Where the Heart Is

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Why hello there!

This is a small collab piece that Mattashi and I (LSD) have been working on for a while. We wanted to make something with an RPG feel to it. More specifically, a "main village/town" piece. Imagine this being played at the peaceful home town, of a character in a game, and you've got it.

I made most of the melody and progression, while Mattashi provided most of the intrumentation. That said, he is responsible for some of the melodies, and I for some of the instruments. The production was handeled by Mattashi :)

It was fun to work together, so who knows? We may well create something else in the not too far away future, hehhe...

But for now, please enjoy!

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Beautiful! Invokes a lot of emotion. I suppose I would've liked to see a more gradual climax into :25. You added quite a few instruments at :25 and tied it to that piano solo with just a crash. That said, the following minute or so of luscious melodic content is gorgeous. I love the cello. :) The timing of the loop isn't great, but I like how it's loop able while simultaneously feeling very conclusive at the end. I would've liked to see you flesh this piece out a bit more, though. It's really short and probably deserves to be a full 3-4 minutes IMO. Otherwise, keep up the good work, both of you. ;)

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

I actually disagree about the gradual introduction of 0:25. I like it the best the way it is, with just a simple reversed cymbal, and then the sudden addition of the entire orchestra.

I agree the timing of the loop could be better! Unfortunately though, the best possible timing doesn't work, as you'd hear some of the strings at the end at the beginning of the piece. Also, the first note is unfortunately out of rhythm, which makes the start a bit odd in contrast to the end xD

I disagree about the length too, as this is supposed to be a video game track, and a somewhat retro one, for an RPG. You usually wouldn't want too many super long pieces, as that'd cram up the project. So a lot of RPG music is actually around 1:30 in length, and loop instead :)

When we both have time, we'll work more on other pieces like this though! :D

Holy shit this is amazing

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thank you, PianoreGD! :D

stunning work boys! definately suits the theme you're going for.

- the transition into the main section is flawless
- solid mixing and production Mattashi
- piano is played beautifully with a nice touch of reverb
- percussion is loosey goosey babyy
- perfect instrumentation
- great cheerful chord progressions

I can't really fault this one guys, everythings great. you definately should collab again.

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thanks a lot, mate!

It's great to hear that the track is fitting considering the theme. Mattashi got the percussion and intrumentation (and that transition) just right instantly, while the progression was made more on my end :)

We will definitely collab much more in the future, so it's good to hear that people like what our combined style sounds like xD

Make me reminding some Zelda stuff. It's clearly a cool RPG town music. With hen running in the grass.
Make me reminding Miyazaki films too !
Continue the good work ;)

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Yeah, I can hear the resemblance to some Zelda stuff :) I love Joe Hisaishi's (the composer for the Miyazaki films) music!
Thanks a lot :D

I'll respond to your PM a bit later, as I'm in a slight hurry now!

Ok, first of all, I just want to say that I think that you absolutely nailed the "main village/town" theme you aimed for. I can imagine the beginning as a whole village, next to the ocean, slowly waking to the peaceful, relaxing setting of the village. If you asked why next to an ocean I honestly couldn't answer. The way the piece starts off nice and quiet, grows, then calms down again also seems to represent the simple village life. Anyway, in my opinion at least, your arrangement (and Mattashi's) really pulls together the different instruments making up this piece.

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Wow, thank you! Very glad to hear that you think we nailed the theme, and that you enjoy the track in general :)
I can definitely imagine a lake next to/within the village, or maybe a stream of some kind. Mattashi did indeed do a great job with his instrumentation, I swear it's what build most of that vilalge atmosphere. As for the arrangement, I think I did a pretty decent job. I'd say that this kind of piece is pretty easy for me to compose at this point (at least for solo piano), as I've played so many RPGs by now (as has Mattashi, ofc).
Thanks for the review :3

P.S. I love how you have that SAO picture in your profile. I can kinda imagine this piece playing next to the lake where Kirito and Asuna lived inside the game ;)

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4.45 / 5.00

Jan 5, 2016
6:30 AM EST
Video Game
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2.9 MB
1 min 34 sec

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