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An Audio Snippet would be a 10/20 seconds audio clip, that the users could easily click and listen to a small part of the song, before deciding if they want to hear it fully.
Why this idea, you ask?
I have been an audio contributor on NG for almost two years now, and what I've seen is that unless you are featured (in a Flash production or on the Portal) nobody will listen to your song anymore. Why? Cause people only listen to stuff that is on the "New Audio" list, almost nobody browses the artist audio pages (unless you're famous, of course).
Now, lets look for a second at the art portal:
You look at a cool drawing on the "new drawings" list, you click on it, like it, vote and maybe review and to your side, you already see 4 thumbnails of other arts by the artist. So you can easily see if there is anything else you like, you click on it, open, vote... and so on.
And there you go, a single user gave his input on two drawings the artist made.
What about the audio portal?
You read the title of a song, on the "new songs" list. You're not even sure what it sounds like, but you give it a try. You click, wait till it loads, listen to it...maybe you'll vote and review. After that, if you want to hear anything else from the artist, you gotta click that drop down list and then, select another song name, wait till it loads and then listen to it.
Now, picture this:
You go to the audio portal, look at the names of the lastest songs, a title catches your eye and your click on the play button right in front of it, you hear a snippet of a part of the song (choosen by the artist when he submitted the song), you enjoy what you heard and you click on the song so you can hear it fully.
After enjoying it, voting... you look to your left, there are other four songs by artist there, all with the preview play button so you can see if you like how they sound and them, decide if you want to listen to them fully.
1 - It saves the portal bandwidth by preventing someone from loading an entire mp3 file that the user will only listen to 10 seconds because it didn't liked it.
2 - It makes easier for the flash creators to browse for songs, while searching for something they enjoy.
3 - It helps unknown artists to get some exposure.
Sorry about the bad english, but I hope the point got across.
Thank you for reading!
Finally i submitted some of my artworks to the portal, I hope you guys enjoy my drawings and comment/vote.
I plan to make some new stuff as soon as I can post freely my art on NewGrounds.
I wish a great new year for you all!
As you all probably don't know, this account was used by two dudes: Me (Cuzone) and the musical genius Timraband.
Over creative differences we simply ended up splitting paths, his talent will be missed here on the channel. But I wish him the very best.
From now on (and not by my choice), this channel will only host my songs.
You can expect the same kind of "game flavoured" tunes as you all've been used to.
I want to wish Timraband the very best, on his life and musical career.
Time made things pretty impossible for us but, that doesn't change the fact that he is a talented musician an deserves great luck.
As I type the words of this post, my headphones plays my "lastest song"... My attention goes from these words back to notes and sounds.
For the first time I've made a song knowing how I would call it beforehand: "Shell Sea", a homage to my "first fan". And as the words flow from my fingers, so the last touches to the song do: A note tweak here, some mixing there.
This is a special song, because it marks the end of something, like Omega is to Alpha. And this is why i'm making this blog post.
My Alpha happened when me and Timraband did 120 BPM, it was the very first time we've made a full song. Usually, I would make hundreds of drum beats, melodies, but never finished anything, but when I got together with Timrand and the ideas started flowing: we finally nailed it down, our first song was made and I was able to do something as I intended, not just bits and scraps of luck, but a finished product, with a "wholeness" feeling to it.
But now, as months passed by and I feel stuck, I wanted to do a break-through again, to release a song that would symbolize the "end of an era" (quality wise), as in the "best song I could do now". Not the last song I'll do, I pretend to improve more and more each day, but the last song I'll release 'till I feel like I've "got one step further".
So, this moment for me echoes like "Omega", the last step I can do with this limited pallete. So, its time to "give a step foward", stop playing with what I already know, and move on to learn new things.
This is not the last Time you'll guys hear from me, that is a promise.
I wish to thank Timraband for the partnership and great songs/tips/bass-lines over this year of songwriting, and wish him best of luck on his songs and future projects.
I want to thank all the people who listened, voted, wrote reviews and used our songs in Games.
Thank you all and Keep on Rocking in The Free World! ;)