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August 26, 2013

Song of the Week - August 26, 2013

Song: "Letting Go"
Artists: BT, Fractal, and JES
Album: A Song Across Wires (2013)

Everything that you got
Feeds your fire
And I don’t know how you do it
And you know you’re always gonna be the same
But you can’t see it and I, I, I can’t control it

BT, whose full name is Brian Transeau, is a Grammy Award-nominated American musician who is well-known for his creative work in the electronic dance music scene and is often considered as a pioneer of trance music. He holds a Guinness World Record for the most vocal edits in a single recording with "Somnambulist (Simply Being Loved)," which has 6,178 vocal edits. With the recent release of A Song Across Wires, he has released nine studio albums, beginning with 1995's Ima.

The second track in his latest studio album, "Letting Go," is a collaboration with fellow electronic musician Fractal and longtime guest vocalist JES. Although BT has ventured through other genres of music with his expertise in electronic dance music, notably alternative metal, hip hop, and pop, longtime fans of BT will find this song very unexpected; this is a dubstep song. The song starts in BT's recognizable style with JES showing her great vocal work. Almost two minutes into the song, when JES sings the chorus from which the song's title is derived, and the melody builds to what might be a relatively brief dance groove, the song suddenly drops and the familiar two-step tempo comes out. Luckily for those like me who are not really fans of the relatively hyped electronic music subgenre called dubstep, this is not a dubstep song that emphasizes the use of the wobble bass ("wub wub"). The beat that powers the two-step tempo is quite heavy enough as BT twists his six-minute dubstep journey with Fractal and JES into his own style with his use of his patented stutter edit, among other elements, although the result seems somewhat messy in some areas. The melody rebuilds with JES's vocals again shortly after and unleashes the familiar two-step beat once more before the song ends in a calm note.

August 21, 2013

"Who's That Character?" - August 2013 - Answer

Which character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series is this?

This is none other than...

...Sonic the Werehog (with Chip).

To download and save:
1. Right click (or control click if you are using a Mac) the image and select "Save Image As."
2. Select the desired location on your computer where you want to save the image, and click "Save."

Download - [1920x1200]

You can alternatively find these wallpapers in the "Wallpapers" section.

The next "Who's That Character?" will be posted soon.

Images courtesy of SEGA, Sonic Team, and Sonic Channel.

August 15, 2013

"Who's That Character?" - August 2013

Which character from the Sonic the Hedgehog series is this?

The answer [and the wallpaper showing this character] will be revealed in a future post.

You can alternatively find these wallpapers of your favorite characters in the Sonic the Hedgehog series in the "Wallpapers" section.

Images courtesy of SEGA, Sonic Team, and Sonic Channel.

August 10, 2013

Sonic Lost World - A Cutscene

As shown a few days ago in Nintendo of Japan's most recent Nintendo Direct, Nintendo of Japan released a brief preview of very likely one of the first cutscenes of the next game in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, the Nintendo-exclusive Sonic Lost World. The cutscene, obviously in Japanese, shows Sonic and his best friend, Tails, encountering once again Dr. Eggman and his robotic minions, notably Orbot and Cubot, and, for the first time, the Deadly Six. You can watch the preview below.

Earlier today in the official Sonic the Hedgehog-themed convention in America, Sonic Boom, SEGA of America exclusively revealed, along with a new, exclusive trailer of the game, the same cutscene in full and in English. You can watch the cutscene, which was recorded directly from the convention's official livestream, below.

Sonic Lost World will be released on October 22.
In Japan, it will be released on October 24.

The videos are courtesy of Nintendo, SEGA, and Sonic Team.

August 5, 2013

Updates: August 2013


Time really does fly. Doesn't it?

Today is already August, and for almost all of you youngsters and teens, and some or a few of you adults as well, the end of summer is near. In turn, this means the next school year is just over the horizon.

Besides this, what is there to expect this month?

From me, at least, while I anticipate and prepare to return back for some dedicated work and studying, I hope to, finally and once and for all, post my first ever "let's play" of Sonic the Hedgehog 4. So far, I finished all recording of Episode I. I am almost halfway with recording Episode II and Episode Metal. With recording of Episode I already done, however, I have not started doing any editing and rendering yet. If I am able to get more opportunities, then I may be able to finish by the end of the month.

Besides that, as some of you might have seen, I updated some sections of my Blogger page, especially the "Help" section. In my Tumblr, which is still relatively under construction, I added some of the same, aforementioned sections found in my Blogger page.

And yes, I have still yet to update those soundtrack downloads. However, my top priority now is finishing that "let's play." Once I am finally done with that, I will finally start updating those. However, if I find myself updating them sooner, then look out for the big banner at the top of the site that displays which soundtracks are not available to download.

Until then, adios.

Song of the Week - August 5, 2013

Song: "Set Me On Fire"
Artist: Pendulum
Album: Immersion (2010)

While I met some boy
While cross the Rivanna, Quasimana
Rain came fisted and bright
It must be Alta Vada, tell 'em again

Pendulum is an Australian-British electronic rock and drum and bass group from Perth. The band currently consists of Rob Swire on vocals and synthesizers, bass guitarist and DJ Gareth McGrillen, DJ Paul "El Hornet" Harding, Peredur ap Gwynedd on guitar, KJ Sawka on drums, and MC Bent Mount, who is best known as MC Verse. Since their formation in 2002, they have released three studio albums: Hold Your Colour in 2005, In Silico in 2008, and Immersion in 2010. Although their musical style at first was pure drum and bass, they eventually included elements of rock and metal music, since Swire and McGrillen were part of a metal band prior to the formation of Pendulum. Currently, following the release of Immersion, Pendulum is on hiatus, since Swire and McGrillen decided to form Knife Party, their house music-focused side project. However, the remaining members still perform DJ sets under the Pendulum name.

From Immersion, "Set Me On Fire" is unlike most of Pendulum's other songs such that it is a dubstep song. However, compared to today's dubstep songs, which are largely performed by the likes of Skrillex and emphasize frequent use of the wobble bass, "Set Me On Fire" is more or less akin to "classical," more easygoing dubstep. The song begins with a moderately-paced introduction backed by female vocals before carefully building up and dropping to the familiar, two-step beat. From there, the overall melody remains the same until three minutes into the song, when the melody briefly slows before returning to the original tempo. An aspect to note in this dubstep song is the inclusion of reggae vocals during the song, which, very likely, is Pendulum's nod of acknowledgement to dubstep's origins in reggae music. Although "Set Me On Fire" presents Pendulum's relatively sudden diversion from drum and bass to dubstep, the overall sound, as fans and listeners of Pendulum are concerned, is still distinctly Pendulum's.

August 2, 2013

Sonic Dash Global Challenge - Shadow Unlocked!

Sonic Dash players, congratulations!

We completed the first Sonic Dash global challenge, and we did so three days prior to the challenge's deadline! Along with winning a reasonable number of revive tokens, super headstarts, and red rings for spending on power-ups and the such along the way, we fairly won the ultimate prize: playing as the "Black Blur" himself, Shadow the Hedgehog, for free!

With the challenge successfully completed, let's look forward to the next potential global challenge. Until then, keep dashing!

Don't you have the hit infinite runner Sonic Dash on your Apple iOS device? If you don't have the game, remember again that the game is absolutely free to download and absolutely fun to play! Get Sonic Dash at the App Store!

Images courtesy of SEGA and Hardlight.