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the otherworldly judge


Author Comments

Today's prompt is "wisdom." Now too often, whenever I think of that word, I think of wizardly themes that have tremolo strings and beautiful magical-sounding chimes and glockenspiel play.

Not this time. This time, I decided to depart from all that, and borrow a bit of my own ancestral culture. I'm doing a number of things in this piece for the first time -- much of this is semi-unknown territory, as I'm generally reticent to borrow from my own culture for many things.

I took a Hindustani sargam that was familiar to me (a.k.a. the Phrygian mode), and then only used minimal instrumentation that had to do with Hindustani music -- there is only a sitar, and only for the one glissando that happens in this piece. The rest was done with orchestration and synths.

I imagined an otherworldly judge, a Lawful Neutral eldritch abomination that would come at night-time from outer space to preside over matters of life and death. There is also a great deal of unknowing and fear that I injected into this piece -- not just the fear of the matters being brought to trial and the penalties handed down, but also the fear of looking at this eldritch creature's form, and the fear of what they have seen.

Otherwise, we often say that one needs wisdom to be a judge -- a quality perhaps occasionally seen, but not often present. I don't exactly consider myself "wise" by any stretch, but I tried to channel what that quality might entail.

For, you see, I know someone whose Sanskrit middle name translates to "light / intelligence." That's quite a tall order of a name, and one that carries a lot of weight with it. I thought of that name as I wrote this.

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This one gave me Chills.

Bit haunting, majestic. Nothing wrong with pulling from heritage, even if you have mixed feelings about it. Don't ask me how many times this looped. I kinda lost count...

Really cool atmosphere and ambience. I'm guessing this is the phrygian scale being used here but it has a ominous feel but sounds really cool.

Troisnyx responds:

It is the Phrygian scale, yeah. ☺️ Glad you like it!

This is incredibly cool ! The ambiance tho wow !! I'm impressed by the quality of this ! Is like a menu song for a game ngl lol ! Love it<3333

Credits & Info


4.68 / 5.00

Feb 28, 2021
4:03 PM EST
File Info
2.3 MB
1 min 53 sec
  • Sytrus
  • VSCO 2
  • Flex
  • BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • FL Studio 20

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.