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Nick Standing AKA Jabun: Multi-instrumentalist, Composer & Mastering Specialist at JabunAudio making dynamic, clean and punchy masters to encourage people to turn up your music, rather than turn it down! Creator of the Skapunk project Better Than The Book

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Posted by Jabun - 12 days ago


The pre-release single "15-4-20 A" from Jabun's upcoming "15-4-20" album is OUT! Pre-orders are now open on Bandcamp + more Patreon rewards are out in celebration! "15-4-20" releases on December 16th 2020!


Hi everyone and hope you’re having a great November so far! After last week’s big announcement of Jabun’s brand new 2nd album “15-4-20”, I’m super excited to share with you today the album’s pre-release single “15-4-20 A” as pre-orders open on Bandcamp! Check it out on Newgrounds below:



Pre-order Jabun’s 15-4-20 album and pick up the pre-release single “15-4-20 A” on Bandcamp:



https://jabun.bandcamp.com/album/15-4-20


15-4-20 is a one take per track live improvised ambient exploration and the first of its kind in my discography. The entire 33+ minute, 3 track album was recorded on the evening of April 15th 2020 with no overdubs or edits, just a single take for each track. The pre-release single “15-4-20 A” was the first improvisation of the session and was pitched/slowed down 15 semitones from the original recording for a deeper feel. I hope you enjoy the gently changing ambient soundscape; a snapshot of an evening in lockdown during the strange spring of 2020!


Now that pre-orders are open, you can also check out the full album credits, special thanks and descriptions on the Jabun – 15-4-20 Bandcamp page! Read more below and I hope you have fun exploring:


https://jabun.bandcamp.com/album/15-4-20


15-4-20 will be released to the public on December 16th at 8pm GMT, but of course my supporters on Patreon have lots of rewards to grab today in celebration of this new album and single launch! 


For the $1 patrons, you’ve got the album cover art and an mp3 download of the pre-release single “15-4-20 A” today + you’ll of course be getting the full mp3 album and all the additional artwork when it’s released on December 16th as well! Only a month more to wait! 


$1 rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/41340578/


For the $5 & $10 patrons, in case you missed it last week, you’ve already been given early access to the full album download package! All 3 tracks (Mp3 & WAVs) and all artwork! For the $10 patrons, you’ve also got another sneak peek demo from next year’s 3rd Jabun album! 


$5 rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/41340517

$10 rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/41340556/


If any of that sounds good to you, then become a patron today for as little as $1 a month and remember that you’ll be also getting access to all past rewards for your tier including the full Better Than The Book and Jabun discographies, many Patreon exclusive bonus tracks and more! I hope to see you there!


Become a patron: https://www.patreon.com/NickStanding


I hope you’re as excited as I am for the album launch on December 16th and until then I hope you have a great month ahead chilling to “15-4-20 A”! Thanks as always for supporting Jabun and my various projects! Take care, all the best, and have a great time!


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Posted by Jabun - 2 weeks ago


Announcing Jabun's 2nd album "15-4-20" (releasing December 16th 2020)! Artwork revealed, pre-orders and pre-release single coming next week + a tonne of Patreon rewards are out in celebration!


Hi everyone and hope you’re having a great November so far! Some super exciting news to share with you today as 3 years after my debut album as Jabun - Daydream, I’m finally announcing my follow-up 2nd Jabun album “15-4-20” to be released on December 16th 2020! 


When I first started writing Jabun demos again in November 2019, this was certainly not the album I expected I’d be releasing in 2020, but having said that, 2020 was not the year any of us expected it would be either! As it so happens, 15-4-20 would be the album I knew I could finish before the year was out, and although I’d planned on releasing a more traditional album to directly follow Daydream, I thought I’d release this experimental project first while other albums were still in progress!


