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Facing the Foe - Piano


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Well, as I promised long ago, here is the piano solo version of "Facing the Foe", which I made earlier this year for the NGADM. You can check out the original here:


But actually, I guess this piano verison is really the "true" original. I made FtF by composing it on the piano. It took a surprisingly short time; only about 3 hours or so. Orchestrating it took quite some time though...

I recorded this on my Yamaha Clavinova CLP-230 a couple of days ago. It had a few mistakes (though not much), so I fixed them in the MIDI file. The loop should be okay, although not perfect. The mix may feel a bit different than usually. Or not, I don't know XD

I still need to upload 3 more tracks this year... Wish me luck!!! :D

Either way, please enjoy!

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LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Why thank you :)
I'm glad you like it!

Can you believe that I penned your very first review on Facing the Foe way back on September 8th? Why, I would be entirely remiss if I failed to offer up another one now!

I quite like the original, as I'm sure you are aware (*cough* wall of text *cough*), and you guys totally took me to task with it in the NGADM, but you know...there is just something special about an all piano arrangement that really strikes a chord. Pun absolutely intended. ^__~

The loop, as BlueOceans has mentioned previously, sounds entirely seamless. That said, as a fellow composer I can truly appreciate that feeling that nothing is ever perfect, and I find your modesty refreshing. I also remember you mentioning before how you had composed Facing the Foe on piano, and very little of said piano remained in the ADM version, so finally getting to listen to it as it was originally written is a real pleasure! By now I'm quite sure you know just how very partial I am to the sound of those little black and white keys.

Suffice to say, this piece is - and shall remain - a triumph. You have swiftly risen in the ranks of my favourite audio wizards, and you always have the nicest things to say in your own reviews and responses. Have yourself a fantastic New Year, Lucid! I don't know about squeezing three more tracks out before we ring in 2016, but I suppose if anyone can do it...you can. :D

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Ahh, I always love your reviews :)
Before I forget, great job on the latest sing-along (So awesome o.O)!

Indeed, thank you for your reviewings. They are a pleasure to read, and make me happy inside :D
Great pun XD
I agree. The piano is, quite obviously, my intrument of choice (That pun is also definitely intended :3).

Yeah, the loop is pretty seamless. I honestly just got lucky, believe it or not! I started the track with free tempo, and ended it with free tempo. Only thing is, there is a slight almost inaudible click sound at the loop (easier to hear with good headphones).

And yes. I couldn't much fit the piano in the orchestraded version of this track. It's partly audible around the middle section, but it's definitely not a main deal om the piece. This is actually a really fun composition to play, and it's not as difficult as it may seem. You only really need to be able to roll your left hand up and down scales, and you've got it covered.
I've been waiting to upload this version for pretty long, but time flew, and I never recorded it, until now :p

There is something quite special in this piece for me too. I don't think I'll be able to compose a better battle theme for a while...
I'm honored to be considered among the top by you. Now, you need to submit something new, ughh! I want to listen to some of your calm, relaxing, beautiful music, dude :O

I hope you have a great New Year as well, Chrono! Hehhe, and about those tracks. Two are already done (one is an improvisation I'm going to upload within 2 hours, and the other one is a secret). And the third one, I will compose today (you could say I got some inspiration, heh).

Thanks a lot, and see you in 2016! :D!!!

This is different from your usual piano songs because it has a more definitive melodies. Your piano playing is great as always. Maybe it's my computer speakers, but the piano sounds messy, especially in the lowest and highest frequencies. I like all those chords you used at the end! It loops seamlessly.
Do you plan to make a piano version of "Threnody of Innocence"?

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

It's definitely different from most of my piano tracks. The only similar one I can think of is my cover of the Battle Theme from FFX :)

Yeah, I think that for some reason, the transfer of the piano sound lost a lot of power/base sound. I think I may have had my setting mixed up a bit :p
With my headphones though, I feel like I still hear all the individual notes clearly.

Hmm, tough question. I won't say never. But it would be a really, really difficult track to make a solo piano version of. It already requires all fingers available to play it like it is, and the melodies for the strings are best suited for the strings. That said, it is possible to rearrage it so that the important parts shine through the piano. I will say that not for a long while at least, but it's something I'd like to do at some point. More importantly though, I want the track to get an upgrade in production at some point :)

Thank you for reviewing!

All I can say is that you never cease to amaze. Wonderful work.

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thank you for your continued support! More uploads coming up today... A slight change of plan. I am inspired to write a final track for this year, as a solo piano composition (a good friend from NG inspired me deeply). I feel that I don't want to betray this specific inspiration, and I'm going to celebrate New Year's Eve with some friends at my Cabin. I know I've been super weak at the BRUCE project lately, as things keep coming up, but with a new year comes new energy and more time! I'm still super inspired for Audra's theme :)
I'm at the point now where I want to know the length, approximately? Knowing an approximate length of the track, will make the piece easier to arrange properly :D

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Dec 29, 2015
6:18 AM EST
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3 min 18 sec

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