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Four February Anniversary Updates involving Love and/or Murder! (2/16/19)


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#61 Atruejedi

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Posted January 24, 2019 - 07:15 AM

"Shit so thick you could stir it with a stick..."

 

I'm not going to spend a lot of time talking about R.E.M. You know them. I love them. Today's going to be a good day because I'm finally releasing this son of a bitch.

 

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This Rock Band 3 custom song, Bad Day by R.E.M., is my twenty-fourth release and joins a bunch of other customs by the band available in the database. You probably have a number of them in your library. Good! You have tolerable taste.

 

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But you don't taste as good as Peak Stipe.

 

R.E.M. was not featured in my suggestions thread because Harmonix and the customs community have already spoiled us with so many great tunes. But there are more great tunes out there in need of charting, so this is my contribution. But I definitely didn't do it alone!

 

[Gameplay video]

 

Features:

Fully custom venue from scratch

Vocal chart from scratch

Dryvox lip sync for all three vocal parts

Vocal tonic note

Reductions for all instruments

Numeric ID for Wii leaderboards (Song ID 649200024)

Guitar by Kicho

Bass by grubextrapolate

Drums by grubextrapolate and Whizzer

 

This song originally appeared in the database as a guitar-only chart by Kicho converted for Rock Band 3 by beard216. It was consistently requested on the forums that it be full-banded, and I figured, hey, I might as well step up and service a band I've loved for many years.

 

In fact, I just saw an R.E.M. tribute band called The Reckoning a few weeks ago and they were fantastic. The band sounded exactly like the real deal and their Stipe was pretty Stipey, but not perfect. Their setlist was awesome, too, because they played so many deep cuts and fan favorites, treating the audience as if they were hardcore fans... which we were! But I digress...

 

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You're all pieces of shit.

 

beard sent me this custom's Reaper file upon my request and soon after I posted it at the very bottom of my WIP thread so as to demonstrate its low priority status, grubextrapolate hit me up and said he'd be interested in contributing. His enthusiasm pushed this custom to the top of my list and, well, here we are. But there are more collaborators to name!

 

grub handled the bass part on his own, but he was helped in his drums-charting effort by none other than Whizzer and TheWay123. Without them, this custom would not shine as brightly as it does. A heartfelt thanks to the both of them for their generosity.

 

I tweaked Kicho's guitar part very slightly by moving a few gems and adding hammer-ons, but he (or she) deserves the vast majority of the credit. The vocals are my baby, though. And I say confidently these are the most fun harmonies I've charted in a long, long time. Get three vocalists together and go to town! The venue and dryvox hopefully do the song justice. Oh, and shout-out to BornGamerRob for his tuning-cents tip, which saved me a lot of agony and experimentation...

 

If you'd like to contribute improvements or animations or if you have suggestions for how I can do better, please contact me. Thanks for reading! Take a picture!

 

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#62 grubextrapolate

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Posted January 24, 2019 - 01:49 PM

happy to have helped on this one! it is a blast to play on all 4 parts.

 

our next collab is gonna be super fun too... but you'll all have to wait a bit for that one!



#63 RealCheese

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Posted January 24, 2019 - 02:45 PM

You probably have a number of them in your library. Good! You have tolerable taste.

Oof!



#64 Atruejedi

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Posted January 25, 2019 - 11:58 AM

"Sugar, you don't know what you're missin'..."

 

Everybody knows Fountains of Wayne because everybody knows their smash-hit Stacy's Mom. But did you know they're actually a decent band beyond that song? It's true! Many of their tunes ride that fine line of cute-but-not-too-cheesy and the cleverly crafted lyrics go perfectly with the pop-rock sensibilities of the band. The best example of that earworm-that-can't-be-extracted is featured below.

 

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This Rock Band 3 custom song, Traffic and Weather by Fountains of Wayne, is my twenty-fifth release and the third song by the band in the database... but the first proper full-band custom! musicalfatties gave Hey Julie a go, but it lacks pitched vocals. Nonetheless, when he posted that custom in the database, I immediately contacted him about collaborating on this song!

 

Fountains-of-Wayne-resize.jpgI remember it just like it was yesterday... if yesterday was February 6, 2004. Oh my god.

