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I make music for games, animations, short films, vlogs, etc. If you want me to make something for you, please contact me and we'll discuss the details.
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Bart van Zon @SourJovis

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Posted by SourJovis - December 28th, 2019

Only 3 days until the end of 2019. I'd like to use this moment to look back on what this year mean t for me on Newgrounds.

Productively it's been a great year. In terms of number of songs uploaded the best since 2015. Quality wise perhaps my best year ever. 10 songs released. 6 brand new ones. 4 remakes of older songs. Some more noteworthy than others. A few I had to remake several times during this year (especially the NGADM songs that were made under time pressure). But I think in the end they all turned out good in their own way.

The year started out great with pixel day. I released 4 songs. I didn't make the top 3, but I got frontpaged with 2 songs. Reached a lot of people, and got to listen to a lot of great chiptunes, pixel art, games and animations. My favorite event on NG and best pixel day so far.

Then I entered the NGADM, like I do every year. It's also one of my favorite events on NG. NGADM19 marked the 10th anniversary. and it was bigger than ever. I auditioned with one of the chiptunes I made earlier this year and almost didn't get in. Perhaps because there were so many contestants and there were so many great musicians too, some much better than I am. Still I can't help think my style often gets misunderstood. For instance judges are very divided about my production quality. Based on the critique I get I conclude many people simply don't get/like the bit crushed chiptune sounds and distorted tape samples I like to use because I hate a "clean" sound. I struggle a lot with what kind of songs to submit.

I made a lot of songs this year. Some got noticed. Others completely flew under the radar. Here a re a few I'd like to highlight:

This song I made for pixel day 2019. It received a lot of appreciation and even got frontpaged. When I used it as my audition for NGADM, the reception was exceptionally mixed, ranging from a 6.3/10 to 9.5/10. For production it got scores ranging from a 4/10 to 10/10.

This was super hard to write. It was intended as my entry for NGADM18, but it took me almost a year to finish this song. I'm happy with how it turned out, but upon release it completely fell flat.

This was my entry for the first round of NGADM19. It got a lot of listens and people said they liked it. The judge's scores were mixed however. Not as mixed as for my audition, but it scored lower on average. Lower than I expected. Some people saw the potential and perhaps that was all there was. Since then I made 2 remakes. This is the version I made 4 days ago, with re-recorded vocals and additional instruments to make it more bombastic near the end. Now it's finally finished and how it should have been in the first place.

My entry for the second round of the NGADM19. This is what happens when I desperately try to please the judges. The reviews were not as mixed this time. The average score was a bit higher than before, but nobody actually liked the song. I feel it's a little bland. Not bad but nothing stands out. I've improved on this song a bit since it was first released and made it more interesting.

This is my final song for 2019. A remake of a song I made for the NGADM13. I still like the chords and rhythm of that old song. Better than most of what I come up with nowadays. The sound could've been better and people complained a lot about the vocals. Finally got around to remake this. Used better samples and effects and re-recorded the vocals. With a lot of pitch correction I managed to make it not too unpleasant for the ears. Somehow this also got snowed under. Probably because of all of the great songs by the NGADM19 finalists that came out around the same time. Still worth a listen imo.

Finally a bonus song I like to shed light on:

This song I released for the NGADM18 first round. It's a music box song. I made a re-make of this song back in 2018, and 2 more in 2019 to replace the original file. It sounds more than 10 times better now, with all of the sounds of the music box mechanisms in place. Music box songs are not very popular, but if you like them you should check this out.

So that's my year. My only regret is I didn't make any artwork this year, and I didn't get to collaborate on any games or animations. I'm still working on a SHMUP though. I hope that will turn out great. I'll keep you posted.

I plan to make some more tracks for pixel day 2020. Plan to enter NGADM20 and get as far as I can (any suggestions what song to use for my audition?). Maybe I'll make some other new songs, but I have a list of remakes of old songs I have to finish first. I hope to get to collaborate on games and animations more next year.

Have a great 2020!



