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More James for your games!

Posted by Spontaneous Productions on August 15, 2013 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (0)

I take the plan - spin it sideways

I've been lazy with my site updating as of late, so I posted my two most recent games: Polaris II and Sweep. I'm quite proud of both of them and had a lot of fun making them. Get over there and waste some time!

New album is finished and ready for listening!

Posted by Spontaneous Productions on May 25, 2013 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

I listen to stories that intrude on my heart again

Roughly half a year in the making, tonight is the night I take Keep it Together off the leash and let it run around. This is a strange little collection of songs, but I'm very proud of them and encourage you to take a listen and see what you think. Fair warning - this might be the least-poppy album I've ever done!

Yes yes, Keep it Together turned out very moody and experimental. I'm not sure why, considering I'm much happier now than I was in my angsty years when I wrote my older albums. Maybe I'm just going a little mad. Regardless, I feel good. I got all of that music out of my system, so now I can sit around and daydream and let some more song ideas stew around for a bit. Maybe I should get cracking on some of those game ideas I have sitting around.

Interestingly enough, all this solo work is making me crave some collaboration...

Jame Time II!

Posted by Spontaneous Productions on May 4, 2013 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

I am alone, but adored by a hundred thousand more

As we approach the first days of summer, I kick off my vacation surprisingly productively with the completion of another game, The Elements! It's basically a glorified rock paper scissors, but with reflexes, mind games, and brutal defeats! Check it out here:


Sadly, that game I was working on during the last blog update was lost in the Great Hard Drive Crash of 2013 (also known as the Second Great Purging), so it's been put off until I can muster up the will to try and make it again. Here's hoping I can keep churning out games in the months to come!

Jame Time

Posted by Spontaneous Productions on March 22, 2013 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Do we only feed the airwaves?

I've been on a bit of a game-making high as of late, after making Jam Ball. I learned so much from that game that I got a surge of self-confidence, and felt that I was ready to take my game making to the next level (tee hee). So, I've begun programming my next game - Rock N Roland - and am incredibly pleased with how it's turning out so far. Fully drawn and animated sprites, physics without glitches, fast, arcade-style gameplay... it's definitely shaping up to be the most advanced project I've ever tackled. I don't want to rush it, but I'm so excited about it that I can't help but constantly work on it, so it will hopefully be done soon.

Also, I plan on starting an odd little series with my good friend Steve (who did Rainbow Dash's voice in Two For One) in which we will be cooking and eating strange food combinations. It's sure to be gross and stupid, so watch out for that, too!

Noo music?

Posted by Spontaneous Productions on February 24, 2013 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

He paid up for a seven

I managed to scrape up some downtime this weekend and put together a little instrumental piece. Back to Work (Overtime Mix) is a remix of a track by my good buddy Digi-Zoo. He hasn't had much time to make music as of late, so I figured I might try to hold down the electronica fort until he returns. I'll be honest, techno/trancey stuff is a little out of my comfort zone, but I feel like I adapted the style to my tastes fairly smoothly.

Hopefully in about two weeks, I'll be spitting out some good old-fashioned rock 'n roll as I get together with some friends to  write some lovely songs. Until then, enjoy some synth.

I like smoothies

Posted by Spontaneous Productions on February 13, 2013 at 10:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Join our world and play our game

Once again, Equestria Daily has given me a wonderful opportunity by hosting the new song Steve and I wrote, Two For One. I'd like to thank everyone for the praise and encouragement and for embracing the raw silliness the song had to offer. Two For One isn't the only thing I've been working on over the past couple weeks - my next solo album is beginning to take shape, and while I won't make any promises pertaining to the final outcome, it's looking a lot more experimental than my previous albums (especially Pause For Effect). It's fairly exciting and I'd love to write more, but college has been hitting me hard with work recently (the first exam storm is passing through) and BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II has been occupying the rest of my time (Platinum is my hero!). 

It really dawned on me today that I'm terrified for the future of video gaming. Rumors about the upcoming Microsoft and Sony consoles are truly horrifying. No backwards compatibility? Constant internet connection? No used games? What is this? I'm hoping and pleading that consumers respond with their wallets and let these companies know that these changes will not be apathetically accepted. Greed in the industry is at an all-time high, and it kills me to hear about these latest developments. I'm drawing the line, here!

I digress. I just haven't had much time to rant about stuff or babble about nonsense, lately. Maybe it's time for another Ask Jimmy?

The Creator's Dilemma

Posted by Spontaneous Productions on January 23, 2013 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Two miles to go, they're clearing the road

Well, my plan for a "chicken wing blog" just went out the window. I told myself that I could write a blog entry before my chicken wings finished cooking, but it took me until they were over halfway done to merely keep a stable internet connection. And then Webs went down. I took this as a divine sign to eat chicken instead of blog. Did you know I eat my hot wings with a fork?

