Song: Find You (March Remix)

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Note: The original version of “Find You” can be found here.

Today’s download digs deep into the archives of an old video game project I was involved in (circa 2002). The original version of this song is a simple orchestral theme led by an oboe melody (linked at the top of this article). The game called for an action sequence using the original song, but it didn’t really fit; the original mix is slow and unassuming, which isn’t generally what you want accompanying an action sequence.

As an alternative, I put together this demo of the theme remixed as an orchestral march. It retains the instrument mix of the original, but the oboe is moved to a supporting role while the melody is taken over by a trombone.

Because this was just a demo, it’s only two short movements separated by a key change. Though the video game project dissolved before reaching completion, I enjoyed the opportunity to show off the versatility of the original theme.

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Song: Thugs

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Hmm… what to say about this piece…

For starters, let me clearly state that “Thugs” didn’t turn out at all how I intended.  I was working on a deathmetal battle theme and instead it turned out like this.

<sigh>

Rather than throw it out and start again, I decided to wrestle with the piece a bit longer and flesh it out as more than just an 8-bar theme.  Maybe someone out there can find a use for the cheesy rock style as the theme song for… something?

“Thugs” is awfully repetitive for my taste, but it did end up being fairly catchy.  Unfortunately.

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Song: Cyaron’s Gate

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“Cyaron’s Gate” will always hold a special place in my heart, since it was the first composition for which I won an actual award.  (1st Place, Audio Division: 2000 Utah State Multimedia Festival) As you can tell from that date, this piece was completed last century… a.k.a. 1999.

After a brief introduction, the first theme is introduced. Depending on your familiarity with Baroque music, you may notice a strange similarity to Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor.  (Please follow that link and listen to the original piece if you’re not familiar with it – it’s spectacular.)  I did indeed use Bach as inspiration for the first movement of this piece, though I imagine he’d heartily disagree with my use of a cheesy drumbeat alongside an otherwise nice melody.

Meh.  I always envisioned Bach as being kind of a prick, so I’m not too concerned with hurting his feelings.

After the Bach-ish theme, you’ll notice a pleasant middle bridge marked by an electric guitar (not sure why I picked that instrument, but I left it in the remaster since it’s been that way forever).  Once the second movement hits, you may notice its theme as “Remember,” another piece already available on this site.  “Remember” was originally written as the second half of “Cyaron’s Gate,” and it wasn’t until years later that I pulled that theme out and gave it its own piece.

I’ve tried to leave the instruments somewhat synthy so you can get a feel for how this piece sounded 10+ years ago when it was first written.

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Song: Wild Waters Theme Song

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Planet Source Code is one of my favorite open source programming sites on the internet.  I’ve been involved with PSC since the late 90’s, and still like to drop in every now and then.  I was doing this just last week when I came across “Wild Waters” (follow the PSC link above), a freeware 2d game written in VB by Trent Jackson.   Trent was looking for music for the project, so I looked around and found this old (but good!) song sitting on my hard drive and offered it to Trent as a theme song for his project.  It seems to fit!

Known as “It Begins” back in TGP/TLA days, this song is a simple arcade-style theme song.  I based it loosely off “Cold” by matchbox twenty and I’m still fond of it even though it hasn’t been online for several years.  I don’t know why I never uploaded this before – it’s a decent theme.

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Song: Tiberian National Anthem

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Here’s the weird thing – even though you’ve never heard this song before, I guarantee that if you listened to it without hearing the title, you’d associate it with some kind of patriotic event.  I don’t know why that is, but it’s a real phenomenon.  Music association is a fascinating tangent in the “nature vs. nurture” debate, after all…

Regardless, the ocean sound effect at the start is because Tiberia is located on the ocean (obviously).  Unfortunately, MIDI horns comprise most the song, but the mp3 version manages to hold its own.

I once had someone ask me if this song has words.  It doesn’t.  If you would like write words (so it could be a true national anthem), feel free.  ;)

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Song: Faith

Listen online:last.fm

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Note: A “love” remix of this song can be found here.

I originally wrote this piece as the character theme of a vengeful monk…so take that into consideration when listening. :)

Technically, I don’t know where this fits musically. The main melody isn’t even a melody – it’s a simple chord progression.  The 2nd section is a 4-part harmony (correctly harmonized for the most part), and the final section is distinctly modern.  The instrument mix is all over the place but was designed to be largely “churchy” in nature (hence the organ and choir throughout).  The percussion was added as an afterthought because I felt it added some oomph to the epic sections of the song in a way only percussion can do.

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Song: From Here

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There are a lot of cool features in this song, the main one being that this song uses only three (yes, three) different chords.  Written in C# minor, all I used were the VI, VII, and i chords – repeated in the same pattern throughout – as part of an experiment to see what could be accomplished with minimalist chord structure.

I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome.  This song is epic.  This song is beautiful.

The intensity of this simple piece comes entirely from instrumentation and subtle melodic variations between the separate voices.  Harmonically, I think this song is one of my best accomplishments.  “From Here” is very simple, but very moving.  I guess this is a lesson to stick to simple structures rather than complex ones – as I’ve written elsewhere, the best themes are always the simple and memorable ones!

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Song: Find You

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“Find You” is another return to the roots of classic RPG music.  Originally designed as a main theme (or main character theme), this song was probably my first real non-battle orchestral theme.  The melody itself is purposefully short and simple, and the three levels of orchestration (duet -> trio -> epic) are pretty standard for an RPG theme.  The counterpoint between the oboe and brass in the final section worked out particularly well, and – fun fact – this song spans almost the entire physical range of the oboe.

Some have said this song sounds familiar to Braveheart; in retrospect I suppose it does.  Another friend mentioned that it would have fit well in FF6.  I’m still looking for a game deserving of this great little song…and hopefully I’ll someday find a home for it.

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