15-4-20 is a one take per track live improvised ambient exploration and the first of its kind in my discography. The entire 33+ minute, 3 track album was recorded on the evening of April 15th 2020 (hence the title) with no overdubs or edits, just a single take for each track recorded live. All tracks were recorded with just my Korg SQ-1 sequencer controlling my Yamaha Reface CP electric piano and its built-in effects, directly onto a single stereo track in Ableton where I added some more reverb and echo and the usual master processing for each track including fade outs. 

Now I can't quite call this a live album because one minor edit I made to tracks A and B was to simply slow down the recordings in the same way as altering the tape playback speed, so that the pitch drops giving it a deeper / different feel. This simple edit gave a different vibe to each of the tracks despite their similar set-ups. 


The project that would become 15-4-20 was originally meant as just a fun experiment for the evening, but the results I liked so much I thought there was no point in keeping it to myself! The challenge was that instead of improvising on the piano's keyboard as I usually would, I would control the piano instead via an analogue sequencer designed for use with synthesisers. The sequencer is an array of knobs which determine the speed and pitch of what notes will be played, as well as some switches and buttons to dictate how the sequencer will operate and perform other functions. I also allowed myself to move the controls for the pianos effects section(s), but not to touch the keyboard at all. Needless to say, it was a bit of an alien experience to me but a very fun and exciting one full of surprises and just the right amount of chaos which was exactly what I wanted! 


Whether you sit down to listen intently, have it on in the background while doing something else, or simply relax in the sounds, I hope you enjoy this ambient experimental soundscape, a snapshot from an evening in lockdown during the strange spring of 2020. The photo for the album artwork was taken on the following morning, April 16th 2020!

With just over a month to go until “15-4-20” releases to the public on December 16th at 8pm GMT, there’s an exciting few things happening before then! Pre-orders will be opening next Monday exactly 1 month before on November 16th at 8pm, along with the release of the pre-release single for the album “15-4-20 A” which will be premiering on the HurpADervish YouTube Channel at the moment of launch! Tune in below:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBVOhWL1OeY


Of course my supporters on Patreon have lots of rewards to look forward to in celebration of this new album launch! 

For the $1 patrons, you’re getting the full resolution album art today, as well as an mp3 download of the pre-release single “15-4-20 A” when it’s released on November 16th, and of course the full mp3 album and all the additional artwork when it’s released on December 16th! 


$1 rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/41340506/


For the $5 & $10 patrons, you’re getting early access to the full album download package today! All 3 tracks (Mp3 & WAVs) and all artwork! For the $10 patrons, you’ll also be getting another sneak peek demo from next year’s 3rd Jabun album!   


$5 rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/41340517

$10 rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/41340556/


If any of that sounds good to you, then become a patron today for as little as $1 a month and remember that you’ll be also getting access to all past rewards for your tier including the full Better Than The Book and Jabun discographies, many Patreon exclusive bonus tracks and more! I hope to see you there!


Become a patron: https://www.patreon.com/NickStanding


I hope you’re as excited as I am for the single launch on Monday 16th November and until then I hope you have a great week chilling in any way you can! See you for the premier and thanks as always for supporting Jabun and my various projects! Take care and all the best!


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Posted by Jabun - 3 weeks ago


It's Bandcamp Friday again!


Hi everyone and hope you're having a great start to November!


It's Bandcamp Friday once again, and in support of musicians impacted by the coronavirus, Bandcamp is once again waiving its revenue share fees on the first Friday of the month from midnight to midnight PDT (that's today)! That means that if you purchase anything from Bandcamp this Friday 6th of November, the artists you support (including myself) will get more of the sales revenue than usual since Bandcamp doesn't take its cut, and you'll be able to support the music you love more directly than ever on the platform!


