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Inspired by http://www.newgrounds.com /art/view/scottr5680/head -in-the-clouds
Made for the Art Inspired Music contest.
Warning: If you'd like to feel your own story out of this with or without Scott's awesome artwork which you should check at some point either way, don't read any more of the description. It contains my own story and interpretation.
Section Titles and Story
0:00 - Coming Into View. Flying slightly above the clouds, the small planet's curvature hides the city from view. You've been told about the city and its wonders, its beauty and power, but have never visited yourself. As you fly by the rain-farms, excitement builds as you anticipate and imagine the splendor you are about to see.
0:48 - Industry Appears. As you fly on, you begin to see mechanics flying between large machines that appear to be harvesting sunlight. Large airships and starpods are going toward the city as well, heightening your excitement.
1:04 - Sunset. Finally, you can see the city. The sun is passing down below the horizon, and by the time you reach the city, the only light from above is of the stars. Appropriate, you think, as a sign proudly proclaims "Welcome to Starlight City!" Your excitement is higher than it's been the entire trip as you dive into the city.
1:20 - Starlight City. The city is bustling. Partying. Lively. Amazing. Fancy. Technological. Urban. It is far more than anything you've been in before, and you can feel the energy. It thrums through the air, it makes you want to dance, to move, to fly as fast as you can. This place is indeed a wonder to be in.
1:54 - Relative Peace. But everyone needs some time to rest, and eventually you need it as well. Fortunately, you've found a perfect place - the city's park, housed on an island kept afloat by vacuum chambers embedded within. This place is peaceful in comparison, though not so compared to outside the city. While you rest, your excitement builds again. After all, you've barely seen anything of this wondrous place! Your excitement mounts for hours and hours, before finally you cannot take it anymore and return to the chaos of Starlight City.
2:56 - Return. Back into the city, the energy returns. All the tension and power has made for a spectacular trip. You've seen the beauty, the technology, the incredible wonders. You have not seen it all. You could not see it all if you spent an entire lifetime here. But you have seen enough. And eventually...
3:28 - Home again. You've left the city after a night and day of splendor and energy. Though your heart may still be out here, in the peaceful lands of your home, the days of the city are burned into your memory. Memories of flying through the streets at breakneck speeds, watching the turn of gears, watching the ships fly away and back from the City of the Clouds.
End of the TItles and Story
P.S. I think I really outdid myself on the mixing of this one. If anyone has some comments on any part of the piece, please please please leave it in a review or something - I LOVE feedback from people! Also, if you review, feel free to leave the name of a piece of yours in the review and I'll try to get around to reviewing it. Thanks!
Edit June 22, 2013: Made ending slightly longer, also added list of programs used.
---PROGRAMS USED AND THEIR FUNCTIONS---
FL Studio - Main sequencer.
Reason - Drums in KONG.
Omnisphere - Almost all instruments.
Mini ErHu - Erhu.
Sytrus - Bird sounds.
FL Sampler - Reverse crash and sound FX.
Samulis' Zither VST v2 - Zither.
Midi Out - Getting all the instruments and drums out from Omnisphere and Reason. Such a hard worker.
Guitar Rig 5 - Effects and drum compression.
Fruity Parametric EQ 2 - Almost ALL mixing.
Fruity Compressor - Compression, leveling, and some mixing.
Fruity Spectroman - Extra spectrometer for when the EQ 2's spectrometer didn't show enough.
Fruity Reeverb - Getting the organ and electric guitar-like synth to ring out after their respective solo sections.
Fruity Stereo Enhancer - Enhancing the stereo of TEH BURDEH NOISES.
Maximus - Mastering.