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Variations on Endless Handbag

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YouTube link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UzuMgdu9Pw


Together, we can do anything.

We can break any boundary in our way.

Because we're Newgrounders and we're capable creatives worthy of being heard.

And we listen to each other and make beautiful things together.


And fuck anyone who stands in the way of that.


25.10.2021: Broke the 10K listener mark, something we never dreamed could happen. Thank you, everyone who stopped by to listen. I hope you stay tuned for further works from each of us, and those of many of our friends as well.


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Troisnyx writing.


This is a version of Endless Handbag arranged and heavily modified by yours truly, with input from Albe on Hammond organ VST, Akio on bass guitar, and Mackie and BBank on their respective guitars, following direction that I'd given them for the specific sections. Some parts were their own input, over which I gave my blessing.


Aside from laying down the piano and orchestration and directing, I would also sing and play drums. The track was getting overwhelming for me to mix due to technical issues, and so LD-W worked his magic on it. He began by giving the drums a much-needed boost, seeing as I could only record it on two inputs -- kick mic and overhead -- due to failing preamps at Soundskills. He went after that sweet, sweet rock opera feel that we were all going for.


I had the idea in my head for this specific version of Endless Handbag for several years now, ever since I first heard the version that I've cited on my left. All the words featured here feature in the original in different places to this -- and unlike in the original, here, they are sung. I imagined it to fit right into a musical.


There couldn't have been a better track to mark an anniversary, in my mind. The comments in the original largely suggest that Endless Handbag is Newgrounds' anthem, and it really does feel like it. Anger is a great motivator -- and it has been, throughout my years on here. Where people have consistently brought me down, I have risen again with new triumphal pieces of music, time after time. Here, it is no different. And, if you think anger isn't a great motivator or isn't the "right" one... seriously, have you heard a single rock opera before?


All hardware listed on the sidebar to the left is what we used between us; up to y'all to guess who used what. (Spoilers: I have the least kit—)


Aside from the people credited, I want to give special thanks to

  • my beloved Seán, for being my staunchest believer, help, and ally,
  • @sorohanro, for inviting me to Newgrounds ten years prior and helping me start my journey into music,
  • Soundskills, for lending me both the time and the facilities to be able to record the drums,
  • Jason Beardsworth and Greg Slater, for helping out with the studio stuff and bearing with me even at my lowest points,
  • @siteml and Mackie's friend Phil for additional mixing feedback,
  • Chris Jopson, for jamming with me and suggesting ideas that bring more spice to the solo section and to the groove in general,
  • JJ Wheeler, for having listened to it and for his appraisal of it post soft release,
  • 2rok, Torby Brand, Snow, Cavatina, and @AceMantra, for being among the earliest listeners and appraisers of my first drum takes,
  • all our friends and followers of our work, on here and elsewhere, for standing by us.


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LYRICS


It's a brand new feeling!


Get off your seat!

Walk to the doorway of your balcony, aaaa!

And open the blinds

that show you the sun and the world on the other side, aaaa!

And dive,

dive,

dive into the endless handbag known as your imagination.


Get off your seat!

Walk to the doorway of your balcony, aaaa!

And open the blinds,

open the blinds,

open the blinds,

aaaaaaaaaa!


It's a brand new feeling!

Or have I felt this before?


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Related media:


As a bonus, here is an early version with footage of me playing drums. The exact takes in the video below were used in the final version of the track.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KFExIvnOI4

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this freaking rules

Love it

Description: Preach.

pog

I absolutely loved this! It's one of those songs that took me a few listens to really appreciate, but after everything clicked into place for me, I couldn't get enough.

In the context of the original song, it's funny, because I had totally forgotten that Endless Handbag was a full song - I only remembered the 8 second loop before seeing the full track again in Related Audio. After my first listen of this song, I thought, "This is really cool, but man, this is a big song for something inspired by an 8 second loop!" I read a little more, though, and re-discovered the original. Then, everything made more sense, and I was able to appreciate not only how this feels faithful to that track, but sort of weaves its way through time. The drumming, guitar work, and organ reminded me of rock acts like Queen and King Crimson.

What's really exciting about this to me, though, is how this uses the original song as a base, but still runs away with something wild, exciting, and creative. That in itself feels like it taps into the spirit of Newgrounds so well - taking inspiration from what came before, but still going to new, ambitious places. I'm starting to ramble, but in short - great work!

Credits & Info

Drums
Keyboard
Backup Guitar
Lead Guitar
Bass Guitar
Production

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Faves:
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Score
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Uploaded
Jun 26, 2021
12:00 AM EDT
Genre
Classic Rock
File Info
Song
14.9 MB
6 min 31 sec
Software
  • Audacity
  • Flex
  • Vitamin Sonic Enhancer
  • Reaper
  • FabFilter Pro-L 2
  • Cubase
  • BIAS FX
  • Nectar
  • BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • FL Studio 20
  • Live 9
  • Logic Pro X
  • Ozone 8
  • Pro-Q 3
  • Guitar Rig 5
  • Mixcraft 9
Hardware
  • Telecaster
  • Scarlett 2i2
  • NS Bass
  • Samson R21S
Misc. Kit
  • Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP
  • Pearl Forum Drums
  • AKG D112
  • Arturia B-3 V
  • SPL IRON
  • Eventide UltraReverb
  • Behringer Xenyx q1002 usb
  • EHX Big Muff
  • Waves S1
  • Waves C1 Gate
  • Waves C4
  • Waves H-Comp
  • Digitech Bass Whammy
  • Zoom b9.1ut
  • Wampler Tape Echo
  • HoRNet Total EQ
  • HoRNet AutoGain Pro MK2
  • D16 Syntorus
  • D16 Repeater
  • Daddario NYXL
  • Dimarzio IB7
  • TC Hypergravity
  • TC Sentry
  • MXR 5150
  • Millenia NSEQ-2
  • Brainworx bx_console_n
  • Brainworx bx_xl V2
  • Brainworx bx_subsynth
  • Brainworx bx_boom

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