Yes, the same George Buzinkai who has contributed so much to the soundtrack of Homestuck including Doctor, Explore, Endless Climb, and Firefly has been through a lot lately.
Despite having composed some of the most identifiable and beloved themes in the Homestuck soundtrack, George Buzinkai has been befallen some of the worst luck. In the last year he has suffered many hardships while attempting to pay his way through college to pursue an animation degree with little-to-no financial support. He has had little time to create music between Hurricane Sandy turning his life upside-down for a month and relocating several times throughout the past months.
Most recently his house burned down, leaving him homeless, uninsured, and destroying all his old music equipment. In one fell swoop, Buzinkai has lost all of his work including his Homestuck music and animation projects.
If you have anything to spare, please visit his homepage at buzinkai.net and donate to his Paypal. This isn’t a fundraiser - there’s no rewards - this is simply about George’s well-being.
Buzinkai has been a calm and courteous contributor to Homestuck from the beginning and almost never speaks up until he has something to add. He doesn’t vent about his hardship over the Internet - he has no Tumblr and only 82 posts on the MSPA forum - and only brought these problems to us because he wants us to know he’s trying his best to contribute to Homestuck but just can’t find the time or resources.
So if you have a moment please share his site buzinkai.net with other Homestuck fans and give whatever you can. He has never asked for a favor of any kind from us until now - we hope you’ll help.
A friend of mine is planning on starting a podcast, and wanted something suitably rousing and spirited for the intro theme. So, I made this!
Hm, I’ve been gone a long time, haven’t I! Let’s see if I can briefly summarise why:
- I was spending all my time studying for final high school exams
- I graduated high school with a state rank that let me get into the university course I wanted to get into
- I had a couple of months break that I mostly spent doing nothing and loving it. I used this time to learn to use Reaper, and keep boning up on compositional technique. Despite that, I didn’t actually write any full songs, but there are a BUNCH of scraps and ideas lying around.
- I started doing a Bachelor of Science a couple of weeks ago
- I decided that, ok, I really need to get back into the swing of making music.
So basically, I’m going to try to actually use this tumblr again, and FILL IT TO THE BRIM WITH MUSIC. Scraps, (hopefully) complete songs, maybe just me mucking around on the piano. Righto, time to actually make and upload some content.
Have a seat by the fire, and I shall weave you a tale…
Have you ever thought, “Boy, I’d sure like to purchase an hour’s worth of head-bopping electroswing for only 5 bucks”?
Well, if you have… your desires are oddly specific. BUT ALSO, Jazz and Masks is the PERFECT album for you! Filled with an hour of head-bopping electroswing, it’s a steal at only 5 bucks! It also comes with a seasonally-appropriate, family-friendly story that you can read to your kids at bedtime.* Also makes a great last minute Christmas gift?? (It’s Christmas Eve guys, better get on that!)
Here’s some other things you will get if you buy the album:
- Not one, not two, but FIVE bonus tracks!
- A little PDF story booklet to call your own!
- The TRUE ENDING!
- My eternal gratitude!
- 5 (or more) nega-bucks! You’ll be NEGA-RICH.
- A glowing sense of satisfaction.
On a serious note: Jazz and Masks contains by FAR the best work I have made in recent memory, and I’m really proud of it! It also took longer than expected, so apologies to everyone who’s been waiting for it. I’d also like to extend thanks to all my followers and to everyone who cheered/jeered me along the way!
…Oh, and: the amazing cover art is by the wonderful Icon! E’s a real trooper; pumped this out in, what, literally 5 hours? Gosh DANG. As always, the Bandcamp banner is by Dawn, and she also did me the favour of recolouring it for this release. Thank you guys SO MUCH!
I think I’ve said enough. Enjoy the album!
Now just sit back and relax, and I’ll put the music on…
*Warning: Not actually seasonally appropriate or family friendly. Do not read to children. For aural use only. If ingested, spin around 3 times and purr like a cat. May cause uncontrollable dancing. If symptoms persist for 4 hours, continue dancing.
One of my favourite fan musicians right here - so of course, this was an insta-buy for me. And no regrets at all - this is quality! GIVE IT A LISTEN GUYS.
If you only support one musical cat this holiday season, make it this one.
This piece was inspired by Maid in Spades, an awesome song made by an awesome musician. If you’re a fan of Homestuck music you should check out some of his work!
Come to think of it, I don’t think Imbrog ever noticed this
SOMEONE DID FANART FOR YOUR SONG
Oh wow - this is fantastic! And really cool! Kon’s right - I hadn’t seen this until now, but still, thanks!!
- Lotus (Vol 5)
- Alternia (Alterniabound) - The piano part should be playable on the flute too
- Courser (Vol 6, although there’s no sheet music out for it, damn!)
- Light (Vol 5)
Sheet music for these can (mostly) all be found here. Of course, I’m sure there’s more homestuck pieces out there that would work for flute - these are just the first ones that came to mind as being ones that should work well. Good luck!
Hey, thanks! I’m glad to hear people are enjoying it.
Anyway, I figured I should use this as a way to address what I’ve been doing the past year music-wise, which, in the public eye, hasn’t been much really - school took up nearly all of the free time I had. However, not to say nothing’s been happening - I’ve been improving steadily behind your backs. Just, I don’t have a lot to show for it.
So what I want to try to do is get a solo piano EP out there. I haven’t got much of it planned out yet, but I’m looking forward to making it - the quality will certainly be a lot higher than the videos I release.
As for piano covers, we’ll see. As my standards keep rising, I’m finding it harder and harder to be happy with what I’m playing. So.. as for now, I can’t really say. But I’m going to try and keep the EP at the forefront of my creative endeavors.
Track 48 of the SBURB OST project that I was a part of! This is the theme of Universe Creation. It took me a few months to make, and will probably remain what I believe to be my best song for quite some time.
Art by invalidgriffin
Additional commentary and the full album (check it out - it’s free!) can be found here: http://hsfanmusic.skaia.net/
Track 7 of the SBURB OST project that I was a part of! This is the theme for both the meteor countdown and medium entry.
Art by invalidgriffin
Additional commentary and the full album (check it out - it’s free!) can be found here: http://hsfanmusic.skaia.net