Posted by SourJovis - July 13th, 2019

It's almost time for the NGADM 2019. Like every year I'm joining and I'm super exited about it. Now let's just hope I'll make it through the audition stage, because there are a lot of entries this year. More than ever. But that makes it all that much better.

Time to reflect a little on the past years. So far I've always (sort of) made it through the audition phase. I never made it to any nice ranking though. Only once made it to round 3, by pure luck. Still some of the best songs I've made I've started for the NGADM. 2 weeks to work on a song is a little short for me, so I've always improved on it afterwards. The feedback I've got during the NGADM always helped tremendously.

Last year I had a bit of writers block. Hadn't made a new song in a year, so my start was very rusty. Only today did I finish the song I intended to submit for NGADM 2018. It turned out pretty well I think so have a listen to Le Cygne Tueur.

And if you're interested this is the music box version of the same song that I ended up submitting instead.

I would never have won anyway because I had some serious competition. Both Sequenced and I were eliminated by etherealwinds who would end up winning NGADM 2018.

Good luck to everyone entering NGADM 2019. I know this will become a splendid year once again!

Just a little update. I didn't make it in the top 96, so I wasn't allowed in the competition. I was positioned 110th, so I wasn't even in the fill-in pool of 10 (97 to 106). In the end that many people dropped out (forfeited or didn't fill in the entry form in time), I was allowed in the first round after all. This is the song I submitted Sky Gardening. If I make it to the second round, you'll hear a new completely different song by me. If not, I'll spend the time reserved for my second entry on a Robot Day track. Either way, by next track will be Robot themed and I'll upload it on Robot Day the 26th of August.



Posted by SourJovis - January 25th, 2019

Hello everyone,

My name is SourJovis (Bart van Zon in real life) and I make music for films, animations, games, media channels, commercials or just music for the sake of music, like pop songs.

Here are some examples of projects I've made music for:



Here's a list of demo songs:


You can use any of the songs I've uploaded here for non-profit games, videos and such, as long as you credit me. If you like to use it for media you intend to make profit of, please contact me. If you like me to make music specifically for your projects, please let me know.



Posted by SourJovis - January 23rd, 2019

Happy Pixel Day everyone! It's the best holiday of the year.

I've been looking forward to this for weeks, and I've got four songs prepared for you!

Rising Star

An uplifting electro-pop song that fits a 1st level, made out of Nintendo nes, snes and Sega Genesis sounds.

Wacky Bits

Weird but catchy Atari 2600 tune.

Invasion of the Court of Hearts

Snes song about an invasion of a 16-bit sky island kingdom by 8-bit enemies from hell.

Tempel Distraught

Snes song inspired by pixel art, that sounds like a final level.

Hope you enjoy!




Posted by SourJovis - October 10th, 2014

If you're wondering what I'm up to, here's what:

I'm working on music for a game at the moment. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to talk about it, but if you like Hobo Bob and you would like to play it on your android, keep your eyes open.

Also I'm working on a demo EP. As a matter of fact it will be a double demo EP with at least 32 songs. All from after my Sour John period (that's a closed book... For now). For that I've been mainly busy updating my old songs. 4 months ago I've bought the latest version of Propellerhead Reason. It came with a lot of useful new features, like equalizers that let you see the sound spectrum and finally have proper high pass and low pass filters. They also gave me free drums and basses sample re-fill packs, with awesome sounds. Replacing my old drum samples seriously takes up most of my time, and also gives the most improvement. Another two re-fill packs I’ve bought are Euphonic Strings and Shreddage, that respectively give me new wonderful string and electric guitar sounds. The reason update also allowed me to buy rack extensions for some cool new instruments. Some I bought are Chip 64, for 8-bit sound chip emulation. Radical Piano + Radical Keys for realistic piano and electric piano sounds. Kuassa Amplification Bundle for some sweet electric guitar and bass amplification. And a Softube FET compressor. I've also tried out some instruments that I want to buy later, like the PX7 FM modulation synth. My own mixing skills have vastly improved over the last few years (even though they're still far from perfect), so with all of this I've been able to greatly improve my old songs, and make better new ones.

