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JP Neufeld @Rig

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Concordia University

Winnipeg

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Posted by Rig - May 18th, 2010


So I participated in The Escapist's March Mayhem thingie, and they had prize packs offered to random voters. Well, I was one of those random voters!

I won Gunnar Glasses. Now what the heck are those, you ask? From the website:

"GUNNAR OptiksĀ® is a technology company that seeks to enhance the abilities of the human visual system through revolutionary innovations. GUNNAR performance eyewear is engineered to give even the most demanding digital user an immediate and noticeable visual advantage in the short term and provide superior optical performance in the long term. "

Basically, they're glasses meant for people who stare at computer screens all day. They're tinted yellow, have slight magnification, and the way they're shaped causes your eyes to dry out slower than usual. I usually spend all day looking at a computer screen, so these glasses should help me out. Too bad they're not prescription.

I never would've bought them if I hadn't won them - they're like 200 bucks each, more if you get a prescription - but hey, I have them now and I'll be wearing them and letting you guys know what I think. They also sent over a shirt and a hat, and the shirt's REALLY comfy. It fits my shoulders but it's pretty loose in the torso...I guess they've nailed their target audience. haha

In the meantime, remember: I'll provide you with robot voices and sound effects for your Robot Day flash!

Here I am, rocking the swag:

I got "Gaming Glasses"


Posted by Rig - May 12th, 2010


Looks like Robot Day is coming up, and I bet that you have a great idea for a robot-themed flash or game, but you simply don't have the equipment to make your voice sound awesomely robotic. What EVER shall you do?

The answer is simple - lend me your voice!

I'll take whatever voice files you want and make them sound deliciously mechanical. For example, I did the voice design for this little ditty:

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I've also recreated a lot of the voice patches from the Mass Effect series. There's also a game for which I'm doing the sound design, and it has OMG CYBORG DEMONS, but unfortunately, I can't provide any samples. NDA, you see.

So yeah, give me a holler if you want some sound design for your game, and feel free to take advantage of my free robot sound effect kit!


Posted by Rig - May 5th, 2010


So you might know that I've been crashing the NG Awards party with my opinion on the result for best musician. I shouldn't have done that there - that thread was for congratulations and thank-yous. I said some pretty harsh things about the admins and Hania as well. For that, I apologize...I really did pull a Kanye.

However, I don't think I should've kept my opinion to myself. I hope to establish my position in a more concise manner here in this newspost.

Rucklo explained to me the reason Hania was chosen - she collaborated with a Flash animator and made the music for a couple of flashes, including the Flash Of The Year. Cool, I'll keep that in mind for next year. I just wish you had told us beforehand that the only criteria was "collaborate with a Flash artist," because at the moment this award doesn't seem to be for the "musician of the year" but rather the "soundtrack of the year."

I believe that a model NG musician not only works with flash artists, but submits plenty of songs and works with the community here. Hania submitted seven songs, made eleven blog posts and posted once last year, but otherwise steered clear of NG. No reviews at all in '09. She put little to no effort into the community here, except to remind her fans of her new merch and songs and stuff. In that regard and, coincidentally, my opinion, she's a very bad example of a Newgrounds Musician.

But wait, she wasn't chosen because of her involvement with the community! Well then, let's look at her music.

Production wise, she's above average for Newgrounds, but mostly because she sings and has access to some Very Professional Orchestral Samples. The mixing is amateurish, her abstractions and balancing need work, and whenever she strays from those Very Professional Orchestral Samples, her low production knowledge really shines through. The music in Tarboy especially screams "I HAS FL STUDIOS BUT I DON'T REALLY KNOW HOW IT WORKS LOL." But hey, despite her deficiencies in the production department, she knows how to write a catchy tune.

And does that catchy tune work in the context of Tarboy? Yes, it does. The composition goes well with the animation. Which is why I think that Hania should've received an award for Soundtrack Of The Year and not Musician Of The Year. As a musician who's supposed to represent Newgrounds, she simply doesn't hold up to the likes of Maestrorage, who was both a great composer and a pillar of the community, and the most deserving recipient of the award so far.

Tom, you've done a great job with NG over the past decade, building it up from a little personal sideshow to a full-blown company with freaking award ceremonies. It's awesome - I've built up my audio skills and made all sorts of connections through this website. I honestly wouldn't be where I am today if I had never joined Newgrounds.

But really, your choice simply didn't make sense to me.

Maybe arguments like this are why the Oscars don't have a Best Composer award and stick to Best Original Score, Original Song, Sound Mixing and Sound Editing. That makes sense. You KNOW that in order to win one of those awards, you'd better write something for a movie. The Grammies take care of the Best Musician award.. I suppose I was looking for more of a Grammies approach to your Best Musician award, and was surprised when it wasn't the case.

Oh well. I guess I know what to expect for next year.


Posted by Rig - April 29th, 2010


Holy crap, I'm famous.

As seen in the UK edition of PC Gamer magazine


Posted by Rig - April 23rd, 2010


http://www.audio-surf.com/news.php

"This week on Radio, we're happy to show off the talents of Rig, aka JP Neufeld of Montreal. His songs "Moar" and "Am I Cool Yet?" (note: Audiosurf has the new version of my song, check it out) are full of strong beats and an equally strong sense of humor. We just love em here at Audiosurf World Headquarters--even the dog is dancing to these.

JP is an avid Audiosurf player, and invites you all to rumble with him--his Audiosurf alias is RigAudio."

I'm so happy.


Posted by Rig - April 20th, 2010


Finally made a new song that isn't for a game or anything. Yayyyyyyy

Feels good, man.

And this song will be featured in Audiosurf this Friday, along with a new version of "Am I Cool Yet?" :D

"This week on Radio, we're happy to show off the talents of Rig, aka JP Neufeld of Montreal. His songs "Moar" and "Am I Cool Yet?" are full of strong beats and an equally strong sense of humor. We just love em here at Audiosurf World Headquarters--even the dog is dancing to these.

JP is an avid Audiosurf player, and invites you all to rumble with him--his Audiosurf alias is RigAudio."

:D!

Bonk


Posted by Rig - April 10th, 2010


ONCE UPON A TIME IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY TODAY

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ADVENTURES IN ALL-CAPS LAND


Posted by Rig - April 7th, 2010


I MADE A VIDEO FOR BIOWARE AND VALVE FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF

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THIS IS THE SONG

OH MAH GAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWD


Posted by Rig - April 3rd, 2010


HERE IT IS LISTEN TO IT AND FOLLOW ITS INSTRUCTIONS

http://soundcloud.com/rig/vote-for-val ve

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ALSO SOMEONE MADE IT INTO A YOUTUBE VIDEO LOOOLOLOL

YAYYYYY VALVE WON THE ROUND I WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE ACADEMY

AND YOU SHOULD PLAY ALL OF THESE VIDEOS AT ONCE I'M PRETTY SURE YOU'LL WIN A PRIZE

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Posted by Rig - March 26th, 2010


Balls.