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Date
04/09/2012
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1.7 MB
1 min 50 sec
Score
4.49 / 5.00

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Tags:
desert
folk
morocco
ethnic

Author Comments

EDIT: Thanks to Tomppaah for the mastering!

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Alright so... first off, this is for a school project. Basically, in this project, the whole lower year of my school (nearly 150 students in all) are split into 10 teams of 15. Each team is assigned a random Mediterranean or European country and before a deadline date, they must prepare three things. Firstly, each team must prepare a souvenir pertaining to the country's culture (like a picture frame showcasing the country's art, for example). Secondly, each team must build a stall, decorate it and showcase traditional food of the country. Lastly, each team has to prepare a show/performance which has to do with the country they're representing.

Yep, you guessed it. My team got Morocco. So, this is a track that will most likely be used somewhere in our show/performance. We're not even sure what we're going to do (we might do an animation since one of the team members knows how to use Flash but he never animated before so it's doubtful), but since making music takes a hell of a long time, while the others planned on what we'll be doing, I decided to make use of my Easter holidays to write this, and hopefully we'll try and integrate it into our project well later on. I've got much more Moroccan music to make, probably, but here's a starting point.

As for resources, this song uses a lot of traditional/ethnic instruments as you can imagine. We've got an oud, a santoor, a zourna, a duduk, a didgeridoo, a gadulka, a mid-eastern string section and a Qandahar dumbek all from East/West Ra. The hard-hitting percussion, Indonesian bongos, Vietnamese shakers, gong and cymbal are all from Stormdrum 2. The cello, double bass, choir, woodblock and tambourine are from Symphonic Orchestra Silver. Then there are a few random samples like the echoing bongo hit at 0:28 which is a free drum sample and the pan flute lick at 1:01 which is from Ethnoworld. I was planning on using an oboe from Symphonic Orchestra Silver and a drum kit from EZdrummer too but I didn't manage to fit them in.

Now, please note that I know that some of the instruments aren't truly Moroccan. The santoor is Indian, the zourna's Arabic, the gadulka's Bulgarian, the Indonesian bongos are, well, Indonesian, etc... but Morocco doesn't really have many purely traditional instruments and the ones it does have aren't in my library, so I had to make do with a tonne of Mid-Eastern instruments. Also, first time I'm composing something like this so sorry if it sounds kinda amateur! Lastly, the point of this track is to build up and build back down again in a short amount of time so don't expect some massive structure like what I usually make use of.

Anyways, in conclusion I hope you enjoy it. It took me over ten hours of work spread over the course of about one week. Thanks a lot to Echo, Darrenkerwin, Zero Flare, and especially camoshark for all the feedback they've given me. Thanks for listening, I'd love a review, blah blah blah :3.

Reviews


bassfiddlejonesbassfiddlejones

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Well, since you were kind enough to direct me here....

I really like how the smaller "Peak of the Mountain" piece fits into this overall structure. It has character, and really paints a picture for me. It's not just a neat little bit of music anymore, but a climax that helps this music tell a story. I like the ending in this a lot better as well - it seems more thought out and deliberate, but still leaves me wanting a little more resolution than I get.

For the most part I really like your choice of instruments here. However, the instrument around :27 doesn't seem to fit into the mix, and sounds terribly "midi-like" compared to the rest of what's going on. I think you have the same problem from 1:03 to 1:25. The instruments stick out in a way that is not flattering to the rest of the piece. You may have been constrained since this project called for location specific instruments. I have a similar problem at times, that the percussion (SD2?) sounds extremely realistic, as it is easier to piece together than say, a "midi" sampled violin or clarinet solo. So you get stuck with drums that sound superb and other instruments that by the nature of the beast can't match up. That said, most of the stuff you have here meshes really well.

I really like your stuff, Step. Look forward to hearing more.


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Step responds:

Oh wow, another review! Thanks!

"Well, since you were kind enough to direct me here...."

Haha, more like YOU were kind enough to come here :3.

"I really like how the smaller "Peak of the Mountain" piece fits into this overall structure."

That's quite ironic actually... to be honest I made this first and then Peak of the Mountain afterwards, and I only made Peak of the Mountain a rushed version of the climax in this song just because I was running out of time. So the only reason it fits in here is because I half-assed it haha. But I'm glad it works!

"It has character, and really paints a picture for me. It's not just a neat little bit of music anymore, but a climax that helps this music tell a story. I like the ending in this a lot better as well - it seems more thought out and deliberate, but still leaves me wanting a little more resolution than I get."

Thanks! The ending isn't perfect here either, true. Reason being, this track plays in the play that we made for the school activity, and only plays till around 1:02, then it starts fading out, so the ending wasn't actually very important and I didn't give it that really "final" resolution since it'd be faded out anyway, while the narrator is narrating something. You're totally right about that ending though.

"For the most part I really like your choice of instruments here. However, the instrument around :27 doesn't seem to fit into the mix, and sounds terribly "midi-like" compared to the rest of what's going on. I think you have the same problem from 1:03 to 1:25."

