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simmering múspellsheimr

By Reilly Farrell on May 17, 2020 11:59 pm

A little while back I couldn't stop rereading Neil Gaiman's Norse Mythology – especially the Ragnarök chapter. Of all the gods involved, Surtr the flame giant seems like the greatest enigma norse lore, and the most terrifying. The way Gaiman tells it, Surtr has stood perfectly still since before time began, at the doorstep of a world of fire. This track is about the moment when he finally moves and Ragnarök begins.

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May 18, 2020 12:05 am

(Almost missed the deadline on account of a last-minute transition I needed to add. This track was fun to make but terrifying to listen to while I was racing the clock!)

May 18, 2020 12:28 am

Haha can just picture you watching that upload bar while this plays and its a wild mental image. Really nice track! I've got some Gaiman sitting in my 'read' pile. Need to get on it!

May 18, 2020 12:36 am

I like the synth voice texture, it really works with the rest of the instrumentation. Epic!

May 18, 2020 1:34 am

I really love the anxiety that low end gives to this track. It sounds like the bass creeps up a half step at a time, all those minor 2nd intervals are probably what gives it that tension. And then on the top end the voicings give a lot of room for those melodies to shimmer. Excellent track, glad you made it on time! haha

May 18, 2020 1:49 pm

May 18, 2020 8:36 pm

So many different elements from electronic to folk inspired and orchestral. The voice sample treatment really moves the music along. Epic compositions!  Sorry, most of what I know about Ragnarök was overwritten by repeated Marvel movie viewings with 10-year old son.  Well done!

May 19, 2020 8:49 pm

There's a ton going on here, I like your choice of instruments. One of the most fun things in music is trying to capture a certain feeling or energy, and your tunes are really good for that.

May 19, 2020 11:24 pm

Boy, I love what you did with that voice sample. Such an interesting dynamic, and the orchestral work is very impressive. Nice!

May 21, 2020 1:23 am

THIS IS SO COOL AND STRESSFUL! I love the instrumentation too. The synth voice is great, I just, so many wonderful video game vibes or anime vibes but all around super good. I would just say it is v quiet and could use a lil loudness enhancements.

May 23, 2020 8:01 am

Wow, that gibberish really makes it feel way more epic and scary. It doesn't feel quite Norse, more ancient-tech-like, which some might say are basically the same thing.

Great orchestral backing, too.

May 24, 2020 1:56 pm
Simon Koehn wrote:

Haha can just picture you watching that upload bar while this plays and its a wild mental image. Really nice track! I've got some Gaiman sitting in my 'read' pile. Need to get on it!

Haha, it definitely felt like a wild rush in the moment! big_smile I actually haven't read too much of Gaiman outside of Norse Mythology, so any recommendations are welcome.

Mission Crossing wrote:

I like the synth voice texture, it really works with the rest of the instrumentation. Epic!

Thanks! I really enjoyed your track this week too – it did an even better job of capturing a fiery sound. big_smile

ViridianLoom wrote:

I really love the anxiety that low end gives to this track. It sounds like the bass creeps up a half step at a time, all those minor 2nd intervals are probably what gives it that tension. And then on the top end the voicings give a lot of room for those melodies to shimmer. Excellent track, glad you made it on time! haha

Haha, thanks!

kaedo sevaada wrote:

Glorious. big_smile

NWSPR wrote:

So many different elements from electronic to folk inspired and orchestral. The voice sample treatment really moves the music along. Epic compositions!  Sorry, most of what I know about Ragnarök was overwritten by repeated Marvel movie viewings with 10-year old son.  Well done!

Hey, nothing wrong with that – Thor: Ragnarok's one of my favorite Marvel movies. And thanks!

hieme wrote:

There's a ton going on here, I like your choice of instruments. One of the most fun things in music is trying to capture a certain feeling or energy, and your tunes are really good for that.

I really appreciate that! Thanks as always. Your tracks have that effect too.

mikememo wrote:

Boy, I love what you did with that voice sample. Such an interesting dynamic, and the orchestral work is very impressive. Nice!

Thank you!

scottux wrote:

THIS IS SO COOL AND STRESSFUL! I love the instrumentation too. The synth voice is great, I just, so many wonderful video game vibes or anime vibes but all around super good. I would just say it is v quiet and could use a lil loudness enhancements.

Thanks! And yeah, loudness is definitely an area I need to improve on. Any tips or suggestions are appreciated!

Devieus wrote:

Wow, that gibberish really makes it feel way more epic and scary. It doesn't feel quite Norse, more ancient-tech-like, which some might say are basically the same thing.

Great orchestral backing, too.


Much appreciated! The gibberish is actually just English that's chopped up, bit-crushed, and occasionally EQ'd. Glad to hear it worked out okay.

May 24, 2020 3:07 pm

Any language, when chopped up, would probably yield the same result. Especially the way you chopped it up.

May 25, 2020 10:11 pm

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