Song: The Journey (Kroc’s Theme)

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Ah, it’s nice to have this remix done.  While I enjoyed writing the original “Journey” midi, this song has been in desperate need of an mp3 mix for awhile.

There are several noticeable differences between this and the original; I’ve tried to rewrite some of the weaker sections without changing the song too much (it is, after all, a theme song hehe).  Also, the change of the lead instrument to a Spanish trumpet turned out as good as I could have hoped…  Spanish trumpets are awesome!

Many thanks go out to Kroc for all he’s done to help me out these past few years.  This song – as well as Leaving Millie and Retribution are my small way of saying thanks!

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Song: Remember

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“Remember” is a simple remix of the 2nd half of “Cyaron’s Gate” – which tells you how long ago I wrote it (~1999).  Despite its age, I still find it to be one of my more majestic themes.  I wrote this song for piano probably a good year or two before I used it as part of Cyaron’s Gate, and a short piano version of it is available for anyone curious about what it originally sounded like.  Email me if interested.  :)

I’ve not done much to change it from the piano version to the MIDI version, and I don’t know that I’ll ever change this theme much.  There’s something invariably nostalgic about compositions from early in your career, and messing with songs from that era just seems…wrong, you know?

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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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