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Posted by Jabun - 1 month ago


September 2022 blog and Patreon post: Monthly updates including a trailer for Sif Savery's Tales of Zale Episode 3 (which I'm doing sound for), a feature celerating Roland's 50th anniversary, more BTTB horn updates + An exclusive Jabun ambient live jam for the $10 patrons!


Hi everyone and hope you're having a good summer! It's been turbo busy over here working on the amazing thing in the title so let's get on with the updates and get straight to that!


After much hard work from a tonne of talented people, the time has almost come and I'm super pleased to finally be able to announce that I'll be mixing audio again for the latest episode of Tales of Zale!


Check out the trailer and mark September 7th on your calendars because this is one you won't want to miss! A huge thanks to Sif Perlt Savery for having me on the team! It's been undoubtly the most challanging and ambitious animation I've been a part of to date! 



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpXKM8wMdb0


Onto other updates, despite such a busy month, I still managed to get a full 3 more horn parts finished for the upcoming Better Than The Book projects (as well as playing around with some other stuff)! Just one more horn part to go, and it's SOOO close, but not quite done yet so I'll be aiming to finish that off in September!


Meanwhile and lastly for the news this time, the synth/music-tech company Roland is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and to celebrate they asked people to send in their stories of how Roland has changed and enriched their lives! Among the countless stories, it looks like they've chose not just mine but also my twin Eamon (who used to work for the company)'s stories to publish! Super cool! They're staggering the posts, so mine's not up just yet, but you can read the story of how Eamon got me my trusty Tr-08 drum machine for Christmas while working as the Roland rep in Andertons! They've even featured "Waves" from the Tides album on their blog too. That's pretty darn cool! I hope you enjoy the read and look forward to sharing with you my own drum machine related story (again another present from Eamon) when it's up!


Roland & Me feature: https://articles.roland.com/roland-and-me/


That about wraps up the post for this time. If you're a $10 patron you have new exclusive Jabun live ambient modular synth jam to look forward to, but until next month I hope you have a great September to come and thanks as always for supporting my work however you can! Take care and enjoy the new episode of Tales of Zale on September 7th!


All Patreon supporters will recieve all past rewards for your tier when you sign up so check out the archives to see everything you can catch up on and hope to see you there!


$1 Rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/70045307

$10 Rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/70045312

Reward Archives: https://www.patreon.com/posts/50344842

Find out more: https://www.patreon.com/NickStanding


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Posted by Jabun - August 1st, 2022


August 2022 blog post: A new World Beyond music video, progress on Better Than The Book Horn arrangements, a new WIP studio demo from BTTB for the $10 Patrons + setting and reflecting on goals.!


Hi everyone and hope you've had a great July and stayed cool during this crazy hot weather! Since all my personal backcatalogue has been uploaded now, this'll be the first regular monthly blog post without any Patreon reward downloads (unless you're a $10 patron), but I'm thinking this area's looking a bit empty so let's see if I can muster up something else to share in the near future while you're waiting for the next big project release from Better Than The Book or Jabun (at least for the Patreon supporters)!


In the mean time it's onto monthly updates, and it's been an intensely busy few weeks spent on a super exciting mystery collaborative project I'm still not sure if I can talk about yet. Only a few months until release time though so there'll be something to share on that very soon (and it's one of the biggest projects I've worked on yet). Meanwhile, I managed to find some free time in between heaving mixing sessions to continue arranging horns for the upcoming Better Than The Book album projects, and so 3 more horn parts are finished and only 4 are left to go! Slow progress but progress nonetheless and I'm super pleased with the way it's sounding at least!


Meanwhile, Vlad from World Beyond has released an amazing "short (but not really)" animated music video for our work together on the Nobody Asked For This So I Did It album! The new video shares the lore behind World Beyond's fictional storytelling with a super nicely put together hybrid animation and really showcases Vlad's creativity in the visual arts, storytelling, and of course music! You'll hear me pounding along on bass and lead guitar as usual too. Check out the new music video below and hope you enjoy it!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_LdEwYSQ20


Finally it's time to set and reflect on some goals and last time I set just one goal, to finish the BTTB horn arrangements for the upcoming album projects (7 tracks total). It's been a super busy month with other production work, so as mentioned above I only managed to complete 3 out of the 7 left. With another busy month set for August, I'll just continue this goal as best I can and try to finish off those final 4 horn parts if and when I can. Wish me luck and hope you have a productive month too!


That's it for this month unless you're a $10 patron in which case you have a new Better Than The Book demo to listen to! It's looking to be another super busy month ahead but until next time, hope you all have a great time and thanks for supporting my music however you can and especially on Patreon! All the best and take care!


All Patreon supporters will recieve all past rewards for your tier when you sign up so check out the archives to see everything you can catch up on and hope to see you there!


$1 Rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/68556984/​

$10 Rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/68556988/​

Reward Archives: https://www.patreon.com/posts/50344842

Find out more: https://www.patreon.com/NickStanding


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Posted by Jabun - July 1st, 2022


Announcing updated Patreon REWARD ARCHIVE posts for 4th October 2018 -> 8th June 2022 including my full discography: BTTB, Jabun, Nick Standing, covers, mashups, articles, demos, exclusives and more, discussing my future on Patreon + monthly news and more!


Hello everyone and hope you've had a great June since the last post! Today I announce the updated set of archive posts for all rewards covering from 4th October 2018 (when I started on Patreon) to 8th June 2022 for the convenience of Patreon supporters and new patrons, as well as discuss my future on Patreon going forward.


These past months' rewards cover the full discographies (as of 8th June 2022) for my ska punk / pop punk project Better Than The Book, electronic / cinematic / ambient project Jabun, originals and covers as Nick Standing, as well as bonus tracks, mashups and more, and the REWARD ARCHIVE is here for your convenience so you can pick up all these rewards (Mp3s, WAVs, artwork and more depending on your tier) in one place when you sign up on Patreon. No need to search through all the posts manually: Just click the link to the REWARD ARCHIVE below (which will be pinned to the top of your feed when you sign up), select the archive for your tier, dig in and enjoy the music! Hope to see you in the comments!


