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One Hero's Journey

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*Edit: I feel honored to share the Front Page with so many other incredible artists and their Pixel Day offerings. Excelsior!*

Open your ears, that you may listen.
Your mind, that you may see.
Sit back, and let me weave you a musical tale...

0:00 — Intro / The Adventure Begins
0:29 — Under Attack
0:55 — The Spirits are Restless
1:30 — Fortune, Fame, and Glory
2:16 — No Rest for the Weary
2:44 — Final Battle
3:22 — The Adventure Ends
3:54 — The Road Home / Epilogue

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this deserves two thumbs way up!

ChronoNomad responds:

Thanks, GreenFlash420! High praise indeed. Always great to know when someone enjoys the journey.

nice. Thinking little nemo. mix is bang on.


ChronoNomad responds:

Thanks a ton! I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Little Nemo, so that's a right fine compliment in my book.

Thanks to the author for sending me here from his first 2019 track.

While this isn't as great as wizard (the first 2019 track, sorry I can't remember it's full name), a whole year has passed between the two song, and a LOT of improvement can be seen!

I'm glas I got here, at here is a lot of cool music ChronoNomad has created, and what else can I say, keep utp the excellent work.

ChronoNomad responds:

Haha, you're welcome for the referral! I'm almost more surprised that you actually followed up and even left me another review. Once again, you have my thanks.

And you still like "The Wizard's Grimoire" more than this one! No worries, I can easily take that as a compliment, though you've caught me by surprise again. This one garnered much more attention last year than my more recent Pixel Day offering.

Part of the reason that they sound so different is that I used a completely different set of instruments, for pretty much everything but the percussion. That said, I'm certainly happy to hear that I've improved over the course of a year, and I will continue to strive for further improvement in the future.

Very nice

So this was really nice I love how much quality there is in this one love the slow theme on this one even and even picks up so nice work there, I think if you added more intense build up that would be a plus too. but other then that this was a cool piece, keep making great sounds.

I think if you added more intense build up that would be a plus too.


ChronoNomad responds:

Hey, thanks for the review! Not sure how I missed responding to this one for almost two weeks, but I'll rectify that now:

Whew, that is quite the run-on sentence you have there! Okay, so let's see, I believe you're saying that the track is really nice, you appreciate the overall quality and love the slow theme, but you would have preferred a more intense buildup. Fair enough, and I really appreciate the props, but without explaining what you mean by "more intense" regarding the buildup, that doesn't really help.

Do you mean that the music should get louder? The tempo should speed up? Does it need more cowbell or bloodcurdling screams? xD Anyway, try to be a little more specific when using a term like "more intense." Since there are so many potential ideas attached to it, more information is needed in order for someone else to see your vision.

Oh, I LOVE this, Chrono! Reminds me so much of being a kid, stuck in a Gameboy on a long drive somewhere. Each theme is so distinct, yet the piece fits together effortlessly. I think that each theme could be easily extended to the point that this single piece could become an entire OST for a game. You've told the story of a long and exciting journey in the space of less than five minutes and that's mind-blowing to me (this piece feels way longer than it is. I mean that as a compliment).

You have to teach me sometime how to get these cool 8-bitty game sounds! This is genuinely one of my favourite tracks I've heard on NGADM in AGES. Amazing work :)

ChronoNomad responds:

Woo! Thanks a ton, McG! You've got me blushin' over here, man. xD

Yeah, this was my track for Pixel Day, still a relatively new annual holiday cooked up by RealFaction right here on Newgrounds. I've been making tracks since its inception, starting with Retrograde Meanderings in 2016; Anytown, RPG last year; and of course this one most recently. One Hero's Journey actually snagged 3rd place in the Audio contest back in January! So...BONUS! ^__^

It's interesting that you mention how each individual section could be more fleshed out into full-length tracks, such as for a video game OST. I've actually been thinking about that myself, as well as an orchestral version based largely upon the original. Even I don't know where the journey will take me...

As for all those awesome 8-bit instruments, there are many VST on offer if you want to reproduce that nostalgic sound. For this track I used several BiT BOX kits for the percussion; pooBoy2 (the VST even looks like a GameBoy!) for the two different basses; as well as the NES VST, Peach (by Tweakbench), and a couple instances of FAMISYNTH-II for the melody and harmony lines. Not to mention about a dozen Automation clips for tempo changes, volume control, and panning.

Whew! That's a lot of information, I know. But when someone asks, I make it a point to deliver. Thank you once again for dropping by, giving this a listen, and especially for the very thoughtful review! Really glad that you enjoy it so much. You've made me smile, and that's something the world could always use more of. :D

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4.50 / 5.00

Jan 23, 2018
6:17 AM EST
Video Game
File Info
11.2 MB
4 min 55 sec

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