These 4 songs I've created/updated over the last 3 weeks and I consider them finished (for now). These will appear on the album as is:





20 songs for the album will be other songs I've uploaded to Newgrounds, that I will adapt (a lot) to fit the album, and my current production skills. These songs include "Happy Bits", "Hobo Bob gets the Job!", "Milk Man", "Wtfepic Battle", "Temple Distraught", "Fragile" and "Fisherman's Fantasy". I will also make a song like "Party Crashers" and "The Genocide" but come up with melodies of my own, so they will become entirely my own songs instead of covers. 

8 songs for the album will be new songs that I haven't yet uploaded to NG. Most of them are songs I've already started on though.

All help is welcomed. If you think a song can be better mixed, if you can better play a certain instrument, or if you have better samples, please let me know.


Posted by SourJovis - August 26th, 2014

Here it is again. The Official Newgrounds Audio Deathmatch Unofficial Ranking List Round 1.

1. Kor-Rune + Bosa------------9.12 W

2. etherealwinds-----------------9.03 W

3. DamienFleisch----------------8.97 L

4. garlagan------------------------8.93 W

5. ZipZipper + steampianist---8.79 W

6. SoundChris + Hitokirito-----8.77 W

7. SkyeWint + camoshark-----8.63 W

8. introstalge----------------------8.61 W

9. SilverPoyozo------------------8.53 L

10. Sequenced-------------------8.48 W

11. Acid-Paradox----------------8.47 L

12. CoredxBitch------------------8.46 L

12. johnfn--------------------------8.46 W

14. JacobCadmus---------------8.43 L

15. PirateCrab--------------------8.32 W

16. SolarexMusic----------------8.28 W

17. Cross666---------------------8.275 L

18. LunyAlex---------------------8.25 L

19. papkee------------------------8.2 L

20. JDawg00100----------------8.19 L

21. Spadezer---------------------8.18 W

22. AeronMusic------------------8.08 W

23. RetromanOMG--------------8.06 L

24. PeterSatera------------------7.94 W

25. Pandasticality----------------7.91 L

26. DuttonsaysHi-----------------7.9 L

27. Troisnyx------------------------7.82 W

28. InvisibleObserver------------7.81 L

29. ChronoNomad----------------7.72 L

30. Phonometrologist------------7.67 L

30. Basset-Hound-----------------7.67 L

32. IglicaV---------------------------7.66 L

33. Jimmypig-----------------------7.65 L

34. SonicWombat-----------------7.63 L

34. dexarson-----------------------7.63 L

36. TheBenjerman----------------7.62 L

37. Nimble---------------------------7.6 L

37. Kabalist-------------------------7.6 L

39. Jay-Turner---------------------7.58 W

40. Veneox-------------------------7.53 L

40. Mawnz--------------------------7.53 L

42. KatMaestro + JRob----------7.4 L

42. SourJovis-----------------------7.4 L

44. TetratonMusic-----------------7.37 L

45. larrylarrybb---------------------7.34 L

46. Azhthar--------------------------7.29 L

47. Metallica1136------------------7.28 L

48. secantwave--------------------7.26 L

49. Chemiqals----------------------7.23 L

50. BrainLight----------------------7.01 L

50. Tosmatobeef------------------7.01 L

52. Ceevro--------------------------6.95 L

53. LunacyEcho-------------------6.76 L

54. Jernemies----------------------6.73 L

55. MrStr8face---------------------6.68 L

56. PascalPalomino--------------6.6 L

57. Guylee--------------------------6.51 L

58. Braiton--------------------------6.475 L

59. soulblud------------------------5.98 L

60. Cimba--------------------------5.17 L

61. FlaggedOnArrival-----------4.62 L

62. acmeDyne--------------------0 L

62. MattBat27---------------------0 L

62. TheMoebiusProject---------0 L


Posted by SourJovis - July 26th, 2014

Normally I work at one project at a time, finish it, upload it or whatever and that's it.

At the moment however I have so many things at once. So many unfinished projects that I will definitely finish but haven't got around to.

