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Hey!

This is an original piece of music using lyrics from the sea shanty found in the Sea of Sorrows book:
https://wiki.guildwars2.com/wiki/Sea_of_Sorrows_(book)#Sea_shanty

This was made in response to a challenge that YouTuber WoodenPotatoes issued to the community to turn those lyrics into a song. Check out his channel here:
https://www.youtube.com/user/WoodenPotatoes

I worked on this with my friend, Echo. Check him out!
https://echo.newgrounds.com/

And thanks to Alwiren for the wonderful vocals!
https://alwiren.newgrounds.com/

We've never made something like this before so it was quite a challenge! We listened to a ton of sea shanties before starting this for inspiration.

The instrumentation is also fun on this one. You'll hear a mallet, accordion, concertina, banjo, bass guitars, a Chinese flute, a gong, and standard orchestral instruments. I know it's not the most authentic set of instruments for a sea shanty, but it sounds good so dealwithit.jpg.

This was made with FL Studio 12, Omnisphere, East/West libraries, and various Kontakt libraries.

Enjoy!

LYRICS:
You don't know a storm 'til you ride the wind
'Neath cold and blackened skies, O
'Til you're sailing through a thunderhead
With the lightning in your eyes
Death, he laughs in the sails and the jags
And the bloody sun won't rise, O.

A sailor's life's filled with toil and strife
The sea's both boon and bane, O
We're Kryta bound on a northern tide
Through the lightning and the rain
We'll sail through all these stormy nights
'Til we're at home again, O.

Open sea, and we're homeward bound
Fair or foul the weather, O
The captain swears we'll make our port
Though the sun's burned to an ember
If the Dead Ships come and the darkness falls
Then we'll all go down together, O.

She's a restless sloop with a six-armed maid
A-dancing on her prow, O
Her brassy cannons crease the sea
But the weather's chased her down
Her compass spins, and her captain screams
And the crew's all dead and drowned, O.

The sails are rent, and the engine's blown
The keel is split to stern, O
We lost the rudder to the tide
And the mizzenmast is burning
The rain's like nails, and our harbour's lost
And the compass spins and turns, O.

Now the darkness comes, and the stars above
Circle 'round like sharks at sea, O
Instead of fighting for our lives
We should be sitting at our ease
But I chose the strife of a sailors life
And the ocean, she chose me, O.

The wind, it hounded, the thunder boomed
Thought the storm might just prevail, O
But we shouldered on 'til the break of day
And we tamed that fearsome gale
Held to courage and to honour
And we lived to tell the tale, O.

No, you don't know a storm 'til you ride the wind
'Neath the cold and blackened skies, O
'Til you're sailing through a thunderhead
With the lightning in your eyes
Death, he laughs in the sails and the jags
And the bloody sun won't rise, O.

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Love it!


Step responds:

Thanks Wegra!


I like the FX that sets the scene, and the fade-in of the soothing melody at :08. The thematic elements of the piece are fantastic, and I really like the lyrics. The vocals themselves are also quite impressive, and sit really nicely in the mix. I appreciate the increase in the energy as the piece goes on, but I think it didn't quite soon enough for my tastes. The directionality of the piece is pretty predictable and uniform, without much shape within the main framework (besides the intro and outro). That said, I really liked the transition at 3:01 and the more furtive vocals at the very end. Made the piece feel really complete to tie together the relative tranquility of the beginning and the energy of the main section. Overall, great work! ;)


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Step responds:

Heyyy Andrew!

I can't take credit for the lyrics - they're taken out of a book written by Ree Soesbee, so all the credit goes to her! And the vocals are from Alwiren, a very talented singer!

Agreed, the piece is quite predictable and uniform. I don't necessarily see that as a bad thing for a sea shanty though. A lot of the sea shanties that I heard before starting work on this track have a very predictable structure/flow that cycles through like two melodies max, no doubt due to the original function of sea shanties - to be sung by sailors while they're working on the ship, to keep people's interest and rhythm going. Since we wanted this to work as a standalone track, we tried to change things up a little with that intro/outro, some mood changes, and a surprise new melody at the end, but we still wanted to keep it conservative to remain true to the genre!

Thanks a lot for your awesome review as always!


The arrangement and vocals are beautiful, and you did a great job making them jam together. Most of the instrumentation is nice (not sure about the accordion), but it does sound more computery than it needs to since every note is right on the grid and there is little/no variation when motifs are repeated. The vocals help a lot with improving that though :)

Did you win?


Step responds:

BUOY holy crap it's been too long! Nice to see you around again.

It does sound kinda computerised. You're not the first to bring that up! We're probably making another version of this with clearer vocals and a few other changes, so we'll likely look into that.

We did win, results were announced in the below video! (the top contenders were announced 11 minutes in, and 19 minutes in the winner was announced)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JjEpm4bRBs

So that's pretty cool.

Thanks for dropping by! Hope you're doing well.


What a masterpiece! I really loved the atmosphere, it really is like if I was a pirate.


Step responds:

That is what I was going for!

Thank you.


Lovely! Enjoyed your singing, @Alwiren


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Step responds:

Hey again! I'm glad you liked the song, and Alwiren is happy you enjoyed the singing!

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Alwiren
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3 min 54 sec
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