Sunday Night Strifin' Act 1+2 OST - Commentary
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Goddamn! Never thought I’d ever be writing one of those Album commentary deals, considering I didn’t make any of the music, but I guess that’s a moot point since here I am, writing commentary!
First of all, thanks for checking out the Sunday Night Strifin’ Acts 1 + 2 Soundtrack! This entire album is a work of love from the entirety of the Strifin’ Musicians, (especially Jebb, my co-director for the mod who came up with the idea of making the OST for the mod an Album to begin with!)
Sunday Night Strifin’ is a labor of love. It’s an unholy combination of two different yet intrinsically connected properties; Friday Night Funkin’ and Homestuck.
I say they’re intrinsically connected because well, unless you have a mysterious third thing that crashed Newgrounds due to the sheer insanity of their fanbase, then Homestuck and FNF are the only two guilty of such a feat.
Anyways, I digress.
Sunday Night Strifin’ was started all the way back in 2021 because me and the other head Director; my friend Bould, both realized that hey! Homestuck doesn’t have an FNF mod yet! We should fix that.
However we were both INSANELY undercooked and knew nearly nothing about FNF modding, music making, or sprite animation, so the mod was kind of in its own personal development hell for a while until we met another musician, who goes by the name of Mabsoot online.
Honestly, if we never met her Strifin’ would have most likely been canned. But her tunes re-ignited a passion in me and Bould, and we both decided we needed to see it through to the end.
And from then on it was only up from there. We met more musicians, more artists, more like minded people who just wanted to come together and make something awesome, and that we did!
Sunday Night Strifin’ holds a place near and dear to my heart, it’s one of the most important projects I’ve ever headlined, and I only look forward to seeing what me and my friends make next.
I hope you love this Album as much as I loved excitedly checking the # song-updates channel in the Mod Dev Discord Server whenever I saw it had new messages.
Hey everyone! Thank you all SO much for checking out this album!
This was pretty tough to put together, but man was it worth it.
This entire team is a hotspot of talent, it's a joy to work on this project, and i do sincerely hope that we continue doing stuff as good and even better than what we have so far.
Dori already said everything one could say, so, i hope you enjoy!
This is technically the first track I did for Sunday Night Strifin', even though I did it before I was officially apart of the team.
I initially made this track as a rough B-Side version of the song just for fun, but later I put it in my portfolio when applying for the team. The song became a replacement for the old version of Trepidation, but I later redid it to make it more like Trepidation instead of it being a string of references to other Homestuck tracks.
Grimdate is my Act 2 track. When i joined the SNS team, i was initially only doing Act 3 stuff, however it turned out we still had place for another song for the Act 2 update. Now, with that knowledge and opportunity in mind, i thought about what would be the PERFECT track for a Rose-oriented update, and after some thinking, i decided that i would make...
A Sharpie Bath incident song. Yeah.
However, after working on it for a bit, i started to realise that what i was making was simply way too emotional for a song dedicated to, well, that. I talked about this for a bit, and Dori suggested i rework the track to be a Rose and Kanaya date track titled "Grimdate". And so, this was born. (Fun fact, you can still actually hear remnants of the sharpie bath idea in the song: one of the instruments that i used is a bathroom floor tile sample.)
Since this was a Rose-oriented update, i was pretty surprised by the lack of all and any Rose-themed bonus songs that we had, and it's nice that in the end she at least got one that she deserved.
Personally, i am not suuuper proud of this track, however i do believe that it does its job very well as being a Rosemary date track. I am especially proud of my work on the piano in this piece. I spent way too much time on mixing specifically - the bass always seemed too strong no matter what i did to it (probably since i layered a regular bass and a chiptune bass, so they ended up clashing in the mix). Eventually i sorta found a sweet spot though. Sorta. Either way, in the end, you can polish your artpiece for eternity, so you gotta learn to find your limit.
While it's not necessarily a direct reference, i decided to base the track strongly around Kanaya's theme, specifically by using the same instruments (piano, sleigh bells, bongos etc.) I also referenced Rose the same way, although much less obviously (it's just the strings (it becomes even less obvious of a reference considering the strings are partly just a Wake Up, Get Up, Get Out There reference lmao)). At some point i realised that the entire track sounds very suspiciously like Specialist from Persona 4, so do what you wish with that info.
After I learned the flash this was based on used a FantomenK song I HAD to take it. I come from a YTPMV background and I'm very accustomed to chiptune tracks, only because you learn the patterns of every single chiptune song when half the songs you cover are chiptune. This track isn't all chiptune though, and I did some of my own things throughout, but it was nice 8r8k from a certain other track I was stressing over.
By the way, Oh Shit! for the MSX is still the funniest game ever.
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I don't have much to say about this track. It's a fun little SNES inspired track that I just wrote on a whim, and I kind of just wanted to write something more lighthearted compared to the more intense tracks I was doing. This one is probably my favourite out of the original tracks I did.
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8r8k has made me felt pain, frustration, love, resentment, but I can't bring myself to hate it at all.
8r8k has gone through 3 revisions, technically 4 since it's based off a previous track I did before Sunday Night Strifin', all because I found that I was unhappy with the track. This was the first real track I did for SNS, and I constantly wrote it under the idea that I HAD to make it the best track I could make. That pressure didn't turn out well, and it took me around half a year to get a result I even liked. Even then, I could nitpick 1000 things I want to change, but getting stuck in that loop again would be an absolute nightmare.
Lesson I learned? Never do anything relating to Vriska ever again.
I made this track for fun, it being a tribute (?) to Act 1 of the mod and as a bonus to anyone who checked out the OST outside of the mod.
I was never really that good with jamming references into my tracks, however one day something possessed me (Grace said it was her. I believe her.) and i decided to pump out THIS beauty/abomination.
I wanted to make the music wiki editors' life hell with this track, but jokes on me, i am the editor for this album! (I still succeeded. Ha.)
Other than Grimdate i also made a trailer theme for the mod's showcase at the 2023's New Year SAHCON. Since Act 2 was mainly a Rose-centered update, i decided to go the very obvious route and make it a remix of Aggrieve, her theme. I also decided to take a bit from each version, like the chiptune from the original, the chimes from Aggrievance and the guitar from Aggrievocation.
Instead of abandoning the track, i decided to extend it to the length of a full proper piece as a sort of final bonus for the release of the album.
So yeah, hope you enjoyed it, and thanks a lot for listening!