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Roareye

Bejeezuz.

4th May 2011, 13:00 by Roareye   No Comments »

Give us some time. We are rebooting. Let me be the first to say, Howdy Howdy Hey, and Kippers and Chips…

Sonic Hour..

Summer of Sonic…

Community….

Art…..

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Industry Interview: “Sonic Remastered Trackz” Remixer Paul Stetich

21st January 2010, 16:19 by blitzchris   2 Comments »

After the release of the new remix album “Sonic Remastered Trackz” we caught up with one of the DJ’s featuring, Paul Stetich (he’s a wrestler, yes thats him in the photo!). If you’ve ever searched sonic remixes of any kind on Newgrounds you are sure to have come across some of Paul’s work. To hear the interview in full, including the complete play-thru of the first disc, check out Episode 27 of Blitz & Pieces (Warning: adult themes discussed).

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ArtWatch: 7 years of Christmas Art

26th December 2009, 23:27 by Professor-J   No Comments »

Artwatch Eggman XMAS

Well, the festive season is as good as over for this year, we’ve all spent Christmas stuffing ourselves silly with Pringles and the KILLER GIANT TOBLERONE, overdosing on the ‘amazing’ selection of festive TV programs and after listening to Noddy Holder remind us that its CHRISTMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAS for the billionth time we’ve been left puzzling the big question this holiday season: just who did kill Archie Mitchell? (it was Marine the Raccoon by the way). But just because its now Boxing Day, doesn’t mean its too late to celebrate the greatest festive Sonic fan art the last ten years SEVEN YEARS (because there’s apparently no Christmas fan art pre-2003…) has to offer.

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GrooveWatch – N00neImp0rtant – Christmas Update

25th December 2009, 18:01 by blitzchris   2 Comments »

Just in time for Christmas, N00neImp0rtant (reported on earlier today) has released a third remix especially for his subscribers. If you are familiar with his first remix “Sonic Blast” then his latest addition will not surprise you in the slightest. Although it doesn’t have an official name “My Christmas Present to my Subscribers” should really be changed to “Sonic Blast 2: The Sequel”.

In much the same style as the original, SB2 offers a mix of 2-3 sonic tracks at a time, mashed together to create what can only be described as a unique medley. The juxtaposition of each sonic track makes for an odd piece that, like its predecessor, flows coherently at times and flops at others, including an ear wrenching 10 seconds of Death Egg mixed with something else (any idea? 6:50). As a whole, I do think this track improved upon SB1, but drum/tempo issues presented previously continue to plague the interesting remix. If you know your sonic music, you’ll find yourself trying to recognise the origins of each track before being hurled into the next mash.

Let us know in the comments below what you think and take care these Christmas Holidays!

My Christmas Present to my Subscribers.

Roareye

Industry Interview: eBoy

25th December 2009, 09:00 by Roareye   No Comments »

Interview Date: 15/12/2009

In recent years pixel art has become a popular marketing tool, thanks to a few specialist companies. eBoy, the company whom I’ve interviewed, are a Berlin based group of pixel artists who have made several key pieces of modern marketing artwork, such as the album cover for Groove Armada ‘Soundboy Rock’, the 2007 Makerfaire poster and even include work for companies such as Coca Cola, Adidas and Microsoft. A great example of pixel art as a retail item, and as an artistic showpiece, SSN tracked them down for an exclusive interview. All answers were given by the entire eBoy Team, which consists of Steffen Sauerteig, Svend Smital and Kai Vermehr.

SSN: How did the three team members (Kai Vermehr, Svend Smital and Steffen Sauerteig) meet?
eBoy: Svend and Steffen met each other at parties in east Berlin before the wall came down. Kai and Steffen met at MetaDesign (one of the biggest German design company located in Berlin). We played early network games like Doom and Marathon and tried to work together too … Kai quitted his job at Meta and the other two finished their studies so there was time to do something new.

