March of the Wicked Beasts

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The sound of an army from hell marching on earth destroying the last of men while laughing diabolically.

Sheet music is available if you want to perform this live.

Made originally as an assignment for a masterclass film composing by Christopher Young. We had to compose a new track based on the intro from Drag me to Hell.

Here is the video:

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I like the mood at the beginning. Seems very apprehensive, but also grandiose, like you’ve discovered the lair of the evil clown army. The mixing and mastering might need some attention, though. The bass drum at :03 sounds very indistinct and muddy, and it’s hard to make out the harmony brass and strings for large chunks of this piece. Equalization and compression are your best friends, and panning and stereo widening can also help a lot. The instrumentation is fantastic, though, and there’s so much drama and emotion packed into this short 2 minutes. Excellent melodies, too. Perhaps the melody could’ve been varied a little more the second time around, but honestly that doesn’t bother me too much. The composition of this piece is fantastic, but the mixing and mastering is where it falls through for me. Please educate yourself on equalizers and dynamics manipulation tools like compressors and expanders. You have the potential to be Newgrounds’ next great cinematic composer (and you seem to have already garnered a lot of attention to your content), but production quality is still important. Keep it up, man!


Holy Poseidon! This just beings me back to a play through of God of War. Really cool!

This piece is incredible. This level of quality and skill is so uncommon and it makes it extra special. I would absolutely love to learn to be able to orchestrate like this. It's an absolute mammoth task though and I'm not sure where to start. Did you study composition at a conservatory? Fantastic work. Very excited to hear what else you have created! :)

Basset-Hound responds:

Hey McGorilla! Thanks for the kind words!

I'm in my third year now of a four year music composition course at the HKU in The Netherlands.
The first year focuses on music globally so that means composition but also electronics, production, history etc. After that you can choose wich direction you want to go in in my case composing :)

It was indeed a big task to orchestrate this, my laptop not being able to handle all the samples being the biggest burden. I prefer to write everything down nowadays when I'm orchestrating, something I though I never saw myself doing when I started out three years ago.


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3.94 / 5.00

Jul 21, 2016
10:19 AM EDT
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5.1 MB
2 min 14 sec

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