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Posted by ADR3-N - February 23rd, 2017


For now, this is a placeholder as part of my and @JK-FlipFlop's Masterpost of Audio Engineering Resources. Hell, I may as well call it a community project by now, haha. Several posts to be coming up in the week. Will be recording another podcasts in a day or so as I have time. Been a busy week.

Tutorials will be spaced out according to level of mastery. So far, one, but definitely open to recommendations, shameless self-plugs included! Will include guitar building as well! After all, part of playing an instrument is understanding its parts!


I present to you...

A(N EVENTUAL) CRAPLOAD OF QUALITY GUITAR TUTORIALS

Beginner:

Foreword: Chasing gear at this point is a lot less important than mastering fundamentals. You'll want to find an instrument that's both functional and suited to your budget. In other words, don't buy a flying V or a Taylor until you know you won't be tossing it into storage in a couple months, and remember that good technique outshines fancy equipment almost every time.

No combination of guitars, amps, line-ins, DI boxes, etc., is going to instantly poof you into Marti Friedman, Paul Gilbert, etc. Guitars don't come stamped with the genres they're capable of lending to either, with few exceptions. You can djent it up on a wire guitar with passive pickups, or play country on a Schechter. Everything comes out in the wash with appropriate technique and setup, which takes time.

Aaand going to find some good tutorials to put here, but beginner tutorials can be really generic and hard to disseminate good from bad. If you're a beginner and find something helped you, drop a comment.

Intermediate:

Tune Your Guitar Perfectly By Ear! - Chances are, if you're using the 55545 tuning method, you'll notice it's a little off. Check out this video and you'll find out how to do it using your guitar's natural harmonics.

Advanced:

Expert:


DIY GUITAR BUILDING

Builds:


 

 

WHAT'S WRONG WITH MY GUITAR AND HOW CAN I FIX IT?

String Buzz: Check your guitar's action, nut, and bridge, in order of most to least likelihood, depending where the buzz is occurring, and make sure the strings are not sitting too low as a result of whatever configuration you have.

You may have to adjust the action or truss rod or re-file the nut in the case of overly deep notches causing the strings to sit too low and vibrate against the fretboard. Low tunings are prone to this on shorter scale lengths and often perform either poorly or unpredictably with the lower string tension inherent in more extreme drop tunings. If you suspect this is the problem, the solution may be as simple as heading to the nearest shop and having your guitar set up for heavier gauge strings.


RETURN TO MASTERLIST >>


Posted by ADR3-N - February 13th, 2017


EDM364's Audio Portal Mod Diary, Entry 14


New podcast is out, and I don't have a migraine! Close to half asleep though. Links on the submission page. Contents, stats, news, discussion, and some wacky storytelling. Check it.

Stats: 34 stolen songs. 1 screamer. 17 users banned. 2.059 infraction rate.


Subscriptions: @littlemisfortune @maorrichan @RealFaction @Xtrullor

Thank you!


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Posted by ADR3-N - February 11th, 2017


EDM364's AP Mod Diary #13


Now in podcast format!


Update, Crown of Thorns has been released! Fans and critics welcome!  

Week's statistics: ≈ 110 illegitimate submissions, ≈ 60 submitters, for an infraction rate of 1.8333 per capita.

Record keeping was not as strict this week. Check out that podcast. If you go direct to the page, the mentioned links are in the description, and I mention some of the worst offenders, as well as the usual life junk. I do talk about @RealFaction and @JK-FlipFlop lots too, you know... for reals. I have a migraine. Can you tell?


Subscribers: @littlemisfortune @maorrichan @realfaction @xtrullor

Thank you!

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Posted by ADR3-N - February 8th, 2017


For now, this is a placeholder. What will go here are links to other lists, newsposts, and tutorials for better music making, podcasts, etc. Anyone can submit a link or a list BUT I request you also link back to this masterpost at the end of the post if you're drafting it yourself. Some of us are mobile users and it's really inconvenient to cycle through news posts with the back button. Not to mention it can use up a lot of data.

Categories are in order of importance and/or specificity.


TO COME:

  • Integration of superlists and aggregation of their content
  • Table of contents, better formatting
  • Integrated playlists for some categories, and also on some of my own posts

INSTRUMENT SPECIFIC TUTORIALS

BASS:

BRASS: @sorohanro's Trumpet Lessons

DRUMS:

GUITAR: My Guitar Masterlist, <your post here>

PIANO:

WORLD:

Request an instrument in the comments!


DIGITAL AUDIO WORKSTATIONS (DAW)

"The DAW by itself isn't your money maker when it comes to music, podcasts, backing tracks... You are."

A good DAW is everything. Whether it's Pro Tools, Mixcraft, or Reaper, free or paid, what matters most is what you actually intend to do with it, not the name or the price... Well, unless you're broke, in which case don't worry, we've got you covered.

FREE:

PAID:

Tell us about a DAW we missed!


VIRTUAL INSTRUMENTS AND FX (VST & VFX)

FREE VSTs

PAID VSTs

Send us a VST!


