em so much, needed some feel good tunes and they hit just the right spot. I've also been playing it randomly and a lot of people are taking notice and asking what song is playing. Making a lot of Mowgil fans out here because of you! 

 

Anyways, thanks for your continued support of this site and this game, I know not a lot of people don't bother to comment but I'm sure there's a lot more that appreciate your (and every single charter tbh) efforts. Thank you! 

 

I appreciate this very, very much. Knowing that a custom (or two, in this case) turned you and your friends into fans of a relatively unknown indie band is my entire goal when charting and releasing these songs. I hope you've also checked out my past releases, too! I know not every song is gonna click with every person, but there still might be another gem waiting for you out there. Lightning can strike twice...

 

I'll never stop promoting and proselytizing and championing the underdogs of the music scene. I have a lot of gasoline left in my charting tank, but your comment tops off the reservoir. Thank you!


#1 Ranked Wii Customs Player... because it's the Wii
"Like a madman laughin' at the rain" - My custom song releases
Freelancers wanted! - Works-in-progress
"One-Trick Pony" - Details of my contributions in the database!
In-Depth Eclectic Suggestions - Let's collaborate!

Vocals Charting Philosophy - Because sometimes less is more
Packing Like a Pro - The Guide for a Legit Wii Library
Last.fm Profile - Let's be snobs together.





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