If you've been thinking of picking up Better Than The Book's "Hopes and Dreams" or grabbing Jabun's "Daydream" or one of my other tracks or albums (Maybe the recently featured "Mr Knife" perhaps?), now's the best time to do so! Feel free to check out the Better Than The Book, Jabun and Nick Standing Bandcamp pages below and thanks again for supporting my music in any way you can:


Better Than The Book

https://betterthanthebook.bandcamp.com/


Jabun

https://jabun.bandcamp.com/


Nick Standing (< The sillier old stuff)

https://nickstanding.bandcamp.com/


In case you missed it yesterday too, remember you can grab a free download of my new collaboration with @Cyberdevil "Away Fear" here on Newgrounds.com! Go check it out if you haven't already:



And thanks as always for supporting my projects in all the ways you can! See you next week for a huge Jabun announcement and take care!


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Posted by Jabun - 3 weeks ago


A brand new hip hop collaboration with @Cyberdevil: "Away Fear" (Free Download)!


Hi everyone and hope you're having a good day as much as you can! Today I have a long-time-in-the-making hip hop collaboration with the one and only Cyberdevil to share with you, a brand new track called "Away Fear"!


For the past 2 years, CD's been taking part in his own version of the Inktober challenge where he writes, records and releases a new acapella track each day and every day throughout the whole of October, (with the occasional collaborations for good measure)! Last year I created an experimental 808 based instrumental for what was going to be the Halloween grand finale of last year's batch, but due to various circumstances it ended up being placed on the back-burner despite all being written at the time. When I heard that CD was taking part in the tremendous challenge again this year, it seemed a great idea to reignite that collaboration, but since it was all written last year (and keeping true to Cyberdevil's daily writing challenge), we decided to give what was going to be a more rough and ready inktober production the FULL Jabun production treatment, going all out with this revamp of last year's collab that was never released! With hypnotic distorted 808s and vocal editing, thunderous distorted bass guitar slides and of course Cyberdevil's signature intense rap flow, I'm super pleased to present to you our first collaboration since 2016 (?!) "Away Fear"! Head over to the Newgrounds audio page to hear what CD had to say about it and if you enjoy it, it's completely free to download on SoundCloud and Newgrounds too! Check it out below and I hope you enjoy "Away Fear"!



https://soundcloud.com/cyberdevil/away-fear


There is the possibility of more Cyberdevil related news coming soon, but I'll be keeping that on the down-low until everything's set in stone!


That's it for this post and I'll be back tomorrow for a Bandcamp Friday reminder before next week's big Jabun album announcement! See you all then, hope you enjoy the new music, and thanks as always for supporting my projects! Take care!


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Posted by Jabun - 1 month ago


Hi everyone and man does it seem like a while since the last post! I've been super busy working on some new Better Than The Book demos as well as some cool collaborations and sorting out stuff for the next 2 Jabun albums! Exciting times are coming! On top of that, after months of hard work, research and waiting on post, I've finally 100% fixed my vintage Yamaha YC-25D combo organ! So pleased and relieved to have it working at full capacity and you'll definitely be hearing it in the next BTTB album (and the upcoming demos for those in the $10+ tiers!). Busy busy but good times ahead!


Some cool news to share with you today as an old Nick Standing classic track "Mr. Knife" was featured here on Newgrounds.com's @TheTankTribune Halloween special (and the Halloween phonograph playlist)! Big thanks to The Tank Tribune for having me on and I hope you enjoy this old track of mine! Check it out below:


The Tank Tribune:

https://thetanktribune.newgrounds.com/news/post/1124008


Halloween Phonograph:

https://www.newgrounds.com/playlists/view/f916b0f36858c4cafa5ef09d01c34988


Mr. Knife is available on the Nick Standing Bandcamp page, and I'll be adding it soon to the Patreon back catalogue as we explore my Nick Standing and soundtrack work next year! Hope you're looking forward to it and if you can't wait until then, check it out on bandcamp below:


https://nickstanding.bandcamp.com/track/mr-knife


And of course have a listen here on NG:



Things are going to be getting very busy with posts again soon, and with another Bandcamp Friday coming up as well as a big announcement from Jabun next week, I think I'll have my work cut out for me with all this typing! Until the next one, I hope you're all doing well and thanks as always for supporting my projects! Stay safe and take care!


