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M3- The Alchemist's Study

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Date
06/15/2011
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3.1 MB
2 min 41 sec
Score
4.30 / 5.00

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As you walk through town you see a chimney that has a strange colored smoke. Curious, you enter the shop. The room is full of candles, runes written on the floor, shelves full of the strangest things imaginable. The wizened old man behind the desk glances up from his tome and smiles. "You wish for a spell? Shall I weave you a charm? Brew a potion? Anything you desire shall be yours... Provided you have the coin I require to continue my search for knowledge."

My first, full-length piece, not really intended for anything other than your listening pleasure. Perfect for a magic shop, wizard's school, etc.

Please vote and review, and feel free to use this for something!

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MrMusicalLionMrMusicalLion

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars July 3, 2011

If Santa Claus was James Bond..

..I imagine that all the bad kids wouldn't get just a lump of coal for christmas ^_^
Haha, this piece really does remind me of a Festive version of James Bond. It's good stuff for sure, even if you accidentally made a tribute to 007 :P

Right, now for some insight for you to take as you please ^_^
I think this could be used perfectly for some sort of Adventure Puzzle game, i.e something like Professor Layton on the DS.

My only qualm with this piece really is that some of the instruments are slightly too sharp. For instance, the strings at times could be a bit more softer to maintain this magical atmosphere. They might need a slight bit of reverb on them to make sure that the 'tips' of the notes are dampened slightly so as not to intefere with the general gist of the piece. :)

I also love how it loops - fantastic really!
Well done; brilliant work considering also that it is your first full-length piece. ^_^ I am sure this will get used somewhere or other..


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MeteorManMike responds:

LOL, I'll never be able to listen to this the same way again... Wasn't even thinking about Bond, but there you go.

Adventure puzzle is exactly what I was thinking of. Probably a haunted mansion or old castle. Everyone is absolutely free to use this.

Reverb on the strings... Sounds interesting. I might try it later.

Glad you liked it, and thanks for reviewing!


KKSlider60KKSlider60

Rated 5 / 5 stars June 22, 2011

Awesome

This is lovely, and it gets better each second.
It's dynamic and I can really have a vivid image of strange wizardry and Middle Age-like themes, probably even Harry Potter-like ones.
The tune is simple but effective, I'm just getting carried by the awesomeness. XD
Keep up with the great job,
KKS

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MeteorManMike responds:

Haha, I love Harry Potter and its music. Wasn't an immediate inspiration, but I can see where you might think so. Always glad when someone says my work is awesome. Thanks for the review!


SoapbubbleSoapbubble

Rated 5 / 5 stars June 21, 2011

Too powerful for background music

This track really is ominous, and I have to agree with zelazon, the first 20 seconds sound a bit like a Bond song.

The fact that the track feels and sounds so mystical works great with what you have in mind for it, alchemist's study, magic shop, wizard school, all should work very well. I see the song better used in a cutscene, though, because it really is quite powerful at times, too much so to be used as simple bg music.

The loop is very nice, so it is definitely possible. It could probably also work well in a forest scene of sorts.

I enjoy the main melody played on some sort of flute. The xylophone provides a thin backing for it, and adds a lot to the mystery of the song. Something about that instrument.

Composition is great and transitions are also really good.

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MeteorManMike responds:

You're right, this would probably be better as a cinematic or a flash movie. Likely inspired by my time in band/orchestra.

I settled on the strange, wind-like synth specifically for a mysterious feel. Glad to see it worked.

Thanks for reviewing!


zelazonzelazon

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars June 20, 2011

A bit like James Bond...

I just get images of james bond in my head, and I'm pretty sure that was entirely not what you were trying to do with this, but it's similar in a lot of aspects. As for organization, you've done well with this. I don't have any complaints about instrument choices, and everything flows really well.

As for catchy-ness, I'll say that this one need a faster pace and maybe a bit of work on drum for it to be able to be a catchy tune. But I think this piece is meant to be a supplementary to any wizard-like themes, which it does very well.

Good work with this one!

Zel of the Review Request Club.


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MeteorManMike responds:

LOL, the chord structure is similar, in hindsight. Glad all the instruments worked right.

I picked this tempo for a strange/mystical mood, faster and with drums it'll be more action/dramatic, not the right feel for a magic shop or wizard's study, as you stated.

Thanks for the review!


SCTE3SCTE3

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars June 20, 2011

Mystical

I like this seems to hold a very mystical feeling to it as if you were in some study area of some wizard's house actually. The tune has a dark feeling to it as well which is pretty neat yet dark all the same.

The xylophone sounds very nice here and very light at the same time. The violin was quite cool here as it plays notes that sound a bit dark and light for the listener to enjoy. The synth was possibly the nicest part here I think. It just sounds quite charming and kind of just lures you into the joy of listening to this piece.

Overall, sounds very nice and dark, good work here.

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MeteorManMike responds:

Exactly what I was aiming for. Just wasn't sure how to write a lengthy description about it. The magic shop scenario, I think, is more intriguing. ;)

Mystery, uncertainty, maybe a bit of danger, yet with a strangely attractive aspect. I think it should sort of capture the thrill of the unknown. The synth was originally going to be an oboe; when I couldn't find the proper instrument, the piece took on an entirely different life than what I had originally planned. Awesome how that works out.

Thanks again for reviewing!