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-RG- Empire of the Sun (Ep. 1)

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Phew. After a lot of hard work, Echo and I have finally finished the first episode of the Staldoria series - Empire of the Sun. This was made using East/West Quantum Leap Symhonic Orchestra, with over a week of on and off work. We tried to evoke a majestic and merry feel to this. Second one will be completely different, I can tell you from now xP. I hope you enjoy our first submission to the Audio Portal, and please leave a review! We respond to all reviews, and we'll review back if it's helpful. Also, here's the story for chapter 1:

Chapter 1 - Empire of the sun

Quake Eagleye looked at the sun as it rose over Staldoria. The first few rays of light glinted off the high brick towers of the city, and the first of the morning birds began to stir, chirping their joyous tunes. The trees subtly swayed as the gentle winds skimmed through Staldoria, and the plants and flowers flourished since it was the beginning of spring. Leaning back on the dew covered grass of the hills, Quake sighed, observing his surroundings - the very surroundings that he often dreamt about in his travels. It was good to be back home. He'd been gone for so long, travelling so far. But he knew that his road would one day bring him back here: back to Staldoria. He was done with adventuring. No more bruises and scars, no more deaths of his friends, no more fighting. From now on, he was a free man.

As the morning bustle started, Quake rode his horse through the towering gateway of Staldoria. The bleary-eyed guards looked down at him with disdain. Two were arguing over their morning breakfast, complaining that General Kuyt was lowering their rations too much. Ignoring their whining voices, Quake continued down the path. Everyone seemed happy, and they all greeted him with a cheerful "Quake! Welcome back!". He smiled as he continued heading towards an inn he was very familiar with. He had grown up in the Inn of the Shimmering Sun, played under its creaky sign, ran up and down the shaking stairs, tripped over the doorstep and got up laughing, ignoring his small bruises. He could still recall his father's voice booming out along the corridors, laughing at another of Quake's pointless jokes. That is, before his father went away to fight in the Great War. He never came back after that. Most men didn't. It saddened Quake to remember such a miserable tragedy. He remembered the delicious suppers that his mother made before he was old enough to go to battle. He remembered spilling that hot bowl of potato soup on him, and crying when the scorching soup came into contact with his legs. He was looking forward to seeing his mother again.

Smiling at the recollection of his childhood memories, Quake tied his horse to the nub outside the inn door and opened the door, but he was halted by the sound of the alarm bell clanging. That sound was all too familiar for Quake, and his heart missed a beat as he ran up the stairs by the city walls, and glanced towards the East, towards the rising sun. A black cloud covered the majestic, red dawn. Darkness was approaching, and there was nothing Quake could do.
Supersteph54 & Echo

EDIT: We've now posted the EQ'ed version with some other minor adjustments to chords and what not. Hope u like it better now. ;)

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maybe its just my headphones

wonderful and tremendous piece of music you composed! i totally envisioned the scene that you described from your story which by the way was written very descriptive and well might i say :). all and all i DL'ed and will enjoy it alot. the only problem i have with this piece is, it sounds a little grainy/static on some elements. im no music major @ all but when the song gets to :31 where the bass and symbols really kicks in it sounds a little grainy/static. like i said in my summary it may just be my headphones/speaker setup. lemme know what you think! ^o^

Raven-Guard responds:

Hey smurftrooper, sorry for the late response, we've not been on this account for a while.
Really glad you like the song man. This was among our first ever made with East/West, so we never knew it'd get much positive feedback. I know exactly what you mean, the song is too loud and not properly EQ'd. We'll try and post an updated/EQ'd version as soon as possible. So yeah, you're right about it :).
Thanks for such a superb and supportive review!


However it can stand to be smoothed out a little at the beginning. Other than that you've scored a 9 from me! ^.^

Raven-Guard responds:

Haha, thanks for the review! I agree with you on the fact that it could have started a little more smoothly and not so suddenly, but we sort of wanted to make it as if the majestic landscape hits you right away, if you get what I mean. Anyway, we're trying to upload an EQ'd version of this, but unfortunately Darklight is too lazy to upload it >(.
Whatever, thanks again, glad you enjoyed it!

Epic Storyline!

Very fitting for the song, and I definitely want to see (or hear for that matter) what happens next!

As for the composition itself, very majestic and heroic; I can tell you guys worked hard on this piece. I notice that the song is clipping or distorting a little, you might want to fix that as it takes away from the enjoyment value. Good work overall though!

Raven-Guard responds:

Wow, thanks! Glad you liked the storyline. Darklight17 and I wrote many books together, so we hope that the storyline fits well :). As for the clipping, you are so right. I'm deaf from one ear, so I don't hear clipping without headphones on (and I can't wear headphones for too long since I'll become deaf from the other ear...) and Darklight17 barely knows what clipping means xP (I bet he's going to come and edit this as soon as he sees it :P). Thanks for the review, if you want I can tell you when the next song comes out!

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Jan 21, 2010
2:54 PM EST
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2 min 35 sec

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