WRITING AND COMPOSITION

 

How do you get your songwriting ideas?


SOUND DESIGN AND MIXING

PREMASTERING

Request a topic!


GENRE SPECIFIC TUTORIALS (A-Z)

Main genres bolded. Subgenres will be linked.

BLUES:

CLASSICAL:

CINEMATIC:

DRUM AND BASS:

DUBSTEP: Brostep (American), Drumstep, Eurostyle

ELECTRONICA:

HIP-HOP: Olskool, RnB, Trap

METAL: Black Metal, Symphonic Metal, Synth Metal

ROCK:

SKA:

VIDEOGAME: Chiptune, Sega Genesis, etc.

Request a genre!


POST PRODUCTION/PROCESSING

With Audacity:


Happy hunting/writing/mixing/composing!

Special Thanks To: @BlueAlpha14 @JK-FlipFlop @SnowTeddy @sorohanro


Posted by ADR3-N - February 7th, 2017


For those of you hoping for my semi-daily diary, this is not it, however I am keeping record of that and will post tomorrow or the next day with the appropriate dating. This isn't because theft has slowed down or anything. There's still plenty of stuff. I'm just spending a lot of time on mixing.

I've got Creator's Club tomorrow too, and that symphonic slash videogame slash cinematic metal I've been working on has been taking up tons of time -- a lot of it spending time trying to think "how the hell am I going to write this track when my guitar rig is a ball of ass, my amp is exploded, and my sample library doesn't like the key of Am.

Most of my time the past few days has been digging through what free low-tuned metal guitar sample libraries I can find and stuffing those in my DAW. I've got some good dry samples I made myself but getting those into a workable format is gonna take some serious work.

Those in my boat, you might wanna check this out, from Chernobyl Studios -- a sick tutorial on getting a sicker metal guitar sound.

This is what I've been studying. It's pretty lit. Anyone, any DAW, these plugins are great, and the video brings up a ton of good points. Tag anybody you think might dig it.


Posted by ADR3-N - February 2nd, 2017


EDM364's Mod Diary, Page 12


No news here, people are still stealing shit and trying to hack Geometry Dash. Not five minutes after @Xtrullor reenabled his songs for DL, someone who didn't understand how NG works or care about the artists behind the music tried to steal from his catalog. Got 'em though thanks to our very own AP Cleanup elves.

Here's hoping the embeds lower down don't mess up formatting.


SLICE OF LIFE:
Quite literally don't remember much about yesterday. My A key is sticking. I spent most of yesterday on Newgrounds, drinking coffee and modding -- and oh, my mom came to visit and listened to my latest two tracks. She was busy though, so she spent most of the time flitting around the house. Meant a lot in one way and a total bummer in another.

I was up for a grand total of 37 hours yesterday while I worked on my latest track and was unable to sleep. Otherwise, uneventful. I did however work on some lyrics for an upcoming song and arguing with hateful imbeciles on Twitter.

Time is running out
The star streaked sky plummets to the ground
Born midst a hail of lies
Freedom screams in a world deaf to cries
of pain, of shame

For a long lost brother she bore
The kingdom suffers evermore

Lost in a cold system
but found again in adherent religion
They call it liberty
under mantle of hypocrisy
enmity

For a long lost brother she bore
The kingdom suffers evermore

The caress of this half life
traipsed 'pon liberty
the paths of fear we tread

Democracy dies with every tongue lying silent
Theocracy thrives with every lie and act of violence
In the NAME OF GOD
In the NAME OF GOD
IN the NAME OF GOD
STOP THIS MADNESS

Truth in Christ compells compassion
Politics reduce to ashes

Tears of blood shed in vain
Who can say they know his name?

For a long lost brother she bore
The kingdom suffers evermore
For a long lost brother she bore
The kingdom suffers evermore
The kingdom suffers evermore
and bears at last his crown of thorns

@Cank may make an appearance on these vocals, also, and I'm looking forward to collaborating with @Teqneek on other works as well. Thinking of reaching out to @RealFaction -- if you have time, of course -- because I need someone who can program guitar work really. There's just this edge that I can't get with the library I've got.


MOD PERFORMANCE:
Stolen: 64
Non-remix: 3
Total: 67
Ban: 38
Per capita: 1.76


BREAKDOWN:
Busy, busy, busy! 64 stolen songs and 3 non-remixes for a total of 67 illegitimate submissions per 38 users banned. That amounts to a more moderate 1.76 infractions per capita, compared to yesterdays absolutely insane ratio, despite one user with a catalog of 17 stolen songs all labelled "test" or some iteration in Spanish.

Almost all infractions were in the past 4 days, with some in 2016. Some appeared reactionary blowover from @Troisnyx's petition, which called out not only the game's non-existent artist compensation but also the uglier side of the GD userbase stealing music. If you read my previous post, you'll see what they had to say in return, lots of death threats and more threats to vandalize the site. I'm going to take a moment to share the choice picks from todays crop.

