February 2021 Newsletter
February 2021 Newsletter

Anyone else feel like February went by really quickly? It IS shorter than all the other months, we suppose. Oh, and we had a ridiculously over-the-top awards show for the CoMmunity. PLUS a huge 1st birthday party for Dreams. Alright, it’s been pretty busy.

We’ve been coasting on all that glorious post-Impys energy - and so have you dreamers, it seems. It’s been a particularly amazing month for releases in the Dreamiverse, with mega-collaborations and CoMmunity-created challenges galore. Grab something hot/cold/fizzy to drink, and settle in as we take a look back at some of the highlights of this month in Dreams!

Dreeko

Guest Artist: Dreeko

Dreeko’s wonderful stylised scenes and character designs always brighten our day whenever we happen across them. Sloth On Ice caused a mini-sensation within Mm Towers this month, a creation that proves there is an ice-skating sloth inside us all, just itching to get out. Over to you, Dreeko!

I was playing around with the movement settings within the blank puppet just to see what kind of crazy walks I could create from twiddling and tweaking the sliders. Suddenly I had it skating around! Then I added extra keyframes to give it more of a flourish. Once I was happy with the base movements I had to decide how it would look. I had a couple of different ideas in my head but my daughter Cara came up with the best one - ‘A sloth! Make it a sloth!’. She's always loved them since she was small. So that was it! A sloth it became. Later on that day she appeared with a chocolate sloth for me to eat while I made it (very tasty they are too!).

I have realised, looking back on all my Dreams creations, that I do seem to have a certain look. I imagine that it may come from watching old Warner Bros cartoons on TV, or the Beano comics that I had stuffed in my schoolbag as a boy. I imagine that if you create enough of anything - whether it's music, animation or art - the things which you have enjoyed the most can't help but bubble to the surface into what may be called your own style.


What's Happening at Mm's Many HQs

An Audience With The Queen

An Audience With The Queen

The lovely folks at Push Square sat down with the glitter-sprinkling, cat-herding legend herself, Siobhan Reddy, for a big chat all about the past, present and future of Dreams. Have a read of the article right here - you might even spot a few shoutouts to certain CoMmunity creations...

Mashup Four Rocks Up!

Mashup Four Rocks Up!

The audio Molecules formerly known as Ed, Lisa and Oli - now known as the Mashup Cats - have been busy collecting your entries for Mashup Four. This time, the theme is Battle Of The Bands, and all of your submissions will be fused together to create a face-melting rock ‘n’ roll showdown. You’ve got until March 7th to submit an entry via this page, so grab a bandmate and get shredding! Your instrument of choice, that is. Please don’t shred your friend.


CoMmunity Happenings

#AYearInDreams

#AYearInDreams

To celebrate the first anniversary of the release of Dreams, we asked you to regale us with tales from your last 12 months in Dreams - from brilliant personal achievements, to great memories of coMmunity events, we were inspired by everything you had to share with us. We particularly loved this beautiful Twitter thread where you told us all about the Dreams creators you admire. Really set off our allergies, actually. *sniff*

Universally Challenged

Universally Challenged

You lot have been busy, and so have we trying to keep up with it all! This month has been brilliant for CoMmunity-created challenges. From Magma-Monsta’s Plastic Dreamers and nametags, to SumoNinjaBurger’s customised Klumps for party game Klump Chuckin’, Martin Nebelong’s teddy bears and Entropy-Tamed’s wonderfully-presented DreamTees.com, there’s been so much collaborative fun to take part in. Great work, everyone!


Meet venwave!

Meet venwave!

Dreams’ music video community is thriving lately. At the centre of it all, you’ll often find venwave’s work: original beats or collaborative remixes, and often eye-popping visuals grooving alongside them. So what makes this creator tick? Find out below!


What do you like to do in the Dreamiverse?
I think most people would recognize me for music, but I equally enjoy both the music and paint tools <3


If you could give other member of the CoMmunity a piece of advice for their time in Dreams, what would it be?
Take my advice with a grain of salt, as I am just a person on a couch making wiggles with a DS4. I think giving yourself too many rules when creating is counter-productive, and honestly kinda miserable. If you have a vision, please stay true to it, but also give yourself the freedom to make things up as you go along. More often than not, people will not care or notice if something isn't "realistic" - they will only notice if it is not believable. So whatever you make, believe in it, and don't let the 'plan' stop you from creating.


What was the first thing you created in Dreams?
The first thing I created in Dreams was a very short, humble, rock ‘n’ roll type music loop. It's not the most impressive thing out there by far, but it is the first time I ever tried making rock music ever, and I have only Dreams and Mm to thank for inspiring me to try.


Favourite food, movie and song, in that order. GO!
Ooo, I know this one, I swear! Aaaah!
FOOD: Veggie Pho with EXTRA basil leaves!
MOVIE: Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin.
SONG: Their Waters Were Mingled Together, from the ABZU soundtrack by Austin Wintory.


How can people find you in the Dreamiverse?
All you gotta do is remember the name "venwave" ! If you search venwave in DreamSurfing, you're likely to find the collaborations that I've been involved with - usually other talented Dreamers' games or stories that I helped with. If you look at my profile, you're more likely to find the music that I've made. :)


Which creations are currently your Top 10 in Dreams?
This one's hard, but I will preface by saying - if you're looking for good music in Dreams, there's no place better to go than itsallstar's weekly Dream Sounds streams on Twitch. That is how I've discovered half of this list!


Pollen
Flying Fish
Gathering Wise | Full Animated Audiobook
Remix of Bubble Trouble (Story Time)
We're The Robots
Night Life
Better With You Here
Dust and Bones
Bops
epiic stoyr


Who’d you like to get to know in the Dreamiverse? We’ll ask them some questions for next month’s newsletter!
First of all, thank you Mm and Beatlebum for including me this month, it's an honour! There's nothing like Dreams or the people involved with it - being a part of this is very humbling. <3


To be honest I feel I've gotten a lot of attention just for being creative, and I am immensely grateful, but there is one particular creator who not only inspires me and makes that creativity possible, but moved me emotionally and kept my humanity in tact throughout all of last year. I share half of an Impy nomination with this beautiful person and it's only fair that you all get the chance to hear from them and see for yourselves how special they are. MasherButtons, the spotlight is yours my friend! <3


This Month's Wallpaper

This Month's Wallpaper

As mentioned above, it’s been a great month for jamming, experimenting and collaborating. So we thought we’d treat you to another Miguel Sanz special - this vibrant CoMmunity Jam scene! Miguel’s been having fun experimenting with colours outside of Dreams’ usual palette of purples lately - what do you think? We think it’s going straight to the desktop as our new wallpaper. Yum. Get yours here!


Jobs

We're on the lookout for new Molecules to join in the fun and make Dreams the best it can be! Follow the links below to read more about our current vacancies at Mm Towers!

Stay up to date on our jobs page

Current positions



Right, we’d better get back to a few more of those coMmunity-created challenges. There’s no way we’re not putting a Buffbert Klump out into the world. (Klumpbert?) Although he will have to be massive. If your arms don’t ache while you’re chuckin’ him, he just ain’t buff enough.

All sorts of exciting things on the horizon in March, including something new coming to indreams.me! Fans of high-quality words being beamed directly into your eyeballs: be excited. Be very excited.

See you next month, CoMmunity! <3