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Date
02/08/2012
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Song
3.7 MB
4 min 1 sec
Score
4.28 / 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


SawdustSawdust

Rated 5 / 5 stars

This is a very very professional and well done piece. The harp melodies remind me of the soundtracks of Radiant Historia and hell, even Phoenix Wright. I think you'd be an excellent composer for video games! This would fit very well in one. Not in a movie though, then it'd be too cheesy. But still, yeah, great GREAT work on this. I hope that you end up actually getting places with your immense musical talents.

By the way, I think it would be a good idea for you to compile all of your best works and release them as an album on either Soundcloud or Bandcamp. I'd be sure to download!


Step responds:

Hey man, thanks a lot for leaving a review!

"This is a very very professional and well done piece."

Oh, two very's not one. Thank you :3.

"The harp melodies remind me of the soundtracks of Radiant Historia and hell, even Phoenix Wright."

Haven't heard of them, but I'll certainly give them a listen when I don't have such a massive workload of maths homework...

"I think you'd be an excellent composer for video games! This would fit very well in one. Not in a movie though, then it'd be too cheesy."

Some people tell me my songs will fit great in films while others say it'll fit great in games. I'm cool with both I guess, haha.

"But still, yeah, great GREAT work on this. I hope that you end up actually getting places with your immense musical talents."

Naw man, I'm a programmer at heart. Also I'm deaf from one ear which severely hampers my musical ability, believe it or not!

Although doing stuff like film scoring and making soundtrack for games has always been a dream of mine. I won't pursue it, but nevertheless I find making soundtrack really cool!

"By the way, I think it would be a good idea for you to compile all of your best works and release them as an album on either Soundcloud or Bandcamp. I'd be sure to download!"

I dunno about that - my best works range from pure orchestral, to rock, to video game, to techno, to pop, etc... having an album with so many different genres isn't very good because the person buying the album would (most likely) only be interested in a handful of similar genres. Although it's a nice idea; maybe when I make more good songs of the same genre I can compile an album, who knows!

Thanks a lot for the support and feedback!


JabenaurumJabenaurum

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Tranquility and spiritual elegance, the song gave me the feeling of forests and streams.

Quite a delicate and lovely piece...


Step responds:

Thank you! Forests, streams, etc... were all pictures implanted in my mind while I was working on this. I was imagining some guy getting into danger in a forest at night, and eventually after close calls with death, he finds a sanctuary. Kinda generic story but whatever :P.

I'm really glad you enjoyed the piece.


jaysummers759885jaysummers759885

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Grade A.

Seriously sweet. You must have the master of all Synths at your place.

This is really a testament to beauty.

~J


Step responds:

Aw thanks :3.

I appreciate the feedback! I haven't got that much of a good synthesizer though; just a small three-octave one. It suits my needs though!

Thanks for reviewing.


SweetTooth117SweetTooth117

Rated 5 / 5 stars

I can see this musical score being used in Forgotten Realms if you havent heard of it I advise looking it up its has great book series'


Step responds:

Sweet, I'm actually looking for something to read :P.

I'm happy you enjoyed it and thanks for leaving a review!


brummy1994brummy1994

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Very well done bud it has a very epic feel to it like it should be in a lighter fantasy game like fable. My only problem with it is just that it isn't to my taste which is no fault of yours I'm just more a dark fantasy person


Step responds:

Haha alright! To each his own.

I'm glad you find it epic and stuff :3. Thanks!