Q:i hate people who hate eridan and exalt sollux lol bye
Heheh, yeah, I give Eridan a hard time. But that’s only because of all the main trolls, he’s the most irredeemable.
Except for a half-helping of closure that happens well after the fact, he’s unfailingly selfish. Even when he gave his gun to Jade, it was because he wanted her to get back at Rose. Gamzee snapped, and Vriska convinced herself she was working towards the greater good. Eridan’s eventual betrayal was the coldest, the most calculating.
He always starts off with a massive chip on his shoulder, but ends up inadvertently outmaneuvered by whoever he’s talking to. For bonus points, try reading one of his pesterlogs in John Travolta’s voice, circa Welcome Back Kotter.
Q:Do you have a tag for your potential Homestuck ending comics?
I’ve got the comics (and some other pictures) tagged under #ersatz original art. As in ‘imitation original art.’
Q:This blog is the best thing in the history of everything. I have decided to stop looking at other things, because I'd only end up being disappointed. (that was a lie I like using my eyes even if it's dissatisfying) Seriously though, your blog is pretty neat.
Preposterous flattery! But thanks!
Q:Why did every song on the first page of your blog turn into wwretched wwaltz?
I’ve seen this happen before. Sometimes, when browsing, every song on the page will be the same (usually when using Back or Next to re-load a previously loaded page). I’m sure it’s some kind of bug, but fortunately, one that’s easily fixed: just refresh the page and the correct songs should pop up.
RATING: 5 / 13 – It is weirdly infectious.
Tomb of the Ancestors is a solo album written by Robert Blaker. It’s an unofficial Homestuck album, so it’s available completely free of charge (you can download the entire album and its bonus tracks here). Theme-wise, it’s a little like Alternia. There’s a song for each troll, only this time the subject is the trolls’ ancestors, rather than the trolls themselves.
I’ll start with the good. It’s an intense album, for the most part. There’s huge body to the brass section, and the percussion is diverse and driving. And many of the songs do well to establish a leitmotif for its subject.
But there’s places where the album falls short. The transitions between songs are jarring in a a few cases, and it makes the album feel disjointed. And some of the digital processing effects are more noisy than musical.
A lot of the songs rely on repetition of a few core segments. A little fragment of song is repeated many times, with slight variations in percussion or backing instrumentation. It’s hit or miss: on some songs on the album (and especially on one particular earlier composition of his) the hooks are great, and the flow between segments makes for a kick-ass tune. Sometimes it works, sometimes not so much.
The songs were all written well before the audience knew much of anything about the trolls’ ancestors. Because of this, a couple of the songs don’t fit their subject all that well. That might have contributed to the album’s unofficial release (though there’s no primary-source info available on ‘the nets’ regarding it, so I won’t speculate further). But, of course, this only has a superficial effect on the music.
By Robert Blaker
Well, it’s loud and busy. The percussion overwhelms the main melody, and in the second half it’s chaotic to the point of cacophony.
By Robert Blaker
I like the introduction with those roaring horns, but after that… it just sort of wanders from musical fragment to musical fragment. It feels patched together: there’s no unifying theme.
I gotta disagree here that the combination of fragments makes it un-unified. A huge part of why Robert Blaker’s stuff is so cool is because it layers in so many different contrasting themes to make the song as a whole really good. This is the best example of that in my opinion, though the obvious choice for most people would be Upward Movement (or Valhalla if you’re a Homestuck music hipster). I think that in this case, it does a fantastic job of conveying Dualscar’s character through the mix of blaring badass parts and a classy waltz tune. In fact, I’d go out on a limb and say wwretched wwaltz might be my favorite Homestuck piece by KalibrationLTD because of that.
Hopefully you’re prepared for the fact a good chunk of the rest of Tomb of the Ancestors is the same way. I love it, though I understand that his music, especially his Homestuck music, is a bit divisive.
You raise a good point! Upward Movement (another one of Robert Blaker’s songs) is similar to wwretched wwaltz in composition (it has a lot of smaller song segments tied together as one track), but where I think the latter is choppy, the former feels smooth, catchy, and really well done. Maybe it’s the intensity that puts me off.