One Hero's Journey

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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


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 :)

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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

this is just sick man! i love it! remembers me of some epic adventure games i used to play! never heard songs like this after those games! thanks for the memories!

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ChronoNomad responds:

Really glad you like it, romdtb! Bringing back that nostalgic sense of adventure is what this track is all about. Thanks for leaving a quick review, man.

I really like this one. Keep representing good music.

ChronoNomad responds:

Thanks, man. Very much appreciated.

This a gem! Im falling in love with your music btw everything iv been hearing from you
is insanely good.

ChronoNomad responds:

High praise indeed! Thank you very much for the feedback, F-777. It's a real honor to know that you're listening.

And may you have a very happy Valentine's Day! I read somewhere recently that you share a last name with the holiday's namesake. :D

Love it! Reminds me of Super Adventure Box from GW2 :D

ChronoNomad responds:

Thanks, xeno4774! Had to Google that reference. Seems like a pretty interesting event. Never actually played Guild Wars 2 myself, though I had friends who did.

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4.58 / 5.00

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

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