Anyways, the first Q and A was a smashing success, but now that I've settled down into the college groove, I've got some silly ideas for future projects. My game design class has re-ignited my game making fire, I've had a hankering to work on a comic or animation, and I've been in talks with a friend of mine about writing an "avant-garde" album of experimental music. Usually when I get a bunch of new exciting ideas, I can't help but start making things in a frenzy of creativity. I'm restraining myself at the moment, though, because I've come to realize that such hasty work is usually poorly received. I can't draw, my games are, at best, amateur "experiments", and an experimental album would probably be difficult for many to swallow. Yes, I know I care too much about what others think, but I'm extremely sensitive, and if something of mine isn't well-liked, I'll take it to heart and drive myself crazy thinking about it at night, so I'm trying to save time and eliminate projects I know will put me in a bad spot.

Like this one time, I thought I had this brilliant idea to make a series of videos about government and politics (which I was taking a bunch of college classes over at the time), except I would break things down into simple terms, use silly cartoon characters to illustrate my points, and tell some jokes here and there. Basically, it was government class for people who didn't want to take government class. Well, I spent all day recording narration and drawing slides for the first episode, and upon uploading it, it got laughed and thumbs-downed out of the building. Afterward I realized - that was a stupid idea. Nobody likes politics, no matter how dumb and silly you make it. At least, nobody watching random Youtube videos. I guess you could say that my inspiration clouds my judgment. But you could also say that I should do what I want, regardless of what others think. Maybe I should just forget everything and listen to some Billy Idol. Flesh!

Oh wait, I forgot I left my iPod with a friend. Zounds! O, what a piteous plight!

I'll figure out what to work on next. Maybe.

A land of opportunity

Posted by Spontaneous Productions on January 10, 2013 at 3:35 PM Comments comments (0)

What if she's a zombie or a Dracula

With a belly full of fast food and a mind full of exciting prospects, I find myself precariously balanced between full-on focusing on side projects and trying to prepare myself for the upcoming college semester. It took me a while to hit my stride, and sadly, it was after two weeks of Winter break had already passed, so now I find the floor sliding out from under me faster than I'd like it to, because university life has a nasty habit of sneaking up on you. I always think, "Oh, I'll have plenty of time to work on fun things this semester!" and within a month I find myself too burnt out from reading and writing to muster up any kind of will to work on any kind of anything. I don't want to rush myself, but if school steals my soul like it's proven to be so good at doing, I might not get anything done until, I don't know, Spring Break or something.

So! The first Q and A session went wonderfully, and I'll definitely have my work cut out for me answering your questions. That is my top priority - before the break is over, I want to get the first Ask Jimmy video completed. You all were kind enough to play along, and the last thing I want to do is drag it out and wear your patience thin, so Q and A is currently sitting in pole position. Close behind, however, is more music. Tommythebaker and I wrote a song a few weeks ago called Airstrip One, and labeled ourselves as a progressive metal duo called "Bad Cess". Well, we got together again and made some more odd-time-signature-riddled gold, and once I get my lyrics written, that song will be hitting Reverbnation and my YouTube channel. I'm not in too much of a hurry, though, because I can record the vocal tracks at my leisure now that most of the work is done, and I released a good chunk of music over this past break. It will be refreshing to play some heavy riffs again, so practice your air drumming until I get everything recorded!

Alright, that's all I have. I'll try my best to start cracking on your questions. Thanks for playing. :D

Lyra's song

Posted by Spontaneous Productions on January 6, 2013 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, after a night's worth of pouring my heart out into a USB microphone, The Lament of Lyra is finished. I'm not completely happy with it, but as part of my New Year's resolution I'm going to stop chickening out and just release my work. I hate to see the effort go to waste because it's not "perfect", or it doesn't live up to my "vision" - every song is a stepping stone, and every mistake is worth learning from. Besides, if I upload all of my work, I'll have more of an incentive to get better. xD

Now that the Bon Bon/Lyra arc is finished, I'm sure I'll take a little break from the pony music. I might focus more on solo work, my prog rock stint with Bad Cess, or just play Animal Crossing for like three weeks and forget about music altogether. (Besides, I got a bajillion questions I have to start thinking about after the Q and A session opened. I'm excited! :D)

Mix-a-Lot's in trouble!

Posted by Spontaneous Productions on January 4, 2013 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

I am the son and heir - of nothing in particular

Oh hoh, I've done it now! I had no idea The Ballad of Bon Bon would get as popular as it did, but thanks to the kind efforts of MrZonalar and Equestria Daily, I got a score of new subscribers. Subscribers that, I'm sure, will be hungry for more pony music. I don't make pony songs too often, but after this incident (which I am now dubbing "the Bon Bon Flood", if you don't mind), I'll probably have to kick it up a notch if I want to keep things interesting for those on board.

Now, I'm not going to force myself to write songs, because that never turns out well. I am a humble servant of my inspiration - when it sparks, I offer a sacrifice to it and write a song. Or three. I don't want to neglect my pony-less writing, but I'll definitely try to keep Friendship is Magic in the back of my head when I'm writing riffs or banging my head on a MIDI keyboard. The big question is: who would I write the next song about? Decisions, decisions...

Regardless, I'm sure I'll come up with something. I always do. Those of you here for the ponies, thank you so very much for acknowledging my existence, but for my sake, don't be afraid to look at the other stuff! I love to keep my efforts varied, and don't want to become a... ahem... one trick pony.

...wait, come back! I'm sorry, that pun was too easy!