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Downpour

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Downpour is the first in a series of tracks outlining a world I want to paint through music, it's something I've wanted to do for years now whether it be through art, music or game. The idea of illustrating a world or place through music excites me and I'm working on a lot of music in a similar style to this that will follow on.

This track begins in some of the darker territory, musically and in concept. An unnerving region seemingly devoid of life and coloured in mostly shades of grey and black.

Listen to the ghosts whispering in your ear but don't let them get inside your head. Also be wary of the creatures that come out after dark, they thrive in the damp conditions, you don't.

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Absolutely love this! The dark vibe this has is phenomenal, overall a unique piece. I would love to use this in Geometry Dash, but it isn’t up for use. Could we PM to talk about perhaps getting it up for use? Thanks

ActualElf responds:

Thank you buddy <3

Opening it for GD use now ^^

I mean, I love it but I'm siding with Varsity. A high pitch sine wave or a punchy piano would make a great lead here. A motif melody can help the track stand out in someones memory. This track would be on another level with some kind of brain piercing lead.

Something else that helps a track stand out in someones memory is some kind of voice sample or audio clip. I mean, it would probably change what you were going for but something as simple as Homer Simpson saying "doh" softly in the background over and over again with slight reverb would have helped the track stand out a bit.

Do it.

ActualElf responds:

Viewing this as a standalone track I totally agree with the both of you, really solid advice and criticism, thank you for that. Whenever I listen back to this track I feel the arrangement feels incredibly lonely with no solidly stated melody, which is exactly what I was going for at the time. Just a feeling of pure loneliness and hearing eerie things shifting around you whilst you're in the dark, so that weird slightly empty feeling the track gives off to me from a production standpoint I guess was in my mind kind of the point of it upon writing.

Thanks to you guys though and one or two other comments I've had more of a shift of focus to viewing my tracks as a whole more often instead of honing in and making the harmony or sound design the focal point, something I do need to pay more attention to.

Thank you as always for reviewing Quarl, you always steer me in the right direction or point out things I don't always notice myself, it means a lot (Homer may now make an appearance in a track someday) <3

If you were going for creepy, you got it. I think it does need a central melody in the beginning though.

ActualElf responds:

Aye you may be right there, during the writing process I heard all of the bit-crushed crackling as a melody in itself. I was massively focused on mood and scene setting in this one and never really looked at it from the point of view of a musical piece. Thank you, I'll try to look at my tracks from different angles in future as I try to improve <3

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Faves:
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Votes
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Score
3.97 / 5.00

Uploaded
May 4, 2018
5:49 AM EDT
Genre
Video Game
File Info
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3.5 MB
3 min 51 sec

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.