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Date
02/08/2012
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Song
3.7 MB
4 min 1 sec
Score
4.40 / 5.00

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Genres:
Other - Cinematic
Tags:
epic
orchestral
mac
orchestra

Author Comments

EDIT (19/5/12) - Tomppaah was awesome enough to master this so I've uploaded his mastered version. Please go check out his music - a lot of his tracks are in a similar style to this and he has some really amazing stuff.

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Wow, this took me ages. I started it on the 15th of January and now, on the 8th of February, I can finally call it done! Be prepared for a long-ass description

Right then, this here is my fourth ever full orchestral song, for the Orchestral MAC BrokenDeck is organising. I think it's my best too - Land of Kings isn't even comparable to this, and I don't think Journey to the Afterlife and Legend are better either. I tried focusing on three main things - composition, realism and instrumentation.

This song probably has some of the best composition I've ever done. It explores six different keys and two time signatures, and I've also worked very hard on the harmony and transitions. It has loads of mood changes too, since I wanted the song to tell a story. Basically *my* idea was of a person who constantly kept getting into danger and worked desperately to find a sanctuary, which he does find at the end. I'd write a scene but I guess the story should be left to the interpretation of the listener.

As for realism, I know it's not such a high factor the MAC judges take into consideration but I still worked a lot on it. I gave woodwinds occasional pauses, as if the players are stopping for breath, pretty much every note has a different velocity and doesn't start exactly at the right time (for humanising purposes), I tried loads of new orchestral effects such as flute trills and grace notes, and I played the harp intro and piano solo myself on my synth. The first part of the harp intro is actually improvised. The massive amount of volume and tempo automations helped too... And so did the realistic East/West samples :P.

And lastly I worked on arrangement and instrumentation. I've got 49 East/West instruments loaded (it was a KILLER for my CPU) and I tried to touch every part of the standard orchestra (Woodwind, Brass, Strings, Percussion and Choir). I even added things like guitars and pianos which aren't part of the standard orchestra.

So, as for the instruments, I used violins, violas, cellos, double basses, trombones, French horns, trumpets, flutes, oboes, a subtle choir, bass drums, taikos, shakers, tambourines, gongs, cymbals, snares, timpanis, bongos (djembe), a guitar, a mandolin, a harp, a piano, and some subtle drone effects to add to the atmosphere. Everything's from East/West - snare/timpani and the standard orchestra instruments are from Symphonic Orchestra, all other percussion's from Stormdrum and the guitar and mandolin are from Ra.

Also, as for the credits, I've got too many to name since so many people gave me feedback on this one which I improved on, although camoshark certainly deserves a mention for helping me IMMENSELY with many chords in the song (like those brass chords after the harp intro - those took like an hour, haha) and giving me all the feedback a guy could ask for.

Echo deserves a mention too for also giving me tonnes of feedback! And lastly thanks to samulis for giving me ideas for the 3/4 to 4/4 change. I didn't use the ideas though even though I planned to. I just decided to go for a more generic transition since the project file was lagging like crazy.

So, after 49 instruments, 45 automation clips, 200 patterns, 93 bars and nearly a month of work, here's Sanctuary. Fun fact: there used to be 199 patterns but due to OCD I wanted 200 so I added a timpani roll at the very end :3.

Wish me luck in the competition. I probably won't win because there are some geniuses like PeterSatera, Bosa, Echo, Computer112, blackattackbitch, samulis, etc... taking part, but I'm aiming to get in the Top 8 at least! Enjoy, and feedback is very much appreciated.

Reviews


SoapbubbleSoapbubble

Rated 5 / 5 stars February 23, 2012

Dammit Steph, your music is too damn good!


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Step responds:

D'aww thanks :3.


JappleackJappleack

Rated 5 / 5 stars February 22, 2012

This was very enjoyable.


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Step responds:

Thank you very much!


CryndellionCryndellion

Rated 5 / 5 stars February 22, 2012

This is... epic! You're a real music genius! The song and the story fits real well. It starts with a gentle music, then getting more "fiery", it's like telling the feeling of "struggling"... or something like that, then it gets gentle again, the composition is awesome! I downloaded this XD


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Step responds:

Hey, thanks a lot for the review! I'm glad you liked the mood changes and the composition.