Become a patron for as little as $1 a month to access the REWARD ARCHIVE below and all new music as it's released:


https://www.patreon.com/posts/44580119


Music rewards include:


Better Than The Book's full discography (as of 8th June 2022):

One Small Step EP

Heartbeats [The Knife] + GG [Good Game]

Meteor Shower 2017 demo, MLGG + Stars Racing {Patreon exclusive}

Two Years On album

Two Years On [Instrumentals] album

A selection of pre-BTTB demos {Patreon exclusive}

Hopes and Dreams album + press photos, lyric sheets, and a behind the scenes studio photo and story

Get A Haircut [Radio Edit] {Patreon exclusive}

Hopes and Dreams [Radio Edit] {Patreon exclusive}

Mark Your Wall & The Bigger Call, Maybe... {Patreon exclusive}

Hopes and Dreams [Instrumentals] album

Better Than The Book & Jabun - 1314


Jabun's full discography (as of 8th June 2022):

Bergamot

Diamond Eyes - Nine Fifteen Ft. Jess (Jabun Remix)

3rd September 1939

Apollo

Clare Jeffrey - 60 Days [Jabun Orchestral Mix]

Distance

Home

Verlies Projekt - (Feels Like) Heaven [Jabun Hardcore Remix]

The Ocean Above + Noir

Jabun [Alternate Reality] - Warrior (Kesha METAL Cover) {Patreon exclusive}

Daydream album

15-4-20 album

Generation Supernova album

Tides album


As well as:

Erase Stuff (Mashup) {Patreon exclusive}

Nick Standing - Nothing Else Matters (Metallica cover) {Patreon exclusive}

Nick Standing - Sonnet For A Spider Girl

Nick Standing - Mr. Knife + I Won't Eat My Broccoli!!!

Nick Standing - Mayhem Market

Nick Standing - Closing Scene and See Ya Later

Nick Standing - Piggyback Ride

Nick Standing - Our Adventure

Nick Standing - Postcards

Nick Standing - Unwrap With Caution (Cover EP) {Patreon exclusive}

Nick Standing - Merry Christmas The Dings 2017 (Cover EP) {Patreon exclusive}

Nick Standing - Mouth (Season's) Greetings (Mashup EP) {Patreon ULTRA exclusive}

Nick Standing - 5 Tracks, 4 Years, 3 Piece Band, 2 Of Us, 1 Leap (Cover EP) {Patreon exclusive}

Nick Standing - 5 Tracks, 4 Years, 3 Piece Band, 2 Of Us, 1 Leap [Instrumentals] (Cover EP) {Patreon exclusive}

Nick Standing - 520 Kisses, 22 Years, 9 Months, 1 Eva (Cover EP) {Patreon ULTRA exclusive}


For those of you on the $10+ DEMOlition Pigeon tier, you also have access to all the work in progress, demos and behind the scenes monthly articles too including:

A sneak peek at Better Than The Book's "(The Travelling To See Eva Song)"

Journey into Better Than The Book's "Get A Haircut"

Better Than The Book - One Small Step's artwork story + a new mix

A deep dive into Better Than The Book's "Meteor Shower"

More Better Than The Book artwork stories + another first(ish) draft mix from the new album

Work in progress artwork for Better Than The Book's upcoming Hopes and Dreams album + a demo master for track 06 "Get A Haircut"

An in depth look into the creation of Better Than The Book's Hopes and Dreams album cover (+ demo alternatives)

A behinds the scenes look into Better Than The Book's "The Hardest Part"

A behinds the scenes look into Better Than The Book's "Artificial Ignorance"

A behinds the scenes look into Better Than The Book's "And I Fear"

A behinds the scenes look into Better Than The Book's "Brighton"

A behinds the scenes look into Better Than The Book's "GG"

A behinds the scenes look into Better Than The Book's "You've Got A Lot to Say"

A behinds the scenes look into Better Than The Book's "Hopes and Dreams"

10 minutes of exclusive demos for upcoming Jabun tracks

Another behind the scenes look at an exclusive Jabun demo

Another behind the scenes look at an exclusive Jabun demo

Another behind the scenes look at an exclusive Jabun demo

Another behind the scenes look at an exclusive Jabun demo

Another behind the scenes look at an exclusive Jabun demo

A look into the artwork for the 2nd Jabun album

A sneak peek demo at an upcoming cover song

A behind the scenes breakdown of Jabun [Alternate Reality]'s Kesha Warrior metal cover

An exclusive sneak peek at next year's 3rd Jabun album, demo + photo

Another sneak peek demo from next year's 3rd Jabun album

An exclusive first sneak peek demo from Better Than The Book's next album

Artwork reveal (with story) for Jabun's 3rd album

Another sneak peek demo from Better Than The Book's next album

An exclusive unreleased Jabun demo from the writing sessions of 2019/2020

An exclusive unused unreleased demo from the writing sessions for Better Than The Book's upcoming 3rd album

An exclusive unreleased Jabun demo from the writing sessions of 2019/2020: "Arc-welder"

The first work-in-progress studio recording demo from Better Than The Book's upcoming 3rd album!

An exclusive LIVE Jabun ambient modular synth jam!

An exclusive acoustic instrumental demo from Better Than The Book's upcoming projects!

A LIVE 808 Day ambient Jabun jam!

Another exclusive WIP instrumental demo from Better Than The Book's upcoming projects!

Another LIVE ambient Jabun performance!

An exclusive WIP demo of Better Than The Book's "Plot Holes" (with rough vocals and horns)!

Another Jabun ambient LIVE Jam!

An artwork sneak peek and title / tracklist reveal from Jabun's 4th album!

Final artwork for Jabun's upcoming album!

An exclusive unedited version of the bonus track Inner Space!

