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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


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!


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!


DroplifterDroplifter

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Fantastic piece of music. There's an incredible amount of instruments and ideas going on here. I literally cannot begin to explain how good I think this is. Within 20 seconds it reminded me of a lot of games (assassin's creed, civilization, etc) but done to a whole new level.

This is a seriously good piece of music. And considering it's only 1:50 long, it covers a lot of ground in a short time.

Fantastic, 10/10.


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Step responds:

Wow man, you came out of nowhere and reviewed two of my tracks with really supportive reviews. I honestly can't thank you enough!

I'm really glad you like it; this is going to be used for the cinematic introduction in our play so I did try to fit in a lot of elements to give it a 'big epic' feel.

Thanks again!


BuoyBuoy

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Lol you could have just gotten some stock "ethnic"/middle-eastern music and used that. Love the song though, especially that whiny obo whatever thing that ends at 1:00. Cool soundstage with all the hifi and detailed percussion and brooding background stuff. And thankfully this is not anything like the awful annoying shit with howling women that I associate with the region. :D

Also how can anybody work together in a team of 15? Hopefully there is a clear leader of each team or you are 100% certain to end up in a state of utter anarchy


Step responds:

Hey thanks for reviewing!

"Lol you could have just gotten some stock "ethnic"/middle-eastern music and used that."

Yeah but then I'll have nothing to do. I mean I can write a script but they probably want it in Maltese and I'm crap at Maltese. I can program but I don't see how we'll be needing programming for the project. I can research stuff but that's insanely boring. So making music saves the day :3.

"Love the song though, especially that whiny obo whatever thing that ends at 1:00."

I think that's a zourna you're talking about. Yeah it's pretty cool!

"Cool soundstage with all the hifi and detailed percussion and brooding background stuff."

That's good to hear!

"And thankfully this is not anything like the awful annoying shit with howling women that I associate with the region. :D"

Yeah haha, when I searched for Moroccan music to get inspiration from, I found this...
http://goo.gl/msnVK

And I thought "oh no, not this howling crap". Then I found this...
http://goo.gl/Eq8r5

And I thought "that's more like it" :D.

"Also how can anybody work together in a team of 15? Hopefully there is a clear leader of each team or you are 100% certain to end up in a state of utter anarchy"

Yeah there's a leader or as you said, chaos would ensue. Also our team's 10 not 15, since there aren't exactly 150 students in our lower year school and it didn't dawn on the school staff that making each team full of 15 students will most likely cause one team to have a lesser amount of students.

Still, I would've totally preferred a solo project. I hate teamwork :(.

Thanks a lot for the review though!