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Aug 2, 2014 | 4:10 PM EDT
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7 MB
3 min 4 sec
3.94 / 5.00

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Hey there guys,

here is a short piece about celebrating crusaders. I had started this piece quite a long time ago but somehow changed to other projects and forgot about it. 2 days ago i found it again by accident and decided to complete it. Hope you will enjoy it.

Honest reviews and votes are always highly appreciated!



Rated 5 / 5 stars

You are amazing. Your music has one thing that a lot of artists miss these days, soul. Emotion to carry throughout the music, melody, molding of never ending journeys into new worlds and limitless possibilities within constantly changing landscapes across nations and various cultures.

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SoundChris responds:

Thanks a lot Grandvision. I am really glad you say that since as an aspiring film / gamescorer its very important for me to get the mood that causes emotional reactions in the listener. I always try to focus on telling a story with my music - i even start with some kind of storyline and try to imagine how the music has to feel in the scenario i see in my inner eye. Trying out as many styles and genres keeps the ear fresh and its really challenging to do stuff that isnt common since you have to dig quite deeply into the new field to get a feeling how things have to sound and what could be authentic (i know its not possible to be authentic in unknown styles but you can get quite near if you listen carefully to the details. Thanks for leavin your thoughts here. Highly apreciated :D

All the Best,


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

It's a wonderful piece with great arrangement, atmosphere and soft windlike padding that sounds lovely. The only thing that I dislike about it very much (only because it's such a splendid piece of music) is the male shouts being clearly clipping or distorted. They spoil the whole thing to the point that I realize I'm listening to an audio file, not an actual performance. :( But the rest of the composition is so good I can't quit rejoicing...

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SoundChris responds:

Thanks a lot xlllnon for your kindness! Hm yeah the clipping - i have to confess that i am stil struggeling with the production. I started to compose 2.5 years ago and think i am on the right track concerning music, but all the metering, effects, mastering, mixing etc is stil something which is over my skill - but i hope this will change soon. Started to study audio engineering to get a good production asap.

Thanks a lot and glad you liked the piece!

Best Whshes,


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Very nice piece. Could easily see this in a Stronghold game. I also really dig the extra sound effects you added in your piece. It really helps create the world you're making with the music.

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SoundChris responds:

Thanks a lot! Glad you enjoyed my little piece, my good sir :D


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Some great baroque/orchestral work here :D I could almost hear this in great medieval movie, although the pace seems a bit fast for that.

You have some excellent instrumentation here with some epic, if not overwhelming, sound effects. The percussions you use really hit home with the combination of toms, shakers and claps and even some chorus chanting for rythmes in certain areas which i thought was an excellent touch. My favorite part of all has to be the woman's voice comming in at 1:12 which sounded absolutely hypnotizing to me. All the instruments fit very well in the piece although for my taste i think this could use a lot more strings (Violin, chello, etc.) and the people's ambiance sample at the end and middle part seemed just slightly unnecessary to me, i think some nice reverb at the end would of done a bit of a better job to end the piece since it's not concistently clear throughout the piece that the song is being played in that kind of setting.

The mastering in this is good but I believe you really need to adjust your eq because during the flute part there are just too much highs and not enough mids, but that's not true throughout the whole song so be careful how you do it.

Overall it's a great track that I could really appreciate, Keep up the good work!

~Review Request Club~

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SoundChris responds:

Hey man,

first i have to apologize for my very late reply. I have been extremely busy the last 1-2 months since i was moving to another city, had lots of job interviews there, had to finish the score of one animation and a game and also had to compose for the NGADM - quite heavy so i have to confess i really forgot about quite a lot reviews of the last 2 months. So pleas forgive me :3

Hm i didnt think much about the tracks speed. Maybe you are right. Its really a little bit fast, but i imagined a really cheerful group of knights that made party quite excessively :D Si i thought the tempo should be a little bit variable. As far as i remember there are ritardanti and accelerandi in the piece to make it more human.

The instrumentation is mainly eduardo tarilontes ERA medieval legends, which is a collection of (i think) over 50 medieval instruments that have a really good quality and also sound very nice out of the box - so i really can recomend this vsti. The sound effects were from the logic pro factory foley library, the shouts from EWQL Symphonic Choirs and last not least the tin whistle is the Embertone Shire whistle which is really awesome and also very affordable.

The womans part was meant to show another scenario. While the first part is the loud celebration in a big hall you hear a door closing at the end and after a short break the voice with the harp sets in. I imagined the woman to sit in a little atrium outside the main festival hall. Its a cold night and you hear also some night creatures in the background and wind to intensify the contemplative mood.

Yeah maybe i overdid it a little bit with the people ambienfes - its always hard in the excitement of composing to have the necessary distance to see if something would feel maybe a little bit odd. THats why i usually take a few days to relisten to a track to finally know if everything fits or not. This time i didnt do that :D

EQing is stil an area i am not really experienced. I try to use this stuff, also multiband compressors, but i know stil too less about it. Hopefully i will learn fast!

Thanks a lof for your great and very detailed constructive review - it was really helpful!

All the best,


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I love the instrumentation. Getting some different chords that fit well with the general form of the melody was pretty great as well. This sounds like something I might find in Sid Meier's Civ V. Perhaps one of the biggest compliments I can give.

I'm immensely happy that you found this on your HDD and decided to finish and post here. Keep your art up, my friend.

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SoundChris responds:

Hey there,
thanks a lot for your kind review! Glad the request club is back again :D Some time ago when i started with this project (before i forgot about it) also another person told me that a CIV game would have a very similar medieval / renaissance music style. I guess i should check that out soon :D

All the best,