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Hey, I'm Jordi aka etherealwinds. I'm a vocalist, composer and Celtic harpist. I'm one half of the duo, Forest Elves (http://www.youtube.com/ForestElves). I'm also a serial procrastinator which means I don't make half as much music as I should.

Jordi Francis @etherealwinds

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Posted by etherealwinds - June 3rd, 2019


Is highlighting individual characteristics (eg. race, sexual identity, gender, disability) and experiences that stem from these alongside industry achievements a positive thing, or should an individual's body of work be separated from that which marks them as a minority?


I recently brought up a discussion point in my last front page post which garnered many interesting responses and viewpoints, so I've been looking forward to bringing another topic to the Newgrounds Community. So, let me explain further on my point and provide some clarification to add a bit of context to what I'm asking. I'm a member of a group of composers called PERSPECTIVE on Facebook, and an article was shared that sparked some differing opinions, in celebration of Wendy Carlos, a pioneer of Electronic music in the 20th century (A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, Moog Synthesizers). The context of this article was not only in celebration of her work, but on her history of transitioning from male to female in light of this month being LGBT Pride Month. You can catch that article here.


The thing about this article that caught the attention of some was the headline "Wendy Carlos: Trans Woman, Kubrick Collaborator, and Synth-Music Pioneer" with some arguing that her legacy should be on the merit of her work as a composer, and that highlighting the fact she was trans is a negative thing. There are also those that argued that while Wendy Carlos was an innovator in the electronic music world, her experiences and struggles as a trans woman are also just as relevant.


I also came across an article today with the headline "Black female physicist pioneers technology that kills cancer cells with lasers" which sparked a similar response. Those arguing that highlighting the race and gender only adds to marginalisation of minorities, and those that argue celebrating the achievements of those with marginalised characteristics in society is a positive thing from a diversity perspective.


I can see validity in both sides, and it's truly made me think about my own point of view. Speaking honestly, on one hand, it does sort of irk me when I see headlines like this that box people up and distract from the merit of the achievement, especially when the characteristic being mentioned seems so far detached from what they've actually achieved. I think to myself, would I want to be highlighted as "Gay composer achieves x" for example... first and foremost, I'm as much a composer as any other composer, gay or straight or otherwise. On the other hand, as a musician, I find that I always endeavour to wear my heart on my sleeve and my projects are always laced with as much of my experience of being alive, including my heartaches, my struggles, and that which makes me different. Should it not be a good thing for me to be free to express and celebrate that? Also, is there a difference in opinion between those that live a fairly privileged life, and those that have had to fight extra hard against marginalisation to achieve their successes? I wonder to what extent my own privilege and struggles inform my own opinion, as despite technically being LGBT and coming from a working-class background, I've had a fair amount of privilege compared to many.


I'm not quite sure where I stand on this and as life goes, we're all learning more about where we stand on things the longer we're on this planet and the more we experience.


I'd be very genuinely interested in hearing some of your opinions on this topic, as a community of creators and supporters of uncensored expression.


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Posted by etherealwinds - April 29th, 2019


The Culture of Honest Reviews on Newgrounds Encourages Valuable Development: Discuss.


I came to Newgrounds from the YouTube community in 2013, and on YouTube, I benefited (on the majority) from a lot of short but positive comments that never really zoned into anything in particular about the music. Of course, I was always very grateful to read these comments, and while they motivated me to keep making music and uploading, they never really challenged me to improve, or help me to develop my craft. So, the first thing that I noticed about Newgrounds was how different it was having a 'review' system rather than simply a 'comment' system.


I was pretty much encouraged to join that year's Newgrounds Audio Deathmatch competition, and for those familiar with it, one of the biggest elements and (in my opinion) benefits of it are the in-depth, specific reviews/feedback participants receive from judging. In the few months I was creating music in that contest alone, I was given feedback I'd never been given before; actual useful knowledge I was then able to apply to my work. My perspective shifted and I could immediately see an improvement in the quality of my work, and it was exciting!


While we all know that Newgrounds is no stranger to a troll, generally, the community has a healthy culture of sharing work with the expectation of feedback, and of giving honest feedback knowing that as long as it's given in good faith, the creator will be quite glad for it (though I'm sure we all know people who don't fit into that category)! This, in my opinion, is what makes Newgrounds special, and what Newgrounds is able to offer creators more-so than any other communities I've seen on the internet. This unique dynamic between creation and honest reviews can be really educational, and has the potential to continue to uplift and invest in the growth of the community.


This is what's kept me around on Newgrounds since 2013, and why I continue to actively invest my time and energy into doing the same for others, when I can (though not as much as I should and would like to).


I'd love to hear some other opinions on the value you as a community-member places on Newgrounds, and what keeps you here, either as a creator or as an audience-member?


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Posted by etherealwinds - September 25th, 2018


So, I was waiting for the results of both competitions before writing a post on it, as they were both running alongside each-other this year! I probably saw the NGADM audition post appear in the forum and immediately submitted a track in a whim, which in turn led me to forget about the NGADM when also submitting an audition for the NGUAC... so, I was a bit overwhelmed at first when I realised I had to make tracks for both competitions.

