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Samuel @camoshark

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Long-Overdue Centennial Milestone

Posted by camoshark - December 28th, 2013


Man is this post overdue. Terribly sorry about that, I'm just rarely in the mood to write long texts, and since this post is particularly personal, I didn't want to screw it up. Again, sorry for the delay.

Also, it's fairly late here, so I don't know how far I'll be able to go, but I decided that I had waited long enough, and that with the year ending, this would be a good time to do this.

Anyways, enough delaying, let's get this started!


Alright, so first-off, I'd like to state that I still find it incredible that over a HUNDRED people throughout the world would even be remotely interested in my work, let-alone be invested enough into it to want to keep track of my innane ramblings, random thoughts and tedious experiments. I'm still under the impression that there are actually only eight or nine people that actually follow me, and that the rest of you are all alternate accounts of said group just to humour me. <.<

Nonetheless, however the number of people that may truly exist here, I cannot express the amount of gratitude I have towards you guys for having supported me along the way. YOU (yes, you there, reading this right now) are the one that keeps me going. YOU are the reason I've tried my best to better myself with every song I've done. YOU are the reason I've tried my best (not always succeeding) to produce content on as regular of a basis as my schedule can afford. And most of all, YOU are the reason I'm still doing this to this day.


Story time, so better get confortable:

Once upon a time, some kid was born in the ouskirts of a small rural village in the northern regions of Québec, Canada. He grew up in a house between a farm and a ranch and had to take an hour-long bus ride to the nearest primary school, so needless to say, he was pretty far away from any large amount of people, and so didn't make a lot of friends. In fact, starting from second grade to middle-school, he had to move once or twice a year because of his father's job, thus eliminating any chance for long-lasting relationships.

Now this might have driven a lot of people mad (and it probably did for him too), but for him, it suited him, since he hadn't much interest in talking with others anyways. He had found many things to learn of, mostly astronomy, minerology, chemistry, but the thing that stood out the most for him was music. It had always been present in his entourage, since his father was a regularaly gigging musician and had been a judge in the Canadian DCI competitons. Before even starting to learn the piano, he started reading on music theory and taking courses on rhythm with his father whenever he had the chance.

By the time he had reached middle-school, he had been taking piano courses for five years and had already learned sight-reading, solfegio and ear-transcription. Unfortunately, the school he went to didn't take piano as a main instrument, so he had to change to another instrument. He chose the trumpet on a hunch, and to this day it's still his main instrument, so he most likely did the right call. He also started taking regular latin drum courses with his father, which developed his passion for exotic music and cultures.

Unfortunately, starting playing new instruments and being in a crowded class that progressed slowly was getting harder and harder to satisfy his need to express his creativity, so he tried his best to get the most he could out of the experience, enrolling in competitions and intensive band camps, joining many different music groups and bands and playing anywhere he could. He eventually started catching on that the mere act of interpreting the music wasn't enough anymore to satisfy his need to creatively express himself.

And so, in 2007, started the crazy journey that led him to where he is today. He got a hold of his father's old laptop, which had an ANCIENT version of a notation software, Sibelius 1.4, and with the technological and theoretical resources he had gained through the years, taught himself to use the program and jot down in the best of his abilities the ideas he had in his head. This idea eventually became Battle of the Heroes, the first track he ever made, and which is still up to this day.

What drew him here initially was the idea that, for once, he had the opportunity to share the scene with what he then believed to be the cream of the music writers, the top-charters. The ones who got THOUSANDS of fanmail per day and had to resort to using a secretary to file it all. He never had even thought of the mere idea of reaching that level, but for once this idea seemed to have the opportunity to become MORE, almost seeming to be right there, waiting for you to seize it. From that day on, I knew I had a clear goal, I finally knew what I wanted to do.


The rest of this story and my experience with NG might be continued in my bicentennial special, but until then, this is where the story that lead to my passion for composition ends. My purpose hasn't changed since, although it might have deformed over the years, changing shape to better fit my still obscure destiny. But with all this uncertainty, there is at least something clear: my resolve to create will only grow as time passes.

