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touch_the_sky

Some music to spice up your games

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Well, I hope that's the right forum for my little announcement.

You know what they say - everybody needs a hobby. And I've got one - music that is;). Whenever I have time (not much of this thing), I like to play the guitar, record, compose, mix, tweak synth knobs and get involved with the whole production process.

Please have a look at some of my work and tell me what you think:

[url="http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-audio-15466674-dark-fire.php"]Dark Fire[/url] - for the fans of devilish, haunted guitars & eternal darkness (NOT death metal, etc.)
[url="http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-audio-9696498-acid-journey.php"]Acid Journey[/url] - a bit of a psychodelic, trancey-guitary mixture
[url="http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-audio-15708307-cold-fusion-perfect-for-video-games.php"]Cold Fusion[/url] - energetic, punchy, fresh & with some nice riffs / melodies
[url="http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-audio-15654695-mass-bass-catchy-uplifting-dance-tune.php"]Mass Bass[/url] - well, the title says a lot here ;)

And there's more, slowly, but surely coming in. Now, back to code!;)
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[quote name='touch_the_sky' timestamp='1299348951' post='4782142']
Not even a view;( Come on guys, where's the get feedback - give feedback spirit?
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I like the first two the most.

The third is a bit too chaotic for me, and the fourth to bassy for me :)

The first song has some parts that remind me a bit of some Zerg music of StarCraft 1 :)
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Thanks for your feedback, I used to play SC1 quite a bit, so maybe some Zerg theme sits somewhere in my head;)
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A bit of an update with this [url="http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-audio-16052804-weird-melodic-a-unique-sounding-modern-catchy-tune-full-len.php?st=0b9f9d9"]Weird Melodic[/url] soundtrack and a rather dark [url="http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-audio-15495861-night-racers.php?st=0b9f9d9"]trancy tune[/url] which I meant to post the other day.

Feedback much appreciated
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[url="http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-audio-16285479-sunny-morning-cheerful-calm-easy-listening-music-full-track.php"]Sunny Morning[/url]
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I recommend using a site that doesn't place "iStockAudio" over your music from now on. That was very aggravating when listening to otherwise good music (although it almost fit on Acid Journey...)

That said, cold fusion was very punchy, but there were specific moments of it that I didn't like (most majorly, the first couple of seconds were a bit annoying honestly). Acid Journey and Dark Fire were excellent pieces. Mass Bass could use a little less mass, if you get what I mean.

Cold fusion and Dark Fire could probably be used for many games, but I don't think that Acid Journey is too fitting to games. Mass Bass could be used for battle music or something, I guess.
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Pretty cool sounds,

have you considered uploading music to the newgrounds.com audio portal, I'm sure it will get a lot more listens and uses from there.
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Thanks guys for taking time to listen to my stuff and feedback

[quote]not bad... very reminiscent of Satriani. [/quote]
Hehe, Satriani although not my 'all time favourite' is one of the guys I like listening to. Probably for the fact that apart from extraordinary technique, there's tons of melody and actual music in his playing (I'm not a great fan of guitar players whose ONLY goal is to show you how fast and precise they can go - music is not sport imho).

[quote]Cold fusion and Dark Fire could probably be used for many games, but I don't think that Acid Journey is too fitting to games. Mass Bass could be used for battle music or something, I guess. [/quote]
I'll think about it the next time 'I get creative', the nearest possible one (if it gets approved by the inspectors) will be something totally different -> more aimed at some product for 'the little ones' (Childrens music category - dreamy bells, nice & calm, cheerful pizzicato strings, etc.;)

As for the lyrics ('istockaudio... istockaudio...';) and putting my stuff on other sites - I am sort of tied to istock at the moment, but I'll have a look around. Bear in mind, music is not my main occupation / profession as such (I'm a programmer / webdev), so it would be difficult for me to keep up with loads of sites, updating, etc. due to limited time I normally have.
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[quote name='touch_the_sky' timestamp='1304078551' post='4804390']
(I'm not a great fan of guitar players whose ONLY goal is to show you how fast and precise they can go - music is not sport imho)
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Probably the same reason people love distortion so much, if it's hard to understand, it's less likely to hear peoples mistakes.
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[quote name='touch_the_sky' timestamp='1299162352' post='4781388']
Well, I hope that's the right forum for my little announcement.

You know what they say - everybody needs a hobby. And I've got one - music that is;). Whenever I have time (not much of this thing), I like to play the guitar, record, compose, mix, tweak synth knobs and get involved with the whole production process.

