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« Reply #30 on: May 10, 2013, 07:13:34 PM »

There's some good competition here!

My approach: I played with the idea of melodies representing characters in the story. In the case of a love theme, there's two distinct melodies with each character's melody being a complement to the other.

https://soundcloud.com/royalteague/unfold-tigforums-music

Thanks!
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« Reply #31 on: May 11, 2013, 07:46:25 AM »

Great work everybody!  TONs of awesome entries this time.

We are approaching the deadline.  Does it look like anybody needs an extension on this one?
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« Reply #32 on: May 11, 2013, 08:09:57 AM »

I'm ready for the next one, end already! Smiley
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« Reply #33 on: May 11, 2013, 02:39:55 PM »

I still need to finish mine, should have it done tomorrow though all being well!  Some really great entries here!  Smiley
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« Reply #34 on: May 11, 2013, 05:38:29 PM »

I'm working on finishing mine... probably will be pushing the deadline. Sorry, Mono! Beer!
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« Reply #35 on: May 12, 2013, 09:59:21 AM »

Hello, everyone!!!
I have left comments on all of your soundcloud pages, plus here is some more detailed feedback—I'm pretty sure I missed some submissions, so please let me know! I'm sorting through everything in one fell-swoop, so I'm trying to go through 'em post by post.
Cheers, y'all! There's some AMAZING variety here. PS: apologies for typos. I broke my finger yesterday.

Moritz:
Your piece is short and sweet and full of awesome ideas... which definitely could be more developed. There's enough material here for a whole score.
I love the initial sound when the potential love theme comes in, although the theme doesn't seem to develop or return. I do question the use of high trumpets, which sound wonderful and real, but also sound militaristic and like film noir, when I thought the piece was going to be more game-y, with that first midi clarinet sound and that charming toy-piano-like sound that I thought would be for the theme.

MA-Simon:
Incredible playing and luscious piano chords. You must have some stellar jazz chops, my man.
Not sure what the theme is (like a leitmotif), but the mood is perfectly set, especially with the title setting the stage.
I love the tinkling toy sound that comes in. It's the perfect blend of strange and other-worldly and beautiful.

KeepItSimple
I don't really know how to react to this one. It sort of creeps me out. The chords are so out there and unsettled. Not much more to say, I apologize.

Moromis
This reminds me of the glorious beauty of Proteus. It's very ethereal and ambient and rather than tell a story, it seems to encompass an intimate emotion. Like being on the beach and looking at your person like he or she is the only thing in the universe of importance to you.

Royaltmusic
Love the intro with piano on strings. Such a classic, nostalgic sound. Reminds me of memorable film scores. Theres a fantastic groundwork here that, by the end, I was expecting to launch into some super arching, ambitious love theme- the love theme to end all love themes. So much potential!

ilyoung
Whoa. Starts off all sexy and gentle and delicate, reminds me of Fez and nostalgic game sounds. Then it EXPLODES. I can't tell (and I like it) if it's about a breakup or that the love is so huge it threatens to consume you. The wailing guitar solo is totally bad-ass, though it's not my preferred style, so I might not be the best judge of it, but the chords are perfect for a tortured sort of love.

CaseMortman
I think this one is pretty perfect for this competition. Really nails it. I'd totally remember this theme if I'd heard it in a game.

Somnia:
Has an old-country sort of feel, especially with the accordion and guitar chords. Not sure it suggests love to me so much as it sounds like intermediary music in a point and click adventure (like Monkey Island—pretty much my favorite game, ps). The structure is really well done, which I really appreciate. It's very complete.
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« Reply #36 on: May 12, 2013, 01:44:10 PM »

I went for a Lights/Owl City kind of vibe on my track.  I really wanted to put lyrics on this one, but I just couldn't think of anything  Cry

But anyway, here's my entry.  Think of it as a digital daydream about a special someone  Smiley

Excuse Me, Princess

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« Reply #37 on: May 12, 2013, 02:37:29 PM »

Steparnicus/Hartisan
I think you really summed it up well when you called this a "digital daydream." It has a very floating feeling, like a secret world in an old Nintendo game. I could imagine it with lyrics but that would take a lot more work and an entirely new melody. I think what you did best here was layer the sounds. There's a wonderful synth pad in the background,  the little bubbles of sound float above it and the sparse drums carry it all.
This entry feels, to me, like one of the more complete songs that I'd expected from this thread.
Cheers!
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« Reply #38 on: May 12, 2013, 02:44:15 PM »

Lihwem, thanks for the heads up! So sorry I missed your entry!
Some thoughts:
First off, glad you addressed that love can be tricky. I concur. You know. Speaking from experience, whom whomp.....
I think you were going for a high cello sound, which I totally get, orchestrally, though I don't think it sounds very real here—and that's a production thing, not a composition comment.
The song does successfully capture a bittersweet feeling. The melody is very long and sustained and I think that, with further development, and maybe a bit more counterpoint supporting it, it could really soar out above everything and move listeners. I'm thinking the sort of long melody and strong counterpoint/heavy chords underneath that are in Adagio for Strings by Barber or Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings (can't remember which movement, though...).
Anyhow, really really promising. If you want my "professional opinion" (from when I was a music professor), pm me.
Cheers!
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« Reply #39 on: May 12, 2013, 03:04:48 PM »

Lihwem, thanks for the heads up! So sorry I missed your entry!
Some thoughts:
First off, glad you addressed that love can be tricky. I concur. You know. Speaking from experience, whom whomp.....
I think you were going for a high cello sound, which I totally get, orchestrally, though I don't think it sounds very real here—and that's a production thing, not a composition comment.
The song does successfully capture a bittersweet feeling. The melody is very long and sustained and I think that, with further development, and maybe a bit more counterpoint supporting it, it could really soar out above everything and move listeners. I'm thinking the sort of long melody and strong counterpoint/heavy chords underneath that are in Adagio for Strings by Barber or Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings (can't remember which movement, though...).
Anyhow, really really promising. If you want my "professional opinion" (from when I was a music professor), pm me.
Cheers!

Thanks for your review ! As I said, this was more or less the first time I composed something orchestral, so I've got a long road to run through !

... and I think that PM for a professional opinion just wrote and sent itself ! :D
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« Reply #40 on: May 12, 2013, 09:14:14 PM »

I'm new to TIGForums, but I felt compelled to submit something to this competition.

https://soundcloud.com/emilernstrom/the-farewell-tigsource-musical

Its really just a simple piano piece, kind of glass-esque, my attempt at creating something 'romantic' yet very tragic at the same time.
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« Reply #41 on: May 13, 2013, 04:06:40 PM »

eernstrom/emil!
I'm listening to your tune on Soundcloud and thank goodness I'm not in a melancholy mood or this would break my heart.
The chords and the melody that you use the chords to outline are so, so beautiful.
I think if you orchestrated this more fully- whether with synths and/or an orchestra—this song could become iconic and memorable and moving in a way that is rare for game music.
Wonderful composition.
-E
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« Reply #42 on: May 13, 2013, 07:43:10 PM »

In it to win it!! (well before midnight EST, I might add!)

Description's on the page... enjoy!

"A Binding Harmony"
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« Reply #43 on: May 13, 2013, 09:00:20 PM »

elizabitcrusher,
Thanks for your critique! I should definitely revisit this piece, to orchestrate it, perhaps develop it further. For now, it is just a piano piece, but I too feel that is has a lot of untapped potential.
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« Reply #44 on: May 14, 2013, 03:39:55 AM »

AAAAAAANNNNDDDDDDDDDD... that closes out this musical challenge!

I'll get some reviews up soon, and make a new thread with my top three.

Great work everyone!
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