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Pseudolonewolf
6 years ago

Other Music?

◊ Posted by A β Pseudolonewolf
Categories: MusicPlans
Thank you for the comments about the music in the last post, those of you who commented! While I don't frequently respond to comments, I do read and appreciate them all nonetheless.
I'm glad people liked that music.

The positive reaction to it made me wonder whether I should release some more music like that... so I might indeed do that over the coming days! I've certainly been doing a poor job of sticking with the Miasmon Bestiary drawings, but with this, I actually do already have a bunch of never-before-seen things that I've composed, which I've been wanting to show off for a while now...



They're in several categories:

New Miasmon Music

This is the music I've just recently composed. Either I could show off all the pieces, one at a time, or you could all just wait until the game's released... I don't know what people would prefer. Whether it would 'ruin the surprise' if I showed things off now, or not.

Old Miasmon Music

I've been trying to compose for the game for months, with many failed attempts along the way... Some of these 'failed attempts' are full, finished pieces that just didn't sound quite right to me, not appropriate, but they might be worth showing off anyway for the sake of interest.

Chameleon Music

There's that game called Chameleon that I've almost finished, but which is currently postponed. I've done most of the soundtrack of that, which I could show off before the game is released.

'Gentle' Album

A few months ago, I had the idea that I could make a musical album thing sold using the Bandcamp site, made up of all-new pieces that were composed purely for the album rather than taken from any of my games. It never had a proper title or anything, but the general feel to it was gentle, pleasant music, and the folder they're stored in on my computer is called 'Gentle', so I'm referring to it as that.

I only composed three or four pieces for it, of middling quality... I wanted to do about eight before releasing the album, and kept delaying it to the point where I've no interest in returning to it now; it feels like my style has developed a lot since the stage it was in when I started.

So maybe I'll show them off anyway... though they'll probably just be insipid, pansified fluff to people who are used to the power and energy of rock and metal and things like that. o_O
I'd been learning about yet more music theory at the time when I composed them, so they probably show that I was 'learning new things' in their construction, hmm.

I don't think the album would have sold, anyway. I expect that people would have listened to it and said it was alright, but them actually paying money for it seems hard to imagine. I mean, I bet that a big reason anyone ever bought the MARDEK albums was because they liked the games, but without any emotional mooring, these 'Gentle' pieces would be very forgettable. It's a bit disappointing, but completely understandable and stuff.

'Quest' Album

At about the same time, I tried to do another standalone album thing for solo piano...
I did the MARDEK Piano Collections thing, and tried to start on a second one, but I'd learned more about music theory, and found the MARDEK music hard to adapt since it wasn't structured very intelligently (I didn't even fully understand what chords were when I composed MARDEK's soundtrack)...
The first Piano Collections thing was also too hard for me to play - I'm not a very good pianist, OR arranger - so I tried to make this album a lot simpler; within the range of my skill level. It was only sort of successful... since I can sort of struggle through some of its pieces, at least.

Years ago, I composed a long piano piece called 'Quest 1', which told the story of an adventure via music, so this album was based on a similar theme, with each piece representing a character or location or event or something.

There were meant to be ten pieces, but I only finished six of them, so the 'story' just ends without having gone anywhere. Again, I can't see people wanting to pay money for them, and I can't see myself finishing the other four either, so I may as well release them in blog post things rather than just letting them go unseen completely.



There's a lot of music there... If I released a piece every day in February, I'd probably not get through them all.
I don't know where to start though! I'd consider releasing the newest Miasmon pieces first, but I do wonder whether that would be too spoilery and undesirable for some people.
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PSUEDO ALL YOUR MUSIC SUCKS, JUST STIOP MAKING THIS excrement, IT intercourseING EAR RAPES ME EVERY TIME I LISTEN TO THIS DUMB excrement. DO YOU EVEN HAVE THE SLIGHTEST CLUE WHAT MUSIC SHOULD SOUND LIKE?
Zaknafein
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Zaknafein 23 United States CholericPhlegmatic INTP 9w1 56C
Though I realize that you are probably not feeling like releasing any more music after the... controversy that has flared up recently, it'd still be wonderful if you did. It'd be quite interesting to hear the old compositions from Miasmon and Chameleon (especially Chameleon, seeing as how it's so 'mysterious'), and the Gentle Album sounds like something I'd listen to. You may be right about it not selling well, though. Such is life, I suppose. Anyway, yes! Please show us more of your considerable talent, unless you don't want to...!
katydidsings
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I loved the Miasmon theme. Please don't share anymore of that except the older stuff though! It's more fun discovering it in the game. Half the fun for me in Mardek is finding all the tracks on the music player on the menu screen (it's honestly my favorite part, going and playing the tracks again, and if i weren't unemployed and dirt poor I would buy them and listen to them all the time). Also, if you shared just the theme of Chameleon... maybe. Or maybe not.