I didn't wanna just submit the same track to both competitions because I felt that was a bit of a cop out, and due to the different dates in rounds, that wasn't always possible anyway! I decided to just take the challenge and go with the flow, and even if I had to create more songs than I had first intended, I might have more of a chance of making it far in at least one of the big NG contests this year! 

It was my first time entering the NGUAC, and I placed first which I was pretty pleased with! @LuminX and @AzulJazz took second and third place and really made some incredible tracks. There were 19 participants in the final round all in all, so I honestly didn't expect to take first. 

Then of course, there's the NGADM, that I try to enter every year! I suppose this year was my year, because I also placed first in the NGADM! In 2013 and 2017, I placed third both times so after getting to the final, I sorta anticipated getting a third third haha!

This was a really tight final - the winners of 2015, @bassfiddlejones + @joshgawaldomusic taking second place with 'Forgotten Promises', an incredible Celtic shanty-style track straight out of How To Train Your Dragon - you've definitely gotta listen to it if you've not heard it already!

My partner in crime @LucidShadowDreamer took third place with 'Mourning My Memories', one of his most beautiful solo piano compositions to date, in my opinion. He also helped me with the Finnish lyrics for my winning entry, so really a big part of the appeal of the track was thanks to him.

In fourth place was @TeslaX11 whose track, 'False Consciousness Collapse' blew me away, with its hard-hitting composition and mix... an insanely talented guy that deserves all the positivity he gets his way!

So, I think that's me done with competitions on Newgrounds for this year, but it's safe to say that I'm really pleased to have been more active in the community this year than I have been in past years, and it's certainly nice to be part of the winner's circle of the NGUAC and NGADM. Big thanks to all the judges that have put so much effort into running both of the contests this year. All the judges and the contestants deserve lots and lots of love and appreciation! :)

Thank you all for always supporting me and motivating me to not only keep creating music, but to innovate and improve. For a musician with a style as niche as mine, the appreciation I get is really encouraging! 


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Posted by etherealwinds - August 14th, 2018


I released my debut album, 'The Brightest Star' - a tribute to my mother.

Watch the trailer here:

Available for purchase here:

► iTunes: https://apple.co/2O8Pm7A
► Amazon: https://amzn.to/2MyElMi
► CDBaby: http://cdbaby.com/cd/jordifrancis3
► Bandcamp: https://hellojordi.bandcamp.com/album/the-brightest-star
► Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2vvDyVU


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Posted by etherealwinds - May 13th, 2018


Hey guys :) hope you're all well! 

I've been pretty much absent from Newgrounds since last year's NGADM and I've not really been making music. As some of you may (or may not) be aware, I collaborated with NG's very own Samulis' Versilian Studios to bring the Etherealwinds Harp II library into existence. Although it was released back in September or October last year, it's currently on a 75% off sale so there's more hype about it again. I finally got around to playing around with it in my own track, which was kinda weird hearing the vocal patch as harmonies alongside my acoustically recorded voice! Really neat though :) I wonder if anyone on NG has used it in any of their tracks! If so, do let me know because I'd love to hear!

The main reason I guess behind not really working on music is that I spent three months (January-April) in India on the International Citizen Service programme! I was staying in Rajasthan with a host-family that spoke no English working in a small village on development projects, focusing on empowering youth and women, sanitation, the Anganwadi projects which is the pre-school system which also assists mothers and pregnant women, and tackling issues such as child marriage which is very prevalent over there! Since I got back about a month ago, I've been totally blocked mentally in terms of music. I finally got back to it today though so hopefully I can continue.

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I also fulfilled one of my life dreams while I was in India, and that was to have music that I've worked on released by Square Enix (the VG company behind the Final Fantasy series!) I worked with the composer Tomoki Miyoshi, whose work I especially liked on the I Am Setsuna soundtrack. We worked together on the remix album of the soundtrack for Square Enix's game 'Lost Sphear' which was released back in February while I was far away from the internet. That was pretty fun and we're planning to work together more in the future. While I enjoy working on my own original tracks, it's always really great to collaborate with others! I especially enjoy working on projects that can make good use of my vocals, even moreso than I enjoy composing instrumentally. 

Anyway, that's about me caught up! Sorry for being so quiet - It would be great to reconnect with my NG community friends again :) 


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Posted by etherealwinds - June 18th, 2017


Hello everyone!!

So, it's that time of year again for the Newgrounds Audio Deathmatch, the contest that really boosted my skills when I entered for the first time back in 2013! I met so many great people and I look forward to this every year. Last year, it didn't take place, but this year, it's back and I'm guessing it's gonna be the best NGADM yet. So many talented applicants already and the audition phase hasn't even ended yet!!

Today is the last day to enter, and they're at 230 auditions. 5 more auditions and it'll be the highest amount of applicants for the NGADM of all time (if I'm not mistaken)! 

Submit your auditions here: http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1423320

Happy Hunger Games!