Early on, some idiot tried to pass off the internet sensation colloquially known as "Owen Was Her" as his own work. For those not familiar with the song, here. This has happened about 5 times since I became a mod.

Some are only aware of this tune because of the McRoll version, but it's probably one of the most popular, most remixed videogame themes I know of.

So, facepalm out of the way, I actually ran into a pleasant surprise -- and a blast from the past. Another user tried to say "Every Little Earthquake" - Little Boots was their own work. Albeit a horribly distorted ear-rapey remix, I immediately recognized it and promptly thanked @Tebiri for mailing that one to me. It had been a long time.

This was legit the sound-track to a couple relationships I'm not going to even talk about -- and, exes reading this, if you think I'm talking about you, trust me, I'm probably not. It's been a LONG time. I was very naive once upon a time.

The Rolling Sky Soundtrack was very popular today, and I've heard it around from thieves. It's... meh. Also had some appearances of Trivago commercials, which apparently is a meme for the South American GD fanbase. Oh well, got to go; those break 3 rules -- advertisement, spam, AND stolen.

Of course, it didn't take too long before some disrespectful asshole was uploading @Xtrullor's hard work despite his explicit wishes not to have some of his tracks ingame at least until RobTop updated to give artists the choice whether they wanted their tracks or not. Some moron just couldn't wait and uploaded a rip of @Xtrullor's "Supernova", which has been vastly used in GD if you look at how many more downloads than it has plays. If you haven't already heard, check it out. The drops are SICK. My GOD.

The harmonics got me like damn on those falls.


CONCLUSION:
I don't think Rob's update is going to completely fix the theft issue here, HOWEVER, it will help keep stolen songs out of Geometry Dash, seeing as only artists currently approved for GD will be able to get their songs in-game, and RobTop will have to manually approve others. The only way to get stolen songs in game now will be for users to use the "play iTunes over the game" hack, which will be incredibly inconvenient. This is a good change. Add in that users such as myself will be able to allow/deny usage of our songs, and this is what should have happened to begin with.


SUBSCRIPTIONS: @littlemisfortune @maorrichan @RealFaction @Xtrullor

Thank you!

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Posted by ADR3-N - February 1st, 2017


EDM364's Mod Diary, Page 11


EDIT: I realized I cut off part of the post because @Xtrullor asked to subscribe, as he would be referring users to this page presumably rather than have to explain all of this to the rather ungrateful users that give him hell -- I refuse to call them fans. Subscribers portion appended and links put into place. Blushing a bit.

UPDATE: RobTop has made an official announcement presumably in response to events of late, as well as changes to come, so parts of this post are moot. Not once does he acknowledge that he's been profiting all this time off of our non-commercial CC licensed music, or that he's been incredibly lazy updating until illegally monetizing said music was threatened, however. Suddenly, after Troisnyx's petition, communication with Tom picked up, and we were made aware changes are on the horizon.

What IS confirmed is that the changes we lobbied for ARE going to happen. Artists will have the option to allow and disallow tracks for use in GD, and GD abusers will no longer be able to get ANY new stolen tracks to work in GD. Artists will have to be manually approved by RobTop, which will only happen on a selective basis, to ensure the artists are both legitimate and worth listening to.

Picture a pristine portal. No more daily mass thefts! No more annoying How-To spam! That's a win-win as far as I'm concerned, and the burden will be put squarely on Rob, not us, to review these people. This is what should have been done to begin with, and I will say he's earned brownie points in my eyes for taking that one on the chin. Here's high hopes for the 1% of abusers getting with the program and realizing their days are over, and their attempts are futile, and users like @BlueAlpha14 and @Tebiri luck sniffing out the last GD thefts this portal may ever see -- oh, and that my Audio Flagging Guide becomes obselete.


So, as you undoubtedly all know, shockwaves were felt 'round the web in the advent of Geometry Dash being pulled from Steam to address copyright infringement issues, as well as, we assume, multiple reports of Geometry Dash breaking Creative Commons license, as well as DMCA takedowns. This is what I gather from my daily web stroll. RobTop has responded to hate-mongering players via Twitter.

I've been working with Newgrounds for a long time to improve the music process. They did not have anything to do with the problem on Steam. - RobTop Games, January 31, 2017

Interesting -- since angry GD players have come out of the woodwork with undue threats of bodily harm to @Troisnyx and @RealFaction and Newgrounds as a whole for breaking their toy, and have figured out that Newgrounds and Rob are working on hotfixes to the game. I've even got some choice mails myself, and @Cank has had some assholes plying their vitriol on YT.

Here's some choice words from users on Steam. Trigger warning: cancerous community that doesn't care about music artists insisting things like Troisnyx et. al. should die over a petition to remove a GAME from stores that wasn't even submitted, to my knowledge. Let that sink in a second, then click that link.