I think the beautiful part of most of the music is that speaks to us in different ways. Most of the music in Mardek is very light-heated and driving, yet some pieces, Like Duet, Sorrow and Crystals, reach the majestic and mysterious side of things. The most incredible part is, that even if the composer of the performer thinks it's not very good, the audience can still be moved by music. Something about it can just captivate your soul and give you such peace. As a fellow musician I know the frustration of trying to capture that beauty and emotion, so that people just hear the opening notes and go "Wow! this is going to me [insert wonderful complimentary words here]" It sets the mood, and in my opinion only makes the story better. Every piece of music will speak to every individual differently. So please share anything you feel like sharing! I look forward to it.
Brock
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Well, I've always loved listening to your music, and I'm sure what you've composed is great. I won't criticize you or anything, because what you are describing sounds great. I'm not much of a composer myself, and the fact you actually got something DONE is something to applaud. Just keep up the good work and stuff. Yes.
caerulei
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I assume post-game release you will offer an album for Miasmon purchase, right? I bought the Mardek I album and love it (great ambiance music for writing) and judging from what I've heard of Miasmon your music style has evolved in a great way.
Pseudolonewolf
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Yes, I certainly intend to release album things like that for all of my games! It's something I sort of look forward to, actually.
Tokiwa1997
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My headphones are still broken, but I'm sure it's going to be great. Sorry for the waste of space.
Tyki7125
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Tyki7125 20 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic INTJ 531 51C
I would definitely listen to these songs. Being a (limited) musician myself, I love to hear other peoples' work and find out what makes their music so good and unique.
(Although very unlikely) it would be cool if you made a video showing your process of making one of these (you could use a screen recorder program like FRAPS or Camtasia), as I know a bit on Sibelius and would love to see how you do it. No narration is required at all. It would be a fun way to connect to some of your fans and give a cool sneak peak to your progress.

Just an idea.
Pseudolonewolf
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It takes hours for the music to come together, and there's no one structured process behind it or anything... It's very much based on the intuition of experience, and I seem to approach every piece in a different way. I don't think a video would be very useful, considering that, unfortunately.
Tyki7125
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Tyki7125 20 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic INTJ 531 51C
I never said anything about use, I just thought it would be interesting. Time isn't an issue, as videos can be speed up (though long videos take a large amount of space).

It's like SpeedPaint in a way, just with music instead of visual art.

Again, this isn't a demand, though I personally think it would be a fun idea.
Zuriki
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Problem is, with sped up painting you can see the art coming together, but with sped up composing, you can't hear the piece coming together... it's sped up...
lazarony
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lazarony 30 United States CholericSanguine ESTJ 8w7 503C
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It would be a fun way to connect to some of your fans and give a cool sneak peak to your progress.

I prefer my mountains stay where I can see them...shifty buggers.
The Skull
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The Skull 23 United Kingdom CholericMelancholic INTJ 4w5 94C
I know this probably won't get an answer but is there a specific program you use for the creation on your soundtracks? Out of interest, is all. When/if I do make my own flash games I want it all to be my own work, if you know what I mean, including my own music.
Skelo21229
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Skelo21229 18 United States PhlegmaticMelancholic INTJ 9w1 77C
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I know this probably won't get an answer but is there a specific program you use for the creation on your soundtracks?


A β Pseudolonewolf posts the answer in the FAQ. It is under the Blog tab at the top left-hand corner of the screen.
The Skull
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The Skull 23 United Kingdom CholericMelancholic INTJ 4w5 94C
Ah, cheers bud. Kind of new to the actual community in here. Thanks again.
The Skull
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The Skull 23 United Kingdom CholericMelancholic INTJ 4w5 94C
I think you should release the music for people to hear early, piece by piece. That way you could get some feedback (taken with a pinch of salt, of course, since we wouldn't know what the track would accompany it what it was created to reflect) but you can still get a general idea of how people would feel. The soundtrack of a game is incredibly important. And, as the guy below me stated, if you don't want to ruin the surprise then you don't have to listen to the track!
MadnessIncarnate
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I think I would like to hear the music you composed for Miasmon early, not everyone has to listen to it and get spoiled, they can hold off till the game is release, the only problem is that some people may get tempted but sometimes we must resist temptation and the overall reward at the end is worth more listing to the music ingame.
Also I think you should release the music for us to listen to, even if you think its bad so we can listen and better our understanding of the quality of the pieces of music you have produced.Or just post them as left out bit's from the game as many off us will probably get curious about the music it's self (maybe you should have a poll voting on what music is the best and see which one gets the most votes....of course that's just a suggestion).
As for posting music to "buy"....hmmm In my opinion I don't think it will sell not because it isn't good, but most of the music could easily be listened to from various sources that and most people won't want to pay for something that is free, unless your committed to buy to help the creator out, which I'm sure some people would do but even so its won't be everyone's cup of tea.
Though I do love your music for Miasmon so far and I personally think you could be great as a composer as well as game maker.