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Hi, Newgrounds frontpage people.
I haven't posted in at least 100 years because I haven't really had much to say that couldn't just be said on any of the individual audio submissions I've been excreting upon the glorious (read: somewhat broken) Audio Portal.
I just finished and uploaded the first part of Mater Infinitum which is my sequel project to the popular and superduper successful Ultima Eternus. (! Obligatory applause !)
I've got nothing of actual worth to share apart from that so I will now give you this subpar haiku I just made up:
My name is Lashmush
I make some sweet-ass music
Give me your money
Also, heres my bad-ass new logo commissioned from ModBlackmoon.
Since the album only sold to a few handful of people, you can now pay whatever you want for it, from a thrilling 0 USD to a stunning kabillion rubles or whatever your local currency is.
A big thanks to everyone who paid full price for it! You can get it in 320 kbps MP3 or FLAC from lashmush.bandcamp.com so if you enjoy the thought of metal having sex with an orchestra then go get it.
In other news, I'm not dead and I'm still working on Legion, The White Void and Mater Infinitum.*
Yes, ladies and non-ladies, my commercial debut album is now up on Spotify (as well as iTunes, ReverbNation, and a fuckton of other sites).
In case you don't have Spotify, you can also listen to it in its entirety over at Bandcamp!
It's available for 9.99 USD in 320 kbps MP3 pretty much everywhere but if you want it in lossless go to my bandcamp page and buy it there.
In other news, I'll be getting back to recording the vocals for Legion pretty soon. Since I had no ability to progress on it, I started preliminary work on the sequel (roughly 8 minutes of music finished).
Ultima Eternus: Ultimate Edition
Released: 9th of March, 2011
Remastered, reconstructed and returned.
Listen to Ultima Eternus as it was intended! Free to download in MP3 quality through Newgrounds but the purchasable version is in lossless quality (FLAC, WAV, etc) and with Part V as one single 25 minute track."
Also available on ThumbPlay, Nokia, Tradebit, GreatIndieMusic, Zune, Emusic, Napster and Myspace Music.
Physical Copy: N/A
My projects are works that are greater in duration or worktime than the average track by a high amount. Not necessarily albums but usually the duration of a full-length or more.
I am currently not available for greater undertakings such as composing a score for videogames or movies. Once Legion is finished this will likely change.
The debut album to be released under Order of Omega, my band.
ETA: Q2 of 2011.
The sequel project to Ultima Eternus.
Untitled Metroid Project
A complete merge of all tracks from Metroid (NES), Metroid II: Return of Samus (GameBoy) and Super Metroid (SNES) into one seamless track.
(In descending chronological order)
2011: Ultima Eternus: Ultimate Edition
2008-2010: Ultima Eternus
2006-2007: Antidestiny (Album)
2005-2006: Dawn (Album)
2005-2006: Reanimation (Demo)
2005: Chapter Nine (Album)
2004: Tears of the Blind (Album)
There are quite a few projects I finished prior to 2004 but they are all unreleased due either to lacking quality or being private work.
I was born in 1987 in Copenhagen, Denmark. When I was roughly 10 months old my parents moved to midwest Sweden where I still reside today.
My father was Gordon Sorber, my mother is Berit Vind. I am the youngest of seven children (two full blood siblings, four half-blood). In chronological order: Fredrik, Katrine, Ulrik, Signe, Lone, Nikolaj and Me.
I am a dual citizen of the United States and Denmark.
Now here's the story all about how my life got flip turned upside down:
When I was eleven years old, I managed to buy my very own Amiga 500 with the Workbench OS and quite a few games and programs on it, among the applications one of note: ProTracker 4. This program was the first Digital Audio Workstation I ever used and though quite a simple application by todays standards (delivering slightly above chiptune quality) it was still amazing to me.
The power to compose my very own melodies was intriguing to me and I stayed with the idea, making horrid little excuses for chip music until I finally made the transition to FastTracker II, a windows-based tracker. I stayed with FT2 for quite some time until in 2003 I switched over to ModPlug Tracker 1.16, a highly superior tracker in every aspect. Everything from then on until early 2008 was made with ModPlug and Antidestiny was the absolute maximum I managed to squeeze out of ModPlug, though I'm quite sure it can deliver more.
In 2008 I moved on to Renoise and with it, a world of musical creation I had not ever experienced was unlocked. I made only a few tracks now and then through it but soon decided to remake one of my tracks called "Eternity's End" which resulted in Ultima Eternus, my greatest completed undertaking yet.
