Update January 14, 2023
Behind the Facade drops today! Go and check out the newest Omega Ronin EP with three new tracks from the future.
Additionally, I'm putting together a new video section to organize the growing catalog of "Enter the World of Omega Ronin" videos.
I'm putting the widescreen cuts of the 1-minute video segments on the website. You can also watch them in a vertical format on TikTok (@OmegaRonin)
I've been building a virtual world / virtual set in which to film Omega Ronin production videos and virtual concert footage. It has taken a few tries to get right, but I think the third city design is coming along. You can also see it in 80s Comics videos, also on TikTok (@80sComics) and 80sComics.com
I've been teaching myself 3D modeling and animation over the past few weeks, which is super fun. It's a great way to direct videos with a larger production value and endless imagination on a budget. I'm hoping to turn Omega Ronin into a full-fledged animation series and comic book, we'll see what happens! If nothing else, you can enjoy confused robots dancing to synthwave.
Enter the World of Omega Ronin #4
Update: January 9, 2023
So I wasn't going to let the cat out of the bag for a few more weeks, but the recent animations clips have been coming along so smoothly that I'll come out and say it.
Omega Ronin: The Synthwave Anime is in production.
That's a working title, but basically, imagine a musical journey through a robotic dystopian future world in the year 2282. I'm still learning the tools, in fact, I'm barely off first base, but shit is looking great already! A month and a half ago I had no idea how to do any of this. I haven't even figured out how to skin the robots yet, but the default Unreal bot looks the part.
Edit-Station 1 will be in it.
This is where I wanted to be with Omega Ronin. The video is driving the music and the music is driving the video. I'm building a virtual world and having a lot of fun, hopefully you'll check out the TikTok series with updates @OmegaRonin. I'm mixing in some of the musical instruments in the rough cuts and experimental footage.
I'm short on details otherwise. I'm leaning towards physical media like Blu-Ray and digital download these days so that viewers can get the best experience. Probably late 2023 for a finished product, but the working footage is coming out constantly here and on TikTok.
Update: January 5, 2023
Happy New Year from Omega Ronin! Hey, we merged the "news" and "Production Blog" into one page because they ended up being the same thing. The exciting news around here IS the production blog!
Omega Ronin released Sky Warp on December 30. We hope you dig it. The next album is a 3-song EP titled "Behind the Facade" which drops on January 14. It features the song Behind the Facade which is the first song to come out of the video editing suite based on a video, you can actually hear a rough cut of it in one of the TikTok clips.
In 2023, Omega Ronin is expanding beyond music into the world of multimedia print and video combined with music. Omega Ronin is published by CGR Publishing, which is primarily a print publishing company, so we already have a book series lined up and ready to release. Omega Ronin creator, Mark Bussler, is wrapping up the first issue of Omega Ronin: The Manga, which is slated for a Kindle release in January 2023. The collected works of the series will see a deluxe hardcover print release by end of year.
According to Bussler "I'm starting with a digital release on Kindle because early on in a series this stuff is always evolving, and digital gives me a chance to go back and refine things before it hits print. It's also affordable, so it's a good way to get introduce people into the world of Omega Ronin."
An art and manga section will be added to the website soon.
Omega Ronin is on TikTok! No, it's not goofy dance videos or influencer jibberish, we're dropping synthwave, animation, music production, and art videos. You can also see them here if you too are confused with TikTok.
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The video series is based in the 3D world that Bussler is creating for the Omega Ronin print manga, which is then used to inspire cinematic scores which are turned into Omega Ronin synthwave music. More about the videos in an upcoming post. Enjoy!
Update December 16: I just wrapped up final mixing on the next full-length Omega Ronin album called Sky Warp.
Inspired by the upcoming manga project, Sky Warp is an interesting album compared to the earlier Omega Ronin releases. There's some familiar smooth, bouncy songs on there like Love Beyond the Future and Smooth Solar Sailing.
But, there are also some very ambitious, deeper tracks like Digital Confluence and Sky Warp.
Keep an ear out for some new keyboards in the mix. All kinds of fun surprises coming your way this year.
The manga project is coming along nicely. I had to take this week off drawing to focus on holiday sales (yes, I still have a real job) and mixing two albums (Turbo Volcano on deck for December 31.) I'm probably the only person on earth making industrial and synthwave music while also assembling an eight-volume set on 19th century locomotive engineering....
I have a new computer inbound to assist with the ambitious 3D graphics and video project to accompany the upcoming manga / music too. It may take a few more weeks for graphics and updated videos to hit the production blog, but this shit is real. 1983 is going to be way rad.
Pictured above: brush and 3D fx test with Maya from Omega Ronin: The Manga. Pens and sprays from Procreate. FX from Photoshop.