Please have a look at some of my work and tell me what you think:

[url="http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-audio-15466674-dark-fire.php"]Dark Fire[/url] - for the fans of devilish, haunted guitars & eternal darkness (NOT death metal, etc.)
[url="http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-audio-9696498-acid-journey.php"]Acid Journey[/url] - a bit of a psychodelic, trancey-guitary mixture
[url="http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-audio-15708307-cold-fusion-perfect-for-video-games.php"]Cold Fusion[/url] - energetic, punchy, fresh & with some nice riffs / melodies
[url="http://www.istockphoto.com/stock-audio-15654695-mass-bass-catchy-uplifting-dance-tune.php"]Mass Bass[/url] - well, the title says a lot here ;)

And there's more, slowly, but surely coming in. Now, back to code!;)
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I liked the first two a lot, but I could listen to the other ones cause of the "istockaudio" thing. Your "morning sun" Sounds sweet too!
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Not bad. I've just been listening to the sound track for The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile, and this seems to fit in fairly closely. Just a thought on the Cold Fusion track - try making the pauses at the beginning progressively shorter. I'd think that if I heard that in a game I'd be a bit worried that the audio was tripping out.
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I liked Dark Fire, Acid Trip and Sunny Morning. I liked parts of Cold Fusion, the last few seconds and 1:52-2:40 or so, but I agree with nfries88 about the beginning.
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[quote]Probably the same reason people love distortion so much, if it's hard to understand, it's less likely to hear peoples mistakes. [/quote]
Hmm yeah, I think I know what you mean (you can also use wah to effectively 'blur' your mistakes), in a number of cases distortion / effects (reverb / delay and others) can make your mistakes more obvious though.

Thanks for your feedback everyone, makes me 'think about stuff' to hopefully create something better next time. As number of people seems to dislike intro for Cold Fusion (but overall the tune seems ok), it would be probably a good idea to have different versions uploaded next time (intro / no intro, seemlessly loopable / not loopable, etc.).

I didn't know about The Dishwasher: Vampire Smile before btw, looks damn good;)
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I think if they made a Kill Bill 3, Acid Journey would probably be the theme. It has that old western feel to it because of the electric guitar in the background. I love the electro sounds in it.

Cold Fusion made me think of Sonic games. It has an adventuristic feel. I love the part at 1:53.

Mass Bass made me think of Mirror's Edge for some reason. I think the music would fit well with a videogame like that. You have the tightest synth sounds in this.

Dark Fire started out giving me the creeps so it gets the job done alright lol. I think it'd fit well with a game like Resident Evil with all the grunge, eerie guitar riffs, and menacing ambience.

Your mixes are way loud but the quality sounds great. I don't even hear any clipping. You get two snaps up for that.
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[quote]I think if they made a Kill Bill 3, Acid Journey would probably be the theme. It has that old western feel to it because of the electric guitar in the background. I love the electro sounds in it.[/quote]
Thanks Laina, I think that if the Kill Bill team somehow found me and put my music on their movie I would possibly reconsider changing my profession into the 'full-time music guy';)

As for Cold Fusion, this was the sort of thing I had in mind while making it. The part which starts at 1:53 was supposed to contain some weird complex stuff on top of it, but the guitar chord progression and overall sound is too awesome to ruin it with sth else

[quote]Your mixes are way loud but the quality sounds great. I don't even hear any clipping. You get two snaps up for that. [/quote]
Hehe, I always try to 'push the sound up' as much as possible without compromising the quality. Two snaps, you mean 2 more rep points here? Yeah, I'd be totally happy with that;)

Thanks for feedback, motivates me and there's obviously more coming
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[quote name='touch_the_sky' timestamp='1304888212' post='4808241']

Hehe, I always try to 'push the sound up' as much as possible without compromising the quality. Two snaps, you mean 2 more rep points here? Yeah, I'd be totally happy with that;)

Thanks for feedback, motivates me and there's obviously more coming
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I actually suffer with that lol. Two snaps up = You're awesome.
You're welcome. I look forward to hearing what you come up with next. =]
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And here's my next delivery:

[url="http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup.php?id=16348786"]Positive Bells[/url] - well, as the name suggests, a cheerful, soft instrumental (kids puzzle game anyone?)
[url="http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup.php?id=16393074"]
[/url][url="http://www.istockphoto.com/file_closeup.php?id=16393074"]Epic Story[/url] - one of my personal favourites, this tune is full of emotions (even goes up a tone at the end for a more dramatic effect;)

Looking forward to your opinions, also if you like some of my stuff please click the green 'thumbs up'. Thanks
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Positive bells didn't really sound that soft to me. It sounded a little more epic I think because of the strings. It did sound cheerful and reminded me of innocence in some parts and in other parts it made me think of an incredibly sweet emotional scene.

Epic Story sounded repetitive but I love that electric guitar whine at 1:17, it definitely had passion. I think it would've been nice to hear more of the guitar in the song. It would've sounded less repetitive on the parts where there was no guitar. All in all it was a good song. I think I'd fit it in the ending of a good action movie. It sounds like it would fit an action movie.

I would've given you two thumbs up on both songs but I couldn't find the icon. Lol sorry. Maybe it requires sign up.
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Cheers for feedback,

I meant there is a green 'thumbs up' next to users posts here on gamedev.net, on istock you can also rate / comment etc
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