My first album "Lost in Space" is now available on Bandcamp!
I am a musician who does early-2000s style EDM and orchestral music. I also sometimes do dubstep.
Joined on 6/30/16
Posted by JordanKyser - January 1st, 2020
My first album "Lost in Space" is now available on Bandcamp!
Posted by JordanKyser - December 31st, 2019
It is that time of year again! 2019 has been quite a crazy year for all of us, and the same can go for Newgrounds. For me, 2019 has been rather slow. Every year, I hit a 100-song milestone (100th song in 2016, 200th song in 2017, 300th song in 2018), but that is not the case for 2019. I have yet to hit 400 songs, and there is actually a reason for that. A lot of people said that I needed to focus more on current projects I have on hand and focus on the composition and sound design. This year, I have done less than 60 songs. I have also reached 150 fans this year, in which I am very grateful for that. I hoped to reach 200 fans this year, but I guess that can wait. If I do hit 200 fans, I may do a special song.
I actually had somebody ask me early in the year about my sound design for my music. I actually have no specific sound design in general, but I do have specific sound design for certain situations such as Lost in Space, early 2000s EDM, and Touhou music (which really depends). For cinematic/orchestral music, I have a set sound design for most of the time. It is just a matter of what theme I am basing a certain song on, which distinguishes each of my cinematic songs.
Enough with the rant about 2019, let’s jump to the highlights of what I have done for 2019. Instead of doing a single “Top 10” for this year, I have decided to split it into electronic and orchestral.
We start the top 10 with a Touhou cover, which shouldn’t be surprising. It was not until later in the year when I started doing OST covers for Touhou again. This song is rather electronic, but it fits as an orchestral song.
We go forward to yet another Touhou cover. This one was supposed to come out a lot sooner, but I never had the motivation to do the cover. Despite that, I managed to do an cinematic cover with a bit of rock added into it.
When I was making this song, I had to remember to not repeat the mistake I made in Joyride to Space (which was my NGRMC entry last year), which was to not overlayer everything. This was actually the first time I had to mix outside of just LMMS. I had used a little bit of FL Studio to level things out (and make sure everything sounded as clean as possible).
This song stands out from the rest because it has its own unique style. It has that cinematic feel and ambient atmosphere, but also the drums add an interesting twist (sort of like a fast jazz, but not quite because of the song’s main design). Oh… I almost forgot something. This song’s drum design was somewhat inspired by its prequel song, Mixed Emotions (which is a very bad song when you compare it to my current music). The half-time feel was a rather nice touch to the song. I don’t think I have ever made a song like this before, and I hope I make a similar song next year.
Not a lot of people have heard this song, but there is a reason why this song is on the list. The drum design in this song has never been used before, and its design only occurs in only this song. Although the song repeats the same thing 4 times, it keeps its energy throughout. I also had done something in this song that was quite new to me, which is the countermelodies. I have never done a distinct countermelody before, so this was quite new to me.
Even though this starts out as an electronic song, it is meant to be an intense cinematic. This was done early in the year as a challenge to see how well I can do an intense cinematic song with the skills I had the time. I placed it so high because of how much it still stands out from the rest of my music at the end of the year.
Why is a cover so high up, you may ask? This cover happened to be my best cover at the time (and probably still is). I really enjoyed making this song, and a lot of people enjoyed listening to the song. This just also happened to be my longest song I ever made this year, in which I am very sorry for that (to those who hate long songs). Personally, I love long songs. They are good for road trips (also good for passing time). This song builds up and keeps its momentum throughout until the end of the song.
This one is the most recent on this top 10. This song was in quite a strange situation. I had planned to get this song done a lot sooner, but this song wound up getting uploaded close to the end of the year. It was also planned to take over a month to make, but it only took less than 2 weeks. However, this song still maintains its energy despite the downsides it has.
A lot of people enjoyed this song, and I can say the same. For this song, I decided not to go for the “heavy lows” as I usually do, and people liked my interesting twist on my sound design. The suspense was my main focus for the whole song rather than just sound design (while that was still a very important focus). I also focused mainly on the atmosphere more than anything else other than what was already mentioned.
We conclude to the top 10 cinematic songs with The Haunted Dimension. It was very hard for me to decide whether or not this song was better than “A Dreadful Space Journey”. This song deserves the top spot on the top 10. It is one of my only unfeatured songs to get over 750 views within the calendar year (or any given calendar year, for that matter). It also became my first frontpage for any original song that I have done. This is by far my favorite cinematic/orchestral song I have ever made on Newgrounds. I hope to top this song in 2020, so let’s see what 2020 brings us for cinematic music!
