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2017-01-14 14:18:31 by VegetarianMeat

Still making stuff, slowly but surely. Mostly scattered ideas, but nonetheless I haven't thrown in the towel yet and I don't plan on doing it any time soon. 

Not sure how many are still listening but click on the image below if you'd like to hear something I finished the other day.

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Games.

2016-06-13 09:28:45 by VegetarianMeat

I've been pretty quiet the past year. The main reason for this is that I got a job as an audio development tester at Ubisoft. I've had the opportunity there to work with sound in a way that I've never had before.

When I think about it, my passion for sound work has always been rooted in the technical aspect of it. I love making music, but even more than that, I love figuring out how to make music. Although my primary function at my workplace is to test games, it involves a hefty amount of debugging; essentially, piecing together why something is not sounding right. 

It's provided me with a new outlet for my 'sonic' energy that would otherwise be directed towards making music.

This doesn't mean I'm done making music though. That drive is still there, it's just being temporarily satiated by my learning process for game sound - the goal being to land a job as an audio designer.  

I still get that antsy feeling when I haven't worked on a song for a while, and then I'll sit down and play with some ideas. I have a lot of personal projects that I've started over the past while; there are some good ideas amongst the throwaways that I'd like to finish this summer. 

The latest thing that I've finished is this fun (free) android app that was developed by my longtime collaborator & friend Szymon Kupś.

I'm also still working on TIE - although the focus there has shifted from sound work to writing work. That project is finally coming together in a way that I've never seen before, and I'm confident we'll be able to release it once-and-for-all this summer. 

Anyways, I think I've said enough for now. I'll try and make the next update sooner rather than later :)

Thanks for listening.

 



And How Does That Make You Feel!

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I have been working on the soundtrack / sound design for the independent game TIE since August, and I have just recently completed the soundtrack, and I am very excited to be able to share a link where you can download it and/or listen to the album in its entirety. There's a lot to say about what TIE is, but I'll just let my album description that I have on bandcamp do the talking ;)

TIE - Soundtrack link

TIE - Website

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This is the soundtrack to the independent game TIE, with art and programming by developer Tony Nowak.

In the game, the player goes through the seven days of the week. They wake up, get on the bus, go to work and come back home. Each day is associated with a song that follows the progression of the internal struggle of the character as he attempts to cope with the drudgery of the daily grind.

Overall the tone of the game seems rather downhearted, but in my conceptualization of the soundtrack and the game itself I see a hopefulness to it. It is a 'leaving behind'. It builds an emotion that is characterized with an ever-present negativity and then lets that emotion die, thus enabling oneself to move on and forward into an open future.

> credits
released 01 May 2014 All songs written and mixed by Jeremy Romberg, except "stay close", written and mixed by Jeremy Romberg and Niko Romberg

Guitars on "stay close" by Niko Romberg Vocals on "stay close" by Veronik Connan

Niko Romberg's bandcamp

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Name Changed.

2014-04-03 01:13:36 by VegetarianMeat

Ew, Level 1.


Changing Names.

2014-03-29 12:37:51 by VegetarianMeat

Hello,

I have recently decided that it might be a good idea to change my name. For one, Vegetarian Meat is annoying to say, but mostly it is because of this. Basically some disbanded band from 20 years ago has the same name, and their 20 year old album is polluting google searches for my music and work.  

I've been holding off from doing it because I feel like I've made somewhat of a name for myself with this pseudonym... I mean, I've been making music since 2006. But at the same time, I wonder if I'm really all that relevant yet to the rest of the Internet for the change to be of any significance in regards to people not being able to find my stuff under the new name. I'm about to obtain my BA in Communications Studies, and with that accomplishment under my belt, I'm going to be actively pursuing a career in video game sound. It really is the perfect time for me to change things up.

Anyways, I know people rarely comment on this shit, but I figured I'd just throw it out there for anybody who is reading this and who enjoys my music. What do you think? I already know what I want to change it to, but I'm not going to go public with that just yet. For now I just want your guys' opinion on whether changing my name is a bad thing or not.

Thanks friends, and thanks for listening.


Short Website Downtime... and Suggestions (?)

2013-12-26 22:31:47 by VegetarianMeat
Updated

I recently implemented a php commenting form into my website and it was working fine until the free web hosting service I was using deleted my site due to an error in the script. Luckily I had backed everything up, and I was able to restore it on another free web hosting service. So the site was down for a full day, which would be pretty bad if it actually saw any traffic. 

Which brings me to suggestions, namely, whether anybody reading has any. As I enter my last semester of education, I'm preparing to "launch myself," so-to-speak. I want to have a web page that reflects me, so I figured I'd ask anybody who reads me here and is a fan of my work what they might want to see on my page. I've thought about a purchase system, but I'm wondering if my bandcamp fulfills that need. Then again, for the 4 years that I've had it, I've made a modest 50$, not exactly enough to support myself. 

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I plan on working in QA testing for games in the coming year to feed production stuff. Hopefully I'll pick up a few projects along the way. I'm still working on the indie game TIE with programmer/artist Tony Nowak. It's coming along really well. So far I have 4/7 songs completed, and 2 more that are close to being finished. Still have foley sound & ambiance stuff to record, but I don't imagine those will prove as big as a challenge that the songs have been.

If all goes according to plan, this project will be finished come May. I'm really excited about it. I've put a lot of work into everything, and I feel like even if there wasn't a game associated with it I would readily release this as a personal album. That is to say, I've put a lot of myself into this, which is what Tony Nowak is doing with the game design, so I felt it was only appropriate (if not necessary) to do it with the soundtrack.

Here's the last song that you'll hear in the game if you'd like to give it a listen. I won't say more than that because I want the structure of the game to speak for itself when it comes out :)

Cheers, and Happy Holidays!

- JR



This one's pretty old. I've had it sitting on my bandcamp set to private cause I wasn't really ready to have it out there. If you've listened to me before you'll probably recognize most of these songs. In any case I hope you enjoy it. Also, still working on new material slowly but surely. My work on TIE has been taking up most of my musical time.

Anyways, you can listen to the album here.

New Release: dripping red roses



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