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Posted by etherealwinds - July 6th, 2016


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Greetings fellow Newgroundians. Last month, I released my first ever purchasable track and I thought I'd share it here. I've had a pretty tough time of it recently and in April, my mother passed away, fairly unexpectedly. I hadn't been dealing with things very well at all. I had to suspend my studies and pretty much closed down. This track was the result of mustering up the remaining strength I had to focus all of those emotions into something I could make in her memory. This is definitely the most personal piece of music I've made and released to the public, and I really hope someone can take something from this. 

 

 

Available for purchase:

► iTunes: http://apple.co/215k6qa
► Amazon: http://amzn.to/1X58hSl
► Spotify: http://spoti.fi/1RUq46K
► Loudr: http://ldr.fm/GnSxT
► CDBaby: http://cdbaby.com/cd/jordifrancis
► Bandcamp: https://hellojordi.bandcamp.com/track/face-the-silence


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Posted by etherealwinds - February 1st, 2016


Hey guys!

After a lot of encouragement from friends and listeners, I finally went ahead and made a Bandcamp page! I'll still be posting my music for free on my YouTube and Newgrounds pages, but this is just for those that have asked how they can support me, or if they can buy my tracks :)

You can find me on http://hellojordi.bandcamp.com where I've released my track, Aurora Dawn!

I will be releasing a lot of new music there too. I hope you're all well and thanks for all of your support and kind words~


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Posted by etherealwinds - November 10th, 2014


Hello everyone! Forest Elves' (mine and Merryberry's) music was used in Nixxiom's latest Machinima!!

 

Feel free to take a look. It's a gorgeous creation!

 

 


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Posted by etherealwinds - August 26th, 2014


I thought I'd provide some more stats for the Group Round of the NGADM 2014. I remember somebody created a ranking list last year that I always found pretty useful. Those in bold are the winners of each group.

I've also averaged out each judges' score to find the strictest and the kindest scoring judge for the group rounds.

Just out interest y'know. Here you go!

Group Round - Rankings
1) Bosa + Kor-Rune - 9.12
2) etherealwinds - 9.03
3) DamienFleisch - 8.97
4) garlagan - 8.93
5) ZipZipper + steampianist - 8.79
6) SoundChris + Hitokirito - 8.77
7) SkyeWint + camoshark - 8.63
8) introstalge - 8.61
9) SilverPoyozo - 8.53
10) Sequenced - 8.48
11) Acid-Paradox - 8.47
12) johnfn - 8.46
12) CoredxBitch - 8.46
14) JacobCadmus - 8.43
15) PirateCrab - 8.32
16) SolarexMusic - 8.28
17) Cross666 - 8.275
18) LunyAlex - 8.25
19) papkee - 8.2
20) JDawg00100 - 8.19
21) Spadezer - 8.18
22) AeronMusic - 8.08
23) RetromanOMG - 8.06
24) PeterSatera - 7.94
25) Pandasticality - 7.91
26) DuttonsaysHi - 7.9
27) Troisnyx - 7.82
28) InvisibleObserver - 7.81
29) ChronoNomad - 7.72
30) Basset-Hound - 7.67
30) Phonometrologist - 7.67
32) IglicaV - 7.66
33) JimmyPig - 7.65
34) SonicWombat - 7.63
34) dexarson - 7.63
36) TheBenjerman - 7.62
37) Kabalist - 7.6
37) Nimble - 7.6
39) Jay-Turner - 7.58
40) Mawnz - 7.53
40) Veneox - 7.53
41) KatMaestro + JRob - 7.4
41) SourJovis - 7.4
44) TetratonMusic - 7.37
45) larrylarrybb - 7.34
46) Azhthar - 7.29
47) Metallica1136 - 7.28
48) secantwave - 7.26
49) Chemiqals - 7.23
50) TosmatoBeef - 7.1
51) BrainLight - 7.01
52) Ceevro - 6.95
53) LunacyEcho - 6.76
54) Jernemies - 6.73
55) MrStr8face - 6.68
56) PascalPalomino - 6.6
57) Guylee - 6.51
58) Braiton - 6.475
59) soulblud - 5.98
60) Cimba - 5.17
61) FlaggedOnArrival - 4.62

(Disqualified:
acmeDyne
MattBat27
TheMoebiusProject)

I've averaged up each judge's scoring for every track submitted in the group rounds and come up with the total score awarded and the average score for each judge.

The judges are in order of the most pussycat and the Simon Cowell of the panel this round.

Judges' Average Scoring:
 

Step - 
Total points awarded: 506.8 
Average score: 8.31


headphoamz
Total points awarded: 488.2
Average score: 8


MetalRenard
Total points awarded: 462
Average score: 7.57


Neon-Bard
Total points awarded: 454.75
Average score: 7.45


midimachine
Total points awarded: 451.22
Average score: 7.4


samulis
Total points awarded: 450.7
Average score: 7.39

Hopefully the extra stats are either helpful or at least of interest to those curious! If anybody notices any mistakes then let me know.

*~ Roll on Round 2! ~*


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