We start of the top 10 electronic songs with a collaboration with @TheFantasticZ. This set a new tone for the TFZ+JK collabs. It is quite different than what we have usually done, and it also keeps a pretty decent reputation. Although there are people that do not like the song, I am still putting it here. It has three different drops (which was a first for TFZ+JK collabs): a house/dance drop and two dubstep drops.
9. Matrix Heist
We go forward to a dubsteppy song with an electro swing feel. I used to (and still) listen to this song all the time when I got bored. It was a very interesting song because I experimented with layering different instruments together and see if they produced a different (but still very clean) sound. The second drop is my favorite part of the whole song.
8. Turn it UP!
This was originally an experiment of the VST “ToneZ” that @T0NIT0RMX had made. I was going to scrap it, but then it changed my mind when I made the first drop. This song was my first bass house and first big room song. Yes, it is both.
This was a rebuff of my old song “Dude, Take a Chill Pill”. It was also my first VIP song I have ever made. I wanted to do 4 different genres (normal trap and hybrid trap should be okay) while still keeping the energy of the song going. The drops are (in order): psytrance, dubstep, trap, hybrid trap.
“Ten” is the shortest song name I have ever come up with. This song is called “ten” because it has ten different melodies (1 and 10 are the same), but there are no drops. I started this way back in January 2019 and I finished it in October.
This song has a rather low rating (3.69 at the time of this post), but it has also gotten a great reputation for its state. It was a rather unique song I made out of randomness, and that is pretty much it.
This song holds a couple of records that were previously held by my older song, Dubstep Machine. Original held by Dubstep Machine with 440 plays, Crazy Dance Machine had broken the record for most plays in a 4-hour period at 500 plays. Originally held by Dubstep Machine with 660 plays, 750 plays on the first day! It had also broken the record for most plays in a 72-hour period with 850 pays (Dubstep Machine had 800). It sadly did not break my all-time record for a one-week or two-week period (Dubstep Machine had 3,000 plays on the first week and 12,000 plays in 2 weeks). Anyways, this song is a psytrance-hitech fusion that I had wanted to make for a long time.
This song was a collaboration with @TheFantasticZ but with an interesting twist. TheFantasticZ did the composition, and JordanKyser did the sound design. It was up to both of us to decide what else to do (there was not much to do other than composition and sound design). This is the most powerful TFZ+JK collaboration that we have done.
This was (at first) a random song to get me back into making music, but it turned into something much better than I had expected. The song itself represents the combination of suspense and intensity. It was also a trap-dubstep combination (not necessarily fusion) that had a primary focus on sound design while also favoring cleanliness.
We end the top 10 with my favorite electronic song that I have made this year. I know a lot of people would disagree on what they think their favorite song by me is, and that is there opinion. There is a reason why this is at the top. The song is actually based on a Touhou character named Hata no Kokoro, who cannot show any emotion on her face, but she can express emotions based on the mask she wears on her head. This song is based on the emotional side of Kokoro, if there ever was one (hence why it is called “Emotionless Adventure”). This song was also made for @LS33 for his Geometry Dash collab with LazyFoox and other creators. I feel very thankful for making this song.
Right off the bat, I would like to bring up this playlist as an honorable mention. It was, at first, an idea to make Plasma Sword 2 and BRASS 2, but then we decided to make a full collab set that is just the two of us. I know there are accounts (and aliases) of where people devote to make music (and other stuff) together. It is really tempting to do one with TheFantasticZ, but I think it is best to not do that.
Okay… For those who have listened to this song, I would like to mention something. Someone told back early in 2018 if I could make an LMMS song using just as many LB302 tracks as possible. I really did not jump in on the challenge until earlier this year. Apart from the 2 ZynAddSubFX tracks that I had used, I had used 11 LB302 tracks (not including the drum samples that I used). If there is one thing that I love about LMMS’s LB302, it is the easy ability to modulate the instrument.
In case if you are wondering, I intentionally named this “M A T R I X” and not “MATRIX”. I actually don’t know why I named it that way, but I just saw it fit. This set of songs is somewhat based of off “The Matrix” franchise (but not completely). I don’t know much else to say about it.
This initially started out with “Turn it UP!”, but it ended being a short set of songs based on the genre of house (with the except of Crazy Dance Machine, which is trance). I tried to be as original as possible with each song, in which I did.
Right away, this was the best thing to happen to me on Newgrounds this year. Not only did I get a frontpage, it was my FIRST frontpage (not to mention I got 2 this year). It took over 3 years to get a frontpage on an original song, and I’d say it was worth it.
