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New Tracks for 'Battles of Norghan' Soundtrack

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Heya guys This is actually the first time Ive posted my music to be listened to on here since i started using this place ages ago. I suppose its about time These are two tracks which have been completed for a fantasy strategy game called ''Battles of Norghan''...which has probably been floating in a few posts....dunno....anyway: ''Centaur''s Lament'': This is the main theme, which is pretty simple but fairly pretty in nature. ''Norghan Battle Waltz'': This is a battle sequence based on the main theme above....its pretty Zimmerish (Gladiator waltz style). It gets pretty epic towards the end. Tell me what you guys think. I always appreciate feedback. Thanks! -Scott Buckley www.mp3.com.au/scottbuckley

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I like both a great deal; the battle theme is suitably martial and the Lament has a nice touch of melancholy to it (for synths anyway). Let''s see if I can throw out some constructive criticism...I felt as if the battle song was a little longer than it''s main theme can properly support; there''s a spot from about 2:30-3:20 where it goes away entirely in favor of gradually crescendoing repeating line, that I think sounds particularly empty. Maybe it was meant to build tension, but IMO the song would be stronger if a couple of bare spots like that were trimmed.

Good luck with your game!

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Heh, yes, very Hans Zimmerish, especially in the Norghan Battle Waltz where it collapses into a percussion section before the buildup. Some really good orchestration you got there. I''m jealous

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I liked both very much. Your sounds sound very releastic. I was just wondering what keyboard or synthesizer you used for those tracks? I''ve always used real orchestras but I think it''s time for me to buy a better setup.

Patrick

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Yes, it does cost a lot. My old college has a full orchestra that is the same level as professionals basically. The recording engineer use to record for Sony too. If you take all of your pieces and setup a couple of sessions it''s not too bad. It helps knowing people in the orchestra too. But I have a very cheap keyboard (under a $100) that I used to write my music. It has horrible sounds and I have to remember what everything sounds like in a real orchestra. It makes it much harder.

Patrick

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quote:
Original post by Anonymous Poster
I liked both very much. Your sounds sound very releastic. I was just wondering what keyboard or synthesizer you used for those tracks? I''ve always used real orchestras but I think it''s time for me to buy a better setup.

Patrick

I use a softsynth called the ''Edirol Orchestral Softsynth'', which, sometimes on first listen sounds quite midi indeed....but if you work with it, you can really push it to sound fairly realistic.

But there are a number of other packages out there (if you have the money), which have superior quality sounds for midi composition (Gigastudio and its accompanying libraries, for one.) These days, its possible to record midi and fool even seasoned pros into believing it was recorded live. Scary, isnt it?

Of course, nothing beats the real thing....so dont ever give that up Patrick. If you can land a few recordings with an orchestra, all the better for ya!

-s

www.mp3.com.au/scottbuckley

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Thanks, I appreciate that. I think I will still use real orchestras but I''ll check those out to help me compose. Thanks again, you''ve been a big help

Patrick

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Damn... your music sounds awesome... AND you''re attending the school I wanted to attend for my Masters (why did they stop offering the Masters in Music Technology anyways??)! I am so jealous of you that I could burst! Keep up the great work, man!

Todd Kinsley
www.toddkinsley.com/music.html

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Well, I listened to the battle song, and it is fantastic .

My criticisms:

It doesn't quite build up eneough suspense. It may be because it doesn't have a strong main melody that goes through it (I realize it does have one, but it doesn't draw much more attention then the background), and that may not work very well for a battle sequence in a game. Like someone said, it would fit better in a huge epic scene in a movie like LoTR.


However, the song is very good, and no doubt you won't have trouble getting yor foot in any door.

EDIT: Wait, it is a strategy game, so this song would fit perfectly. I thought for some reason it was an RPG. Is this song played on the battlefield?




[edited by - PlayGGY on January 28, 2004 12:18:31 AM]

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Buckles-

Both pieces sound excellent. Great work! Are you looking to work in the games industry here in Australia writing music or is this just a hobby?

Doolwind

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Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life.
Matthew 6:27

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Tah tertsi, my fearless leader!

Doolwind....I would love to get some work here in Australia, as I certainly intend to make this more than a hobby.

And I would like to work and support Australian game makers as much as I can...I would love to see a few aussie developers land some big ones here in oz and overseas, show the world what we can produce.

Thanks guys for the kind words and criticism! Much appreciated!

-s



www.mp3.com.au/scottbuckley

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