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The Chalice of Eternal Light: Part I

By Chrisfoo on September 5, 2020 6:26 am

I was noodling around with this piano part, then I thought it might a part Dream Theater song, then I spent like and hour and a half trying to find it in their expansive discography, then I couldnt find it so I just decided that if it wasnt a Dream Theater song, then I would make it into one, and even give it a fitting name.  Also, I suck at guitar and piano, and there’s no crazy time signatures in here so I know it’s a weak tribute.

It was getting late and I couldnt figure out how to make the audio speed not slow down at the end when the tempo changes in Logic, so sorry about that weird detuning effect on the guitar.  Anyone know how that works? (I didnt pre-record the part then slow it down, just recorded over the piano as it was automated to slow down but it still stretched the audio)

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September 7, 2020 12:11 am

"and give it a fitting name"  made me laugh,  love it.    the piano sounds great, and its crazy to hear this sort of distortion from you after 36 weeks!  great tune, i dont know the tribute song that you got stuck trying to find but goodspeed in finding it.  as far as your question goes, no i do not know because im a hack when it comes to the production side of music.  love a good power ballad

September 7, 2020 12:57 am

Beautiful work, both on the piano and otherwise!

September 7, 2020 1:29 am

I love that huge reverb on the guitars. Very cool vibe with the piano.

September 7, 2020 1:56 am

I'm not super familiar with Dream Theater so I can't help you find the song you are offering tribute to, or really comment on how good of a tribute it is, but it sounds cool to me.  Digging those soaring guitar lines over the piano.

September 7, 2020 6:24 am

The guitar is sufficiently epic. Nice job, man.

September 7, 2020 10:05 am

This is amazing. Great work on the guitars, they go great with the piano. Maybe it wasn't Dream Theater, maybe it was Liquid Tension Experiment? It's an offshoot.

The guitar detuning at the end is thematically appropriate for a part 1, here's to hoping there's a part 2.

September 7, 2020 10:43 pm

Sometimes I try to keep myself ignorant if I think I might be ripping someone off because if I'm legitimately not sure then I kind of absolve myself of the sin haha. "Oh man I had no ideaaaa" tongue

It certainly has that dramatic powerful vibe though so good job! I thought the guitar and piano were good and they don't have to be odd metered to be proggy sounding. I don't use Logic but in reaper if you right click on the recorded audio and select properties there is an option to have the audio follow the time base of the grid, meaning if the tempo changes so does the recorded audio, so I switch it off. Maybe there's something like that in Logic?

September 8, 2020 1:21 am

Awesome work, super epic! I await the other hour of the track in part 2 if you’re making it fully Dream Theater wink

September 11, 2020 8:57 am

I see what you mean about Dream Theater, the intro did remind me of them though I would not be able to point what song. Good job on the piano and guitar! Cool melodies, there is a potential for a longer epic track there!

September 14, 2020 1:07 am

Definitely has the D.T. feel. Several times I've thought my track was just me playing a part I heard in another track. For this Jordan Rudess and John Petrucci styled track, they would have used 13/8 time signature for 1 bar, moved to 5/6 for three notes, then played 7/8. I think you're safe.

September 14, 2020 1:23 am
demonzor wrote:

"and give it a fitting name"  made me laugh,  love it.    the piano sounds great, and its crazy to hear this sort of distortion from you after 36 weeks!  great tune, i dont know the tribute song that you got stuck trying to find but goodspeed in finding it.  as far as your question goes, no i do not know because im a hack when it comes to the production side of music.  love a good power ballad

Thanks man! Yeah, I definitely felt like this one needed a super over driven, whaling guitar tone.

Reilly Farrell wrote:

Beautiful work, both on the piano and otherwise!

Thanks!

djippy wrote:

I love that huge reverb on the guitars. Very cool vibe with the piano.

Thanks man, yeah that verb is def cranked up all the way on the amp model I use.

CosmicCairns wrote:

I'm not super familiar with Dream Theater so I can't help you find the song you are offering tribute to, or really comment on how good of a tribute it is, but it sounds cool to me.  Digging those soaring guitar lines over the piano.

Thanks dude, I'd totally recommend checking them out too.  Insanely talented group. 

hent03 wrote:

The guitar is sufficiently epic. Nice job, man.

Thanks man, glad its within limits!

Devieus wrote:

This is amazing. Great work on the guitars, they go great with the piano. Maybe it wasn't Dream Theater, maybe it was Liquid Tension Experiment? It's an offshoot.

The guitar detuning at the end is thematically appropriate for a part 1, here's to hoping there's a part 2.

I'd say probably not Liquid Tension since I'm not super familiar with that project, but its possible its not even a song and that it just reminds me of something they would do.  But thanks man, I think I'll for sure need to bang out a part 2 at some point before the end of the year.

ViridianLoom wrote:

Sometimes I try to keep myself ignorant if I think I might be ripping someone off because if I'm legitimately not sure then I kind of absolve myself of the sin haha. "Oh man I had no ideaaaa" tongue

It certainly has that dramatic powerful vibe though so good job! I thought the guitar and piano were good and they don't have to be odd metered to be proggy sounding. I don't use Logic but in reaper if you right click on the recorded audio and select properties there is an option to have the audio follow the time base of the grid, meaning if the tempo changes so does the recorded audio, so I switch it off. Maybe there's something like that in Logic?

Haha, yeah same usually.  No matter what melody or chord progression you write, I'm sure that someones done something similar before.  As long as your not purposely ripping something off note for note then you're fine.

And yeah you're right, there is a setting in Logic like what you described. I just found it labeled as "Flex and Follow."  Thanks!

Mission Crossing wrote:

Awesome work, super epic! I await the other hour of the track in part 2 if you’re making it fully Dream Theater wink

Hell yeah dude! I'll have some LaBrie style vocals on part 2 as well.

Kedbreak136 wrote:

I see what you mean about Dream Theater, the intro did remind me of them though I would not be able to point what song. Good job on the piano and guitar! Cool melodies, there is a potential for a longer epic track there!

Yeah, I still haven't been able to pinpoint it either.  Thanks though!  Yeah, sounds like I've committed to a part 2 already, so we'll see.

September 25, 2020 3:48 pm

Love the piano progression and the epic_dream_theaterish feel it has.  The song title is very fitting especially for a DT influence smile

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