That's interesting... they're all East/West so they should all be high-quality, but the reason that's the case may be because those instruments (a gadulka and duduk respectively) were pretty dry and when they took the spotlight they didn't sound as full as everything else. This problem sounds even worse in another Morocco-styled song of mine, "Feast", during a part where a gadulka comes in.

"You may have been constrained since this project called for location specific instruments. I have a similar problem at times, that the percussion (SD2?) sounds extremely realistic, as it is easier to piece together than say, a "midi" sampled violin or clarinet solo. So you get stuck with drums that sound superb and other instruments that by the nature of the beast can't match up. That said, most of the stuff you have here meshes really well."

Haha man I totally get what you're saying. I find it so easy to make nice-sounding drums but it's always a lot harder for melodic instruments isn't it? And of course it's my first time working with these kinds of instruments so I didn't exactly know what I was doing :P.

"I really like your stuff, Step. Look forward to hearing more."

That's great man, thanks a million. I've heard some of your stuff and I'm REALLY impressed. Maybe I'll leave one of your tracks a review when I have time, but recently I've been so packed with work that I don't know whether that'll be a possibility in the near future.

Whatever the case, thanks again for another fantastic review!


guthixbox381guthixbox381

Rated 5 / 5 stars

And I thought I knew good music. This is absolutely incredible. Truly, it is one of the best tracks on NG, not trying to be nice or anything, I'm just speaking the truth. This really fits Morocco well, I think you did a great job. To me, this seems like some sort of temple song... Anyways, really really great, I can't wait to hear more from you in the future. With your permission, I'd like to use this in one of my upcoming vids. I just hope that's okay with you.

Good luck with trekking through temples looking for treasure! I'll check out more of your work in the future.

-GB


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Step responds:

Wow thanks! I wouldn't go nearly as far as saying it's one of the best tracks on NG; there are a lot of people out there who are leagues more talented than me, but I'm really glad you liked it. I see where you're going with the temple feeling, although this song actually played during an intro of panning around a desert during sunrise, so I'm hoping it sounds kinda desert-y too :P. Feel free to use it and any other of my music in your videos, by the way.

Also, if you're interested in checking out my other works, here's a newspost I made a while ago with my best works:
http://goo.gl/fLWBd

Thanks for the interest and the great review!


AkleAkle

Rated 5 / 5 stars

This is an amazing piece of music. It truly captures the character of Morocco. It is also very pleasant to listen to! The climax of this piece sends a shiver through my spine, I guess that's a good sine (maths ftw!). Anyways, great composition, great art since it beautifully manages to send a message and I enjoyed working with you for this project. :)


Step responds:

Woo, thanks! :3

"I guess that's a good sine"

Yeah, cos generally music that sends a shiver up your spine is good.

Anyway, TANks for the review man!


NintenG0DNintenG0D

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Incredible song.

Here are a few games this goes great with!

1.Assassin's Creed (Masyaf)
2.Assassin's Creed Revelations (Byzantine Empire)
3.Prince of Persia
4.Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword (Lanyru Province)


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Step responds:

Thanks a lot man. I haven't ever played Assassin's Creed but a friend of mine showed me some of the music and I LOVE it. This friend also said that some of my music sounds a lot like Assassin's Creed music, so that's cool.

Prince of Persia is also one of my favourite PS2 games ever but I think they changed the soundtrack of the second and third game entirely to metal right? That was kinda stupid, I loved the Arabic/eastern feel it had. Thanks for the comparison! I don't have Skyward Sword but another friend showed me that track. It's pretty badass :3.

Anyway, thanks a million for the feedback!


madmindfreakmadmindfreak

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Your hard work paid off? haha I think it's perfect. More than sticking to moroccan music, you've created a wonderful peace that threw me back to thinking, is this video game music? Very well mastered and don't worry too much about it looking too amateurish, as much of world wide music, from india, peru, spanish, and such, tend to have very improvisational music (from my many years of traveling so far). Anywho, keep up the good work bro.

P.S. I might use this song as a great way to lag time for when the zombies get faster in call of duty: zombie mode. xD


Step responds:

Hey thanks for the review, madmindfreak!

"Your hard work paid off? haha I think it's perfect."

Man that's great to bear. Trying a totally new style like this gave me a tough time.

"More than sticking to moroccan music, you've created a wonderful peace that threw me back to thinking, is this video game music?"

A friend of mine actually said it's pretty reminiscent of video game music actually! He then showed me some desert-esque songs from Maple Story which gave me a great idea of what the scales I'm using here sound like so I got a little bit of inspiration there.

"Very well mastered and don't worry too much about it looking too amateurish, as much of world wide music, from india, peru, spanish, and such, tend to have very improvisational music (from my many years of traveling so far)."

Hm, yeah that's true! This track is a lot more film-score-ish and westernised than actually Moroccan music though, but hey maybe it's better like that for the purposes of the project!

"Anywho, keep up the good work bro."

I'll try!

"P.S. I might use this song as a great way to lag time for when the zombies get faster in call of duty: zombie mode. xD"

Haha that's badass. Thanks a lot for the great review! Much appreciated!