However, I'm leaving out quite important aspects of my childhood so let me go back to 1994.
I'm 7 or 8, can't remember which. My parents divorced when I was three years old so every other weekend I would go stay with my father along with my brother, Nikolaj and my sister, Lone. Both of them older than me
My mothers villa burned to the ground during that weekend and while my mother and her man escaped unharmed, everything in there was lost. My sister cried, sad to lose all her clothes. My brother upset about his collection of stuffed animals. Me quietly contemplating the loss of my most treasured possession: My GameBoy. Such was my mind.
Had we not been at our dad's over that weekend, none of us would've been alive today.
I'm telling you this to get to the first of a series of truly destructive experiences of my life that ultimately leads to who I am today and where my musical creativity to a rather large part comes from.
I mentioned my mother's man but allow me to go into detail. His name is Bengt Eriksson and he was every level of failure a man could possible amount to. He was never physically abusive, but he was a total control-obsessed alcoholic and a bitter dead-hearted coward.
For many years us kids suffered and my mother tried several times to break away but as is known about these situations, it is never as easy as simply walking away. He roped her back in, and the cycle repeated itself until my sister and brother sequentially moved out and away from our little hometown. I remained, too young to live on my own and filled with a mix of intense hatred and terror. I was trapped with this man.
I spent as much time as I could at a friend of mines, playing videogames and PnP roleplaying games, among other activities. Escapism was really the only way to deal with him.
However, something happened when I was 15 which not only broke his stranglehold on my family, but shattered it completely.
Lone committed suicide on the 24th of January, 2003. Nikolaj's 18th birthday. The story behind this I will not get into. This was impossible to comprehend at first and I just drifted into a bubble without really dealing with it properly, not that there really is a proper way to do so in the first place.
In 2006, my father was diagnosed with prostate-cancer and started getting treatments. My mother had met a great guy from Iceland named Arni who became a pretty good friend of mine as well. He died in a car crash as a result of a bleed in his brain while driving on impulse late one night to see my mother. Another series of hard blows to deal with.
In 2008, I had a mental breakdown and went psychotic. I was diagnosed as Schizo-affective and medicated for a while during which my father passed away. I felt almost nothing as this happened and to this day have not yet felt anything I would consider a valid emotional response to this.
I slipped back into a manic psychosis again as well as a manic depression, both of which during 2009.
When I made the first and second parts of Ultima Eternus, I was to a high degree very VERY psychotic. Paranoid delusions, bizarre philosophical and scientific theories with little to no foundation in logic or reason, severe sleepdeprivation, lack of eating, and so forth...
When I got that schizo-affective diagnosis I decided after some time to fight it. To prove to the doctors or atleast to myself that those two parts where not the result of of a disorder of the mind but of my own will. I composed a third, remade the second completely from scratch, made a fourth, and finally in 2010 made the final fifth part which stands as the single most important one of them all since I was declared healthy not long after its completion.
Of course, healthy is to be taken with a grain of salt. It's never been stated that I am NOT in a dormant schizophrenic state, and my diagnosis was only CHANGED to bipolar disorder. One does not exclude the other. I also two diagnoses for neuro-psychological conditions known as "ADHD Predominantly Inattentive" (aka ADD) and "Pervasive Developmental Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified" (PPD-NOS).
So maybe not healthy, but atleast I'm not marked down as schizophrenic anymore which was a victory to me, nevertheless.
So in truth, Ultima Eternus was more to me than simply music. It's my bottled emotions, my struggle with hardships, my fight against my own broken psyche, my mind in musical form.
The final treatment I recieved for my psychological issues was sadly Electro-Convulsive Therapy which while getting me out of a state of near catatonia, severely crippled my emotional spectrum and destroyed what little was left of who I used to be before that day in 2003.
So now I define myself through my music alone since it's really all I have left of myself now. I still laugh and I have fleeting moments of joy, but most of the time what people around me see is just me playing along with the moment. I don't feel at all as much as I once did and it's a bleak grey existence at times but I am alive and I haven't yet reached the pinnacle of my abilities so I'll continue to strive towards that.
The only thing I really want now though is love, sappy as it might sound.
So to not end this on such a dark note, how about some quick facts about me?
My name: Rasmus Sorber
Date of birth: 28th August, 1987 (I was born and raised in Europe, deal with it.)
Residence: Ekshärad, Sweden
Political views: Nonpartisan.
Philosophies: I've found that the only real truth that stands unflinched in the face of any critique is that we are born and that we will die. Anything before, in between or afterwards is mostly just speculation at best.
