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This music utilizes a leitmotif I had in my head many years ago. I feel there's no solid key because it includes a lot of flat and sharp notes with the standard keys. I picture this as boss music against the character's more powerful form, after a fakeout win against her usual form.

One thing that was holding production up was finding the right sounds. I used to experiment a lot with this leitmotif in my more naive GarageBand days. I still feel the strings could have a cleaner finish on the longer notes.

Made in FL Studio with native instruments and the Miroslav Philharmonic pack. I still need to really learn music theory and proper notation.

While I do want to retain copyright and distribution rights, I would LOVE to hear remixes of this! I can send you the (poorly organized) FL Studio file or the mp3 for sampling.

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Like the atmosphere you're going for, and the general ideas coming through with things like the (offbeat) booming, section-capping kicks.

I get the impression that this is a bit thinner and more sparse than you'd like it to be, and the solution to that is to just pile things on, really. Imagine 2:04, but with continuous, wide, echoing jingling, and something like this croaky saw's lowpass sweep 24 seconds in: https://youtu.be/hUtypA3kT6g?t=24s … 2:14 sounds like it's calling for some sort of ominous low-end – maybe a cello, maybe something more overtly digital like the sound I linked to. Some form of background instrument tracking chords alongside the main melody might help it sound less dissonant. Anywhere throughout could stand to have a very subtle additional layer of ambience. You get the idea.

The flatly-repeating samples, and similarly flat volume envelopes (especially 4:09) are uncomfortable for me. I suggest experimenting with granular synthesis - it's a MAGICAL thing. You could take a sample like the jingling, set a range for playback to start within, and trigger a bunch of layers with random variations to make each instance more unique (and give it a little tail while you're at it). ~ For volume shaping, just enough manual adjustments to suggest that there is change going on can go a long way, if you don't want to go all out on it.

s'yeah, keep on experimenting. I'LL FOLLOW TO MAKE SURE YOU DO. 8) And don't let go of those old melodies. I still have my own helpful little 10+-year-old GarageBand doodles floating around in my head and slipping into things I make…

annie4star responds:

Thanks!

I'll have to take a look because I still have the FL file and I return from time to time to tweak it. I remember wanting more, but I wasn't sure what sound I was looking for. I think I have been playing with the track and individual channel effects as I learn FL Studio more. I'm going to grab a screenshot so I can access this more easily.

I can look up the terms and maybe find some tutorials on YouTube. I mostly just jumped in and looked online as I came to technique snags.

Oh, GarageBand! My 2007 MacBook Pro refuses to die so I may still have access to those. I made a remix of the source song for this, and it has some peaking issues. I want to remake it in FL Studio but that I can't find an equivalent to one particular circuit synth.

I tried making a 20+ minute fantasia once and parts of it are a mess! My favorite part out of it is still a dark interlude from one character. I went into that one with a bass and bassoon, followed by cello.

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Feb 3, 2019
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