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-In the Belly of the Beast-

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I made this song in Reason. I am not sure what genre it is. The assignment was to create an action-filled 90-second opening theme for a TV series. I am more used to working in Finale, so this was a new thing for me.

Assignment notes:
I started the process by creating a brass-sound module and playing the basic rhythmic/melodic background that sounds in the first half of the piece, in A-. I then played the melody on top, adjusting notes when needed, and copied+pasted the underlying pattern to create chordal progressions. For the background beat, I used a Dr. Rex congo pattern that seemed to fit, changing the pitch of the drums where necessary. For the second part of the piece, I removed most of the background elements. Instead, I used a randomly-generated drum pattern connected to the vocoder, which used an alto sax sound with "sustain" edited to max. The result was something that sounded like insects or electrical static. For the first 5 seconds and the run-up to the coda I used a "growly" Middle Earth Horn sound, and automated the pitch (in the beginning, it slides down a whole tone, finally falling on a very low A). I ended the piece on a chord which fades away to silence at exactly 90 seconds. As a last-minute addition, I added the marimba sound and made it mirror the low brass, which made things sound more interesting. Finally, I adjusted the overall sound levels by making the Dr.Rex much quiter and some other sounds louder.

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Definitely sounds like something that would open up a TV show, but it gets kind of dischordant towards the end. I can feel the suspense and action, but I can't say I enjoyed the song very much. I can appreciate the music, and the instruments were good choices, except for the shrill synth at about 1:00. I also give it an 8, because like the guy before me, I thought the quality was a little iffy.

You're a man desperately in need....

of some acoustic samples. I can think of no one this will help more than you:

http://blackattackbitch.newgrounds.co m/news/post/281708

There is a huge list of everything I use, complete with links. You should find this pretty helpful towards creating your masterpiece. And the best part is that it's all free!

As far as using what you have and doing the best you can with it, fucking excellent! Brilliant chords and melodies too, nice work!

Due to the fact that I have to grade on quality AND composition, I can't give any higher than an 8. However, your composition is pretty amazing though, take it from me ;-)

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May 16, 2009
12:03 AM EDT
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1.8 MB
1 min 31 sec

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