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Music Contest: NGCHIPS I

2017-05-10 01:34:59 by johnfn

Hello everyone! I'm hosting NGCHIPS, a week long, themed, anonymous music competition, and the first one just started!

If you like making music, feel free to join!

The thread about it on Newgrounds is here.

The website with the theme and information is here.

Come hang out with us in Discord here!


2016-12-20 03:30:42 by johnfn

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johnfn & dragons

2016-08-06 03:23:21 by johnfn

I'm writing little pieces to accompany a dungeons and dragons homebrew campaign that I am telling. 

These tracks were all inspired by improvisations, and are only barely fleshed out. They are meant more for background listening than rapt attention. Stil, I like a lot of them, and maybe you will too!

I expect this will update often, but who knows?


2016-02-25 04:01:37 by johnfn

I was digging through some old mp3 renders when I found this, which eventually turned into a certain other song I wrote a while back:

This was an insanely rough cut I wrote in a few hours. Still I was taken aback because there were a lot of beautiful ideas in there that I later cut out. I really need to use my pickup more, whoa.


2015-12-14 03:04:23 by johnfn

My song duality is top rated for the week! That's pretty cool.

Thanks to all of my 13 mystery voters! I love each and every one of you. 

Itty bitty

2015-11-13 03:05:16 by johnfn

Little itty bitty piano idea I had: I need to go to bed though whoops


2015-10-09 17:50:17 by johnfn

About a year ago I found this album: - and I thought it was okay. I really loved Scrumb and My Cheesed Life but I found the rest of the stuff just average.

I randomly happened to return to it yesterday, and oh my god, EVERY SONG IS GOOD. I swear, the run from track 3 to 8 is just insane, like, it's just 5 insanely happy songs in a row. (Also, tracks 11, 12 and 14 are great too.) It's rare that I connect with so many songs off a single album - even critically acclaimed professional albums usually have a couple of (subjective, I don't deny) duds, just because that's how music subjectivity works. So, whoa.

(Oh and by the way Scrumb is still the best thing. If you want a good reason to listen to the album, listen to Scrumb first - trust me.)

But what I find interesting is that I was completely unimpressed by this album a year ago, and now it's suddenly SUPER GOOD. I know this means that my tastes are evolving, but it's interesting to see it happen to such an extreme. 

Anywho, do you have any good examples of "grower" albums? Any stuff you used to hate (or just be unimpressed by) that now you love? 

P.S. My Cheesed Life has some of the weirdest chord progressions I have heard. My brain detonates every time I try to pick it apart on piano.

Happy songs with sad chords, sad songs with happy chords

2015-09-18 20:01:49 by johnfn

@LunacyEcho and I were having a conversation the other day and, long story short, we started wondering about songs that sound happy but have a major chord tonic, or songs that sound sad that have a minor chord tonic.

To me, the quinessential example of a sad song with happy chords is Fox in the Snow by Belle and Sebastian:

However, I really struggled to find a happy song with a minor tonic. The best I could think of was Range Life, which has a chorus that's 100% minor chords but still sounds pretty happy/catchy:

I'm SURE there are better examples in EDM, since practically every EDM song has a minor tonic, but I really couldn't think of any.

Can you think of other examples for either? 

(Also, what's the correct music-theory way to say what I'm trying to say? :P)

Add me on Skype!

2015-09-03 01:51:42 by johnfn

My skype name is

(this is gonna be really hard to guess)




DO IT! I'm starting to talk to some newgrounds friends on Skype. Now I'm greedy and want more. Yay friends!

Awesome songs

2015-08-31 23:43:14 by johnfn

If you take the time to listen to these, I'd really like it if you shot me back any songs that you've been listening too - especially if they have a similar sort of aesthetic going on.

Cosmic Wave Radio FM SUCH FUNK OH MY GOD. I haven't heard such a catchy riff in a long time. Sounds like it's straight out of Michael Jackson or something. 

chamilton I don't even know what it is about this song. It's just such a unique and interesting riff. One of the few (good) songs I've heard that practically has no break at all. I'm not sure how it pulls it off.

The White Room Battle of the Bits ran their own NGADM-style tournament, and this one placed first in the first round. Who's better, Newgrounds or Battle of the Bits? The arrangement is rather straightforward, but keep in mind they only had 5 days to make this stuff (with only a sample pack!) The chords and melody are next level. (How is this guy only 16? Man, I'm practically a grandfather if this guy is 16.)

Microbeings Everyone probably knows I have undying love for fearofdark. Won a contest, for good reason. 


I hope yall don't get mad that I rarely link to songs that are on NG... but that's just because I hate you all. You just suck. Every single one of you. Yeah, someone needed to tell you... Sorry about that.*

(eh, this is awkward...)

* This is a joke lolz I just figure most people have heard the good music on Newgrounds already.