Behind the scenes photos and videos from building the Leslie Speaker!


With my entire back catalogue of music now uploaded and archived on Patreon, there will no longer be regular monthly music rewards, but I'll be aiming to release at least 1 Album / EP a year and will continue to post monthly updates on what I've been up to and project progress as well as the monthly behind the scenes DEMOlition Pigeon rewards for the $10+ patrons starting August 2022 (next month). More Better Than The Book will be coming next as I'm busy recording/producing the project's 3rd album, but until the next post and then, thanks so much for supporting Better Than The Book, Jabun and my various music projects on Patreon, and I hope you enjoy the music (and articles) above and to come!


Onto some monthly updates, it's been a super hectic one this time with a fair few trips away as well as some unfortunate time off ill. There's been lots of (going to) gigs with an amazing trip to see Gorillaz (as well as Dreamcatcher and a whole load of other bands), Suzanne Ciani in Quadrophonic (an amazing experience), and finally the Red Hot Chilli Peppers (supported by Thundercat) for a fun birthday/retirement celebration for my Dad! Fantastic musicianship all around and those former 2 headliners especially have been a huge influence on my Jabun work, with RHCP's Flea being a huge inspiration to my bass playing too!


Meanwhile between those fun days out, I finally got the dreaded Covid which was no fun at all, put me out of it for about a week and has left me with some extended health difficulties even after "recovery", all of which very much hindered my goals for the month... When I was working however, I've been back to arranging horns for the upcoming Better Than The Book projects, as well as recording a few ambient Jabun jams and being back to working on some not-sure-if-secret-but-I-don't-think-so animation audio work for the biggest animation job I've had yet! Very exciting times there and I can't wait to show you when the time comes later this year!


Speaking of upcoming projects, with my music backcatalogue all out now, I thought I'd share an update on what's in the pipeline to come and where it's at. I'm a bit swamped with freelance and other non-audio work at the moment, but in terms of personal projects when I have the time to persue them, the next one I'm aiming for is as you probably already know Better Than The Book's next album project. There's a 10 track ~35+ minute album in the works + a 4 track ~13+ minute bonus EP and instrumental versions of each, and all of these are just awaiting the horn parts, vocals and a couple of extra things + the mixing and production, artwork etc... Unfortunately things are going rather slow at the moment, and the illness with Covid has really done a number on my voice and lungs so I'll need to really train up to get back to full health there (majorly sucky). I'm aiming to release the first of these 4 grouped BTTB projects at some point next year (the 10 track main album), then releasing the others at (probably) 6 month intervals to space things out. There's certainly a lot of BTTB to share and I'm really looking forward to getting it out into the world!


On top of that, there's still over 70 minutes of Jabun demos as well as a few more live jams to share, though that's much less structured at the moment. I'll aim to get back to that after the Better Than The Book projects, though I'm very sure it's all going to keep me very busy on top of freelance work and non-audio work. All in all, lots of stuff in the pipeline though unfortunately no concrete ETAs just yet, but I'll keep you all updated with what's going on each month and if you're a $10 patron, you'll have demos and behind the scenes peeks too.


In terms of other news this month, Inner Space was featured on the Tank Tribune No.61's phonograph playlist on Newgrounds! Thanks as always for sharing the music TTT and keep up the great work!


https://thetanktribune.newgrounds.com/news/post/1277300


That about wraps things up for this post. I'll be back in August for the usual Patreon reward posts (apart from there being no new monthly music), but until then I hope you have an amazing July to come and thanks as always for supporting my music however you can! Take care and I can't wait to show you what I've been working on!


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Posted by Jabun - June 1st, 2022


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June 2022 Patreon rewards: The FINAL (and Patreon exclusive) Nick Standing Cover EP "520" + back to Better Than The Book, another Leslie video, a Pokemon parody & more!


Hello everyone and hope you're having a great time since Jabun's Tides album was launched last month! It's the beginning of June which means time for some more Patreon rewards, but this time it's both extra special and the end of an era as I'm uploading the FINAL piece of my back catalogue after almost 4 years of monthly uploads on Patreon! Not only that, but this final piece has never been shared ANYWHERE publicly since it was given to a single person on June 1st 2014, and if you're not within the less than a dozen people to have heard it with me in person since then, then count yourself lucky today as you're among a very few people to have heard this now! Some monthly updates as usual to get to though let's get started with this extra special and final monthly reward post on Patreon!


This 6 track (mostly) acoustic covers EP was given to Eva on her 22nd birthday, the first birthday I spent with her since we'd got together 9 months prior. It's titled "520 Kisses, 22 Years, 9 Months, 1 Eva", 520 being an in-reference between us which you can find out what it means with a quick Google search, and contains a selection of tracks that reminded me of Eva or us, or were lovely dovey / sappy songs I like. It's mostly acoustic with some surprises I won't spoil, and the lyrics for Trumpets have been changed with some in-jokes and references to make it more suitable being sung from me to Eva. Like all the musical gifts I've given since starting to release music again in 2012, this is free from any pitch or elastic audio timing correction, and back when I recorded this, my traditional editing techniques nor my performance were nearly as good as they are now, so this EP is unapologetically raw in terms of its performance and production with some strained vocals, fluffed guitars and more, but all in all one of the most heartfelt set of performances I'd made at the time and still in my discography now. Listening to this 8 years on (oof), it brings back memories of simpler times, less polished times (for better or worse,) but warts and all I still love it a lot, especially some of my vocal arrangements and Trumpets. It's definitely not my best performance or production, but I'm very excited to share it with you, and the full track list is as follows:


520 Kisses, 22 Years, 9 Months, 1 Eva - Nick Standing


01 Best Of Me - Starting Line

02 M+Ms - Blink 182

03 So Small - ItaloBrothers

04 Trumpets - Jason Derulo (edited lyrics)

05 Adieu - Enter Shikari

06 All The Small Things - Blink 182


Oh, and the run time is exactly 22 minutes too! Neat (and nice to be able to play with fade outs to get that exact)! I hope you enjoy the 520 EP, an excusive final monthly reward to you who's supported my music for so long on Patreon, and I look forward to sharing more new music with you when the time comes! 


