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Leaving the Pews

By Anon_Buster on July 5, 2020 4:11 pm

Over the last 2 weeks, I have 10 unfinished tracks, all of which amounted to garbage. I guess the stress of thinking about what I want to do for a job over the next year,  before finishing my teaching certification, has been weighing me down. I wasn't sure I'd complete something this week, but on Friday I started playing Dragon Quest XI, since I have time to put into games when I'm not practicing music. I spent an hour trying to find a save, when I came across the church. The basic music immediately gave me an idea to practice making piano chords in a similar style to the DQ XI track. I used the Arturia B-3V organ, then placed strings atop, since I've been wanting to make my first orchestral piece. After about 8 hours, I came up with this. It's simple, uses mostly the same notes while different instruments may take liberties on the main melody or progression, but they're all reiterating the same "points" more often than not. I see the musical piece as a scene where the character is leaving the church and looking at his village before leaving town, since, that's actually what I did in the game haha.

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July 6, 2020 1:04 am

Those flutes(?) that come in around 1:13 gave me real Secret of Mana flashbacks, though I don't exactly know why. Might have to go back and listen to the OST again. Anyway, I like the way this track feels like a bit of journey in its movements; it's like the character is revisiting old memories and feelings in that moment before they leave town. smile

July 6, 2020 3:38 pm

I don't think this qualifies as chiptune anymore. It's very different from your usual stuff at least. Whatever it is, it's epic, those drums are so damn powerful.

July 7, 2020 12:54 am

Awesome man, this is super uplifting.  Those drums are absolutely perfect for this track.  Great instrumentation too, the flute and organ area  really cool combo.  Sorry to hear about all your stress about the job situation.  Hope everything works out!

July 13, 2020 12:01 am
hent03 wrote:

Those flutes(?) that come in around 1:13 gave me real Secret of Mana flashbacks, though I don't exactly know why. Might have to go back and listen to the OST again. Anyway, I like the way this track feels like a bit of journey in its movements; it's like the character is revisiting old memories and feelings in that moment before they leave town. smile

I played a Mana game on the PS2 and maybe the remake on the GBA. I can see this fitting with the type of style they have. Something I wanted to try was making distinct sections, kind of like movements, then return to the main idea. I noticed I typically reiterate the opening/first verse a lot with added parts, usually from the verse and chorus, to make it more intense or interesting. This was fun and showed me how to take these ideas into my other tracks.

Devieus wrote:

I don't think this qualifies as chiptune anymore. It's very different from your usual stuff at least. Whatever it is, it's epic, those drums are so damn powerful.


Not chiptunes anymore? Huh. I wonder why. Sounds like something an SNES could reproduce...


Chrisfoo wrote:

Awesome man, this is super uplifting.  Those drums are absolutely perfect for this track.  Great instrumentation too, the flute and organ area  really cool combo.  Sorry to hear about all your stress about the job situation.  Hope everything works out!


Thanks! I've been wanting to use the instruments from Kontakt's Komplete orchestration, but was waiting to learn orchestration next year. I didn't like the sound of an organ, but this setting turned out alright, but with a little too much oscillating modulation applied, which causes a buildup of frequencies.

July 13, 2020 5:35 am
Anon_Buster wrote:
Devieus wrote:

I don't think this qualifies as chiptune anymore. It's very different from your usual stuff at least. Whatever it is, it's epic, those drums are so damn powerful.


Not chiptunes anymore? Huh. I wonder why. Sounds like something an SNES could reproduce...


If you're telling me those toms and that brass came out of a SNES, composers of yore have really been sleeping.

July 16, 2020 11:06 pm

Huge Squaresoft vibes from those massive chords.  The epic drums give it a heroic journey feel.  The brass and flutes really add to that epic journey.  Well done!

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