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    Programming Music

    I liked how Left 4 Dead had different music cues for each enemy that were easily recognizable.  I have to wonder if you couldn't do a similar thing with different instruments for each enemy.  Say one enemy (a knight) may have a theme played on low brass while an archer may have the same played on cello and the wizard on an oboe or piano or something else kind of different from the others.  Certain types my trigger different harmonies, counterpoint, etc. For example, the main music may be block chords with a single melody. This melody played on different instruments would represent what enemy is there, and special enemies might add a counterpoint, a higher harmony, a lower octave, or chord extensions. If your health gets in the critical area (assuming use of standard health based fighting), there might be a frantic, high pitched violin melody or orchestral drums that kick in and pick up the pace. Theoretically, in the middle of a couple culminating fights you would be fighting many different enemies so you would eventually be hearing an entire orchestra represented and variations happen as the fight changes. Of course, this could be made more dynamic, like allowing one looped passage to flow to another after a certain amount of enemies have been defeated to keep the music matching the pace of what's going on.  Just spitballing ideas but that sounds really cool. 
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    Feedback on my new direction

    I'm not sure why the soundcloud links aren't showing up?  Older song: https://soundcloud.com/dakota-potts/vacancy New song: https://soundcloud.com/dakota-potts/robot-rhythms
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    Feedback on my new direction

    I've been a member here for a while but I took a little hiatus  I upgraded my laptop and I realized I a big problem I was having previously was my equipment. My laptop was not up to par (in its later days its CPU would max loading Gmail) and I find the Mac OS surprisingly more intuitive.  So, today I loaded up Garageband and did a sample of a new kind of direction I'm taking. I had previously focused on orchestral stuff and notated it all before importation.  For this song, I loaded the drum loops, and then just played over it using different VSTs. I played with a real keyboard and this made a big difference being able to visualize different roles. It's really not all that different from my rock band when it comes down to it.  Here's an older song:  And a newer song with what I think to be better writing and production values.  What do you guys think? Maybe I'm not ready yet but this song is the first that's got me thinking that maybe I could actually make something decent and contribute to a work.   
  4. The bass is a bit deep, but in my opinion the muddiness comes from overtones and tails of certain instruments, particularly the reverb on the arco strings.  Perhaps instead of EQing the bass down, try mixing the reverb or echo out of it just a little bit. I have tracked as low as an A2 on my bass so I know it can be done clean haha.  It is a good track. Could get repetitive simply listening to it but for a world map it would probably be alright in my opinion. 
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    Garage Band

    I just upgraded from my 5 year old Dell Laptop to Garageband.  So far I'm finding Garageband to be intuitive and easy to use with some decent loops. May have to look into some VST libraries though. 
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