All Patreon supporters will be receiving an exclusive download of the EP (including music and artwork) this month, and if you're a $10+ patron, you also have a collection of behind the scenes photos/videos from building the Leslie Speaker to look forward to! If that sounds good to you then join me on Patreon to read more and download the rewards below as well as check out all of this month's project updates in full. Remember you'll be receiving all past rewards for your tier too when you sign up so check out the archives (which are due to be updated next month) to see everything you can catch up on and hope to see you there!


$1 Rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/66087031

$10 Rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/66087036​

Reward Archives: https://www.patreon.com/posts/50344842

Find out more: https://www.patreon.com/NickStanding


Onto the monthy updates, it's been a fairly busy one over here since releasing Tides last month! Despite my plans to take a full month away from music making and thoughts about not doing any more ambient music for a while, not only have I already been back to recording ambient ideas in my free time (though not for any concrete album stuff), but after about 8 months away from it, I'm finally back to working on the long time in the works upcoming 3rd full-length Better Than The Book album (and more)! It's been tricky getting back into the swing of things, but I've been back to some light vocal training along with arranging horn parts to get started! 1 horn part is fully done now with just 8 more to go in various stages of completeness, and although it's still going to be a long while until the album is complete, it's great to finally be back to it. I can't wait to show you what I've been up to since Hopes and Dreams!


On top of the music stuff, my month has been filled with some technical work as well servicing my bass for the first time in too long as well as giving my newly built Leslie speaker a full and what will be yearly service! It's sounding much mechanically quieter/smoother with some cleaned and freshly oiled motors and is playing extremely well in the newly updated organ rig! Have a listen to a quick jam on "Ask DNA" by Yoko Kanno and The Seatbelts on my Yamaha combo organ to get a jist of that rotary speaker vibe. I'm super pleased with it (though excuse the squeaky chair):



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTyyeuNBctU


There's some other super amazing music tech news that I've been working on over the past few weeks too which I'm super excited to tell you about but not sure if I'm allowed to share yet. Hopefully I'll be able to reveal some updates on it next month but until then you'll just have to use your imagination! It's big stuff!


Lastly this month, something very silly to share with you! A few weeks back, a Newgrounds/YouTube animator Codus came to me to ask permission to use a Pokemon cover song I'd made YEARS ago (for another animation) in his own Pokemon parody. He showed me what he wanted to use it for and it was just too good (and silly) not to be a part of. Thanks Codus for getting in touch and super happy to hear people are enjoying the quick video! Don't expect a think piece here, just enjoy the ride and I hope you get a chuckle from this:



That about wraps things up for this time! With all the past rewards available to my Patreon supporters now and the busy times recently with Jabun's Tides album release, there will not be any Patreon reward posts next month, as I'll be updating the reward archives and general Patreon page. I will be posting an update with what my future plans are for Patreon, rewards and more though, as well as some usual monthly updates, and as you can probably appreciate, things are going to be a little different now that all my past discography is all out. Nevertheless I hope you're excited for new music to come and thanks as always for supporting my music on Patreon, and however you can! Enjoy the 520 EP and I'll see you next month for some updated Reward Archives, and discussions on what's coming next! Take care!


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Posted by Jabun - May 6th, 2022


Jabun's 4th album Tides has been released along with a tonne of Patreon rewards! Purchase Tides now on Bandcamp and join me for a live listening party on YouTube Tonight at 8pm BST + building the Leslie cabinet, birthday funtimes, and more!


Hi everyone and hope you're having a great start to May! Today's finally the day and I'm so excited to share with you my 4th album as Jabun, Tides! Check it out and grab a copy now on Bandcamp (it's Bandcamp Friday today) where you can read all about it including the album's backstory, track details (including equipment used and recording dates), album credits, special thanks and more! I hope you enjoy it:



https://jabun.bandcamp.com/album/tides


And if you're able to make it, come join me for a live premier listening party for the WHOLE album over on YouTube tonight (Friday May 6th) at 8pm BST where you can ask questions, chat, and more while we listen to Tides in its entirety! Hope to see you there!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0GFfoq3FCs

Of course now that it's finally been released, all of my supporters on Patreon now have access to downloads for the full Tides album and artwork package as part of their May Patreon rewards! For the $10 patrons, you also have an exclusive unedited version of Inner Space to look forward to! If that sounds good to you, feel free to join me over on Patreon and remember you'll gain access to all past rewards for your tier too including my full backcatalog discography uploaded so far (including many Patreon exclusive downloads and bonus tracks) as soon as you sign up! Find out more below:


$10 Rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/64618395

$1 Rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/64618394

Reward Archives: https://www.patreon.com/posts/50344842

Find out more: https://www.patreon.com/NickStanding


And a huge thanks goes to all patrons past and present who keep my music going each month with special mention to the current $10+ patrons: Nathan Puray, and Michael White! Thank you all so much for your help and support in making these dreams a reality! You folks are amazing!


Tides is a 70+ minute collection of 9 ambient and experimental live performances, together telling the tale of a fateful voyage at sea. The album begins by setting sail from The Beach at night and riding the rhythmic Waves, before being encountered by beckoning Sirens and lured into a terrible storm. Following The Storm, floating among the wreckage, you have nightmares of Ghosts, the other souls taken from the living world by the waters, but you survive only to wake up to despair, realising you are Lost At Sea. With no hope or strength left, you feel the Gravity of the situation, both figuratively and literally, as you’re pulled below the surface to meet the same fate. But with the sorrow comes a sense of acceptance, as below the waves you find a world much calmer than the one you endured among them. You sink peacefully to your final resting place, the deepest depths of the vast ocean: Mariana.


