Instrumental Songs by Nik Furious

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

just a li’l taste of a new Nik Furious jam I’m working on…

r a w f u n k y s h * t.

Listen to a new Nik Furious song on the latest episode of Animatic Attack

Monday, February 17th, 2014

On last Friday’s episode of Animatic Attack (the AudioShocker‘s animation podcast), I snuck in a special opening theme — my new Nik Furious song, Jackpot.

The song is a Valentine’s Day gift I made for Justique. This year was our seventh Valentine’s Day together, so riffing on the lucky number theme I decided to name the song Jackpot because when I met Justique I hit the jackpot!!!

The music starts at about 3:20 into the episode. It’s a mellow instrumental funk jam with a slow go-go style drum beat, fat fretless bass, squealy synths, and acoustic guitar. I hope you dig it!

(FYI, be forewarned… AudioShocker conversation is always NSFW!)

Love & Monsters is funded!

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Thanks to everyone who backed the crazy Love & Monsters comics and music anthology on Kickstarter.

It was a real nail-biter but we passed our funding goal with less than 24 hours to go and even reached a couple of stretch goals before things wrapped up last night.

I truly appreciate your support. I’ve had a lot of fun working on my Nik Furious cuts for Love & Monsters and I can’t wait for you to hear all of the finished songs.

In case you missed ’em, you can listen to three of the six Nik Furious songs that you’ll receive as a backer of this project:

Wet-On-Wet
Rare Tear demo
Don’t Stop demo

Props to Cynthia Lee, who organized and ran the campaign. There was a while there where I thought we might not make it, but she was confident in her plan and made sure that we finished in fine form.

I’ve got plans for a special solo Kickstarter campaign (both comics and music again) in 2014, so get ready for a li’l more crowdfunded fun from me next year!

Don’t Stop demo for Love & Monsters

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Listen to the demo version of my Nik Furious song “Don’t Stop” recorded for the upcoming Love & Monsters comics and music anthology:

This song takes its inspiration from a story by Shawn Atkins.

The anthology is currently funding on Kickstarter and there’s only one week left to become a part of our project!

When you back us, you’ll get this demo version plus the final full band version of Don’t Stop AND more Nik Furious original instrumental songs like Rare Tear.

Rare Tear demo for Love & Monsters

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Listen to the demo version of my Nik Furious song “Rare Tear” recorded for the upcoming Love & Monsters comics and music anthology:

This song takes its inspiration from a story by Virginia Shields.

The anthology is currently funding on Kickstarter. When you back our project, you not only get this demo version but the final full band version as well AND more Nik Furious original instrumental songs!

We want you to be a part of this exciting anthology so click the link, check it out, and become a backer of Love & Monsters if you like what you see and hear.

Get more Nik Furious music by pledging to Love & Monsters

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

I’m creating original songs for the Love & Monsters anthology on Kickstarter.

It’s a comics and music anthology featuring four incredible cartoonists and three kickass musicians (including yours truly!). I’m proud to be a part of this collection because it blends mediums and genres in a really fun, thoughtful way.

I think you’re gonna dig it too!!! And I need your support to make it happen. Pop over to the Kickstarter campaign and pick a pledge level that makes you and your wallet happy.

Here’s me talking about why I love making instrumental theme music and why I’m stoked to be a part of this project:

I’m creating music for stories by Shawn Atkins and Virginia Shields, two of my favorite people AND favorite cartoonists!

Shawn’s story is a crazy sci-fi music adventure featuring an underwater battle of the bands with robots, monsters, and more.

One of the songs I’ve crafted for Shawn’s project is called Wet-On-Wet and you can listen to it now.

Virginia’s story is about a romance between unlikely forest creatures.

I’ve already completed a crazy synthed-out jam for her story that I think you’ll love, especially if you dig my other tunes like RAW or Destruct-O-Groove.

I need your help to make Love & Monsters into the biggest and best anthology that it can be. A few bucks goes a long way towards making it happen, and that’s why I need your support on Kickstarter! Thx 😀

Nik Furious: 7 Star Sky Flash Kick

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

13 original instrumental songs. Electronic, surf, funk, rock, and more.