It took a long time, but my music is finally on Spotify! However, as of this post, the only music available is “New Beginnings”. I will try to get more of my music there (I am trying to branch out so I don’t rely on just Newgrounds).
3. Finishing of music for Lost in Space
This was the most notable event for me this year. I managed to get my last song for “Lost in Space” uploaded before the year ended. This project started in May 2018, and I am so glad to end it this month. It featured 20 songs, including collaborations with 4 other musicians (@HenyxNATO, @Lamby07, @TheFantasticZ, @TheMajician). As of this post, I am working on Chapter 18 of the story itself.
1. New Beginnings Vol. 2
This is an unofficial (but planned) set of projects that I plan to do in 2020. The idea is to create a new set of songs specifically under “New Beginnings” for every year from 2019. They will be separate from everything else.
2. M A T R I X 2
Someone had asked me last year after I made Dance Rave about more MATRIX songs. I never really responded, but I guess this is my way of answering the question. I am not sure when I will start, but let’s say I have planned for it to happen.
3. TFZ+JK Vol. 2
As 2019 comes to a close, so will the first set TFZ+JK collaborations. Likewise with New Beginnings, I plan to do a new set of TFZ+JK songs with @TheFantasticZ next year.
4. 2010s Tribute Megacollab
This megacollab is being made as of this post. I plan to have it finished by the end of January (maybe mid-January). Nothing much else to say without giving away too much.
I am not going to say much about what I did on Newgrounds in the 2010s, so here is a link to another news post looking back: Felt nostalgic... (looking back at my younger self)
If you read this long post, thank you so much for taking your time! I am also going to announce that my full album of "Lost in Space" will be uploaded on 1/1/20 7:00 CST (GMT-6)!
Posted by JordanKyser - December 22nd, 2019
A project that took under 20 months, NOW COMPLETE! 20 songs, 20 chapters. Each song tells a chapter of the full story. Want to know more? STAY TUNED!
Posted by JordanKyser - November 3rd, 2019
(Be warned of the long post)
I was actually going through my MATRIX songs, when I thought hmm... I wonder what my older music sounded like...
Okay... I will admit that my older music is not that great, but I actually learned quite a few things from my older music. One thing right away is how I do my mixing and mastering. A lot of my older music from 2016 and 2017 (early 2017) tended to be very bad and clipped a lot. I was a different person then, so I have changed.
However, there was a couple of playlist that really got me thinking: Simplistic and Tales from Touhou (early songs). I noticed something that really caught my eye that I forgot about. I have done away with a lot of my presets that I have (and they just sit there in my LMMS/FLM libraries). There was actually one moment where I thought I could try to remake some of the Simplistic songs. Of course, that would be very difficult because of the style differences, but what is really stopping me is the fact that I have actually gotten hate from my older music. I get it. My older music sucks, but maybe I can try to remake them.
I also noticed a few places where my usual style made drastic shifts. One of those times was when I found out about a limiter later in 2017. The problem was that I started to abuse the limiter (there we go, I admitted doing overcompression). I forgot when I started to stray away from the limiter (I think it was Making a New Life). However, there were quite a few songs I loved making and still like from 2017, one of them being Plasma Sword, which was a collab with @TheFantasticZ that I will always remember to this day. Which reminds me, I believe I have done more collabs with TheFantasticZ than any other person, but I am not really sure.
There was a time where I tried to make stuff I am either not used to or never made before (this was called New Things). There were two tracks that I particularly liked... The Big Boom and Making a New Life. I believe that these songs (albeit mostly crap) actually helped me in the long run.
I think that whole "drastic shift" to my current style all start in Making a New Life and Lost in Space was that big boost for me to my current style. Even though my current style is a bit different than my 2018 style, I still believe that parts of my 2018 self is still there. In my opinion, I really do not want to completely let go of my 2018 components yet because I still believe that I can improve on even my recent stuff. Is there really a difference in my Lost in Space style and style?
I have actually had quite a few people tell me how much I have changed in just this calendar year alone, so imagine how much I have changed since 2017 (or even 2016). I have much quite a big leap this year, and I am planning to make a bigger leap next in 2020.
Anyways, just wanted to put this out there because I felt like everybody should look back at there older works and see how far we have gotten from our younger selves.