Each track from Tides was performed live and recorded as a single take during 2021 with only the lightest of further processing to bring the album together in mastering. Included in the album is a bonus track, Inner Space, which while initially recorded live was slowed down post recording and further processed in a similar way to the semi-live 15-4-20 album. It provides an ambient epilogue to the album, a modular synth soundscape representing the deep and vast Inner Space that is the ocean. The tracklist is as follows:


Jabun – Tides


01 The Beach

02 Waves

03 Sirens

04 The Storm

05 Ghosts

06 Lost At Sea

07 Gravity

08 Mariana

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09 Inner Space (Bonus)


Tides will be available for streaming on Newgrounds, YouTube, Spotify and more places very soon. You can also check out the Tides album teaser on SoundCloud. Happy listening and I hope you enjoy Tides!


SoundCloud Teaser: https://soundcloud.com/jabun/jabun-tides-soundcloud-teaser

HurpADervish YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/hurpadervish

Jabun YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/OfficialJabunMusic

​Newgrounds: https://jabun.newgrounds.com/audio/

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6Ig1iozkpNv4mOGHJFny73


Onto monthly updates, it's been super busy these past few weeks preparing for today's album launch as well as being away for some birthday funtimes, the first spent with family since the lockdowns of 2020/21! Food was eaten (a bit too much probably) and gifts were given, and this year I received from my twin Eamon a Fender Mini '65 Twin amp (which is suprizingly loud and sounds great both in the room and for recording) and a limited Suzanne Ciani 7" vinyl (who was a huge inspiration writing and performing this latest album and I'll be seeing in concert next month)! I also received from Eva something I've wanted for ages, a real life vintage style label maker like I used (digitally) on Better Than The Book's Two Years On album cover! I've been having a little too much fun with that lately! 


On top of a busy week of celebration however, I was also busy woodworking for my homemade Leslie Speaker project, and after an INTENSE week of some of my proudest woodwork, it's pretty much done! All that needs doing it making a front panel, sorting some grills for the sound holes, and servicing the motor/mechanical system to optimum performance! Super pleased how it turned out and check it out below:


In the garage:

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And I must say it sounds MEGABOSS with both organ and guitar! It's really a dream come true to have one of these in my life again, and super cool that it's a homebuilt project this time. I don't have a video to share yet of the finished article, but if you're a supporter on Patreon, you have a quick clip of it before I built the outer cabinet (but after I'd mostly fixed up the electronics) to look forward to in your rewards for today! Enjoy! 

In other news this week, last year's Inktober Cyberdevil collaboration "No Cap Life" was featured on Newgrounds' Tank Tribune No.55 in their phonograph playlist! Thanks as always for sharing the music peeps and check out the full post below:


https://thetanktribune.newgrounds.com/news/post/1264762


That wraps things up for this time! I have just one more exclusive EP from my back catalogue to share with the patrons next month, one which has never been released ANYWHERE else, and then my uploaded back catalogue will finally (after many years on Patreon) be complete, so there'll be another public post at some point with the updated reward archives! Until then, I hope you have an amazing May to come and enjoy all the new music, and I hope to see you tonight at the Tides listening party on YouTube! Thanks as always for supporting my music however you can, all the best and take care!


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Posted by Jabun - May 3rd, 2022



Join me for a live YouTube listening party for Jabun's 4th album Tides on Friday 6th May (8pm BST)! Only a few more days until the big release! Hope to see you there!


Hi everyone and hope you had a great April since the last post! It's just a few more days until the release of Jabun's 4th album Tides and to celebrate, I'm doing something a little different than usual, a live YouTube premier of the WHOLE album on the evening of the release! Join me on Friday May 6th at 8pm BST on the HurpADervish YouTube channel for chats and discussion while we listen to Tides together! Pin the link below ready for Friday night's listening party and I look forward to seeing you there:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0GFfoq3FCs


In case you missed it in the last post, Tides is a 70+ minute collection of 9 ambient and experimental live performances, together telling the tale of a fateful voyage at sea. The album begins by setting sail from The Beach at night and riding the rhythmic Waves, before being encountered by beckoning Sirens and lured into a terrible storm. Following The Storm, floating among the wreckage, you have nightmares of Ghosts, the other souls taken from the living world by the waters, but you survive only to wake up to despair, realising you are Lost At Sea. With no hope or strength left, you feel the Gravity of the situation, both figuratively and literally, as you’re pulled below the surface to meet the same fate. But with the sorrow comes a sense of acceptance, as below the waves you find a world much calmer than the one you endured among them. You sink peacefully to your final resting place, the deepest depths of the vast ocean: Mariana.


Each track from Tides was performed live and recorded as a single take during 2021 with only the lightest of further processing to bring the album together in mastering. Included in the album is a bonus track, Inner Space, which while initially recorded live was slowed down post recording and further processed in a similar way to the semi-live 15-4-20 album. It provides an ambient epilogue to the album, a modular synth soundscape representing the deep and vast Inner Space that is the ocean. The tracklist is as follows:


Jabun – Tides


01 The Beach

02 Waves

03 Sirens

04 The Storm

05 Ghosts

06 Lost At Sea

07 Gravity

08 Mariana

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09 Inner Space (Bonus)


To my ears, Tides is undoubtedly my most experimental album yet, with much of it more like soundscapes than actual melodic music. Despite the extended length, I decided to include the full performance for every track, as a captured moment in time, rather than a premeditated composition on a studio album. Similarly, I wanted to keep editing to a minimum, with only minor adjustments, and the mastering really just to balance the tracks against each other (and my previous discography) and add a little bit of sheen. Whether you sit down to listen intently, have it on in the background while doing something else, or simply immerse yourself in the sounds, I hope you enjoy these uncut live ambient experimental performances, a collection of meditative moments from another strange year of restrictions and lockdowns.


