T Shirt Time

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Thanks to some inspiration from The Daily Create, and I stumbled upon this post and felt it would be cool to share some T Shirt I’ve made in the past. In my previous post, I talked about my experiences creating my first single Death Prone and I decided to turn some of the beautiful artwork into some T Shirts. My dream is to one day work with an artist on a specific clothing line in conjunction with a single release. To see people wear my work, my heart literally on their sleeve, would be something incredible for me to get inspired to make more music that relates to people’s lives. This is just a prototype but at one point, I hope to update with a post with an actual clothing line based around my music.

My new website

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So I have created my own website, thanks to the instructions of Professor Seslow. I’m excited about the opportunities I have to personalize my posts from this website. The process for this was actually harder than I thought as I had a few bugs I had to work out.

When I saw the error message, I was like…
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I had to contact the Reclaim Hosting staff in order to find out why my site would not open. But it was an experience that will be useful in the future for contacting other websites for troubleshooting. I’m not exactly sure what my website will be focused on, but I decided to style it based on my Death Prone artwork. I know I will tailor it around my creative endeavors and things i’m currently interested in that inspire me.  The name “JSamuelLifeAlt” is a reference to my new song I’m working on called Life Altering. It’s kind of a motto that I use for many things and I think it works for the tagline….

Without further ado,

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Finally got the Switch

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Yup, it’s about that time. I finally got the Switch console I’ve been waiting for since I pre-ordered in January. I’ve been saving money up for months to afford it. I have written many posts about Zelda on this blog and I have to say the game is even better than I imagined. I haven’t even scratched the surface and I’m already engrossed. There is such a relaxing freedom to it and it’s perfect to just relax and escape into it. The beauty of the Switch is that I could be studying or doing homework, take out my Switch in Handheld Mode, go on the bus, and play the system. Then I can finish my homework, and put in on the TV and play it on the big screen. My life is so much more busy than it was when i was a kid so to be able to play a game at this scale whenever i have a free moment because i can bring it anywhere is incredible. Nintendo has been a huge passion of mine and the Switch just cements how many awesome moments Nintendo has brought into my life from a kid getting his first Gameboy to now.

Here are some videos and pictures I took of my excitement of finally getting the Switch. I added a bitmoji using Snapchat to personalize it a bit 🙂

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My Zelda Supercut Montage

I’m super excited for Breath Of The Wild, the newest Zelda game. I’m going to have in 4 days. In honor of my hype, I decided to make a video montage of every console Zelda game so far. I downloaded the video off video using Savefrom.net and then trimmed them in Quick Time Player, finally I made the montage by importing the trimmed clips in IMovie. The series has grown so much and I hope to play each game one day. You can see how the game has evolved with advancing technology.

Week 4 post – Reminiscing on my most creative moment

After doing my Photoshop experiment, I had to decide what else to post about for this week. I realize this class is so fueled by creativity that I wanted to post the most creative thing I’ve ever been apart of . I created my own song called “Death Prone” in 2015. It’s a song about my experiences with anxiety disorder and that feeling of impending doom. As well as, me looking into the perspective of an old friend who was dealing with depression and harmful addictions at the time. I guess though we were dealing with different situations which distanced us, we were connected through that feeling which is why I wanted to use to perspectives on it. Me and my producer Rene Derobe went so hard to put our true emotions into this song. We aim to make music that describes mental illness in a candid, and nuanced way.

The video in particular meant a lot to me as I found a director who I admired who heard the song and wanted to create a short film based on it. He lives in Estonia and it helped accentuate the brisk cold winter vibe of the song. I like the video tells a different story than the song itself, and is connected mainly through the aesthetic and could be seen as metaphor for the struggle between the girl in verse 1 and the guy in verse 2. I love the surreal Twilight Zone feel, and it reminds me of a bit of Narnia with the trees with the tone of Series of Unfortunate Events series I used to watch as a child.

The best part of all this project was the “Perspective Gallery” where I sent my song to multiple artists all over Tumblr and asked them to draw the song how they saw it in their head. It was a beautiful experiment. I got to work with my favorite artist Helice Wen as she also took a great liking to the song as well as many other artists ranging from professional to hobbyists who draw as their forms of therapy. I love seeing how my song morphed into all these different styles but each were inspired by the song. It showed me truly how art could interpreted and inspire things you could never expect.

Helice Wen, Kyriakos Papageorious, G.C Cuervas, BatOrchids, David Slebonick, Dayita Derora Dharnima, Evan Delany, Gerta Oparaku, and FlamingYon all worked together to produce this gallery of artwork which were all used as alternate covers for the single allowing the listener to choose their own perspective or create their own to be put in the gallery.

It was an amazing time of my life and I’m working on a new song I’m really excited for (Life Alt). I plan to make it even bigger than Death Prone with a whole new concept and art direction. It’s so insane I can’t really talk about it until it gets closer to release. Learning from directing a project like this helped me to evolve as a person.