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Apr 11, 2015 | 2:46 PM EDT
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3.2 MB
1 min 23 sec
Score
4.85 / 5.00

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Rated 4.85 / 5 stars
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Genres:
Other - Cinematic
Tags:
sad
irish
selkie
celtic

Author Comments

I'm hooked to Celtic/Gaelic mythology. Beautiful stories. After the success in "Hope", I was hoped to explore this path of Irish music.

And I learned something else. Epic isn't all about massive orchestra with taiko rolling and choir attacking. Just my 2 cents. I'm quite tired of the epic hybrid orchestra. They get boring after sometime. Look at SoundChris and JacobCadmus, they didn't need these elements to write epic music.

It's only my own thought. I rather spend my time exploring melodies and harmonies, experimenting with sounds, instead of making the same mainstream cinematic that everyone else was doing. I like to make my own ways.

This is cinematic music.

Also, the pipe I was using isn't bagpipe, but Uilleann pipes (it was the same pipes I used in "Hope"), an important instrument in Irish music. So was the tin whistle, fiddle and Celtic harp.

Thank you for listening. Have a great weekend.

Reviews


JayWEccentJayWEccent

Rated 5 / 5 stars

It's so amazingly beautiful. It reminds me of an oriental Assassin's Creed. It's epic in a lovely sense. Bravo, bravo. Please keep sending this stuff out. Awesome, pure awesome.


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Agitat0r responds:

Assassin's Creed 3? Lorne Balfe's style have always based around Scottish/Irish music. I know in Black Flag, Brian Tyler tried to do similar style but I think he should stick to the action ones.

Thank you for your review. And btw, I'll send you the first batch of tracks I was working on this weekend.


Deemo-RDeemo-R

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Like LSD said, the way "epic" is used now is derived from a very specific set of characteristics from the noun. Since those stories typically display a lot of grandeur (which is one of the easier things to notice), the adjective probably started being associated more with the scale of the story than anything. That sense of scale seems to translate pretty similarly into music as well, which likely has caused this trend of "epic" sound that we're neck-deep in these days. I think it's pretty clear that the way the word "epic" is used to categorize music is a bit of a misnomer, as you're also expressing. There is a lot more than just scale to a true epic.

But enough of that two-cents nonsense, I think it's cool to see you stretching yourself out just a bit. Irish music influences are always cool in my book! It's nice to hear a bit of scale reduction here, too. It gives this piece more of a calm, charming atmosphere. It's almost like a description of a roaming landscape and the livelihood of those who inhabit it. Fine work!

(I had to go look up what a Selkie was... weird stuff, mythology)


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Agitat0r responds:

Thank you very much for your review!

Irish music is extremely flexible and complex. They can be very sad and tragic, like this piece. At the same time, they can also be sweet and relaxing. I don't think many world music can do the same thing. Scandinavian music have similar textures.

I love the story of selkie. The male version is strange, I agree. However, the female version is very tragic. Married to a human, who didn't want you to leave him and he hid your seal coat while you couldn't do anything. And the selkie has to return to the sea once a while. If you want to know more about story of the selkie, you could always watch "Song of the Sea", which I recommend with my whole heart.


Free2PlayFree2Play

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Yet again fantastic composition, gets the celtic mood going.

I would point out that you did put "sad" as a tag, and if that's exactly what you were going for, I would say its not exactly in the right key or hitting the right modes to feel that way. But its definitely a great song.


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Agitat0r responds:

Thank you for your review!

The reason I put the sad tag is because I intended to follow the selkie story (which is very tragic).


LucidShadowDreamerLucidShadowDreamer

Rated 5 / 5 stars

I think you're absolutely right. I adore celtic music in general, because of the melodic value, and because of the intruments.

The word epic probably originally meant that it was like a story, even if many people tend to use it as cool or awesome nowadays. And this is definitely telling a story, so it's certainly epic.

If I was to choose, I'd say that I prefer this melodic and harmonic kind of orchestra to the fast action ones. That said, I like your action tracks as well, because unlike many, you actually often include some nice harmonics, melodies and use interesting intruments, opposed to many of the tracks you can hear in the cinema nowadays. You have a good ear for melody and chords too.
This is also the only kind of orrhestra that I currently posess the ability to make, as I happen to be pretty okay at melodies; I couldn't make the fast action ones even if I tried to XD

I like the pipes you use. You use them masterfully.
I hate to do this to you, but this track reminds me of Last of the Wild, by KatMaestro. He used the same pipes and several other similar intruments, I think.

Now, this track itself is beautiful. Extraordinary use of the intruments. The dynamic is soooo good.
The rhythm is interesting, and I love the medieval feel :D

And also, I don't think you need a massive orhcestra for most things, even if it help. A melody on one intrument along can be dramatic enough to bring one to tears :3

Thanks for keeping on making this much awesome music in such a short while, I love listening to your tracks!!!


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Agitat0r responds:

Sorry, I took sometime to reply (I think I still owe you 3 replies).

Celtic music, coincidentally, is quite similar to my country's traditional music. They're all variants of Dorian, Ionian and Aeolian scales. However, I started to listen to Celtic music since little. My uncle served in Canadian military, worked all his life at Durham area in Toronto (where the most Irish people live) and the best thing is he learned to played tin whistle from his boss. All these things made me hooked to European music since I was a little kid, in particularly, Celtic and Scandinavian music.

In addition, I also listen to film composers who write powerful film scores related to Celtic culture. "The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep" by James Newton-Howard, "Song of the Sea" and "The Secret of Kells" by Bruno Coulais & Kíla, "Arrietty" by Cécile Corbel, "How to Train Your Dragon" by John Powell, "Brave" by Patrick Doyle...

I think most people believe epic must involve large choir band, taiko set and a massive orchestra. I think the modern music definition of "epic" has changed with the time. Back in the 90s, music by Thomas Newman, Howard Shore or John Williams, these music was the definition of epicness. Then Hans Zimmer and John Powell came along with taiko and sound design electronics, they shaped the epic to different look. The old touch of epic music has lost. There are still a few composers who still embrace the old touch, like Jeremy Soule, who prefers timpani over taiko. When I signed up for Youtube video promotion with "Hope", some channels questioned my view on epicness, they thought I was writing "emotional" music.

I only start to write action music lately. People who are my long time listeners still prefer the melodic pieces over rock solid and dull epic pieces. I have gotten quite many PMs throughout my years on NG, asking me to stick to the old style, what "Sorrow" and "Calamity" were. I guess they were correct. I should've stick to the old styles.

I exceptionally love the direction of our collab. It is old school, very aesthetic, and above all, very melodic. It is within my comfort zone. I mean the zone that I am comfortable to explore and express myself. I could spend hours working on the piece without feeling tired or bored. It's the opposite, I feel energetic and excited the deeper I venture into the piece. So many possibilities that the generic "epic" style could never do.

The pipe is difficult to use because Symphobia 2 only limited to ~2 octaves of Uilleann pipes. The tin whistle is from Lumina, and also very limited. It's suck because their instruments are amazing. Interestingly, I bought Symphobia 2 after I heard the quality instrument from his songs. I guess there were too many coincidences. :P

Thank you very much for your awesome reviews! You've got me written this long thought for an hour!

See you on Friday! Can't wait to complete the collab!


GergalothGergaloth

Rated 4 / 5 stars

I could so see this dropping into some heavy shit
It sounded fantastic, it is all analogue?


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Agitat0r responds:

They're all from sample libraries. I really wish I could work with real instruments again in the future. "Farewell to Life" was my first time used real instruments. Hm, I am planning to have a project on recording live instruments for Irish and Persian music. I love world music so much!