Tides releases in full on May 6th 2022 but you can pre-order the album and check out the pre-release single Mariana on Bandcamp where you can read more about the album's backstory, track details (including equipment used and recording dates) and explore the full album credits and special thanks (You can also listen to Mariana on YouTube and Newgrounds):


Pre-order Jabun's Tides album on Bandcamp:

https://jabun.bandcamp.com/album/tides


Listen to Mariana on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i58OvpTvS2A


Listen to Mariana on Newgrounds:

https://www.newgrounds.com/projects/audio/1853313/


Of course, all of my patrons already have access to downloads for the album art and pre-release single Mariana (Mp3) on Patreon, and if you're a $10 patron however, you have exclusive early access to the full Tides album and artwork package as well, right now before release time on Friday! If that sounds good to you, feel free to join me over on Patreon and remember you'll gain access to all past rewards for your tier too including my full backcatalog discography uploaded so far (including many Patreon exclusive downloads and bonus tracks) as soon as you sign up! Find out more below:


$10 Rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/64618391

$1 Rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/64618389

Reward Archives: https://www.patreon.com/posts/50344842

Find out more: https://www.patreon.com/NickStanding


And a huge thanks goes to all patrons past and present who keep my music going each month with special mention to the current $10+ patrons: Nathan Puray, and Michael White! Thank you all so much for your help and support in making these dreams a reality! You folks are amazing!


That about wraps things up for this post! The next post and set of rewards will coincide with the album release on May 6th which will include the usual monthly updates and $10 DEMOlition Pigeon reward too. Hope you're as excited as I am for the release and I hope to seeing you on Friday at the listening party for chats and discussions on YouTube while listening to Tides! Until then, I hope you enjoy the new music and have a great week ahead, and thanks as always for supporting my music however you can! Take care and all the best!


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Posted by Jabun - April 15th, 2022


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Announcing Jabun's 4th album Tides, a live performed ambient journey + the pre-release single Mariana! Pre-orders are now open + lots of Patreon rewards are out to celebrate (Downloads and Early Access)!


Hi everyone and hope you're having a great April so far! Would you believe that today marks exactly 1 year since the release of Generation Supernova and 2 years since the recording of 15-4-20, and so it seems like a great time to finally announce my next ambient and experimental Jabun album - Tides!


Tides is a 70+ minute collection of 9 ambient and experimental live performances, together telling the tale of a fateful voyage at sea. The album begins by setting sail from The Beach at night and riding the rhythmic Waves, before being encountered by beckoning Sirens and lured into a terrible storm. Following The Storm, floating among the wreckage, you have nightmares of Ghosts, the other souls taken from the living world by the waters, but you survive only to wake up to despair, realising you are Lost At Sea. With no hope or strength left, you feel the Gravity of the situation, both figuratively and literally, as you’re pulled below the surface to meet the same fate. But with the sorrow comes a sense of acceptance, as below the waves you find a world much calmer than the one you endured among them. You sink peacefully to your final resting place, the deepest depths of the vast ocean: Mariana.


Each track from Tides was performed live and recorded as a single take during 2021 with only the lightest of further processing to bring the album together in mastering. Included in the album is a bonus track, Inner Space, which while initially recorded live was slowed down post recording and further processed in a similar way to the semi-live 15-4-20 album. It provides an ambient epilogue to the album, a modular synth soundscape representing the deep and vast Inner Space that is the ocean. The tracklist is as follows:


Jabun – Tides

01 The Beach

02 Waves

03 Sirens

04 The Storm

05 Ghosts

06 Lost At Sea

07 Gravity

08 Mariana

---

09 Inner Space (Bonus)


To my ears, Tides is undoubtedly my most experimental album yet, with much of it more like soundscapes than actual melodic music. Despite the extended length, I decided to include the full performance for every track, as a captured moment in time, rather than a premeditated composition on a studio album. Similarly, I wanted to keep editing to a minimum, with only minor adjustments, and the mastering really just to balance the tracks against each other (and my previous discography) and add a little bit of sheen. Whether you sit down to listen intently, have it on in the background while doing something else, or simply immerse yourself in the sounds, I hope you enjoy these uncut live ambient experimental performances, a collection of meditative moments from another strange year of restrictions and lockdowns.


Tides releases in full on May 6th 2022 but today I'm launching pre-orders and the pre-release single Mariana on Bandcamp where you can read more about the album's backstory, track details (including equipment used and recording dates) and explore the full album credits and special thanks (You can also listen on YouTube and Newgrounds):


Pre-order Jabun's Tides album on Bandcamp:



https://jabun.bandcamp.com/album/tides


Listen to Mariana on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i58OvpTvS2A


Listen to Mariana on Newgrounds:


Of course, all of my supporters on Patreon are receiving downloads for the album art and Mariana (Mp3) today, and if you're a $10 patron, you also have exclusive early access to the full Tides album and artwork package as well, right now 3 weeks before release time! If that sounds good to you, feel free to join me over on Patreon and remember you'll gain access to all past rewards for your tier too including my full backcatalog discography uploaded so far (including many Patreon exclusive downloads and bonus tracks) as soon as you sign up! Find out more below:


$10 Rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/64618391/

$1 Rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/64618389

Reward Archives: https://www.patreon.com/posts/50344842

Find out more: https://www.patreon.com/NickStanding


And a huge thanks goes to all patrons past and present who keep my music going each month with special mention to the current $10+ patrons: Nathan Puray, and Michael White! Thank you all so much for your help and support in making these dreams a reality! You folks are amazing!

That about wraps things up for this post! The next big post and set of Patreon rewards will coincide with the album release on May 6th which will include the usual monthly updates and $10 DEMOlition Pigeon reward too. I'll also be announcing a live premiered listening party for the Tides album if you want to come and join for chats and discussions on YouTube while listening to Tides to celebrate the release! Until then, I hope you enjoy the new music and have a great month ahead, and thanks as always for supporting my music however you can! Take care and all the best!


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Posted by Jabun - April 1st, 2022


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April 2022 $1 Patreon rewards: A 5 track exclusive blink182 instrumental cover EP, + monthly updates!


