A year ago today, I posted a list of goals for last year. Although I had forgotten about said list about a quarter the way through, I managed to approach quite a few.
First off, I want to best my number of compositions this year... I didn't have as many as last year due to time issues, but I really want to overcome this year at least (or else set a bad trend).
I managed to equal the number of released compositions as last year to the song (I think it's 34 or something like that)! If you count the ones I couldn't release because they were paid score pieces, then I exceeded it by a good amount. :)
Second off, I want to get my music out there- find some flash developers who need orchestral-cinematic music and deliver. By the end of this year, I aspire to see my music in a game that gets greater than a daily 5th.
I had one game project, Goin' Mental, frontpaged. That was a good step forward.
Third, I want to go on a journey back through the history of music, and hopefully lead some fellow Newgrounders with me, in a series of competitions, collaborations, and personal projects aimed at chasing down every link in the grand chain of evolution of classical from its humble beginnings in caves and huts to its grand practice in massive halls today... I think we as a whole don't appreciate the thousands who paved the way for our grand orchestras today.
Although this didn't exactly work, I had a lot of fun with my early Epitaph of Seikilos Competition, following it up by several "Historical Sketches" across the middle ages and beyond. Who knows, maybe I will succeed this year.
Fourth, I want to help share what knowledge I have in composition with as many people are willing to share their knowledge in return or merely listen.
I've helped a number of new composers to the portal find resources and get a solid footing. In addition, I've had a chance to learn from a lot of great people who are far beyond my skill. This one is definitely golden. :D
Fifth, I want to finally set up a group of dedicated artists, programmers, and musicians willing to work together and as parts to both spread their knowledge and make some really awesome games, animations, art pieces, and compositions. Whether this gets done or not, I don't know... but it's something I have wanted to do for a very long time.
This didn't exactly go through, but it's still on the table for the future depending on time, energy, and position.
My goals for this year:
First, I want to earn more money this year in composing than in 3D modelling. So far, earnings in music have been next to nothing, more of a significance thing (the support of my friends and fellow musicians means a TON to me, so THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH!).
Second, I really want to have a proper flash film score done- the kind where I compose directly for a finished project.
Third, I'm hoping to pass 8 minutes in a consistent composition. This would be really cool at some point.
Fourth, I'd like to push 200 fans and 200 compositions before this year is out. It's a very big stretch, but I think I can get it if I write enough.