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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.


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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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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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VERY VERY VERY GOOD SONG

A nice fresh take on one of my favorite songs. It has the feeling of a live lounge recording (while also reminding me of the original menu theme for Dragon's Dogma) -- I think some of that is to do with loads of low end reverb and sub. That chorus is very nicely done, positively angelic, and the composition really shines through here. I would want just a little more compression and some de-essing, but it comes through quite nicely.

I may bring the bass down by about .2 dB, the guitars up by a similar amount, and perhaps the marimbas down ever so slightly.

I understand there are two mics on the drums and that's rough to work with. There has to be some way to bring out the profile of the snare just a bit, or go back in and either record or trigger a VST snare. It's only a very slight distractor. Overall the playing is wonderful and outshines the recording.

I very much love to see how you, Troisnyx are progressing through the years, and the collaboration here is spectacular. Everyone is playing to their strengths. The lead guitar soars without completely owning the track. All other parts of the arrangement are in their proper place, and it flows masterfully.

Great work, everyone! Thanks to @BBank for pointing me here!

LD-W responds:

Some of the Multiband Comp on the master chain was loosened up on this to ensure that it meets the 9DR requirement for a 'universal master' to upload to multiple platforms at once (along with having it hover around -12LUFS and -1.0dbTP). Some of the brightness can be explained due to running bx_console_n on every single channel all channels having different TMT values), with it's THD turned right up to colour the signal appropriately, DeEssing was definitely required and applied on the drums, vocals and guitars etc.

We were on somewhat of a time limit with this piece, otherwise I would of been happy to drop in a Ludwig Supraphonic 400/402 as a snare replacement (since it was only 2 mic positions to work with, DrumXchanger was out of the window in terms of choice, I would of had to do the entire thing manually!). How the drums sound was the best I could do after a significant amount of processing, alot of it focused around reconstructing the kick and also trying my best with some spacial options to bring out the snare as much as was possible considering the circumstances.

BBank responds:

You are welcome! Glad you enjoyed it!

This sounds like ABBA! and I LOVE IT!

Troisnyx responds:

Aaaaa that is kind of you, thank you ^_^ Now that you mention it, the vocal processing does actually remind me of ABBA and I didn't even intend it (I was going after a Queen feel)!

ROCK

Impressive instrumentation and vocals. Had my head nodding and foot stamping to the beat. Such good timeless* awesomeness.

Credits & Info

Troisnyx
Drums
AkioDaku
Bass Guitar
AlbeGN
Keyboard
BBank
Backup Guitar
cMackie
Lead Guitar
LD-W
Production

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Genre
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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
  • FL Studio 20
  • Live 9
  • Logic Pro X
  • Ozone 8
  • Pro-Q 3
  • Guitar Rig 5
  • Mixcraft 9
Hardware
  • Telecaster
  • Scarlett 2i2
  • NS Bass
Misc. Kit
  • Focusrite Saffire Pro 24 DSP
  • Samson R21S
  • BBC Symphony Orchestra Discover
  • 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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