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Posted by Jabun - October 7th, 2020


A 3 part interview on Newgrounds.com (my longest and most detailed interview to date!)


Hi everyone and hope you're having a great week so far!


I've got something super special to share with you today and something I hope you enjoy! Last month I took part in my biggest and most detailed interview to date, a 3 part discussion with The Interviewer here on Newgrounds.com all about my musical journey so far! It goes right back to my musical roots, through many of my notable projects including collaborations, bands from my teen years and beyond, through to my solo projects Better Than The Book and Jabun, discussing great memories, not so great ones, and my advice for musicians and creators from my own experience. It's a long journey, but I hope you get something out of it and enjoy the read!


A huge thanks to The Interviewer ( @The-Great-One ) for inviting me to take part in this, and I'd like to share some of his kind words before you read:


"Today's guest is quite possibly one of if not the hardest working musician here on Newgrounds. With his project Better Than The Book being a success here on Newgrounds and acclaim for his assistance towards other musicians here on the site. His skills are incredible as a composer, lyricist, singer, and guitarist. His story is long, but an amazing one and I wish for you to read it all the way to the end. I am most pleased to welcome, @Jabun."


"Jabun is a rare talent that you don't see in too many musicians nowadays. He is a musician of many hats which is what a lot of musicians used to be like. His songs are not factory produced by writers who are looking for that zany lyric or melody that will stick in people's minds. He makes music that not only he likes, but he thinks people will like. He is truly one of the best here on the site. I know this interview was in three parts, it is the longest interview I have done to date, and I felt it needed to be. Jabun's story needed to be told and I wanted you to experience the journey in hopes that it would inspire you. If you're a musician just starting out, I hope you learned something today and will take it with you."


Without further wait, I hope you enjoy the ride! Read the full interview below:


Part 1: https://theinterviewer.newgrounds.com/news/post/1119983

Part 2: https://theinterviewer.newgrounds.com/news/post/1119986

Part 3: https://theinterviewer.newgrounds.com/news/post/1119990


And thanks as always for supporting my projects in all the ways you Take care!


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Posted by Jabun - October 7th, 2020


$1 Patreon rewards are out: Jabun's Daydream album (Mp3s, Art + a behind the scenes photo) + an exclusive sneak peek at next year's 3rd Jabun album for the $10 patrons!


Today's the first Wednesday of the month and so last week's Patreon rewards are now available for the $1 patrons (mp3s and artwork only). This month we arrive at the final entry in the Jabun discography (so far), Jabun's debut album Daydream! Read more and grab the rewards below:


Read more: https://www.patreon.com/posts/40080121/


$1 rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/40080120/


$5 rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/40080123


$10 rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/40080119


And thanks for supporting my projects!


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Posted by Jabun - October 2nd, 2020


It's Bandcamp Friday again!


Hi everyone and hope you're having a great start to October!


It's Bandcamp Friday once again, and in support of musicians impacted by the coronavirus, Bandcamp is once again waiving its revenue share fees on the first Friday of the month from midnight to midnight PDT (that's today)! That means that if you purchase anything from Bandcamp this Friday 2nd of October, the artists you support (including myself) will get more of the sales revenue than usual since Bandcamp doesn't take its cut, and you'll be able to support the music you love more directly than ever on the platform!


If you've been thinking of picking up Better Than The Book's "Hopes and Dreams" or grabbing Jabun's "Daydream" or one of my other tracks or albums, now's the best time to do so! Feel free to check out the Better Than The Book and Jabun Bandcamp pages below and thanks again for supporting my music in any way you can:


Better Than The Book

https://betterthanthebook.bandcamp.com/


Jabun

https://jabun.bandcamp.com/


Nick Standing (< The sillier old stuff)

https://nickstanding.bandcamp.com/


All the best and enjoy the music!


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Posted by Jabun - September 30th, 2020


$5+ rewards are out: Jabun's Daydream album (Mp3s, WAVs, Art + a behind the scenes photo) + an exclusive sneak peek at next year's 3rd Jabun album for the $10 patrons!