Videogames I enjoy: Too many to mention, but I've been an avid gamer since I was 3 or 4 years old.
Movies I enjoy: Also too many. I watch on average 150-200 movies per year.
Music I enjoy: Sigh, this is getting old... Waaaayyy too many different artists and bands.
Hopes and dreams: Love. (Gaydars worldwide are going apeshit...)
I think thats about it. If you have any questions, fire away with the comment button and I'll answer as soon as I read it.
Order of Omega is the band that will play and perform my current album project Legion, as well as future ones live. It will ideally consist of eight members though requires only 5 to play the music. The line-up would be:
Two Lead Guitarists*
One Rythm Guitarist
This is what the band would ideally look like but realistically this will be quite difficult to assemble.
I have interest from quite a few people regarding these positions but as of right now, the album must be finished and I will first dedicate time and energy to forming and rehearsing with a band once so.
Now about the album: Legion is the album that I've been working on since August of 2010. It's a metal album that encompasses quite a wide range of subgenres but is quite heavily aligned still.
It started off with my track "Boomstick" that hit the Newgrounds frontpage and got me scouted by 5Line Records. I started working on an album with intent to sign a contract with 5Line but differences arose and I parted ways with them.
The album is near completion with only vocals for a little over half tracks. Meanwhile, I thought I'd share the track order here just to give you glimpse of the completed product.
01: Cry For Mercy
05: Chorus Diaboli
08: Electric Cathedral
10: Gore Addiction
11: Bleed For Me
13: Across The Sea Of Sand
This page will serve as a status page for the vocal completion of Legion. Any tracks that are linked will have vocals completed and will be fully streamable here on Newgrounds. Track order may change slightly over the course of this last phase of production but this is pretty much how it will look once its done.
Feel free to ask any questions here or by sending a me a PM.
I openly accept donations to my PayPal account should anyone wish to support my musical endeavors.
I've had a few rather large sums for a single person to donate more than once and I have to urge you not to donate more than 10-15 EU (roughly 20 USD) unless you first contact me about it, either here on NG or through my email. (The same as the paypal account.) Seriously, donate only if its money you have no problem giving away. All the donations will go to buying more storage, new software licenses, better hardware, food and probably an excessive amount of caffeine and smokes. :3
If you wish to donate anonymously and also a larger sum than aforementioned, quickly making a hotmail or gmail account takes a few minutes and then you can simply fire away an email telling me of what sum you had in mind.
I do accept commission work and the pricing is quite simple:
10 EU / 13.5 USD - A track of up to 90 seconds.*
30 EU / 40 USD - A track of 3-4 minutes.*
100 EU / 135 USD - A track of 3-5 minutes.**
200 EU / 270 USD - 3 tracks of 3-5 minutes each (or a single of up to 15 minutes).**
50 EU / 67.5 USD - Full commercial rights to use any of my allready finished original works in commercial projects.
* (In your desired genre and either inspired or based upon any tracks you wish. Remixes of videogame, movie or other artists work will be strictly non-commercially licensed to you.)
** (In your desired genre and fully original work, commercially licensed to you for any work of yours that you hold your own rights to.)
Examples of earlier commision work requested:
For any commission work, the more referencing material (similar music, related artwork, etc) and specifics, details and information given will produce a better result. Payment is issued once the track is completed. During the WIP-phase (Work-In-Progress), I will send early renders a few times in order to make sure the track is heading in a direction you want. Once the track is finished however, payment is mandatory and a refund is as before indicated ONLY available during the WIP-phase.
Refusal to pay the requested sum of money after a track is completed will be considered fraud and will blacklist you from any future commission work as well as reported to the respective authorities in charge of these matters. This is not meant to discourage but the time and effort required to produce high quality tracks can be quite demanding.
The average time of completion for a single track of roughly 4 minutes is 3-6 working days. It will however take the time that is needed unless a deadline is specified.
In the future I will also be open to working full time on videogame or movie scores alone or with others. Details of such a contract would be discussed per project and will first be possible once Legion is completed in the near future.
All information, terms and pricing are subject to change.
If you have any questions or wish to place an order you can do so through a Newgrounds PM or by sending a mail to my Gmail account.
72,84 EUR -- Hitachi 3.5" SATA2 Hard Drive 1000GB 32MB Cache 7200RPM (Thanks!)
Did this today because I was bored, felt like a bit of learning in Sony Vegas and it could give "Hybrid II" some attention.
Also, its in 720p resolution.