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Civilized

By Devieus on August 12, 2018 4:39 pm

Not too long ago, there was a video on the music theory behind Civilization 6 and how a song progresses through the ages for a particular civilization, starting with the tribal stage and ending in the information age basically by making variations of the same melody. So that's what I did.

There's also some music theory going on. For instance, this song is in C Lydian with the chord progression I-II-V-iii I-II-V-vi (or C-D-G-Em C-D-G-Am). The II instead of a ii is a fairly unusual feature only in Lydian mode, it's also a very pretty progression and it's pretty much the reason I might start avoiding it a little. It's starting to make sense and I want to do nothing more than to destroy it, which is a fairly normal reaction for me; rules exist for a reason, and you can break them if you know why.

If I want a supertonic major triad in a major scale, by Jove I'll do it and so help me if anyone's trying to stop me.

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August 13, 2018 12:57 am

Glad to hear the melodica making a return this week. Blended really well doubling the marimba like sound and melodies. I believe this is your best melodica composition I have heard. Really well done. 

And I'll have my supertonic with a wedge of lime please.

August 13, 2018 1:09 am

Echoing NWSPR, I think this is my favorite melodica piece of yours yet, the choice of accompanying instruments is wonderful and the compo is rich and draws you in, great work! heart

August 13, 2018 1:41 am

Stately. Beginning sounds like the (possibly bogus) reconstructions of Byzantine music. Love the smoooooth second section! And the cool ending.

August 13, 2018 9:21 am
NWSPR wrote:

Glad to hear the melodica making a return this week. Blended really well doubling the marimba like sound and melodies. I believe this is your best melodica composition I have heard. Really well done. 

And I'll have my supertonic with a wedge of lime please.

Thanks. I always pull it out every three weeks, it was that time again. That's a kalimba by the way and I'm not sure if it's the best I've ever done, but it might be the first time I've played along with a soundfont instead of harmonized with it. I think I like Mysterious Melodica Man maybe a bit better.
And you can have your wedge of lime, but you're gonna have to compose it yourself. Just play a D7 instead of a Dm if you're in C.

Gab Manette wrote:

Echoing NWSPR, I think this is my favorite melodica piece of yours yet, the choice of accompanying instruments is wonderful and the compo is rich and draws you in, great work! <3

Cheers, they all have great replay value, listening back to them. I believe the richness is the blanket of reverb that's pervasive throughout and doesn't change in any way whatsoever.

Jim Wood wrote:

Stately. Beginning sounds like the (possibly bogus) reconstructions of Byzantine music. Love the smoooooth second section! And the cool ending.

I don't honestly know what country it could be. The kalimba is African and the piano really doesn't belong in the middle ages, but the rest seem fine for most of Europe.

August 13, 2018 12:51 pm

Ah yais, I also caught that interesting episode of "8bit music theory".  I like the transition from the melodica to the woodwinds and finally into the space age synths smile

August 13, 2018 3:10 pm
Tone Matrix wrote:

Ah yais, I also caught that interesting episode of "8bit music theory".  I like the transition from the melodica to the woodwinds and finally into the space age synths smile

Yea, it's pretty great, but not extremely comprehensive. It definitely assumes you have a bit of music theory knowledge.
Personally, I find the transitions a little weak, they just kinda happen. I was considering adding a sound effect to note the change in age, but then I didn't.

August 14, 2018 1:22 am

I love this, it definitely makes me think of the dawn of a civilization, and I'm seriously loving the theory again. You're making me want to dust off the old books.

August 16, 2018 4:47 pm
Guabágeuse wrote:

I love this, it definitely makes me think of the dawn of a civilization, and I'm seriously loving the theory again. You're making me want to dust off the old books.

Books are for nerds, kids these days learn it by watching the YouTube. I can give you a list of some good channels to watch.

August 19, 2018 2:35 am

Some nice sounding movements among this.  The harpsichord gives it that earlier period of music.  I used to have epic battles on Civilisation!

August 19, 2018 7:38 am

Another one with some very lovely 80´s minimalistic vibes. Can see this played at a concert with an electro.acoustic ensemble with modern dance coreography. Lovely...

August 19, 2018 8:22 am
rdomain wrote:

Some nice sounding movements among this. The harpsichord gives it that earlier period of music. I used to have epic battles on Civilization!

Yea, it's quite nice. For me it's the double bass with the oboe that does it, but the harpsichord is definitely a decent addition; definitely my favorite section of the song though. I played Civilization once, but I managed to stop that.

August 19, 2018 11:58 pm
Devieus wrote:
Guabágeuse wrote:

I love this, it definitely makes me think of the dawn of a civilization, and I'm seriously loving the theory again. You're making me want to dust off the old books.

Books are for nerds, kids these days learn it by watching the YouTube. I can give you a list of some good channels to watch.


I already got the books, though. Hahaha

August 20, 2018 5:54 am
Guabágeuse wrote:
Devieus wrote:
Guabágeuse wrote:

I love this, it definitely makes me think of the dawn of a civilization, and I'm seriously loving the theory again. You're making me want to dust off the old books.

Books are for nerds, kids these days learn it by watching the YouTube. I can give you a list of some good channels to watch.


I already got the books, though. Hahaha

Very well, good luck on your endevour.

August 29, 2018 7:55 pm

Really love the instrumentation, especially when the piano comes in at 20%.  The rhythmic change up at 50% is really exciting and adds some nice energy.  Then cool "chip outro".  This might be my favorite you've done this year (but I need to catch up on the last month!)

"If I want a supertonic major triad in a major scale, by Jove I'll do it and so help me if anyone's trying to stop me."


August 31, 2018 1:13 pm
orangedrink wrote:

Really love the instrumentation, especially when the piano comes in at 20%.  The rhythmic change up at 50% is really exciting and adds some nice energy.  Then cool "chip outro".  This might be my favorite you've done this year (but I need to catch up on the last month!)

"If I want a supertonic major triad in a major scale, by Jove I'll do it and so help me if anyone's trying to stop me."

I take it you know what it means then.

The tempo changes I felt were really necessary, the start is fairly slow (because recording melodica), but further in the game there's more stuff happening so the song has to reflect it.

September 11, 2018 1:11 pm

heart heart heart Really cool heart heart heart

September 12, 2018 12:30 am
??? wrote:

<3 <3 <3 Really cool <3 <3 <3

I agree.

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