Hi everyone and hope you had a good March! As another month starts (no April Fool's jokes this time btw), another set of Patreon rewards arrives, and despite the main reward being another EP, it's going to be a stripped down rewards post this time as it's mostly the same as last time (sort-of). More updates to share too, though let's start with your reward EP!


This month I'm sharing with you the instrumental version of last month's EP, a 5 track collection of blink182 covers called "5 Tracks, 4 Years, 3 Piece Band, 2 Of Us, 1 Leap [Instrumentals]". It's an instrumental version of a present I gave to Eva on our 4th anniversary, and although there is much to say, it's pretty much a repeat of last month so feel free to read all about it in last month's post:


https://www.patreon.com/posts/62327941


The tracklist is as follows:


01 First Date [Instrumental]

02 M+M's [Instrumental]

03 Wasting Time [Instrumental]

04 Eva [Josie] [Instrumental]

05 All The Small Things [Instrumental]


All Patreon supporters will be receiving an exclusive download of the EP (including music and artwork) this month, and if you're a $10+ patron, you also have an exclusive sneak peek at the final artwork for Jabun's 4th album to look forward to! If that sounds good to you then join me on Patreon to read more and download the rewards below as well as check out all of this month's project updates in full. Remember you'll be receiving all past rewards for your tier too when you sign up so check out the archives to see everything you can catch up on and hope to see you there!

 

$1 Rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/62327944

$10 Rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/62327945

Reward Archives: https://www.patreon.com/posts/50344842

Find out more: https://www.patreon.com/NickStanding


Onto this month's updates, I've been busy playing cello again for World Beyond as well as fixing up that Leslie rotary speaker I'm currently building, which is now fully working electronically and just needs to be put into a proper wooden box and finished (it's sounding amazing btw)! The BIG news for this month however is that that Jabun's 4th album is finally complete, and I've been super busy over the past few weeks preparing for its release, completing all the admin work, sorting out album streams and promo plans, uploading to stores etc... It's now only a few weeks until the album will be formally announced along with a prerelease single and pre-orders opening, and [NAME REDACTED] is set for release [DATE REDACTED]! The dates are concrete now so I've just got to make sure I can keep up with all the pre-release preparations! Wish me luck, it's going to be a busy month ahead!


That about wraps things up for this month! More rewards will be coming sooner than usual to coincide with the announcment for the new album in a few weeks, so I hope you're looking forward to that and are excited to hear what I've been up to. Until then, thanks as always for supporting my projects, and all the best, take care and enjoy the music!


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Posted by Jabun - March 4th, 2022


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March 2022 Patreon rewards: A 5 track exclusive blink182 cover EP (+ an artwork sneak peek and title / tracklist reveal from Jabun's 4th album for the $10 Patrons), Cyberdevil's free INK 20 Mixtape + this month's project updates, new (old) gear and more!


Hi everyone and hope you had a great February! It's the beginning of another month which means time for some more Patreon rewards and this time we're back to another old cover EP I gave as a present! Some more updates to share as usual including some new pieces of old gear I couldn't resist picking up, Cyberdevil’s new INK 20 Mixtape and more. Let's get started with that EP!

 

This month I'm sharing with you a 5 track EP of blink182 covers called "5 Tracks, 4 Years, 3 Piece Band, 2 Of Us, 1 Leap", a present I gave to Eva on our 4th anniversary! As with all my cover music I give as presents, this performance is free from any tuning or elasitic timing correction. The track list consists of 5 blink182 songs which are in some way romantic and reminded me of Eva and is as follows:

 

01 First Date

02 M+M's

03 Wasting Time

04 Eva [Josie]

05 All The Small Things

 

The cover of Josie has lots of the lyrics changed to be more personal to me and Eva too, hence the title change. It was all made for her, but I hope you enjoy it too!

 

All Patreon supporters will be receiving an exclusive download of the EP (including music and artwork) this month, and if you're a $10+ patron, you also have an exclusive artwork sneak peek and title / tracklist reveal from Jabun's 4th album to look forward to! If that sounds good to you then join me on Patreon to read more and download the rewards below as well as check out all of this month's project updates in full. Remember you'll be receiving all past rewards for your tier too when you sign up so check out the archives to see everything you can catch up on and hope to see you there!

 

$1 Rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/62327941

$10 Rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/62327942

Reward Archives: https://www.patreon.com/posts/50344842

Find out more: https://www.patreon.com/NickStanding

 

Next month's reward will almost certainly be the instrumental version of this EP, so look forward to that if you fancy singing along without my voice, or just don't want to hear me singing!

 

Onto the monthly updates, despite being effectively away for about half of the month with my twin Eamon coming to visit (fun times), there's still a lot of news to share! Firstly, after many months away from it, I've finally got back to some Better Than The Book practice in preparation for hopefully some live shows at some point (though at the moment I don't have an ETA) and vocal recording for the new album. Meanwhile, Jabun's upcoming album is almost finished audio-wise and I'm just waiting on some feedback from other ears before I make my final decisions and calling it done. The artwork on the other hand is now fully complete, so things are almost ready to prep for release!

 

In other news, it's been a while since I had a press feature of sorts so I was super happy this month to hear that Better Than The Book and Jabun's "1314" single was featured in The Tank Tribune's phonograph playlist on Newgrounds! Thanks so much for the feature and you can check out the full post here:

 

https://thetanktribune.newgrounds.com/news/post/1251065

 

Onto some exciting gear updates, I have 2(ish) things to share with you this month! Firstly, after telling myself I really don't need another BOSS Overdrive pedal, an opportunity came up which I just couldn't refuse, so I bet you can guess what I did! I got another BOSS Overdrive: The BOSS OD-2r Turbo Overdrive, and it sounds phenomenal! I ended up doing a small modification to it to fine tune and perfect the sound, and after that I was craving another mod/build project, and ANOTHER opportunity came up too! After not being able to find a suitable small rotary speaker to pair with my Yamaha Organ, someone in the next town over was selling an OEM Leslie Tremolo Unit (basically the inside of one with bare wires and no case) and for only £15 so I figured, I’d try and build one myself! If all goes to plan and I can get the innards of the unit working properly then I hope to be rocking a small Leslie 16/18 style cab in the near future! Very exciting! The above paragraph was a heavily abridged version of the story behind those 2 purchases, so if you want to hear more, you can read more in this month’s Patreon rewards!

