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Shameless self promotion  "Brandonblume.com"

User is offline   MusicallyInspired 

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I've just completely overhauled my website from the ancient 10-year-old garbage I used to have in favour of a web 3.0 (or something) compliant and responsive design. I'd like some feedback on how it functions or if there are features lacking that you expected. Unlike earlier sites I've designed, I went with a web site builder instead of coding raw HTML/CSS and used Xara Web Designer Premium 15 (it was in a Humble Bundle a little while back). If there are any bugs let me know. It's to showcase my music, upcoming projects, and advertise my music production freelancing services once again (that portion of the website is still unfinished). I appreciate all criticisms. Just trying to fit in with the 21st century and turn some heads.

Also, if anyone is looking to hire a musician/composer, hit me at getmusic@brandonblume.com.

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Latest release: Heretic SC-55 Music Pack (12/12/18)
*new* Buy the Mage's Initiation Original Soundtrack on Bandcamp by me!
Buy the P&C Adventure/RPG game Mage's Initiation on Steam, GOG, and Humble

This post has been edited by MusicallyInspired: 22 September 2018 - 03:38 PM

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User is online   Trooper Dan 

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I spent a few minutes browsing it. It's a very appealing and easy to navigate site for showcasing your musical talent. My only criticism is that it lacks any kind of narrative or structure that organizes the music. The projects are displayed/listed seemingly in a random order, and unless I click on each one to read your blurb about it, there is no context. I suggest a chronological listing of your works to show your progress as a musician, and a little bio which talks about your musical interests and ambitions.
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User is offline   Forge 

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Inconsistent results

When you click a Duke3d tune (whatever format), it takes the user directly to the player - there's no back button, or anything.

Choosing Ignition brings up a page of onsite clips - but at least the user can click the 'home' menu item

Full of eyes brings up a windowed youtube player, but again, at least the user can get at the menu items

Tres Lunas opens a 'pop-up' window - but the link to the offsite website brings up the Uncontrolled Reentry webpage in a new tab more often than the actual Tres Lunas webpage - actually depends on where you click on the "website" button it seems. Clicking towards the corners brings up Tres, clicking on the word "website" on the button brings up Uncontrolled.
Maybe the button below the pop-up is 'bleeding' through.

This post has been edited by Forge: 22 September 2018 - 04:50 PM

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User is offline   MusicallyInspired 

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 Trooper Dan, on 22 September 2018 - 04:17 PM, said:

I spent a few minutes browsing it. It's a very appealing and easy to navigate site for showcasing your musical talent. My only criticism is that it lacks any kind of narrative or structure that organizes the music. The projects are displayed/listed seemingly in a random order, and unless I click on each one to read your blurb about it, there is no context. I suggest a chronological listing of your works to show your progress as a musician, and a little bio which talks about your musical interests and ambitions.


The current order is newest to oldest from left to right going downward. I suppose I could put dates next to them....any ideas? Maybe just larger thumbnails that scroll down single-file down the page? Or perhaps I should put my two newest projects there and then have a separate link for "more music" or "older music" which would have anchor tags for each year or something. I'm getting the impression that having so many thumbnails on the front page isn't as great an idea as I had thought, though.

 Forge, on 22 September 2018 - 04:40 PM, said:

Inconsistent results

When you click a Duke3d tune (whatever format), it takes the user directly to the player - there's no back button, or anything.


That's because I'm linking directly to MP3/OGG/FLAC files which brings up the browser's built-in player. It's not actually a "page." You'd have to right-click to download without playing. Perhaps I should just ZIP them instead to force the browser to download. Things should be consistent, though. Thanks for pointing that out.

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Tres Lunas opens a 'pop-up' window - but the link to the offsite website brings up the Uncontrolled Reentry webpage in a new tab more often than the actual Tres Lunas webpage - actually depends on where you click on the "website" button it seems. Clicking towards the corners brings up Tres, clicking on the word "website" on the button brings up Uncontrolled.
Maybe the button below the pop-up is 'bleeding' through.


Ah thanks for spotting that. Yes, it's a problem with the actual button having a separate link from the text itself inside the button. Obviously one of them is still pointing to a different URL from when I copied the buttons over between sections. Will fix that right away.

Thanks a lot, guys!

Roland SC-55 Music Packs
Latest release: Heretic SC-55 Music Pack (12/12/18)
*new* Buy the Mage's Initiation Original Soundtrack on Bandcamp by me!
Buy the P&C Adventure/RPG game Mage's Initiation on Steam, GOG, and Humble

This post has been edited by MusicallyInspired: 22 September 2018 - 05:28 PM

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User is offline   Mark 

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It might just be me but, at a website on music creation I was expecting one of your music files to play when the front page loads. Obviously it would stop when the user clicks to open another song or page. Having it a random song would help to make it less repetitive if the user goes back and forth a few times.

