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Apr 9, 2012 | 8:22 AM EDT
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1.7 MB
1 min 50 sec
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4.50 / 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


XTheNewgrounderXTheNewgrounder

Rated 5 / 5 stars

This song is great! It kind of makes me thirsty, though :/ I'm going to go get some water XD


Step responds:

Haha. Thanks!


davphladavphla

Rated 5 / 5 stars

What a cool theme song :)



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!


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!


hawkfire7hawkfire7

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Three years later, Michigun uploads a level on Geometry Dash with this song...