 

Finally for the news this time, it's been a long while in the making but I'm super happy to finally present to you huge a sort-of collaboration, @Cyberdevil's INK20 Mixtape! INK20 is a remastered collection of Cyberdevil's Inktober 2020 challenge where he wrote, recorded and released a new rap song every day for the month of October! The INK20 mixtape features all 31 original tracks + 2 more bonus ones (all remastered) and is free to download from Cyberdevil's website. I was on remastering duties for this, and unlike INK19 or last year's Inktober, there aren't any beats from me this time. Check out a grand collection, read more about it, and grab a free download below! There are some real gems in this one!

 

Listen on Newgrounds:

 

 

Read more on CyberD's website: https://cyberd.org/music/ink-20.html

 

And enjoy!

 

That about wraps things up for this month! You already know what next month's main reward will be from above, so until then, I hope you enjoy all the music and thanks as always for supporting my projects however you can! Have a great March and take care!


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Posted by Jabun - February 4th, 2022


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February 2022 Patreon rewards: a Patreon exclusive EP: "Mouth (Season's) Greetings"! You won't find this anywhere else! (+ another Jabun LIVE jam for the $10 patrons) + A brand new 3 track vocal single from World Beyond "Revolt" and more updates!


Hi everyone and hope you've had a great beginning of 2022! It's the start of another month and time for some more Patreon rewards and this time, I thought I'd continue with the Christmas EPs theme of the last few months to bring you something extra special: a brand new Patreon EXCLUSIVE EP "Mouth (Season's) Greetings"! This EP was given as a present to my twin Eamon for Christmas 2021 and has not been released in any form anywhere else yet! Lucky for you, he's given me permission to share it with the folks on Patreon and spread the joy! I cannot stress how incredibly stupid it is, and you might lose a few brain cells while listening (or even just looking at the artwork), but I thought I'd share it with you as a special treat! More monthly updates to share on top of this including the brand new 3 track vocal single from World Beyond "REVOLT", but let's get started with this exclusive EP!


"Mouth (Season's) Greetings" is a gapless 22+ minute mashup mixtape EP containing songs and skits, and sampling whatever I could get my hands on! Full disclosure, this EP was made for an audience of one person alone, Eamon Standing, so there will no doubt be in-jokes and stupidity which will fly over your head, but I'm sure you'll appreciate some of it. Although the EP is a single gapless file, it can be divided into 13 rough parts/tracks as follows:


01 Fall Out Soulja Boy

02 One Summer's Day Of '69 Dudes!

03 These Are The References That Will Pierce The Heavens!

04 Sk8er Father

05 Hello Kira

06 Tears for Fears Don't Fall

07 My Ordinary Dog

08 Hybrid Stigmata Theory

09 Where Is My Paranoid Teenage Dirtbag?

10 Rap Godzilla

11 Shoddy Craftsmanship

12 A Million Nights Begin To Shine

13 Epoohlogue


That should give you an idea of what kind of ride you're in for!


All Patreon supporters will be recieving an exclusive download of the EP (including music, artwork and a tracklist) this month, and if you're a $10+ patron, you also have another exclusive Jabun LIVE jam from the upcoming 4th Jabun album to look forward to! If that sounds good to you then join me on Patreon to read more and download the rewards below as well as check out all of this month's project updates in full. Remember you'll be recieving all past rewards for your tier too when you sign up so check out the archives to see everything you can catch up on and hope to see you there!


$1 Rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/60760054

$10 Rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/60760053

Reward Archives: https://www.patreon.com/posts/50344842

Find out more: https://www.patreon.com/NickStanding


Onto monthly updates, it's been a pretty hectic time as I've been ill for a few weeks which has put the brakes on some projects. Not covid thankfully (according to the tests), but certainly not an appreciated break... Despite that, I have been back to working hard on Jabun's 4th album, with the tracks mostly mastered and the artwork well on the way too. Hoping to have those complete by the end of this month, but some scheduled time away might delay that again.


Onto the BIG news for this month, World Beyond's brand new 3 track vocal single "REVOLT" was finally released on February 2nd (a reason for this slightly belated post)! The tracklisting is "Nobody is Safe", "Revolt" and "From Chaos" and Vlad has a tonne to say about it along with a teaser over on the World Beyond blog:


https://www.worldbeyond.net/2022/01/world-beyond-revolt-new-vocal-single.html


While I lent my ears to all 3 tracks, I'm only playing lead guitar, bass and screaming vocals for "Revolt" itself, but man oh man you've gotta check out Vlad's voice! Why hasn't he been singing sooner?! A massive congrats to both him and Maritza (who provided the choir vocals) for an amazing new release! Check out the lyric video for Revolt over on YouTube where you'll find all the links to stream and buy the full single in the description:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIijLYKAyKI


And super cool to see another long term collaborator David Klein II doing the 3D modelling for the video too! Great stuff, David!


For those who are planning to grab the new single on Bandcamp, it's also Bandcamp Friday again which means the artists get a bigger cut of the sales than usual. Check out REVOLT over on Bandcamp and thanks for supporting World Beyond and my collaborative projects!



https://worldbeyond.bandcamp.com/album/revolt


And there's STILL more collaborative stuff in the works with both World Beyond and more, so keep an eye out for more updates with that next time!


That about wraps things up for this month's post! Next time I think we'll be back to cover EP presents but we'll see what takes my fancy when I get around to sorting out the post later! Until then, I hope you have a great February to come, enjoy the musical silliness and thanks as always for supporting my music on Patreon! All the best and take care!


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