So uh, I wanted to do this waay earlier but I kinda forgot lol. Hopefully this is still in good enough time to talk about this.
I have mentioned this before, but I'm available for anyone who needs music for their Among Us animations! Whether it's something I've already made or something completely new, feel free to contact me if you want to use something of mine in your animation.
This year's NewGrounds Underdogs Audio Competition was - and I think many other judges can agree with me on this - much larger than those held in previous years, and I mean that in terms of both quantity and quality of the pieces brought to us. The pieces were definitely of high quality, and while many of us didn't agree that some pieces were better than others, the competition was higher than ever across all groups.
In terms of scores that I gave out, I want to say this to everyone who participated: don't be discouraged from what you see by the numbers. If anything, feel absolutely free to contact me for a review, and I can turn numbers into a critique for you. No matter what, though, the numbers that I gave - and the reasons why I gave them - are probably way different than the numbers that Jessie and SJLS gave, or the numbers that ACXLE gave, and so on. I personally think the best part about these is not the numbers you get, but rather the feedback you can trade them in for to grow and improve. Heck, I didn't win my first NGADM or NGUAC, but I took the advice I got and I came here - chances are, a lot of others here have done that too.
If you're still discouraged after that, then just realize that at least you tried and got somewhere - even if it was the lowest score in the audition phase, you still gave it a shot. You still allowed yourself to be judged, and hey, you now have the opportunity to grow from it. You got feedback, and now it leaves you a step forward from where other people would be if they never entered at all. That's honestly the hidden beauty of the competitions, is that you can improve and take a step forward compared to never leaving the ground at all.
If you're curious what my scores were, you can find them for all rounds in this spreadsheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/146h1H3rJyeOo6YxD0DBND89UMOY7-5-MbCL7MoMbHpU/edit?usp=sharing
Congrats to VociferousMusic, who not only won the competition this year but also had the only piece that took home a solid 10 from me and a few other judges!
More on the SMP soundtrack, another track has been posted! Feel free to check out the song, "Journey", here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yabAoCtbV-g
Thank you to Madeon, who edited the video this time around!
In addition, two more tracks were revealed, made by fellow Newgrounds musicians SirHadoken and Boom Kitty. You can check each of their tracks, Hip and Walk (respectively), over here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khKEBHOr4Pw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4IoW5MaGSE
From what I have been told, the final soundtrack sneak peek will be happening soon, but the peek will of course not showcase all songs. Thankfully, (hopefully) every song on the SMP OST made by me will be making its way here to Newgrounds following its opening. I say hopefully because there is one song I'm questioning - I won't say why as of yet, but just know that one song may or may not be included on the track when it comes here.
That's all for now. I'm honestly looking forward to the end of NGADM, and might get myself involved in near-future audio competitions here on the competitor side...