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@BlueAlpha14 makes an interesting point; thefts have been practically muted in the past two days since GD was removed from stores, at least in comparison to the past 3 years of shit. The portal is the closest to 2007's lean-mean running form as I've seen it since GD 1.9, but I have seen some rule breaking and sticks in the mud, to be fair. Just reminds me how great it'd be if all the GD abusers just made like Nebula and kept their copyright/CC License infringing to themselves rather than passing it onto us. That way, at least Rob wouldn't be the one responsible for our music being trampled on to line his pockets.

Speaking of copyright infringement, @Jackho finds it a bit strange the game was DMCA'ed by Nintendo for copyrighted achievement avatars, not for the rampant abuse of music without artists' consent, and so do I, but if @Troisnyx's petition was never submitted, it can't be the reason either, unlike the GD side of the kitty pool is quick to assume here.

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In addition to the copyrighted images and in spite of RobTop's assertion otherwise, it does indeed seem that the game was removed for breaking the various Creative Commons licenses of artists on Newgrounds, and by extension, the law -- YES, Geometry Dash was judiciously removed by Steam staff because RobTop was making money off of music used in custom levels, which violated the intellectual property rights of users such as myself, @Xtrullor, @Troisnyx, and @RealFaction, who require in our CC licenses that any commercial use of our music be discussed with us in EXPLICIT detail before it is used; thus Steam saw this through NG artists' flags and removed the game on the basis of intellectual property rights violation. This is briefly glossed over on Reddit, if anyone wants to go over there and give their side of the story. We've certainly gotten enough hate for it.

Now, @TomFulp himself has stated the removal of Geometry Dash from any stores wasn't the solution he hoped for, and that it should only happen as a last resort. Many others of us have said we never wanted the game removed to begin with -- we just wanted CHANGE, change that now appears to be on the horizon.

On that note, @Troisnyx has updated her petition newspost to reflect our collective hope that this hullaballoo ultimately leads to a better Geometry Dash for everyone involved, content creators included -- that we won't have to alienate our fanbase by disabling downloads and/or host our content elsewhere if we don't want our songs used in a paid app that uses our portal as a hosting service, and that theft can be minimized, if not eliminated entirely. This would be a massive improvement, either way it goes.

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The problem as we know it exists in the implementation of the custom levels, through which our communities are intertwined. Our music, the Newgrounds Audio Portal, has been used like a cheap whore. It's not a lot to ask for RobTop to sticky something across Steam, Apple Store, and the Play Store for his players to abide by our TOS, not steal shit, etc., and respect artists -- and more importantly, not to treat the site in general as a tool for Geometry Dash. We've been here since before half the GD playerbase was born, and we certainly don't owe our popularity, success, and longevity to one singular game! We gave birth to the viral internet plague that was Numa Numa, for Christ's sake! The GD community is by and large completely ignorant of this and the rampant abuse; most just come to our site, scan the AP for the most popular songs or upload junk, then disappear, if that. Many don't even know we're being taken for a ride in the process.

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As with all of this ignorance of our community as a whole, there are those that will say our reaction to all of the problems associated with GD is extreme, that it shouldn't have been taken down, that our petition was disrespectful, that we owe RobTop, that not ALL GD players are the problem and they don't deserve this.

Let me just say that, for one, anyone who hasn't been living under a rock knows the broad abuse of this platform is what lead to our collective outrage, not the law abiding garden variety players, who don't leave a large footprint on the site. For two, it's one thing for all this to happen as a result of a free app, but a paid app that also breaks our non-commercial use Creative Commons licenses, which exist to protect our rights as artists, and this has been happening for 3 years, combined with all the vitriolic sludge defecated all over our community in the process? We've been more than kind, patient, courteous, and accommodating. I think I'll leave it right there.

Regarding the GD takedown and his own reasonings, @RealFaction is expected to release his own statement later, but these newsposts, this diary, this is mine. I don't give a damn whether the game comes back or not; it probably will, and I hope for the thousands of innocent players that enjoy the game that it does, but I will not side idly by so long as it enables -- no, encourages degenerates to abuse our music for pay. My hope is that @Zhenmuron, @BrenTheMan, and @TomFulp are able to put their heads together and make a better, more thoughtful, more legal Geometry Dash for all involved, not just the few featured in the official levels and RobTop himself profiting.

So yes, I did sign the petition and flag all the versions of Geometry Dash which violate my non-commercial Creative Commons Licenses. No, I'm not sorry something got done about it. The game isn't gone forever unless RobTop decides to take the money, run, and prove all the people that think he doesn't care about NG or the GD community right. I just hope something good comes of this, and the idiots making @Troisnyx, @Cank, @Xtrullor, @RealFaction, and anyone else feel bad for standing up, speaking truth, and doing the right thing get their comeuppance.

/end rant


SLICE OF LIFE:
The past few days have been mind numbingly busy. Sunday night, we heard that my friend was getting kicked off of campus the following day by 2 o'clock (thankfully a friend's family got him out of that jam), so @littlemisfortune and I packed up and headed for Scooba. Once there, we hung out with him and a couple friends for what we thought was going to be the last time, sitting on the stage on campus. It was freezing, but an otherwise decent night. Later, we drove out down a country road and made a faltering campfire that would last a good 30 minutes before we'd have to gather up leaves and sticks again. Would have had a party with sparse alcohol if Scooba sold it past 10 PM on a Sunday; however, with the coyote howls that sent us scampering into our vehicles later, it's probably a good thing none of us drank..