 

I don't remember exactly how I got into Fountains of Wayne, but it was only within the past two or three years that I ever listened to anything that wasn't Stacy's Mom (which I am just as sick of as you are) and, boy, I'm glad I did. Their catalogue has some real gems in it, hence their inclusion in my suggestions thread. And the only reason I chose Traffic and Weather over Obvious Choice Radiation Vibe is because charting the former was a much less daunting task and it's catchier... even if it's pretty darned basic on all instruments.

 

[Gameplay video]

 

Features:

Fully custom venue from scratch
Vocal chart from scratch
Dryvox lip sync for both vocal parts
Vocal tonic note
Reductions for all instruments
Numeric ID for Wii leaderboards (Song ID 649200025)
Reverse-fadeout audio
Guitar by musicalfatties and TheWay123
Drums by musicalfatties and Whizzer
Pro keys by TheWay123

 

Initially, I thought the main reason to download this song would be to sing it, and the perfectly charted vocals are a real treat. The bass chart is very repetitive, but I still dig it, especially as something to play while singing. The drum chart, initially charted by musicalfatties and improved upon by Whizzer, is pretty repetitive as well, but the fills (Whizzer's babies) look and sound very fun to non-drummer me.

 

After I played the guitar chart, though, I realized it's just as stand-out as the vocals. While nothing challenging, it's varied and enjoyable. musicalfatties charted the initial guitar part which was completely overhauled by TheWay123, who did an excellent job, and to whom I extend my sincere thanks. I sat on this custom for a very long time awaiting a worthy guitar chart I knew I couldn't handle crafting, and TheWay delivered! Just as dependable as weather on the eights.

 

Not only that, but TheWay also, just for funsies, sent me a pro keys chart of the synthesizer to include in the custom. I had no plans to include keys or pro keys because they're so sparse, but since he went to all that trouble (well, 30 minutes, according to the man himself) I slapped 'em into the custom and tweaked the venue to include a keyboardist. The venue itself is pretty basic, but I think it fits the song. It gets trippy when trippy is called for.

 

The album version of the song fades out, so I reversed the fade-out as best I could and changed it to a pretty convincing crisp ending. It could be better, but diminishing returns 'n' all. If you don't know the song to begin with, I doubt you'd notice my little edit. So kudos to me.

 

If you'd like to contribute improvements or animations or if you have suggestions for how I can do better, please contact me. Thanks for reading! Now that you've heard what I say, go ahead and run away, baby. Or let me stroke your hair. Please.

 

Atruejedi


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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.


#65 begad

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Posted January 25, 2019 - 12:33 PM

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Thanks for this...thought we'd never get any FoW...love this.

 

Thanks again



#66 Atruejedi

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Posted January 26, 2019 - 06:38 AM

happy to have helped on this one! it is a blast to play on all 4 parts.
 
our next collab is gonna be super fun too... but you'll all have to wait a bit for that one!


Yes indeed! This is only the start of a beautiful partnership.
 

Oof!


Jelly.
 

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Thanks for this...thought we'd never get any FoW...love this.
 
Thanks again


My pleasure, dude. Glad you enjoy it. And you're bound to enjoy some of my other customs, even if you're unfamiliar with the bands! Check 'em out :)


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Vocals Charting Philosophy - Because sometimes less is more
Packing Like a Pro - The Guide for a Legit Wii Library
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#67 Atruejedi

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Posted January 26, 2019 - 06:47 AM

"I always kinda, sorta wished that I was someone else..."

 

We anchor ourselves to some songs. They become our favorites. We hear them often, even when we aren't listening to them. For me, it's this song, from a band and album introduced to me by a former lover who was cheating on her husband. Her man later told me that he preferred American Slang because he thought it was more personal and about a failed marriage. Irony. Only much later did he agree that The '59 Sound is the slightly superior album. They're both much happier now. I hope. Anyway, enough salacious story lines. Onto the custom!

 

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This Rock Band 3 custom song, High Lonesome by The Gaslight Anthem, is my twenty-sixth release and only the first of a few coming down the pipe from a collaboration between me and TomGuy. But exercise patience, reader... it'll be a while. But it'll be worth the wait, I assure you.

 

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No loitering.

 

I should point out I listen to a wide variety of music and don't really fixate on particular artists or albums often. I like variety. I queue something up and when it's done I put on something else that's usually headed in the other musical direction. So it's profound that I've scrobbled this song 140 times in the past nine years. Something about it really resonates with me, be it the referential lyrics or the hard-hitting dreams of what-if. Which layers on s'more irony. But I digress again...

