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The Legend Of Lady Candella

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Last year, I found a piece of artwork by pinkmoth titled "sprite in the light", that inspired me to write a backstory and music to go with the backstory.

The artwork in question can be found here: https://www.newgrounds.com/art/view/pinkmoth/sprite-in-the-light

What started as a short theme escalated into what I would desribe as "a Spoken Word story with a soundtrack". It's my first attempt at this sort of experiment. I hope you enjoy it! :)

**FOR CRITICS AND REVIEWERS: The main type of criticism I'm looking for is about how well the music fits the scene, not necessarily the quality of story and script writing. I'm used to writing songs, not stories. Thank you. :)

Here is the backstory. The narration starts at the section labeled, "Background" if you wish to follow along:

"The Legend of Lady Candella


Decades Active: 1880’s - 1940’s (presumed dead during Dublin Bombings in World War II), early 1970’s (Rediscovery)

Home: Fantasia Mountain Manor (Once hidden near one of the peaks in what is current day - November 2019 - Dublin Mountains Of Ireland)

Occupation: None

Physical Traits: Fragile, made of multiple components that work together through magic, able to separate and reconstruct her separate components, floats rather than walks, can control any and all aspects of her home, height is 4’ 9”, and she literally holds a candle in her head

Personality traits: joyful, easily worried, shy, timid, mischievous, guarded

Hobbies: Finding Companions, Pranking, Scaring Others, Exploration

Background: Lady Candella’s original name was Señorita Vasessa. It was an art project and gift for an undisclosed member of the British royal family. However, while being delivered, a group of thieves intercepted and broke into the cargo caravan, killing those on board, including two passengers: a woman named Cindy, and her best friend, the creator of the art project. The thieves took all the components of Vasessa with them and sold each part for a small fortune within the black market. After over a decade of searching, a british-irish art collector tracked down and captured each and every piece by the early 1900’s. He then brought them to a hidden location among the Dublin Mountains: the Fantasia Mountain Manor. The name of this place came from a perceived vibe by anyone who discovered it that anything can happen there, which is what scared many people away. Once each piece was brought to the manor and put together, something amazing happened; Señorita Vasessa came to life. Her first words as she gained consciousness were, “Ugh... What happened? Where is Cindy?” The collector was stunned and frozen with fear. “W-Who are you?” He stuttered. The entity’s response was, “I don’t remember my name. Where am I?” The soft and innocent tone of this entity’s voice made it apparent to the art collector that the entity wasn’t harmful. The collector at first wanted to tell the entity her name was Señorita Vasessa, an art project created for the british royal family. However, the art collector, who committed crimes to obtain these pieces, realized the name “Señorita Vasessa” was too much of a liability for him, so he told the entity her name was Lady Candella, the owner and controller of magic of Fantasia Mountain Manor. The name came from the fact that her vase-like head could literally hold a candle. Out of necessity to keep the art collector away from “outlaw” status, he told her she was never to leave the manor because she would die. Startled and curious after she was told this, she tried to leave the manor. To the surprise of both of them, as Lady Candella moved through the doorway, the magic that made her come to life began to weaken. When she fell back, away from the door to the outside, her strength came back. Very quickly the two realized that Lady Candella could indeed never leave the manor without ceasing to have sentience.

In light of this, the art collector abandoned Lady Candella and her new home, to her dismay. Over the next few decades, rumors spread amongst the nearby locals by word of mouth the dangers of exploring the mountains, that “those in high places will suffer high prices.” Everyone who unknowingly came near Fantasia Mountain Manor was never seen again. These warnings and tellings of the local legend deterred many would-be hikers and explorers from going into the mountains of Dublin. However, the Dublin bombings in World War II were thought to have completely destroyed the manor, leaving only a silhouette of the mysterious place in their wake. Up until the mid-1970’s, The shadow where the manor once was was still visible at the surface of the peak, on certain nights, and only from a certain angle. After WWII, the legend of Lady Candella was almost completely lost to the ages, except for a tradition followed by the art collector’s family to retell the story, albeit in a way that made the art collector look good, to each new generation of his family.

In addition to the retellings, once a year the art collector’s family would trek to the supposed spot where Lady Candella once resided. They brought a special candle to burn in the spot where Fantasia Mountain Manor’s entrance was. In late 1969, however, someone in the family discovered written record that their art collecting ancestor had a child out of wedlock in the 1920’s with a then-17 year old girl. After some investigation, it appeared this girl was the sole child and daughter of a woman from the 1800’s named Cindy Belle, the same woman who was killed by bandits when the Señorita Vasessa was stolen. This newfound information split the family into two camps: one that believed the child of Cindy to be related to them and one that refused to acknowledge her existence.