Creator's Club met 7 PM the next day in the library and @littlemisfortune had classes, so we did have to turn in pretty early. Ended up sleeping in a car parked in front of a friend's house overnight because her parents were asleep amid notable protest (not from the sleeping parents lol). Ivy, a friend, left us a blanket and some "I wish you would listen to me" facial expressions. Regret not just ponying up 5 bucks to stay in either Women's Honors or G.A. for the night.

Monday morning, woke up feeling like my spine was falling out of my body, lotioned up ye olde psoriasis issues, ate an orange for breakfast which toothpaste made me regret instantly, and headed off to the library wearing the same clothes from yesterday. Other than that, felt like a commuter. I couldn't find an outlet for a bit, so I logged onto NG on one of the school computers, which I still had my login for -- and which surprisingly worked. I figured. My wifi key still did as well on the laptop.

Did my moderating for the day until @littlemisfortune came out of piano lab and gave me some coffee, still hot. No idea where the fuck it came from but it was good, and sweeter than saccharine. Had me wired, so I started on a new song. Last one I worked on in the same vein is embedded below. It's, er, well, about my dad, who passed May 14, 2016, on my also deceased step-dad's birthday. Funny how all that shit works out.

Pretty much the rest of the day was consumed with hanging out with friends on campus, getting bum rushed with people hugging me, eating oranges and nasty protein bars, and awkwardly chatting with old acquaintances, some of which I don't even remember names because that's just an issue with me. After I graduated, things just sort of faded around the edges apart from band. Always remember faces though.

Did the whole Creator's Club jive at 7:05. Most everyone who hadn't quit came. Really a shame the old "friend group" feel and drama cut down on our size. I played my 7 minute magnum opus of a song, 2 other songs were shared, a couple drawings were shown, and 3 or 4 stories were read. Discussed Valentines day stuff, like commission poems, etc. Still have to finalize things to become an official club because our last president left some things off the list, or we can't do any funky trips. I'm hoping the club gets bigger, and I may make a website for it on something like Weebly or Wix. Weebly allows you to edit the html of the page, which I'm decent at, although I might need someone more intelligent like @Mich to borrow for advice, hahah.

Came home late last night. Woke up late today, missed a couple deposits, and here we are.


MOD PERFORMANCE:
Stolens: 97
Non-remix: 8
Total: 105
Bans: 42
Per capita: 2.5


BREAKDOWN:
97 stolen submissions and 8 non-remixes were unpublished for a total of 105 offenses on my paper logs. 42 bans were recorded. This amounts to a 2.5 infraction rate per capita.


CONCLUSION:
My record keeping is a bit of an abysmal underestimate for the past 3 days. This isn't counting a large portion of what I handled on mobile. Considering I had virtually nothing to do but moderate for the past few days, that's a lot of stolen and rule-breaking shit. Infraction rate was higher due to several users submitting large catalogs. So, the infraction rate would have been somewhat lower had I been able to record every infraction, but not because there were less infractions, certainly.

Hoping to keep a more active and accurate record next time I take a trip, for sure.


SUBSCRIPTIONS: @littlemisfortune @maorrichan @RealFaction @Xtrullor

Thank you!

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Posted by ADR3-N - January 30th, 2017


Okay, right now I'm still on EMCC campus, so my mod diary is gonna be a little delayed. Probably getting home super late because of Creator's Club. Good news, the friend I was talking about isn't getting kicked out of school so though my voyage is rendered moderately pointless, it's really fantastic news and I'm happy I came. Chilling in the library. Also updated that list of VSTs and will link that here when I've got @Mich's updates in.

<3


Posted by ADR3-N - January 27th, 2017


EDM364's AP Mod Diary, Page 10


Having some issues with blood pressure today, slept 24 hours. Still entirely hacked about the Geo Dash situation but have some news to cover. Herein this long ass section will be an overview of @Troisnyx's petition, why it was made, my own thoughts, and word from Tom regarding the future handling of the relationship between Geometry Dash and our Audio Portal to come, as well as how the game itself is a catastrophe of intellectual property rights' violation in its present state. Also some advice for those of you who choose to disable downloads on your tracks until this is all dealt with appropriately.


Last time you heard from me I linked @Troisnyx's petition to remove Geometry Dash from app stores, which netted an absolutely explosive response from Newgrounders, Geometry Dash players, mods, and staff alike. It probably could have directed its ire better, since it's not just the community that's the problem; it's the shitty mangled tether that hitches us together, the custom song feature, the abuse of which endangers our site, and the profiting from which also violates a lot of CC licenses in the process -- but it said quite a few things which needed to be said, imo.