 

[Gameplay video]

 

Features:

Fully custom venue from scratch

Vocal chart from scratch

Dryvox lip sync for both vocal parts

Vocal tonic note

Reductions for all instruments

Numeric ID for Wii leaderboards (Song ID 649200026)

Guitar by TomGuy

Drums by TomGuy

 

This custom has been a long time a'comin'. The seeds were planted when TomGuy posted his custom of the Gaslight Anthem song "45" in the database without pitched vocals. The injustice! I got in touch with him, pitched the vocals, added harmonies, and we became besties. We've worked together on a number of projects since then, but this release has always been the one. It's what I've wanted to release since day one. It just took a long time to get it all done and done right.

 

Tom laid the groundwork for this one by sending me a tempo map with a completed guitar chart. I immediately pitched the vocals, but then the Reaper project collected cobwebs for about a year. Tom had these lofty plans to release the entire '59 Sound album on its 10th anniversary (which fell last October). I told him, hey, I love Gaslight, but dude, I don't know if I would want to work on an entire album when there are so many other deserving artists who need my time and effort. Since then, Tom has realized it's better to just get 'er done one by one and out the door. He still wants to chart the whole album, and I wish him luck. He'll need it! Since that'll be a long way off, I cajoled him into turning this song over to me because I knew I could finally complete the production and hopefully do the tune justice. I now cockily say I did indeed do it justice. I've created a venue I'm extremely proud of, and the lipsync cooperated pretty easily this time. This custom is DLC-quality stuff. Maybe I should send it Brian Fallon's way...

 

Tom's drum and guitar charts are suitably difficult and intense. This is not a song I'd want to voxtar, but I'll probably try just that anyway sometime in the near future and pass with crashing colors. It's hard to concentrate on two awesome things at once! And playing this bass part while singing wouldn't be much easier on me...

 

There are harmonies in this song... for one phrase. It felt kind of deceptive marking it in the database as two vocal parts, but technically it is. You only get one shot, so don't blow it.

 

If you'd like to contribute improvements or animations or if you have suggestions for how I can do better, please contact me. Thanks for reading! Now grab your suitcase and get out.

 

Atruejedi


#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.


#68 grievy

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Posted January 26, 2019 - 06:14 PM

I'd love to see the entirety of that album available one day. Thanks for the work.



#69 Atruejedi

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Posted January 28, 2019 - 05:01 AM

"And I don't bitch and whine if I don't get my way..."

 

If you're a lucky enough author, there comes a time when you release a first "second song" by a certain group. That group must be something special, right? Hey, they don't call them the Legendary Roots Crew for nothin'. Let's do this.

 

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This Rock Band 3 custom song, The Seed 2.0 by The Roots, is my twenty-seventh release and joins a number of drums-only customs by tonedef in the database, but it's only the second full-band Roots tune available. It's been brought to you by the same talented collaborators that brought the first, What They Do, to life.

 

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Dapper as !@#$.

 

I sat on this custom for so long after tonedef sent me the drum chart and mangolatango contributed the guitar chart. I was keeping it for a rainy day because I knew I could blast through the bass and vocal charts pretty quickly, so if I ever had a streak I wanted to maintain, I could crack this bitty out over the course of a week or so. Since I've released three songs in the previous three days, I wanted to hit that 4x multiplier and this was my weapon of choice.

 

[Gameplay video]

 

Features:

Fully custom venue from scratch

Vocal chart from scratch

Dryvox lip sync for both vocal parts

Vocal tonic note

Reductions for all instruments

Numeric ID for Wii leaderboards (Song ID 649200027)

Guitar by mangolatango

Drums by tonedef

 

I definitely white-washed the band with the gameplay video, but I did choose my afro-sporting bad-ass to represent Questlove, my Southerner with swagger to be Black Thought, and the eccentric arena rocker to play Cody Chesnutt. I think they do them enough justice!

 

If you're familiar with the music video and pay close attention to my custom venue, I used the photo_negative processing effect every time they did so in the genuine article. I thought it would spice it up a bit, and it actually did! I'm really pleased with the venue and the lip sync, and I hope it brings a smile to your face as well!

 

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Nothing eccentric about this...