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GrooveWatch – N00neImp0rtant

25th December 2009, 01:00 by blitzchris   1 Comment »

The remix thats tops my itunes play count (now at 35) has good reason to be standing amongst Live and Learn and the like. Its creator, N00neimp0rtant (NOI), is a remixer/youtube-pooper who made a breif appearence on the front-page of TSS with his now famous mash-up “Sonic Blast“. Featuring 48 different sonic tracks (Yes, I counted) spanning the history of sonic music pre-black knight, Sonic Blast is both a great and horrible example of how tracks both old and new can be intertwined. Let us review this track first, following on straight after with what I think is NOI’s greatest creation.

Sonic Blast suffers from the same problem that faces most mash-up creators, finding drum tracks from 2 seperate tunes that match. While a tempo to tempo match can easily be fixed with a little Audacity, to connect two sets of drums is much more difficult. First great example is Speed Highway mixed with the End Credits from Sonic 3D Blast (4:14). while the tunes tempo seems to match, the mismatch of the drums makes it alot harder to imagine the resulting mashbeing one coherent song, and instead both tracks stick out like sore thumbs on a builder with bad hand-eye co-ordination.

While it may seem like i’m trying to beat the track up, many songs meld increadibly well. Both Emerald Hill and Hill Top with Carnival Night Zone (at 4:22) sound superb, while others just plain hurt the ears, Sky Sanctuary and Spagonia Day (8:20). NOI has also been found guilty of trying to do too much. At some points combining three sets of tracks together creates a warzone, with all 3 competing for your attention.

Since Sonic Blast, only one other sonic remix has been released by NOI. Having evaded the ears of most sonic fans I present to you “Sonic CD Japan Extended Theme“. Its name is fairly self explanatory, a remix of the Japanese Theme song to Sonic CD, “Toot Toot Sonic Warrior”. The remix is extremelly simplistic, with minor changes that help freshen up an already funky tune.

The simplistic changes, like the inclusion of loops to the ends of each chorus, the extention of the outro with a pitch change as well as the inclusion of a “genesis style” completes the track that many had considered to be only a “half track”. To get extremelly picky, the genesis outro is almost undetectably out of timing, and probably should have been integrated a little earlier in the piece instead of smacking you in the face all of a sudden at the end. Regardless, its a “must-have” for your mp3 player.

If NOI is able to produce remixes of this quality, there is no telling what could come next. Stay Tuned!

Roareye

Delays and Christmas Updates

24th December 2009, 21:59 by Roareye   No Comments »

Sorry for the long wait for updates folks. Unfortunately, as seemed to happen every time SSN got to full working condition, my PC broke down just after SSN came back online in November. This time completely fried, the Hard Drive, graphics card, USB ports, DVD drive and Memory Card slots all failed luckily all within guarantee. Let that be a lesson to anyone considering a slimline desktop computer. They suck.

Took a month but they finally gave me my money back and I saved up some dough for a new machine, a top of the range Sony laptop which is a pure graphical powerhouse. 6Gb RAM, Top graphics card with 1Gb Graphics RAM, 1080p screen with Blu-Ray… lest to say this baby won’t be dying out from the strain of artwork anytime soon. Huzzah! In the time my PC was dead, I did not stop working on the site, rather my Netbook had so little power and such a bad wifi card (Cuts out every 10 minutes then fails to reconnect unless I connect it with a wire then disconnect) that it was impossible to do any solid video editting for one Article, and it was difficult to reach the server to upload a long awaited Industry Interview.

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GrooveWatch: CarboHydroM

15th November 2009, 20:11 by blitzchris   No Comments »

First Groovewatch up, we’re taking a look at the fresh sound of Christopher Blondel, aka CarboHydroM. If you’ve heard of either Snappleman or PrinceOfDarkness and their heavy style is to your taste, you’re in luck as this Frenchman will likely tickle your fancy too.

Spanning a fairly large range of games, his remixes rely on the simplistic sounds of just a lead, bass and acoustic guitars. Drums are synthesized and unless you’re picky or have experience with drums you wont notice the repetitive nature of each symbol crash.

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