First of all there's the Illusion of Gaia Arrangement project where I make remakes of each of the songs from the snes game Illusion of Gaia. I try to stay as faithfull to the original as I can, but with more up to date samples, effects, mixing and mastering, and ofcourse I try to make it sound more lively by having velocity levels and tone lengths fluctuate more, add fades, etc, etc. I had to pause this project for a while because my computer died. I continued on another computer that died as well. I have a new computer now that doesn't have all the programs and functions I used for the project, and I can not fix that. Not my most interesting project anymore I must say, because I prefer to make my own music. On top of that I've started this a long time ago, and my production skills have improved since then. I still use the old sounds for the sake of continuity. I should finish it though, since I'm almost done. A lot of people keep asking me to finish it, because they like it. I can not let them down.

Secondly there are several songs I've started but not finished. They're not in the audio portal, but you may have heard them one time anyway.

Like the music I've made for Hobo Bob


and How to Bird


These songs were rushed and not even close to how I wanted them to sound. On top of that, the way they appear in the games is not how I wrote them. Only two of the four loops I made for Hobo Bob made it into the game, and those were the loops with the least instruments and layers. The lead instrument for How to Bird was removed because it was too demanding. I'm still working on those two songs.

There are two more songs I haven't finished. One I made for the NG Secret Santa 2014. Another I made for NGMT 13. Also I'm buying a lot of new software, so I can revisit my old songs, update them and republish them as an album.

I'm entering NGADM14 so I think I will be very busy making new songs. I don't know how long I'll be in but I intend to make it far.

Posted by SourJovis - October 6th, 2013

Another ranking list, just to keep up the tradition, and because with fewer contestants it gets easier for me to do. The scores are the averages of the ones given by the judges for the competition, as are listed here http://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1351528

1. etherealwinds---------9.39 W
2. headphoamz------------9.26 L
3. johnfn----------------9.17 W
4. steampianist----------9.13 W
5. Kor-Rune--------------9.06 W
6. SoundChris------------8.93 L
7. InvisibleObserver-----7.93 L
8. InYourDreams----------7.76 L

No talking about myself this time, because I'm not in anymore since the previous round. Even the lowest score was still higher than the highest I ever got in this competition. Next year I'll have to try to be better. Whatever "better" even means in terms of music. It was a very exiting round. Quite a tight difference between headphoamz and etherealwinds. Too bad headphoamz is out even though she placed second in my list. Of course SoundChris, InvisibleObserver and InYourDreams made good tracks too. Here's where you can check out all of the tracks. Looking forward to next round.

Posted by SourJovis - September 19th, 2013

So here it is; the NGADM13 unofficial ranking list round 3. And the thread for the third round of the competition.

1. steampianist---------9.54 W
2. JacobCadmus----------9.27 W
3. Kor-Rune-------------9.25 W
4. SoundChris-----------9.20 L
5. InYourDreams---------9.09 W
6. etherealwinds--------9.04 W
7. headphoamz-----------8.94 W
8. garlagan-------------8.66 L
9. johnfn---------------8.59 W
10. InvisibleObserver---8.39 W
11. midimachine---------8.33 L
12. ChronoNomad---------8.26 L
13. dj-Jo---------------8.00 L
14. Wolftacular---------7.51 L
15. SourJovis-----------6.90 L

Didn't make it this time. As a matter of fact I'm the lowest ranking loser. Not such a spectacular exit as highest ranking loser. Neither as nice as lowest ranking winner. I pass on that stick to InvisibleObserver.

This means I'll remain a B rank musician on NG for now. I got quite lucky to make it this far. Seeing contestants with higher scores than me got eliminated as early as the first round. This loss wasn't unexpected either. When I finished the song I already had the feeling it wasn't suited for the contest. Still I'm disappointed. It'd be better to just beat everyone.

