This was another one that's been a long time coming, so I hope you'll forgive me if I ramble for a bit about its production history. My desire to make a track synced to this song dates all the way back to 2010. I tried to make it a large-scale collaborative project and then a clan project back in 2011, both which failed. Then, in early 2015, when Opal asked me if I wanted to collaborate on something, I proposed the project again. After some fits and starts, we finally got started late that year, and first 90 seconds were created. Unfortunately, we suffered some more setbacks in spring 2016, and Opal quit the project. After yet more fits and starts, as well as long gaps, OTDE made the next 30 seconds in late 2016. At this point I was hard at work on This Will Destroy You and the project was put on the back burner until 2018, when I finally got around to it again and proceeded to make all of the remaining 70% of the project myself in roughly 2 months.
It's weird, but in a way you might say this project was almost a precursor to This Will Destroy You. The idea was always to make a music-synced manual track with measured/restrained amounts of quirk, and when I made my first part of the project (0:53 - 1:43) back in January 2016, I was really excited that I was able to visualize the song so effectively without using any gravity wells. This led directly into me starting This Will Destroy You later that month, taking the idea to an extreme and avoiding any quirk OR manuals. OTDE was also inspired by that part to ask me to collaborate with him on Daisies, so it was a precursor to that project as well.
When I finally resumed the project in 2018, my skillset and experience had grown so much that stuff in the rest of the track that had seemed incredibly daunting back in early 2016 were not only manageable, but at times even fun! So in a way, I'm glad this project took so long to finish, because the latter 5 minutes is dramatically better because of all my work on other projects in the meantime, and I was able to make it faster and with less stress involved. When I was first working on it, this project seemed incredibly daunting, but in 2018 I was confident in my ability to create something I would be happy with. And I did! I'm very proud of how it turned out, and I hope you enjoy it.
Long live Line Rider!
- Ben / Rabid