Side note on the content. I like your orchestral stuff more than the gaming stuff ( which is good ) that I've heard in the past. The 1st song from Mage reminded me of the orchestral stuff that progressive metal band Symphony X does in between some songs. The Seedy Tavern made me picture an old "gumshoe detective" from the 1930s or 40s walking into a bar.

Update. I'm listening to more music from the site. Full of Eyes kicks ass.

This post has been edited by Mark: 23 September 2018 - 06:04 AM

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User is offline   MusicallyInspired 

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Many thanks!

I intentionally didn't add autoplaying music to the site because in my experience it seems to be more of a nuisance to most people than something they appreciate. But I'd appreciate some more feedback on this from other people. Also, most of the artist websites I've seen don't have autoplaying music either. I suppose adding a readily accessible player that they can choose to start playing at any time might be an idea. But where to place it?...

Fulll of Eyes is quite an ambitious project on the level of something like Ayreon with regards to featuring talent and a full story. I've got the basic story laid out, but there's gonna be a lot of work writing, composing, and finding/fitting voices to characters/songs to work out.

Roland SC-55 Music Packs
Latest release: Heretic SC-55 Music Pack (12/12/18)
*new* Buy the Mage's Initiation Original Soundtrack on Bandcamp by me!
Buy the P&C Adventure/RPG game Mage's Initiation on Steam, GOG, and Humble
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User is offline   Noddy 

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Come check out my new blog, where I will review new and old, even obscure games. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

https://colapoweredgamer.wordpress.com
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A new review is up

https://colapoweredg...telligent-qube/
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User is offline   Noddy 

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Today I started a new section "Under The Radar" where I take a look at games that might have gone unnoticed or under your radar. This time lets take a look at survival games

https://colapoweredg...survival-games/

This post has been edited by Noddy: 24 February 2019 - 12:03 PM

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ah n/m

Roland SC-55 Music Packs
Latest release: Heretic SC-55 Music Pack (12/12/18)
*new* Buy the Mage's Initiation Original Soundtrack on Bandcamp by me!
Buy the P&C Adventure/RPG game Mage's Initiation on Steam, GOG, and Humble

This post has been edited by MusicallyInspired: 24 February 2019 - 08:53 PM

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Take a look at the new review of Unavowed, a point-and-click game with some new twists at:

https://colapoweredg...eview-unavowed/

This post has been edited by Noddy: 05 March 2019 - 05:54 AM

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New Under The Radar article now covering cyberpunk games

https://colapoweredg...yberpunk-games/
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New review is up. This time for Far Cry 2:

https://colapoweredg...view-far-cry-2/
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Take a look at Outpost 2, an RTS from 1997 at:

https://colapoweredg...ivided-destiny/
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Due to a very good reception take a look at more cyberpunk games, that might have gone under your radar at:

https://colapoweredg...unk-games-pt-2/
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Take a look at my new review. Read all about Beneath a Steel Sky at:

https://colapoweredg...th-a-steel-sky/
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Take a look at my new review of the first Hitman game at:

https://colapoweredg...an-codename-47/
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Take a look at a timeless classic, Wing Commander at:

https://colapoweredg...wing-commander/
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Take a look at this old Infocom classic, A Mind Forever Voyaging at:

https://colapoweredg...rever-voyaging/
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Take a look at even more cyberpunk games at:

https://colapoweredg...unk-games-pt-3/
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New review is up! Take a look at Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis. Read all about it here, at:

https://colapoweredg...te-of-atlantis/
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Take a look at Freedom Fighters, an underrated game from the developers of the Hitman series. Read all about it here, at:

https://colapoweredg...eedom-fighters/
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Was this thread ever for general promotion or just for OP? lol. I get a feeling like Noddy just assumed it was for anybody. I enjoyed the cyberpunk reviews by the way. More genre/theme reviews would be cool.
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User is offline   MusicallyInspired 

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Yeah, it was just for my website initially. I was going to say something but I figured what the heck it doesn't really matter. :)

Roland SC-55 Music Packs
Latest release: Heretic SC-55 Music Pack (12/12/18)
*new* Buy the Mage's Initiation Original Soundtrack on Bandcamp by me!
Buy the P&C Adventure/RPG game Mage's Initiation on Steam, GOG, and Humble

This post has been edited by MusicallyInspired: 13 May 2019 - 04:16 PM

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How shameless of him to hijack your shameless self promotion thread. :D
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