The Refugee's Song

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Composed this last year, while struggling with the Home Office, stuck in a rapist's house, talking to fellow refugee friends and contemplating the mass refugee exodus on crowded barges. Intended as a successor to Tsukikanade, a piece I'd composed some time back.

I played the piano and did the vocals, and had a friend handle the reverb over at Soundskills, the studio / creative place at Brookfield where I volunteer. Then we hit a halt. We didn't have any decent orchestral samples over at the studio at Soundskills. I offered to do the rest myself, and so I did.

Since the first half of production was done on Logic Pro 8 or somesuch, I had the WAV of the original exported and imported into FL11 so I could continue with my soundfont magic. Yes, the messy reverb came from Part 1: piano and vocals. The result is what you hear. The reverb on the original WAV was already excessive, so I decided not to add much more on the extra sounds. It's tough work trying to explain your workflow to someone else, but I'm glad we pulled through, Jason Beardsworth. (my Soundskills friend)

Dedicated to SnowTeddy.



The storm beats down a crowded barge;
They pray to safely reach the shore:
O free me! Release me,
We can't find a place to be safe anymore.

I may not be upon those waves,
Or sinking to the ocean floor,
But free me! Release me,
I can't find a place to be safe anymore.


this is so relaxing.

Awesome, relaxing and beautiful <3

Troisnyx responds:

Thank you. <3

I think this song is very very nice, I like to very quiet and sombre feel to it, the piano really amplifies the mood and the lyrics are very very well written.
I had an idea for how a level could work in Geometry Dash (very slow and dark) but it seems It's not available to use right now, but I really really like this song and what you did with it!

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Troisnyx responds:

Chillius, I didn't enable external API *yet* on this song. I'd like to know how it'd work, how sombre it could be. I guess I could enable it if it means it allows you folks to experiment on it. In fact, I'll do it right now.

Glad you really like the song. <3

Hey Troisnyx! I'm gonna use this song in Geometry Dash! ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

For real this song is pretty good for something non-wubs and weebs.

Troisnyx responds:

Oh my, I am flattered. If you do, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE make it a sombre level. PM me more about it and I might just enable external API, if you tell me what you have in mind.

EDIT: External API has been enabled. See how you do with this thing.

There is a careful balance to strike in this sort of piece. It's exceptionally difficult to hit - it's a very small target from a very great distance. People are predisposed to pop-music. Something like this has to be accompanied by a rich narrative in order to be appreciated. It feels like a cultural song, displaying some sort of history...if that history is false, the song loses value. If that false history is attached to some sort of game or other pop-culture phenomena, it may gain value by being appreciators of that world.

There are tiny, minute details which...ruin this piece. I thought the song was over around 1:12.

It's gorgeous, compositionally. I cannot possibly fault either of you in anyway for what this piece is SUPPOSED to be. It's excellently assembled and performed, up to a point. I feel like the vocals are distant, almost prescient-in-the-past. I suppose that might be desirable, but...it also obfuscates what's being said. But also that mock-snare which presents itself first at the end of 02:25...should not be there at all...ever...I'm sorry if this offends you, but that is like...being in a doctor's office with 15 other people, and out of the blue soemone shout's "FUCK!"....and you're left sitting there, thinking...what just happened? And everytime it comes back, it's like a slap in the face...like walking through a crowd of people and there's a dude outside of your sight that's just yelling "FUCK" every once in a while...it's totally out of the mix of the rest of the song...where did that thing come from? I feel the song would be much better without it altogether...

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Troisnyx responds:

Very spot-on, and I thank you -- it gives words to many of the niggling concerns about this song that I and others have. The percussion out in the end isn't fitting, the reverb is too heavy, the lead is drowned out, and I understand what you are getting at with that illustration about the doctor's office. :P Offensively hilarious, but point very well understood.

Insofar as the veracity of the content, it is true, but on a personal level with people who are fleeing their homes. So yeah, I guess that was my motivation to put it under "Other - World" -- as a cultural lament. Couldn't find anything else to put it under, and there was very little in the way of folk instrumentation apart from a cobbled-together tin whistle sample. ^_^'

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4.01 / 5.00

Apr 11, 2017
10:36 AM EDT
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4.3 MB
3 min 45 sec

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