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.
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 :)