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Johnny's War

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So, my core teachers for this (my sophomore) year had assigned us all to get into groups and create a music video themed around the book Johnny Got His Gun. We could take any song we wanted, and simply rewrite the lyrics to fit, or (for those of us who were fairly good composers) create a completely original song about one or more parts of the book. While I did not actually read it (LOOONNNG story), my group summed up various parts of the story for me, so I decided I could get to working on the song. Three of the people in my group (Bryce Peterson, Connor Allen, and Dan Teng) came over to help write lyrics, so we wrote them, and I sang them. Yes, that is my voice. Definitely not the best singing job I've done, but hey, it was for a school project. This song encompasses the hopelessness that the main character feels when he realizes that there is no way that he can tell the world what is going on in his mind, and when he realizes that he can't commit suicide.

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A lot of dedication to a school project.. Definitely very abstract sounding and a good rythym to it.

I liked how this song is not quite as repetitive as some of your others, and that it keeps the same theme at the same time.

Stargame responds:

Eh, I've been working a bit on fixing the repetitive part of my music -- I went through a HUGE trance phase where I just wanted to make some good dance music. Now, my musical style is turning slightly inquisitive. I'm looking into new ways to pattern songs, new ways to start one, new ways to end, etc... I've also been putting a TON of work into sound synthesis. I've been somewhat dissatisfied with making minor tweaks in a sound, and leaving it at that. This is one of my better songs in terms of synthesis... And I hope that I can keep this up...

Liked it.

Haunting. If i had to choose one word to describe this, haunting would be that word. Both the music and lyrics fit that story really well. However I feel that this stands on it's own away from that story. Musically I feel you could take this further and make it your own. I loved how you used the gun sound effects and the vocal harmonies. A couple of things I had a problem with were the baseline and the abrupt ending. I liked it and thanks for sharing.

Stargame responds:

I DO have to apologize for the abrupt ending.... Before I could completely finish the song, my computer crapped out and I lost it. Luckily, I still had it on my mp3 player, so this is actually the half-finished cut. The bassline was indeed very simple... I wanted something that would blend with everything else (rather than stick out), but still make a difference in the sound at the same time. Though good sounding, the harmonies still needed a little work... It's actually fairly hard to do harmony with oneself, and seeing as I'm fairly new to doing so, there were a few parts in the harmony section that were a tad off in terms of balance, blend, and timing. I appreciate the in-depth review, it's nice being able to hear that I could instill feeling into someone through one of my songs (even though it is technically both mine and my classmate's song XD).

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Apr 2, 2008
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2.3 MB
2 min 34 sec

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