In any case, I'd like to continue for hours on like I've been up to now, but it's 4AM here and I can barely type, so this'll have to do for now. I'd like to once again personally thank every single one of you for supporting me in my crazy endeavours, and if you've managed to read all the way through, award you the honorary title of supreme-reader. May you use your newfound powers wisely.

Anyways, I'm barely awake now, so I'll leave you here.

Good night everybody!

Edit 28/12/13: Forgot to mention, because I've been an unproductive ass this year, I've decided to upload some of my old stuff I either never finished or uploaded for various reasons. I already started doing so, starting with "5 O'Clock Blues", and will go on until I feel like it, so expect a lot of songs!

-Sam


Comments (5)

Congrats on your milestone! Truth be told, I had observed it some time back, but I was wondering what you were going to do on reaching 100 supporters.

And I feel your pain about Sibelius 1.4. I had Mario Paint Composer as my outlet. But if it works, it works. XD

Keep making many more worlds! x

Thanks Anne, straight to the heart this goes! <3

Truth be told, I actually very much enjoyed the barren interface of 1.4, I find the more modern iterations of Sibelius clunky and power-hogging. I only had to change because I had to actually print my arrangements for drum corps and other gigs, and 1.4 can only print parts in bitmap one page at a time... ;___________;

Anyways, thanks again, get on Skype sometime so we can catch-up!

Congrats. I understand your feelings - i am also just a little step before reaching my first 100 and find this so exciting. Its such a nice feeling to know that you are able to make people glad with your compositions.

You are an awesome artist and i really admire your composition- and jazz skills. Also your trumpet / Horn playing is just super-1337. Thanks for sharing your great stuff with us! One of the NG highlights of this year has been your piece &quot;supercollide&quot;. Also your trumpet part in &quot;A world of blue&quot; by deadlyfishes was outstanding.

Keep up the great work! I hope you will get lots of new fans and supporters in 2014!

Many thanks man, you know I very much reciprocate those feelings!

One thing you should note though is that most of the time, the trumpet I record isn't me, but one of my childhood friend with whom I've learned to play the instrument with.

I've seldom only ever recorded myself on three tracks: Fractal Memories; Lo, How a Rose; and Pale Blue Dot. Those three recordings were also done while being terribly out of shape, too, so there isn't much to hear... <.<

Nonetheless, you're right about Supercollide being my crowning achievements this year, not that there was much competition anyways considering I hardly released anything... I think the amount of collaborations make up for it though, so at least there's that.

I've got many projects planned for next year, so I should hopefully be more prolific this time around, especially with the "Project Which Shall Not be Named" that you know of. ;)

Anyways, I'm mostly rambling at this point, you know most of this stuff anyways since we talk a lot on Skype, so see you there!

On that note -- I posted a quick question on music-only collabs on the Audio Forums, wondering if I could post a collab idea of sorts. If I went for something trad/folk -- Brit or Irish folk, for instance -- as the basis for the collab, and then have some sort of rock undertone to it, would you dig? Would you participate?

I'm just thinking of getting as many people involve as possible, but for that, each role and each detail has to be taken care of.... you know how that feels. x

Hey kid, your jazz is what brought me here. I just drunkenly googeled Camo Shark because I fell in love with Super Collide a number of months back. Art is hard. Don't ever lose that passion. I went to a metal pour (art sculpture) in Hayes Kansas a few years back and one of the older artists was doing a lecture. He stressed the importance of having a shit ton of work. Regardless of anything, persistence is what wins out. A favorite quote of mine:

&quot;Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.&quot;

-Calvin Coolidge

Keep making that saucy sauce. You sir are a fucking beautiful mind.

Dude, I read the WHOLE story, and I liked it very much. I just can't agree with you saying being unproductive and all. I started following you in 2013, and I don't know how much you produced before that, but you wrote some excellent work this year!
Also I wanted to say that this plugin you guys wrote (as you mentioned in your earlier posts) is pretty awesome! I tested Dan Tranh today, and it sounded excellent. Gonna test the other Virtual Instruments too, and will buy some for sure. (so should other people do!).