Song: Faith

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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: Hidden Tears

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“Hidden Tears” was originally designed as an a capella choir piece, but because it lost so much in transition to MIDI, I added string accompaniment to the second half and filled out the choir (to make it sound more full).  For a MIDI choral number I’m impressed with how well the harmony is preserved.  I wish the piece had a little more dynamic and tempo variation – to make it more realistic and “humanized” – but effects like that are all but impossible to manually translate into MIDI.

I’m not sure where a piece like this would best fit in a video game; the great balance between major and minor chords makes it inspirational but reserved, leaving a lot of options open.  The emotion of the piece is striking (again, a by-product of its simplicity) and if I ever get the means to record a real choir for it, you can bet I’ll post it here first…

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