In early 1972, Cindy’s daughter, the aging Malinda Belle, became drawn to the site in the Dublin Mountains where the supposed Fantasia Mountain Manor existed when she discovered the legend. She wrote down everything she found out about the legend, including her relation to Cindy, and eventually decided to take the trek in secret with members of the family who believed her to be related. When they reached the top of the mountain where the site of Fantasia Mountain Manor was, with the special candle burning in Malinda’s hands, something truly magical happened: A door suddenly and mysteriously appeared in front of her, with writing engraved on it that said, “Welcome home, Cindy. It’s been a long time.” While Malinda was mesmerized, The other family members tried to move toward Malinda to protect her from whatever this was, but they found themselves paralyzed with fear. Meanwhile, Malinda opened the door and Lady Candella was in front of her. After Malinda entered the door, it shut behind her, burst into flames, and disappeared. The remains of the manor, the residual shadow, every shred of concrete physical evidence this place existed, went away without a trace.

The family that were witnesses to this event slowly lost their minds to insanity over time until their early and eerily similar deaths nearly a decade later. The remaining family members continued to tell the story of the art collector as if Malinda Belle never existed and continued to bring the candle up to the mountain per family tradition. The family’s legend lived on well after Lady Candella became happy and content with her friend, lonely no more.

As for the child out of wedlock, he knew the true story from his mother, Malinda’s, writings and tellings. He married and started a family and began passing down his version of the story in the mid-1970’s to each generation of his family. They relied on historical teachings of Malinda’s writings and the pre-insanity stories by those who believed Malinda to be related, but they didn’t carry on the tradition of bringing the candle up the mountain. The conflicting legends created feuds between the two families, sometimes resulting in physical violence. By the late 1980’s, the conflict between the two families had reached its peak. In order to avoid additional escalation of conflict, Malinda’s branch of family moved to Montana in the USA, where they still live in secrecy today."

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this is scary

There are many sudden dynamics, that could use a gentle buildup in the earlier minutes of the piece. Some parts actually do overpower the narration, more of a balancing issue than a musical one. For instance, the drumming over that narration talking about the Dublin bombings. (Incidentally, the reverb of some of the instruments also feels not fitting with the ambience.)

The chords and the dissonance are really on point. I love the musicality of this piece. The harp is nice and gentle and intriguing. The whole piece ebbs and flows with the emotions of the text, or the implications of the words, and they convey the feelings that the words convey pretty well.

Voice is a tad high, and not giving that extra bit of gravitas that could be used here. I'm not sure if it's the mic, or the voice. Fredrik Knudsen's kind of voice quality could see some use here, grave neutrality.

Codefreq responds:

Thank you!

I've always had trouble with balancing vocals with instrumentation. Usually the vocals are way too quiet when I mix it. I tried to get the voice louder than I'm normally comfortable with just to get it to be more easily heard, but it seems I didn't go far enough.

I appreciate the feedback and will keep in mind for future works. :)

Greetings! First of all, you did a very nice job keeping the music's affection well aligned with the story! I will now say somethings that caught my attention. First of all is around 1:30, when she comes to life. Though there is an increasing tension in the harp, i feel like the resolution ends up being way too much. It feels like an unprepared climax, you know? What comes to my mind that could make that smoothier is the increase of tension by addition of layers: more instruments, instead of only the solo harp doing accelerando and going up the notes. The sudden appearance of all those instruments seems to come out of nowhere, you know? Which brings me to the other thing that i noticed, also about orchestration. The main theme (i guess? the one at the beggining and end), as beautiful as it is(great theme!), i feel it lacks orchestration. Mainly when the strings are playing it. I miss information, all i hear is violins making the melody and "the rest" as one homophonic voice, only there to establish the harmony. This problem appears once again around 6:17, when there's that climax that is a little bit disappointing due the lack of orchestration. Finally... come on..... give us the tonic at the end! Lol

You clearly have talent bro, keep it up!

P.S.: What's that hurdy gurdy library? pretty cool

Codefreq responds:

Thank you for your review! :D

I'm pleased to hear that you liked my theme and, more importantly, that you thought my music aligned with the story well. The latter was my number one concern and what (I hope) could be an asset if someone want me to work with them on a project.

I'm not used to writing with orchestral instruments, so your criticism is duly noted. Listening to it now, I can understand the lack of balance and oversimplification in the orchestration in some parts. While I tried to make the "Coming to life" moment spectacular, perhaps I did over do it a bit, expecially since that's not the main climax of the story. I'll keep your feedback in mind, much appreciated. :)

As for the "hurdy gurdy" library, It's actually not a hurdy gurdy. It's sampled Uilleann pipes (irish bagpipes), which I chose because the story takes place mostly in Ireland. It's a library included with Kontakt (part of Komplete Ultimate 12). I program all my music in a piano-roll view included with Cakewalk, and with the pipes I put in some extra effort to try to make them sound more realistic.

Credits & Info


3.90 / 5.00

Apr 19, 2020
6:22 PM EDT
Spoken Word
File Info
19.5 MB
8 min 31 sec
  • Cakewalk
Misc. Kit
  • Arturia
  • IK Multimedia
  • Native Instruments
  • waves

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