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« on: November 26, 2012, 11:05:56 AM »

The Rules:
-I (the host) will provide a theme for the challenge.
-You will be given TWO WEEKS to compose one song with said theme.
-The song must be a new track made for this challenge.
-You will post your song HERE, in the official challenge thread.
-Other participants will listen to your song. You will listen to other participants' songs. Critique will be had.
-A winner will be chosen by the host.
-The winner will host the next challenge.


Hello everyone, hope you are all ready for the next musical challenge! We all know what an important role music plays in indie games, and it is certainly nice to see how many talented artists represent themselves on the TIGSource forums. There were tons of high-quality and creative entries for the former challenges, and I hope that the current challenge will also provide a good opportunity for many of you to show off your skills and talents! Without further ado, let me introduce the theme of the XVII. TIGSource Musical Challenge:

Underwater Theme

Underwater levels. Love them or hate them, we can't deny that some of them have an incredibly immersive musical atmosphere (just think of the Metroid Fusion AQA Underwater Area theme, the Under Water track from the Donkey Kong Country I soundtrack, or the whole OST of Ecco the Dolphin, just to give a few examples). What I want you is to try and create a track that reflects and recreates that certain oceanic atmosphere, something that makes you think of the deep seas, floating, submersion and isolation.

Hopefully this topic will be one that allows most of you to relate to or at least to try to create something you haven't before. At any rate, I'm eagerly looking forward to the entries, and am wishing you the best of luck!

Final Submissions due by Monday December 10th at 11:59PM CST.  
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« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2012, 11:10:28 AM »

You forgot Bioshock! Wink

I'll try to participate, nice theme.
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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2012, 11:18:31 AM »

Awesome, great choice Maverick! This one's going to be fun.  Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2012, 11:19:21 AM »

You forgot Bioshock! Wink

I'll try to participate, nice theme.
Very much true, now that I read at what I wrote, I realized that I have mostly given older games as examples, whereas many newer ones include amazing underwater themes too. Bioshock is a great example and it's certainly a good thing you brought it up, because it features a nice orchestral approach to the whole theme and shows that the same effect or atmosphere can be achieved regardless of instrumentation.
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« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2012, 12:16:52 PM »

I'm still getting my sea legs, but count me in.
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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2012, 01:38:28 PM »

the Under Water track from the Donkey Kong Country I soundtrack,

The first thing that popped into my head when I heard underwater theme!
Nice choice Maverick!
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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2012, 01:54:37 PM »

the Under Water track from the Donkey Kong Country I soundtrack,

The first thing that popped into my head when I heard underwater theme!
Nice choice Maverick!

Hahaha same here!  Big Laff
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« Reply #7 on: November 26, 2012, 06:38:48 PM »

God, I love this kind of theme. XD I regret to say I'll likely be busy, however, due to finals coming up...
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« Reply #8 on: November 27, 2012, 12:09:40 AM »

the Under Water track from the Donkey Kong Country I soundtrack,

The first thing that popped into my head when I heard underwater theme!
Nice choice Maverick!

Hahaha same here!  Big Laff

ha, me too!


I've been working on some water related synth patches recently; would love to try them for this challenge.  Well, hello there!
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« Reply #9 on: November 27, 2012, 02:29:35 AM »

Just thought about other music:

Breath of Fire I: Fish Town (underwater town)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3grhXKJW1GI&feature=related

Breath of Fire II: Underwater Theme
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3WRa7BDrNY

Super Mario Bros: Underwater Theme
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBx-8jqiGfA

Final Fantasy V: Underwater Theme
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIykpxXjGbg

Final Fantasy VII: A Secret sleeping in the Sea
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYFcnegwA2A

Golden Sun: Aqua Rock
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMBX4iQ4-Rg

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« Reply #10 on: November 27, 2012, 08:32:31 AM »

Just thought about other music:

Breath of Fire I: Fish Town (underwater town)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3grhXKJW1GI&feature=related

Breath of Fire II: Underwater Theme
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3WRa7BDrNY

Super Mario Bros: Underwater Theme
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBx-8jqiGfA

Final Fantasy V: Underwater Theme
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIykpxXjGbg

Final Fantasy VII: A Secret sleeping in the Sea
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYFcnegwA2A

Golden Sun: Aqua Rock
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMBX4iQ4-Rg




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« Reply #11 on: November 27, 2012, 05:13:54 PM »

Just thought about other music:

Breath of Fire I: Fish Town (underwater town)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3grhXKJW1GI&feature=related

Breath of Fire II: Underwater Theme
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3WRa7BDrNY

Super Mario Bros: Underwater Theme
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBx-8jqiGfA

Final Fantasy V: Underwater Theme
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TIykpxXjGbg

Final Fantasy VII: A Secret sleeping in the Sea
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYFcnegwA2A

Golden Sun: Aqua Rock
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMBX4iQ4-Rg




not to forget the Dire Dire Docks

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeXlQNJnjj0
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« Reply #12 on: November 28, 2012, 08:17:48 AM »

Also don't forget: Deus Ex - Ocean Lab
http://youtu.be/6Or7SZfxAxY

Glad to see all these nice examples of awesome underwater themes. I really hope however that the collection will soon be expanded with some unique tracks made by you guys. Wink
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« Reply #13 on: November 28, 2012, 03:15:27 PM »

Wow, I didn't thought I'd be the first to post my entry.

I've tried something new this time, I wanted to create something that would "feel" ambient, with a calm mood.

I truly hope you'll like it Smiley

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« Reply #14 on: November 29, 2012, 01:47:11 PM »

Hey all,

Here's my entry - I had this idea flying around for a while and I've been meaning to give it a revisit, this time's theme fit perfectly!

Way Down in Coral Cove

I used watery instruments like the Ondes (fr. Waves) Martenot and Ben Franklin's greatest invention, the glass harmonica.
Hope you like. Smiley

Cheers,
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« Reply #15 on: November 30, 2012, 08:16:21 PM »

Sounding awesome and watery so far guys!
Moritz, are the Ondes and glass harmonic for soniccouture? They sound lovely!

Here's my entry, Beneath the Surface,
I was tempted to pay tribute all the awesome watery tracks mentioned above, but after a little while of nothing sounding very good, I pulled out a guitar, and "drenched" (water pun! Tears of Joy) it in reverb and delays.

Hope you enjoy!
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« Reply #16 on: November 30, 2012, 10:26:57 PM »

Those are both super lovely songs  <3
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« Reply #17 on: December 01, 2012, 10:57:21 AM »

Could you guys please just stop posting such incredible tracks?
You've already made it impossible for me to choose the best one!  Wink
This is gonna be a tough challenge for me. Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: December 02, 2012, 03:17:19 AM »

Moritz, are the Ondes and glass harmonic for soniccouture? They sound lovely!
Yep, Soniccouture! The Glass Works collection is awesome and the Ondes is great for warmer-than-VA synth sounds.
Strings and waterphone (heavily edited to fit it in key) are from EWQL SO.

I enjoyed your guitar playing, good choice of effects too.

Cheers,
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« Reply #19 on: December 02, 2012, 05:27:37 PM »

Nice! I've always been tempted to pick up their prepared piano library.
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