Posted by JordanKyser - October 31st, 2019
Personally, I see why a lot of the time that there are not a lot of people who want to listen to my music (also, the time and of the week I usually choose is a big factor, I think). However, I do want projects like these to get featured (even though this one is just on popular audio). Early in March 2017, I had made a big mistake on a song project (a lot of you who have known me may know which song I am talking about). I don't want any of those songs to get featured, because that eaves a bad reputation on my part. I have changed A LOT on how I make music since 2017, so anybody who has not heard my music since (let's say) Operation: G.A.M.E.S.C.A.P.E. or Last Stage may not recognize my new style. Those who have may notice how much I have changed since then.
In my opinion, I think any musician can change in how they music, so I always believe in many people in that they can always make great music and be amazing musicians.
Posted by JordanKyser - October 27th, 2019
So... Earlier today, I uploaded my 350th song, which means that my 400th song is coming up soon (I hope... I don't know when exactly...).
You can listen to it here: Spooky DnB
You know those songs that you start and you put them off and somehow randomly finish almost a year later? That is kind of what happened here. I challenged myself way back in January this year to do a 10-melody song.
I had the following rules:
I think I did okay. You can check that song out here: Ten
Okay... I already have three songs made for Halloween this year as part of the Newgrounds Spooktacular.
You can check out those songs below:
I am not planning on making a fourth Halloween song this year, so I should go ahead and take a short break.
Posted by JordanKyser - October 3rd, 2019
It has been quite a couple busy months for me, but everything should be completely okay!
I am just going straight into my main topic and start off with Halloween. I did not want to miss this chance since I had already made a song this past October, called Spooky Space.
This year, for the Newgrounds Spooktacular 2019, I decided to make The Haunted Dimension. It is a lot more intense, and it is also more on the horror side than on the spooky side.
I decided to make my first big room song! Go check out Turn it UP! and be sure to let me know what you think! I have been listening to both bass house and big room lately, so I have been wanting to create both for quite some time.
I guess I can start doing this again, so PM me any Touhou songs and I should be able to make cover as many as I can! (I am hoping to finally get to 50 total Touhou covers... which is A LOT!)
Posted by JordanKyser - August 18th, 2019
This is my main focus for music for the next couple months or so. I have planned 3 more chapters, and I AM FINALLY FINISHED! (Just to be clear... I already have 17 chapters, so add 3... that makes 20!)
I know it is a bit late to announce it now, but (apparently) I had gotten monthly supporter status. I am still trying to figure out my new name. I want to finally rename myself RealGDJK like I have on a lot of other sites.
I did not make either this year, but I would like to put in my two cents about both.
Thoughts and Reflections on NGUAC 2019
I know how I made it in last year, but I bet my main problem was the repetition. I will have to worry about the repetition next year.
Thoughts and Reflections on NGADM 2019
I was selected to be one of the Tier 2 Backup people. I used the same entry for both competitions, so I do not know anything else to say about that. I thought it was a good idea to do backups (even though I did not fill in).
Finally... we get to what I (or we... depending on how many people) have been working on.
Lost in Space Chapter 18: Final Moments
This is the second collaboration with @HenyxNATO for Lost in Space and our second collaboration overall. We have no set deadline for this, but we are planning on finished this around the end of this month.
Adventurous (NGRMC 2019)
Yes... I am entering the second NGRMC this year. I have learned a lot from the first NGRMC, so I am hoping to apply what I learned into this year's NGRMC. However, instead of making an electronic song, I am planning on making something along the line of a orchestral hybrid.
Lost in Space Chapters 19 and 20
I am just putting these here (and in one spot) because I have already announced them in this post. After the 20th chapter of the song is finished, all that is left is to do the story and all should be set!
Posted by JordanKyser - July 16th, 2019
I had a lot of fun while participating in this year's Art-Inspired Music contest, and I also was chosen as one of the runner-ups for my song A Dreadful Space Journey! I would also like to congratulate all of the winners and other runner-ups!
With Lost in Space coming to a close soon, I had made a little thing on YouTube a few days ago about a very special announcement about this big project:
Anyways, I did not think that this would actually happen, but it may actually happen!
I have used my AIM entry as my NGADM entry and my NGUAC entry. I could not make anything at the time, so I decided to use my better AIM entry. Also, good luck to everybody else participating in the two contests!
Okay... this one will be a bit weird this time around...
Crazy Thoughts 2: Crazier Thoughts
I have been working on this time to time, so this may come out very soon.
As for any other current projects, I am not going to explicitly mention about any of my other projects I am working on, but I am working on two secret music projects as of this post.
Lost in Space Chapter 17: The Battle of Humanity
This will be a very big collaboration between @Lamby07 and @TheFantasticZ and I as part of a three-person collab. This is planned to be a big climactic project, so stay tuned as this project progresses!