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Cederick Forsberg

Looking for feedback: RTS / RPG type game music

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Hi! 

I used to play a lot of Age Of Empires 2 and Celtic Kings, but I'm older now and mostly play music (heavy/power metal mainly)

But I thought why not try to make some late 90s / early 2000s style game music? 

Here's my first attempt. 

I'm first and foremost a composer, not a mixing expert. 

 

 

 

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I like it, really well put together piece of music, would fit well on an intro screen or even in game, it sounds polished enough to use in a project, well done 👍 

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I edited your post so that it aligns with the forum's guidelines and rules. 

Thanks!

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Very expressive style. You say that you are only a composer, but I would heavily recommend getting deep into mixing as well. A well-mixed song can take a okay song to great.

In regards to the song, the instrument choices are spot on, especially given that you want to emulate the Age of Empire games. I feel that the track is too mono, so panning for some of the filler instruments (for example the pizzicato strings) can be placed to the side while the main instruments are usually panned center.

The sections flow well from one to the next, but I feel that the piece as a whole is a bit directionless. It is constantly moving from one section to the next without time to develop a motif. At 0:15, the music probably should have built to a rising chorus, but the softer section kind of defuses all the great tension you built in the beginning.

One last point is the volume placement of instruments. This is especially important for melody-competing instruments such as at 0:46, where the oboe and acoustic guitar are at the relative same volume. Choose one or two instruments at the most to lead the song, and have the other instruments either support the lead, or serve as background instruments.

A very impressive piece given that this is pretty much your first foray into game music. I had a listen to your metal albums and it rocks! I noticed some of the faster parts in this current song are reminiscent of some metal music. May fortune shine on your composing path, Cederick!

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Thanks, and I agree thats its a bit directionless. But I just wanted to cramp so much stuff into short time as possible to try this stuff out. I THINK I could make a coherent song if I had some theme to build on 

 

Oh my, I hope you didn't listen to my earlier crap albums XD I've released so much crap, but I'm always just a "happy amateur" who just do whatever I feel is fun at the moment. 

 

This is one of my better ones in my own opinion... 

I sing and play guitar... Had a great drummer and bass player back then too, but I knew that my band needs a better singer than myself, and I couldn't find somebody... Hard to find a great power metal singer with huge range... And eventually I had to stop the bands existance because I hate singing myself... I only did it because there was no other powermetal singers around my area XD

 

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