I've made my position clear: I don't care whether GD gets removed or not so long as something gets done, which has since been promised. The jury is out whether Rob will hold up his end of the bargain, but no one can deny that Newgrounds staff has been exceedingly cooperative and accomodating in spite of everything and this has been a long time coming.

Since I signed the petition, an additional 60 some odd signatures have accrued ranging from reluctant to enthusiastic to vehemently angry yet all very much disillusioned with the 3 years of shit the Newgrounds community has put up with. There are now 100+ comments on @Troisnyx's post, ranging from full support to vehement opposition and offense. I don't speak for @Troisnyx or anyone else, but I figure I should clarify the actual purpose of that petition -- to actually get a response, which it did -- and why I myself signed.

No, it wasn't because I think the entire GD community is represented by the thousand flecks of shit that wreck our site and endanger our future. I signed that petition because I can't stand the idea that RobTop gets to take advantage of musicians like me every time someone puts up a level, and most GD players I've encountered seem to think we all should be grateful for the strain @Zhenmuron's irresponsible implementation of these levels has put on us, as if all of our popularity and prestige is owed to this stupid game and we should be happy to see our art treated like dollar store cologne. Someone tried to tell me today that @Dimrain47 owed his popularity to GD, too. Bullshit.

Now, ad revenue from the free version might go to one or two musicians partnered with the ad companies, but you know as well as I do, Rob is making bank after GD 2.0+, and the musicians by and large are not making jack shit. NG isn't even getting compensation for the broad use and abuse of the entire Audio Portal as a hosting service -- and certainly not the users working on custom levels so he can keep selling the game indefinitely as is, without having to make any additional levels.

Let me explain how and why this is a problem. All music on NG is released under a CC license, meaning all songs on NG are licensed property of the submitter. Stolen content of course voids this license entirely, i.e. copyrighted music or NCS music submitted by someone other than the creator, but this isn't what I'm getting at. There are all types of CC licenses on Newgrounds, many of which are NON-COMMERCIAL USE ONLY. Use in Geometry Dash completely violates the terms of these licenses, since RobTop is making money off of Geometry Dash, meaning USE IN GD IS NOT FAIR USE!

So, Rob is making MONEY off of misery, violation of intellectual property rights, as well as his players' collective naivete about the mechanics of music and $$$. Until now, most of us were under the impression that next to nothing was being done about this. Fortunately, we were wrong; it's just that it's happening VERY slowly.

The NG staff and purportedly Rob are working together to fix the current theft issues, as well as the annoying need to disable downloads entirely if you don't want your hard work used to line someone else's pocket or worry about broken licenses you'll never see compensation for -- many of our users have been forced into this, such as @Xtrullor, as an extreme example. He has faced ridiculous abuse from the GD community.

For some like @Dj-Nate, however, it's not as much an issue; they don't mind their having their music featured in a paid game pro-bono, or haven't had the misfortune to find out about it. On this note I'd like to clarify that if GD were totally free, with no ads, I'd have no problem having my music featured, same as I don't mind having my music featured in works on NG because Newgrounds benefits from the ad revenue. I'm NOT okay with Rob getting ad revenue from levels using my work without flipping NG or myself a single penny, especially with all the damage his community is doing to us, and the disrespect that has been shown to our site's artists, all while I'm not making a dime, myself!

And let's not dismiss that if Rob were profiting off of music from some big wig like Skrillex, the lawsuits would be quick, and GD would be dead.

That, or the Big 3 would seize the rights to it like they did to Grooveshark. Go ahead and Google that if you didn't already hear. It's pretty spooky, especially if you recall that Grooveshark's creator ended up myseriously dying not long after he pledged to keep fighting the record labels' monopoly on music, after plenty of lawsuits which held him liable for offenses committed by his users. Don't think Rob wouldn't get treated the same.

We at NG don't have the kind of money to pursue lawsuits or fight them. If we did, it would be put to use funding the artists we have on site instead. However, with GD players uploading Skrillex songs to our portal by the day and the fact just a couple DMCA's and some follow-up lawsuits could put us under, it becomes abundantly clear GD has not been and probably will not ever be a good thing for us if things don't change. We will be the ones that get sued to death for hosting the content Rob is making bank off of!

That's why I signed the petition, not because I hate GD players or RobTop himself, but I hate the way in which custom songs were implemented so thoughtlessly as to not only completely take advantage of our site without any consideration to how our CC licenses work -- rather than just "oh, music I won't have to shell out a penny for monetizing!" -- but also without explaining beforehand to his community, who knows nothing about us or our contributions to the net as a whole, that their disregard for our rules and regulations could break not only our banks and the site as a whole but also the cash cow he's been riding for the past 3 years in the process. They don't know the legal implications of what's happening here!

Now, in regards to the petition, we all know full-well it's unlikely the game actually gets taken down, and that might actually be a good thing, but if threatening that cash cow was the only way to get change, fast, before it kicks us in the ass for good, it's worth the trouble. Better than sitting idle with our thumbs stuck up our asses complaining.