Talking about the song I submitted. I actually get more and more content with it. It wasn't as "epic" as the other songs, but to be honest I got quite tired of these songs that were clearly intended to "outdo" the rest. It's no longer about making nice sounding music, but more about showing off. Nothing against all of the songs I've heard during this competition. They were all impressive and diverse. Still I wanted some resting points in the playlist. Something that wasn't demanding so much attention. I think my entry was exactly such a song. Not only was it what I wanted to hear, but also what I needed to compose. I've been listening to a lot of minimal music of artists who are well respected. I don't claim to be as good as they are, but I don't think their music would get them far in contests such as these. Still you can't say their music is bad, considering their fan bases. I actually think it's the same with my entry. It is what it is. I knew I wouldn't win, but I don't think there was much to improve on the song. The judges didn't have much to comment either. All the negative points they gave were just things that would make me "score higher" if I changed them, but not make the song "better". Sure it's short, but so are Wim Mertens' songs. Sure the accompaniment is minimal and stays the same, but so is that of Yann Tiersen's most respected songs. It could be "developed more"... I think I really shouldn't. That would take away its essence.

So I got a song out of this contest I'm content with even though it had a low score. The previous song that had a higher score I'm happy about too, and in that instance the critique actually helped. I've made a second version of the song where I implemented much of the comments, and I think it became better. The first entry I liked actually better than the second (although it had a lower score), though it has more imperfections than the third (even though it had a higher score) (so the song that scored lowest is the one I want to change least, and the one that scored highest is the one that I changed most). I would want to use more powerful live guitars and a different vocalist. Other than that, I think it's fine.

So I made a lot of excuses why it doesn't say that much I got low scores and why I'm out. I must admit though my music composing isn't perfect. I'm still improving. If I listen to songs I made a year ago I think I've improved a lot. Next year I'll have improved my skills and I'll be better prepared. Of course I can still be eliminated in the first round with a 9 against a 10 or whatever, but we'll see.

Good luck to everyone who's still in the competition.

Posted by SourJovis - August 30th, 2013

And here we are again with the NGADM13 unofficial ranking list, but this time of round 2. Here's the thread for the second round of the competition.

1. steampianist-------------9.20 W
2. SoundChris---------------9.05 W
3. JacobCadmus--------------9.01 W
3. headphoamz---------------9.01 W
5. midimachine--------------8.92 W
6. MichaelJ + Jeremyamoto---8.76 W
7. johnfn-------------------8.73 W
8. Kor-Rune-----------------8.62 W
9. ChronoNomad--------------8.59 W
10. InYourDreams-------------8.57 W
10. ZipZipper----------------8.57 L
12. garlagan-----------------8.50 L
13. etherealwinds------------8.41 W
14. The Bardic Kings---------8.36 L
15. HalcyonicFalconX---------8.14 L
16. ForgottenDawn------------8.05 W
17. dj-Jo--------------------7.94 W
17. TheBenjerman-------------7.94 L
19. Blackhole12--------------7.89 L
20. Wolftacular--------------7.85 W
21. BlazingDragon------------7.83 L
22. Mystek-------------------7.81 L
23. InvisibleObserver--------7.80 W
24. Hurks--------------------7.76 L
25. Veneox-------------------7.67 L
26. SourJovis----------------7.66 W
27. IglicaV------------------7.53 L
28. Metallica1136------------7.46 L
29. acmeDyne-----------------6.92 L
30. TitanMusic---------------6.76 L
31. Sequenced----------------6.69 L

Note some of the ranks are double because of ties. Other rank numbers don't exist because of the same reason. Also note there are only 31 places, because someone got disqualified for uploading old songs.

I added Ls and Ws to show if a participant won or lost (W for win, L for lost duh). Although I didn't show who won or lost in the previous round, I'm pretty sure the winners and losers are less spread out this time.

And I made it again, and again near the bottom, but this time it was a fair fight. As a matter of fact, I'm the lowest ranking winner. I wonder how I'm going to do that in the finale. I probably get a lower score than my opponent but the opponent gets disqualified.

Next round I'm up against InvisibleObserver, who was the second lowest ranking this round. Also in the previous round he got a higher ranking than me, so I have a better chance of becoming the lowest ranking winner in the next round, which means I'll be the winner right...