[S] Press Play - Commentary
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[S] Press Play Listen on: Bandcamp, External (yoitscro.itch.io)
[S] Press Play is a Homestuck audio fanzine, featuring multiple pieces from various artists! Started in early 2020 and releasing in beginning of this new year.
What's an audio zine?
An audio zine is a zine that features auditory pieces of work. They were more commonly known as tapezines or cassette zines before sharing music and audio online through the internet was commonplace.
What's featured in this one?
About an hour of 16 audio pieces that feature Homestuck inspired content (such as music and skits), paired with cover art for almost each one!
On An Island Far Away Listen on: Bandcamp
Meeting Jade, for me, was the moment when I knew Homestuck was one of my favourite stories.
As someone who also grew up on a small island—but it was a very different island, I should say—there's something about her story that just uniquely captivates me.
Living alone on an atoll beside a volcano, keeping greenhouse gardens, playing the bass with a dream-controlled robot, with only the remnants of a history she can't yet fathom, and a teleporting dog that was both guardian and looming premonition in one, her life always seemed so idyllic, and yet so profoundly lonely. She may have had friends, but those friends were always there in proxy.
From the very start, her entire life was destined to be part of a much grander design, and that future was always finding ways to seep into her present. With the entire timeline of her life accessible to a troll in a different universe, everything seemed to happen because of the things she would someday do, the person she would someday become.
As the story progresses, Jade goes from lonely child with dog guardian to a fully-fledged Witch of Space, moving planets at will--and yet she is still immensely lonely, amidst it all.
Jade encapsulates everything I love about Homestuck--its narrative style of quiet moments punctuated by chaos, of fates being manipulated from a distance, and the metaphysical internet that links it all together.
The awe I felt as I delved into her tale is something I tried to capture in this piece of music. I included her classic instruments, the electric bass and the flute, and some wolf howl effects to signify Bec. Altogether, it's meant to be peaceful, triumphant and nostalgic, the way her story is for me.
It's about the time before her first brush with SBURB, when she was a girl on an island far away. How her life always saw a surplus of space and emptiness, and how she could always see so far into it.
I like to imagine that there were moments amidst it all where she could simply be a child, playing with a dog on her island without a care in the world.