Thanks again, much appreciated :3.


UltimateCJ64UltimateCJ64

Rated 5 / 5 stars February 21, 2012

You and your orchestral genius... I swear dude, if I had half the talent you had... well, I don't know. But it'd probably be awesome.
Description: TL;DR: This is an awesome song that took a LOT of work, time, and CPU.

Overall, this thing sounds like it's for the intro of some epic movie that takes place in the medieval era, and there's dragons and wizards and trolls involved in some way.

I'm not really sure how to give any criticism on this, being this good, great composition, awesome use of orche-- HOLY SHIT THIS WAS MADE WITH A DAW?!?!?!?!1? (Joking of course, already read the description. ;)) So I figure I'll give some vague ideas for a possible movie or Flash or something.

First minute is like your "so and so productions presents... in association with blah blah blah pictures... and music by Stephan Wells... yada yada yada pre-title credits... TITLE IN BIG LETTERS!!!"

The middle seems like a "we are now showing several views of the town this story takes place around," and see a shadowy figure run past the camera for a split second, we switch for a few more views, then we see them again; it's a young boy around 12 or something who later turns out to be the hero or something.

Then the ending is like he catches up with his best friend who later sticks with him for most of the movie (and dies near the end from a self-sacrifice or something), they have a small conversation before we switch to the town square or something, where they meet with someone else just before someone runs in injured for some mysterious reason...

Man, I just read all that, and realized if I can make all that up, why can't I write a freaking 5-page essay?!

Anyways, awesome work, man. Stuff like this is why you're on my favorites list. :D


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Step responds:

Hey man, thanks for yet another detailed, large review!

"You and your orchestral genius... I swear dude, if I had half the talent you had... well, I don't know. But it'd probably be awesome."

Haha thanks! A lot of it comes naturally though. I don't know much music theory and all I know about making music is from personal experience, rather than research. So yeah, even though you call it a talent, a lot of it is just thanks to over three years of experience.

"Description: TL;DR: This is an awesome song that took a LOT of work, time, and CPU."

Yeah I could've just written that :3.

"Overall, this thing sounds like it's for the intro of some epic movie that takes place in the medieval era, and there's dragons and wizards and trolls involved in some way."

Did someone say Skyrim?!

"I'm not really sure how to give any criticism on this, being this good, great composition, awesome use of orche-- HOLY SHIT THIS WAS MADE WITH A DAW?!?!?!?!1? (Joking of course, already read the description. ;)) So I figure I'll give some vague ideas for a possible movie or Flash or something."

Lol thanks!

"First minute is like your "so and so productions presents... in association with blah blah blah pictures... and music by Stephan Wells... yada yada yada pre-title credits... TITLE IN BIG LETTERS!!!"
The middle seems like a "we are now showing several views of the town this story takes place around," and see a shadowy figure run past the camera for a split second, we switch for a few more views, then we see them again; it's a young boy around 12 or something who later turns out to be the hero or something.
Then the ending is like he catches up with his best friend who later sticks with him for most of the movie (and dies near the end from a self-sacrifice or something), they have a small conversation before we switch to the town square or something, where they meet with someone else just before someone runs in injured for some mysterious reason...
Man, I just read all that, and realized if I can make all that up, why can't I write a freaking 5-page essay?!"

Wow, it's awesome to think that my song made you think up all that! It's also great to know that my music sounds like it'll fit well in a movie, since while I'll probably be a programmer or something when I grow up, I think film scoring is really cool.

"Anyways, awesome work, man. Stuff like this is why you're on my favorites list. :D"

Heh, good to know! Thanks a lot for the awesome review!


DemonYuuDemonYuu

Rated 5 / 5 stars February 19, 2012

I'm working on a fantasy story, and this music is really helping to put me in the mood to work on it, and come up with ideas. It's really good, and gives me a lot of great images. Remind me to contact you about putting this in the trailer if I ever get a movie deal :P


Step responds:

Haha that's awesome, I'm glad you liked it!

Good luck with that fantasy story :3.