Now, all being said, some changes @TomFulp and @BrentheMan been thinking aloud about on our end to help users like @Xtrullor and @RealFaction, who have had to disable downloads on their own tracks rather than have them used/abused, is an in-built option for AP submitters to enable or disable tracks for use in GD, sort of how our CC licenses work, since notably, disabling certain IDs in GD alone has not stopped the theft and reupload of tracks, and shady users seem to just steal whatever they can get their hands on anyway. Unfortunately currently, that change is not possible without entirely disabling downloads until future updates from RobTop's end.

This has apparently been in the works for quite a while but atm we're in the dark. @TomFulp has said on the issue, "However if GD updated to use a JSON call we set up for it a few months back, then we can use that to control access - waiting to hear if it is using that currently or not, otherwise it's something that could go into future updates." He also mentioned a bulk feature to work for our compositions, so we don't have to go one by one and disable or re-enable. This should be handy for users like me who have a pretty big body of work.

Others have mentioned that NG is going to face a lot of backlash from ungrateful twits over on the GD side of the kitty pool, so with that in mind, I have a little something to say... I mean, other than that those users can go fuck themselves into a less entitled state, realize we have a right to do whatever we want with our content, that NG is not a file-dump for GD, and before dropping that scathing 0 star review, they should probably read this.

USERS WHO DISABLE DOWNLOADS ON YOUR TRACKS: Please be aware that if you're getting reviews from GD players giving you shit for it, you CAN and SHOULD flag them abusive. Users are supposed to be reviewing your track, not your CC license or advertising that some site, game, or app exists, and reviews like "FUCK YOU FOR DISABLING USE IN GD GAEEM!1!1!" are all kinds of rule breaking!

Back to GD, we're also hoping RobTop will implement some banners and questionaires on his end in English AND Spanish to let his users know that it isn't cool to steal songs just because they aren't already here, how to properly use the Portal, etc. I'm not sure how the hell anyone could miss this one here, but who knows.

Seriously, it's kind of obvious.

I'm slightly less optimistic about more banners and popups users can click through since most users, even the Spanish speakers (most of whom are taught English in primary school), seem to be just trying to disguise their theft rather than not knowing it's against the rules. HOWEVER, getting them to understand that they aren't going to just magically GET AWAY WITH IT BY BEING SCOUTED might help.

Ultimately, my hope is that some power is given to the Portal. It's our songs being used and often abused, and we deserve a say in how that happens just as much with third-party apps as we have here. If something as simple as this can happen, maybe I'll start thinking that we don't need that petition. As long as we don't have that option and Rob is still turning our hard work into his $$$, not only is the community wrecking our site, but the game is also robbing us and breaking the law (in the case of non-commercial CC licenses). That's not acceptable.

Now, moving onto my day.


SLICE OF LIFE:
Not much doing. Have spent most of the past couple of days sleeping. Losing appetite. Did however get some video editing done. Went to bed yesterday around 8 PM. Woke up today at 4:47 PM.


MOD PERFORMANCE:
No. Thefts: 44
Music Maker Jam: 3
Ear-Rape: 2
Total: 49
Bans: 36
Per capita: 1.361


BREAKDOWN:
Of 44 thefts, 43 were for GD. 3 Music Maker Jam tracks were also for GD and used the same dubstep bassline sample. 2 submissions were ear rape "How-To" songs. Most users were one-off, fire and forget offenders, with most giving incriminating or gibberish descriptions. A few obscured names. 49 offenses per 36 offenders equates to 1.361 offenses per capita, which would seem like a marked decrease in theft but in actuality is about the same judging off of what I've seen @Exedor go through.


CONCLUSION:
Same shit, different day, just hoping to bring light to the situation.

SUBSCRIPTIONS: @littlemisfortune @maorrichan @RealFaction

Thank you!

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Posted by ADR3-N - January 25th, 2017


EDM364's AP Mod Diary, Page 9


The fires of revolution burn today. @Troisnyx wrote a petition, and if you're not a Google spider crawling this page for indexing purposes, you owe it to yourself and your Newgrounds account to check this out. Other happenings, 2 slow days with an insanely weird sleep schedule that keeps turning around on me.

While I'm on business though, let me talk about that petition real quick, which I'll be putting on blast any way I can over the coming weeks. I encourage you to do the same: check out @Troisnyx's page, @ any users you know who would want to help, share on social media, and sign that bloody petition like your life depends on it. Your Newgrounds life and the lives of every submission ever to grace the past, present, and future portals do, after all.

Geometry Dash is destroying our site, one cancerous comment, stolen file, and/or multi-account at a time, yet RobTop is doing nothing to stop it. On the contrary, he's profiting from the rampant theft and abuse we suffer, not to mention the hard work of countless content creators who never see a cent in return for their toil; meanwhile we're all at risk of getting sued to oblivion because the idiot farm he's cobbled together thinks "no copyright infringement intended" or "fair use" means they can to steal whatever the fuck they want for their 5 seconds of "Gimme toy, gimme toy!" without us or them both feeling the consequences. It's out of control, and it's clear no one else but Newgrounds is going to watch Newgrounds' back, so let's do that. We owe it to ourselves.


