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Credits & Info
- Sep 13, 2013 | 11:50 PM EDT
- File Info
- 5.7 MB
- 6 min 12 sec
- 4.52 / 5.00
Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.
HOLY MOTHER OF GOD
The traveller is a song that tells a story.
0:00 -> start of journey
0:16 -> hometown
1:03 -> leaving home, travelling
2:51 -> entering the desert
3:29 -> taking the train through the desert
4:17 -> what's that?
4:40 -> showdown (on the top of the train!)
5:52 -> cliffhanger ending (lol)
So much to say about this one! Massive wall of text incoming.
First off, this is an NGADM round 3 submission, me vs midimachine.
A big thanks to all the judges of NGADM for putting on this event. I don't think I've ever been pushed to improve so fast at music as I have when doing NGADM, and I can't thank you guys enough for the opportunity!
Also a thanks to my friend Eery for again dealing with my last minute panic attack and giving me a bunch of good suggestions.
NGADM rounds sure don't get easier, do they? I have a ton of respect for midimachine because I think he's a great musician. So much so that I actually got writers block for like a week because I figured that I wouldn't be able to write anything good enough! I still don't think this is good enough to beat him, but honestly I wouldn't mind losing to him because he's super talented and deserves to keep going! (Though I would be sad because the NGADM has been an incredible learning experience.)
On the forums SkyeWintrest pointed out that a lot of entries were kinda unoriginal, which I decided to take as a personal challenge. I decided to do nearly everything different from my last two entries. For the first time ever I decided to write some heavily cinematic and orchestral music.
I realized that this was a bad idea:
1. While going heavy orchestral is experimental for me, it's the most popular genre in the NGADM so no one else is going to think it's experimental. lol
2. The judges are all orchestral guys, so they're instantly going to notice tons of flaws. Please don't kill me judges D:
Continuing to be experimental, I also decided to make some really complex chord progressions in the first half (most of them are 16 bars long), and I snuck in a time signature change too. Then I added in some vocal chops.
But that wasn't enough so I decided to draw on some world influences starting at 3:30. This was actually really enjoyable and I might dive deeper into World someday.
I drew from a ton of different influences. The Xenogears soundtrack, Leftfield's groovy beats, Shpongle's world music, heck, even Step's song "The Festival" a tiny bit for the neat percussion.
Writing this was a miserable experience because of all sorts of things that happened in my life. In the first week I was running all over the place trying to find an apartment, and in the second week I got sick. All that means that in the end I only had two days to really work on this song. Which was not nearly enough. Sucks, but I couldn't really do anything about it.
I also didn't have my MIDI keyboard the entire 2 weeks I was writing this song, because of traveling. I used the keyboard for pretty much all the songwriting that I've done in the past 8 months, I felt really limited. I started teaching myself acoustic guitar, which worked out alright, but then I had to leave that behind too (because more traveling). SIGH!
SkyeWintrest also said my fadeout ending last time sucked, so I decided to troll him and make the most ridiculous ending ever... and then I kinda just kept it in the song because it made me laugh. Take it or leave it.