Each song on 7 Star Sky Flash Kick has a special story behind it. I’ll be sharing those stories with you and adding them to the tracklist below as I go. I changed my mind! Though the stories are awesome, I’d rather spend my time making new songs than writing blog posts about ones I’ve already made 😉

7 Star Sky Flash Kick tracklist:

01. Adamantium 2:28 (mp3) (artwork) (history)
02. Da Bounce 3:20 (mp3) (artwork) (history)
03. Destruct-O-Groove 8:51 (mp3) (artwork) (history)
04. Dora Milaje 1:42 (mp3) (artwork) (history)
05. Egg Shaker 3:01 (mp3) (artwork) (history)
06. Intra Venus 1:48 (mp3) (artwork) (history)
07. Nazo 7:09 (mp3) (artwork) (history)
08. Never 1:54 (mp3) (artwork) (history)
09. Philly Right 2:57 (mp3) (artwork) (history)
10. Smells Like Cupcakes 5:34 (mp3) (artwork)(history)
11. Sultry Storm 2:04 (mp3) (artwork) (history)
12. Synthezoid Rock 4:15 (mp3) (artwork) (history)
13. Zero 2:32 (mp3) (artwork) (history)

Download the 7 Star Sky Flash Kick ZIP file (47:30, 75 MB)

Listen to 7 Star Sky Flash Kick on SoundClound

Watch the 7 Star Sky Flash Kick album sampler video:

The songs on this album were written and recorded between 2003-2013. A few of them have been released with older mixes and different names. Many of them are theme songs to podcasts produced by myself and my friends including Comic Book Pitt, 3 Chicks Review Comics, and various shows on AudioShocker.com.

The album cover is a collaboration between myself and my incredible girlfriend, Justique Woolridge. She created a painting inspired by the title. I scanned in both the front of it and the paint-smudged back…

…and then I layered both of them on top of each other in Photoshop and altered the colors to produce the final album design.

The album is named after one of Chun-Li‘s moves from Marvel vs. Capcom. Here’s what the 7 Star Sky Flash Kick looks like in the video game:

Finally but most importantly, a lot of people have supported me, inspired me, and helped me create these songs. Thanks to Justique, Ed Marino, Jennifer Marino-Gabrielli, Josh Kobylarz, Dan Greenwald, Kelly Thompson, Ross Campbell, Scott Niekum, Kaylie McDougal, Neal Shyam, Brian John Mitchell, and Shawn Atkins.

Nik Furious: Sunday Best: Wakanda

Friday, September 13th, 2013

I often forget the process of building a beat once it’s complete. Even though most of my songs and remixes take hours to create, once a song is finished my memories of the process float off into the aether.

But that’s not the case with Wakanda. I remember the arduous cutting that it took to make the sample of D’Angelo‘s solo piano demo of Africa line up with my digital drums and synth bass.

It was the winter of 2004-2005. I was living in Brooklyn and sitting around my room sweating in my underwear because all of the building’s pipes ran through my apartment. The heat was annoying but it was a good problem to have because it gets fucking cold in NYC!

The version of Africa used in this remix wasn’t officially released at the time. It’d leaked and made its way onto Limewire, the popular pirating software of the day.

Though I was working on tons of beats at the time, Wakanda stands out because it required a degree of precision that I’d never used before. D’Angelo’s performance here is loose and raw, not set to a perfect rhythm. That fluidity made it impossible to neatly line up some digital drums and quickly turn out the beat.

Basically, while creating Wakanda I taught myself how to make micro-edits to audio and alter the speed of a song without destroying the music or making it sound choppy. Once you figure out how to do this sort of thing, it’s just a matter of practice. But until that time, it seems like some kind of unimaginable magic (especially in the pre-YouTube days where tutorials rarely found their way online).

My name for this remix has a pretty simple story behind it. In Marvel Comics, Wakanda is the fictional African nation ruled by the Black Panther. It’s one of my favorite pieces of Marvel lore and a worthy moniker for this beat, which I think carries a lot of emotion and elegance.

This track was also used for a dirty NSFW rap song by the Unlicensed Attorneys at Law. Don’t click the link to that song unless you think you can handle it! Otherwise, just forget about it. Trust me.