 

mangolatango's guitar chart is, as usual, a real pleasure to play, especially if you're going to sing the pitched part. If you're rapping Black Thought's verses, I wouldn't recommend it, but I'd love to see a video of that! tonedef's drum chart should do Questlove justice and make you feel awesome. My bass chart is pretty, well, basic, but it has its moments, especially near the end. Shout-out to grubextrapolate for giving my bass chart a once-over and making sure it was up to snuff. :)

 

The rapping vocals should be charted well enough and be easy enough to perform, but Chesnutt's singing is actually pretty absurd. I charted nearly every slide the man rips through, so you'll be hard-pressed to do as well as him! I adjusted the tuning cents by -40, and I hope that did the job. Again, I'd love to see a video of somebody singing this! Or singing it and rapping it!

 

If you'd like to contribute improvements or animations or if you have suggestions for how I can do better, please contact me. Thanks for reading! Now go spread your seed.

 

Atruejedi


#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
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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.


#70 Atruejedi

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Posted February 2, 2019 - 06:27 PM

"Word power can plow through acres of cornfields..."

 

If you think I'm a music snob when it comes to rock 'n' roll, oh boy, you'll hate me when it comes to hip-hop. I'm even more insufferable. And it all started with this song...

 

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This Rock Band 3 custom song, What's Golden by Jurassic 5, is my twenty-eighth release and the first jam by the sextet to enter the database. It was produced in the past week by grubextrapolate and me because he found it in my suggestions thread and expressed interest in charting it with me in the future. Well, the future is now.

 

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Four MCs and two DJs. They be gettin' down with no delay.

 

Here's a quote from my suggestions thread about how this song changed my life and how that happened:

 

In 2003, I went to Circuit City to purchase the Road to Rome expansion pack for Battlefield 1942 (you know, in the era before nickel-and-diming DLC). At the check-out, the cashier asked me if I would like to purchase a music video sampler DVD (you know, before Blu-Ray) for one penny. One penny!? Of course I would! I only remember one song featured on that DVD, the Obvious Choice below, but it genuinely changed my life. That song introduced me to the world of underground hip-hop. I'd never heard anything like Jurassic 5. Four MCs, two DJs, and endless heart. From that moment forward I couldn't appreciate, respect, or enjoy rappers like Jay-Z or Puff Daddy. It's like going back to eating tuna fish after finally tasting caviar. For better or worse, the snob I am today was born on that fateful February afternoon. Some musicians sell their souls. I bought mine for a penny.

 

Music p-p-power.

 

[Gameplay video]

 

Features:

Fully custom venue from scratch

Vocal chart from scratch

Dryvox lip sync for all three (four?) vocal parts

Vocal tonic note

Reductions for all instruments

Numeric ID for Wii leaderboards (Song ID 649200028)

Drums by grubextrapolate

 

Vocally, the song is dope, if you can keep up with the lyrics (especially the first verse... damn, Soup!). The refrain is pitched in my Reaper file, but I unpitched it for the custom because I thought it would be more fun if you didn't have to either (a.) sing really low and struggle or (b.) sing really high and ruin the vibe.

 

In my suggestions thread, I said the bass part was repetitive. I was wrong. Yes, it sounds that way to your ears if you aren't listening closely, but once I charted the song I realized that if you get lazy, you're gonna break combo because, seemingly at random, notes will be left out or have a different pitch. It's actually really clever, and knowing this now makes me appreciate the song even more.

 

The drum chart is courtesy of grubextrapolate and throws a few timing curveballs at you throughout, so be careful. Still, besides the kick pedal, it seems like a part even I could drum. Cool! Now, if I could bust out Akil's verse while I do it...

 

I fleshed out the keyboard part as best I could. I didn't want to straight-up copy the bass chart, so any sound I thought could be charted to keys is charted to keys. If you have suggestions on how to alter the chart and make it more fun or interesting, hit me up. If any of the gem positions are off, I'm also open to tweaking that. I had grub go through it for me so it should be playable, at the very least!

 

If you'd like to contribute improvements or animations or if you have suggestions for how I can do better, please contact me. Thanks for reading! Now go rage and roll on stage.

 

Atruejedi


#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.


#71 Atruejedi

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Time for more Anniversary Updates! All four of my releases from last February (all dealing with love and/or murder) have been updated to my current standards. Details of the changes are available in the database entries, with links below. Here are new venue preview videos recorded from the Dolphin's Wii Rock Band 3 emulator:

 

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Enjoy! As always, feedback and constructive criticism are welcome.


#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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