SLICE OF LIFE:
Not much doing except some serious stress and floundering. Was not able to attend Creator's Club on Monday due to my ride having more pressing obligations, and Tuesday I slept virtually all day after having been up for 33 hours of absolute manic episode. I had been unable to sleep between chores, moderating, and writing on a horror movie script about two lesbians who are attacked by a poltergeist over the course of a couple weeks. Said poltergeist has an intense hatred for closet gays, women, and Christian dogma.

I don't really remember much else about Monday and early Tuesday, although I do recall being fed up with my family, especially my very domineering grandmother, who I live with. She constantly nags and berates, and orders me around. I've gotten to where I just ignore her until she realizes that I'm not going to do a damn thing until she asks, not tells. She's also taken to eating near me purposefully, which sounds like a mix of slopping hog and horse-teeth on salt-block, give or take some slurp.

I suffer from misophonia, and at times I have to run out of the room before I flip a damn table or retaliate. I cannot stand the fucking loud, barbaric mouth noises unless I have my own bowl of chow to tune into instead of the constant irritation and anxiety being near these sounds creates, which is 100x worse if the sound is isolated (meaning an entire lunch table is fine but someone eating in front of me is a problem) or I can't get on a pair of headphones to blast white noise until the stimulus is gone. It can wake me up from a dead sleep.

Speaking of sleep, I'm still up from yesterday, so technically this is a same-day post for me. After my 33 hour wake cycle, I passed out on the couch around 1 PM after grudgingly making my grandmother a pot of coffee. She's so lazy, she won't do it herself even if she's less than a foot from the coffee pot and I'm sitting in the living room or downstairs. Same thing if I make food. She expects to have some of it, or me to make her some, or to be able to mess with whatever I put up for myself, which usually results in unwanted shit poured in on top of whatever I might have wanted to eat. Anyway, I went to bed. Uncle tried to wake me up for dinner at six because I was on the couch, and my mom called at 9 to tell me someone else had been trying to reach me, one of her friends from work when I was a wee tot, who now plays PoGo with my group of friends.

So, apparently, that lady had called another lady to come pick me up, and we were gonna go smash down a gym with two other friends. Valor is pretty much the number one team in Meridian. We're Mystic, so it's always great being able to take some buds and bash a gym from 10 to zero in nothing flat. Naturally I accepted, washed the sleep off of my face, and was rearing to go. Was a little sad mom seemed to otherwise ignore me though and shift our conversation to her new terminally ill boyfriend but I'm used to it pretty much by now.

Long story short, went out for about an hour, trolled Valor with some weak sauce 'mons, got an Omanyte and 5 Growlithes, hatched 6 eggs, and levelled up to 24. Was a much needed outing, and I got some social interaction. I still haven't checked all my messages, so that, signal boosting @Troisnyx's petition -- possibly even taking time out to record a YouTube video and podcast "Why Geometry Dash Must Die" -- and penciling in a good dose of moderating today is on the to-do list. I've got my desk set up and I'm good and pissed off. First I'm gonna nap though. I've been utterly wiped for about the past 2 hours and just deposited -- sadly missed yesterday, I think. 31 days til level up.


MOD PERFORMANCE:
No. Thefts: 50
Copyrighted Source: 4
Total: 54
Bans: 17
Per capita: 3


BREAKDOWN:
Of 50 thefts, 47 were blatantly for Geometry Dash, and 3 non-descript. The remaining submissions were covers or remixes of copyrighted songs, one including an older rap over Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" instrumental, which really pained me to remove; it was just that good, and it occurs to me that if not for GD, I probably never would have had to -- NG was getting to the point we could have copyrighted samples with the proper attribution, but GD put the nail in the coffin on that debate, and so did the old-school copyright pushing, dough rolling trend setters up in the big 3. The music industry of course is pretty much known for expecting to make bank off of non-profit usage, to paraphrase @TomFulp, so none of this is surprising (dear self, remember to reply to his response in forums today -- thanks). Back on topic, however, this totals 54 infractions from 18 users for a rate of 3 per capita. Outrageous!


CONCLUSION:
Same shit, different day. Most users I encountered had between 4-7 thefts under their belts, the blatant @Rukkus impersonator, @sukkuR, being one of the worst offenders of the bunch. This user brazenly gloated about stealing Rukkus' tracks to get scouted after having several other accounts banned for passing off others' work as their own. Stuff like this is a prime example of why we need @Troisnyx's petition. @Zhenmuron has been reached out to, and reached out to, and reached out to, and still hasn't done much of anything at all to curb the abuse fostered in his cash cow cult of entitled little sheep. Troisnyx is a better wordsmith today than I, so do check out her post and spread the word. This shit has gone on too long.


SUBSCRIPTIONS: @littlemisfortune @maorrichan @RealFaction

Thank you!

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