Hi everyone and hope you've had a great September! It's the final Wednesday of the month which means I've just sent out the $5 and $10 Patreon rewards and this time we've reached the final piece in Jabun's discography (so far), Jabun's 2017 debut full-length album Daydream!


After releasing Distance and Home in 2013 and 2014 respectively (which would be remastered for the Daydream album in 2017), I started formally working on the album which would become Daydream in summer 2016. After the high energy ska punk adventure that was Better Than The Book's Two Years On (released February 2016) and having just moved away from my parents to the seaside town of Herne Bay with Eva, I was ready to explore some experimental and chill vibes as Jabun once again from that makeshift IKEA coffee table studio which I've mentioned in past posts. Shortly before the move I'd bought myself a Yamaha Reface CP mobile keyboard which is basically a truckload of vintage electric pianos and effects in a 3 octave portable package and would be the most valuable player in much of my Jabun music to come! Along with my mpc1000, sm58 microphone and a few synths, I put together a lot of that album throughout the rest of the year, firstly from the floor of our Herne Bay flat, then later from my first purpose organised studio room in Margate. A photo of the Margate beach at sunset would become the cover for the album which was released on May 4th 2017, a heartwarming, chill journey which would be featured in many online zines / blogs, on YouTube music channels, and even a game on Newgrounds (along with some Newgrounds awards)! It's an album I hold close to heart and brings me back to those days living by the sea!


Included in the reward download packages are the full 10 track 43+ minute album (Mp3s and WAVs), album art and alternative album art, and a picture from day 1 of recording, my equipment spread out on the floor after recording track 07 Palindrome! I hope you enjoy Daydream!


Tracklist:

01 Dreaming (Parts I - III)

02 Morning

03 The Grind

04 Distance

05 Daydream

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06 Anxiety

07 Palindrome

08 Home

09 Evening

10 Dreaming (Parts IV - VI)


Listen to Daydream on Bandcamp:

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



For the $10+ patrons, you've also got an exclusive sneak peek at next year's 3rd Jabun album to look forward to! Become a $10 patron to access that and many more rewards now, and remember that you'll gain access to all historic rewards and posts for your Patreon tier too when you become a supporter including the full Better Than The Book and Jabun discographies and much more! With the REWARD ARCHIVE tag it's never been easier to catch up with all those posts and music downloads you've missed too! I hope you enjoy them!


$5 rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/40080123

$10 rewards: https://www.patreon.com/posts/40080119

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


That's it for this post! With Daydream finally out to the patrons, that's the entire Jabun discography available on Patreon now! As such I'll be taking a short break to finalise things ready to announce Jabun's 2nd album in November, and you can bet that there'll be a tonne of Patreon rewards to celebrate that! Until then, I hope you enjoy all the music and thanks as always for supporting Jabun, Better Than The Book and my various projects on Patreon! All the best, take care, and I can't wait to show you Jabun's brand new 2nd album next time! Look forward to it!


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Posted by Jabun - September 28th, 2020


Better Than The Book future gig updates:


Hi all and hope you're doing well.


Due to the ongoing coronavirus situation, band members being heavily restricted due to local lockdowns (including myself as of Friday), and general concerns with regards public performance at this time, Better Than The Book will no longer be attending the upcoming gig with Sweet Jonny at The Cave in Addlestone (UK) on November 7th. Additionally, we will be postponing booking any further gigs indefinitely until the live music performance industry is up and running safely again.


Apologies for any disappointment, though the safety and comfort of our audience and the members of the BTTB live band are my top priority, and we all hope to be entertaining you again soon with some well needed and upbeat skapunk when the time is right and safe for it. I'll be working hard in the mean time, practicing the tunes and writing/recording some new ones, and I look forward to bringing an even better live show to you as soon as possible! Thanks as always for your support!


All the best, stay safe, and keep on skankin'


Nick / Better Than The Book


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