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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


NekoMikaNekoMika

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Loved how this told such a dynamic story of trying to find safety despite all the dangers they kept encountering at each one that went to, it was almost always an adventure that they had to keep trying to survive and no matter what, never giving up either to find a place they could call home or sanctuary. And reading the description.... 49 instruments?! That's a lot of patience and I still have demo and usually just stop after trying to get a bass rhythm to go with the drum set up which seems to overpower the bass or synth for some reason.

The drums here have a nice little feeling to them and give that truly dynamic feel of never truly being alone and always having to hunt for a new place to stay. No matter what, something is likely there trying to get them. However a lack of drums at the end gives that feeling that they did find a place of peace and that they may finally be able to rest for once and stop having to look for a place they can rest in safety. Wonderful way to end it.

The harp reminded me a lot of Final Fantasy VIII when going to where the minotaur brothers were for some reason. The bass felt kind of like a bass guitar but it was a cello instead right? Very nice on the ears to listen to. Can just picture a whole orchestra actually playing the song actually.

The violins give that feeling of constant peace and strangely make me think of Kingdom Hearts credit music too, cool I suppose. The trombones, trumpets, and others of those sort make this song truly a joy to listen to and very nice on the ears as well.

Overall, lovely to hear how this one turned out, excellent work, looking forward to more!!


Step responds:

Wow man, thanks for the long review!

"Loved how this told such a dynamic story of trying to find safety despite all the dangers they kept encountering at each one that went to, it was almost always an adventure that they had to keep trying to survive and no matter what, never giving up either to find a place they could call home or sanctuary."

Haha yeah that's pretty much what I had in mind. Although the scene I initially had in my head was one person desperately searching for a sanctuary rather than a whole group, but whatever :P.

"And reading the description.... 49 instruments?! That's a lot of patience"

Well, my CPU had to certainly be patient with me. It was a pretty insane project file!

"and I still have demo and usually just stop after trying to get a bass rhythm to go with the drum set up which seems to overpower the bass or synth for some reason."

Haha, might just be because you've got "Fruity Limiter" set in your mixer's master track. Hit File > New from template and find "Blank Slate". From then on, use that setting and you won't get any overpowering or anything.

If you don't have Fruity Limiter on, then I can't help you with that I guess. It just takes a bit of practice!

"The drums here have a nice little feeling to them and give that truly dynamic feel of never truly being alone and always having to hunt for a new place to stay. No matter what, something is likely there trying to get them. However a lack of drums at the end gives that feeling that they did find a place of peace and that they may finally be able to rest for once and stop having to look for a place they can rest in safety. Wonderful way to end it."

That was entirely intentional so I'm happy you pointed it out. I wanted the song to end on a satisfying but soft note to indicate that at last the troubles are over. It was made to indicate that the protagonist finally found a sanctuary although one of the reviewers of this song got a bit creative and interpreted it as the protagonist dying and finding peace in the hands of death... which was a pretty cool interpretation, I thought :3.

"The harp reminded me a lot of Final Fantasy VIII when going to where the minotaur brothers were for some reason."

I'm not so big on Final Fantasy (only ever played the VII on the PSP) so I can't relate, but hey, you're comparing this to game soundtrack so I won't complain, haha.

"The bass felt kind of like a bass guitar but it was a cello instead right?"

Depends. At the very beginning there's a double bass playing which might be what you're comparing to a bass guitar, but at, say, 2:21, there's a cello playing. I find that strings are really amazing at giving bass and depth to orchestral songs, so in every orchestral song of mine you'll find that there's always a double bass/cello/both playing chords in the background.

"Very nice on the ears to listen to. Can just picture a whole orchestra actually playing the song actually."

Cool!

"The violins give that feeling of constant peace and strangely make me think of Kingdom Hearts credit music too, cool I suppose."

Haven't played Kingdom Hearts either. Yeah I'm not much of a gamer :P.

"The trombones, trumpets, and others of those sort make this song truly a joy to listen to and very nice on the ears as well."

That is quite good to hear because in general I'm not very satisfied with the brass my East/West Symphonic Orchestra Silver VST has to offer. Well I mean they're recorded professionally from real instruments so they're LEAGUES better than most other brass samples, and the French horns sound great, but the trombones and trumpets in the VST do sound a bit iffy, IMO. East/West Symphonic Orchestra makes up for that with amazing strings, however.

"Overall, lovely to hear how this one turned out, excellent work, looking forward to more!!"

D'aww thanks :3. Again, I greatly appreciate the detailed review!


musicunitedmusicunited

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Now That IS Music, easy for the ears too.
Great job. A Solid 4 For You.


Step responds:

Thanks! I appreciate the feedback.


ShanathShanath

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Very beautiful work, quite wonderous. It's my first time listening to one of your tracks and I'm really amazed.

You've got yourself a new fan. :3


Step responds:

I appreciate the review and I'm glad I made a good first impression!

Oh and thanks a lot for favouriting me. I love getting new fans :3.


OneGoHamOneGoHam

Rated 5 / 5 stars

I think this theme would be great for video games.


Step responds:

Good to hear. I'm glad you think so!

Thanks for reviewing, mate.


Noobkiller2112Noobkiller2112

Rated 5 / 5 stars

I agree to colderslave! your really talented. In my opinion I think you should find movie makers and make this its main soundtrack! and by the way keep up the GOODWORK!


Step responds:

That really means a lot! This track is hardly film-score material in my opinion, but it's nice to know other people compare it with film-score material!

Thanks for the support!