***Edit 01/09/13*** HUGE props to SkyeWintrest for fully mixing the song and giving some very helpful advice in general!
Wow. Finally done.
With a 6-day tour and a tone of IRL stuff going on, I was certain that I wouldn't make it, or that the finished product would be terrible. In the end, I had little more than THREE days to write the entire song, and through that I had to find the perfect musicians for the job, and then contact them individually. On more than one occasion I was ready to drop the whole thing, thinking it was either too cliche or just plain boring/bad/uninspired.
It was a stroke of pure chance that I managed to get most of the people I had in mind, that they agreed to do this for free AND cope with a highly unpolished MIDI demo and some barely-readable charts. We had two days to rehearse and record the song, and the song was finished ten minutes before the rehearsal. Also, since I had blown what little money I had left on my studio gear, I barely even have the money to print said charts, and so a lot of people had to read on the same page. Add the soprano sax player breaking his horn the night before and needing to call some guy I knew but had never actually talked to for emergency replacement, and the fact that I'm fighting against last year's NGADM champion AND Musician of the Year 2012, and you can understand that this was a HIGHLY stressful project.
In the end, though, it's the musicians that absolutely KILLED IT. They poured their heart and soul into the project, gave some very helpful suggestions and were very patient and receptive to my own comments. I think that the best part is that after the project, every single one of them came to me and told me how much they enjoyed working on this project and would/will gladly come back for any future projects I have.
I thank the entirety of the Newgrounds community that has supported me over the years, as well as the many friends I have made through this site that have given me countless and priceless advice that have made me into the man I am today. I would also like to personally thank Nimble, Samulis and Skye for their feedback on the song throughout the concept phase, and Skye for the very useful mixing advice he gave me.
With that said, I hope you enjoy this song, fruit of the cumulative knowledge, style and musicality I have gained through this year's hardship, and I wish the best of luck to Kor-Rune!
-Focusrite Scarlett 8i6 Soundcard
-AKG Perception 420 Condenser Mic
-Sibelius 1.4 (Composition)
-FL Studio (Mixing)
Muscians and Tech Team:
Etienne DG - Piano
Felix Rheault - Trumpet
Maiko Despeignes - Bass
Patrice Luneau - Soprano Sax
Patrick Bureau - Drums
Philippe Brochu-Pelletier - Tenor Sax
Emile Caron - Assistant Studio Tech