First attempt at game music - Feedback please

Greg Gant
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Hey all,

I've been meaning to post this for some time now since I made this shortly after everyone posted game music demos. Think of this as like soundtrack/cutscene material for a drama movie/game. Friends have said this is vary "Tom Clancy". I was just inspired by those great drama sequences in movies where they show nuclear weaponry as dark monolithics forms or some secret submarine out in the Atlantic on a clear winter night. This is a strong departure from my typical hip hop/rap/r&b stuff. I tried posting this at Garagegames only to get the feedback "Rap sucks". I guess that's what I'd expect from Final Fantasy fanatics :/ Anyhow, comments? I dropped the snare volume and redid the reverb for this mix on a whim.

http://www.hometheaterphile.com/randomst...f3-1-1.mp3
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Luminary
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I think this would make excellent background music for a game like RtCW. It conveys a lot of atmosphere without being intrusive.

I find the bit near the middle where the "voice" is clearly audible a bit discordant? I'm not sure the voice needs to stand out like that at all.
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I like it :-) It seems to fit in just as your described it - good cutscene material. Do you have other samples you can post? Wink Even if it isn't specifically game related I wouldn't mind taking a listen Smile
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Greg Gant
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One Sad Cookie, I know. Even with fancy samples, its hard as hell to get them to sound natural. That part alone took nearly as long as the rest of the song (I sorta just banged the rest out, its still a little rough). I guess it still needs fine tuning

Da Falcon check these

http://www.ps2cheats.com/reason/gowest1-3.mp3 <-- West coast hip hop, one of my older works abd personal favorites

http://www.ps2cheats.com/reason/harsh1-9-4.mp3 <--One of my latest works, Best described as Classical hip hop (although outta date version, theres a few "off" that aren't on beat, see if you can spot them)

http://www.ps2cheats.com/reason/hiphopis...ryone2.mp3 <-- semi-recent, upfront and modern.

http://www.ps2cheats.com/reason/battlebeat2-1.mp3 <-- One of my OLD works (also not even the final version), closest I have to videogame music. I really need to remix/remaster it. Sounds very "reason like" to me.
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Thanks Greg! I'm always kind of in awe of people who write music because it is such black magic to me Grin I particularly like the opening to harsh (though I do like the whole piece), and hiphopisms sort of sounds like the kind of music I have in mind for a uDevGame entry, though "what I have in mind" is nothing more than a vauge idea of keywords invoked and the stipulations that go with "video game music." Battle beat is actually even closer to what is in my head, though it seems a little too repetitive to me for a music track that would be looping endlessly in the background (it is catchy though).

Do you have any plans for working with a game development team currently? Do you have other plans for your musical direction? I'm only just curious :-)
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Greg Gant
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Plans for working for a game dev team? Nope, I checked around a few times like at GarageGames to see if there were any projects that I could potentially offer help to.

As for musical direction, if I were still in Seattle, I'd probably be producing tracks for underground rap artists and stuff (seeing my first year of college at Art Institute of Seattle pushed me to pick up music). I've been meaning to actually complete a few songs myself, I was hoping I could find some girl to sing next year (since I'll be attending U of O) to produce a few R&B tracks for the hell of it. Its something I've wanted to do for some time now.
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Himiona
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Hey Greg,

Hopefully, better late than never (my comments that is)

The beginning is nice, dark, cool strings and percs. Very mood setting.
Where are the vocals from? A sample library? Live?

It's a really cool piece, sounds great, very thematic rather than melodic.
So when's your next piece coming out then?
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Greg Gant
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Actually I have a new work I outta upload thats back to my usual classical/hip hop joint. Also I decided to seek out a few underground rap artists, I dunno how it'll turn out but a fairly talented artist displayed some interest in making an actual track. Hip hop is kinda neat in the respect of the underground workings.

Anyways to answer your question, I bought some AKAI sample CDs from a guy back when I was in Seattle at the Art Institute for chunk of change. Symphony of Voices is one of the sets I picked up which has some great choir patches, some solos, some group, some more classically "synthetic" sounding choirs. I wish I had the actual booklets and stuff. All he had was the actual discs. I haven't really be able to use them very effectively until recently when I bought a sample conversion app for the PC (which works wonders).
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Himiona
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You've got a good sound there dude, so keep at it. You hit the 'game music' nail on the head with your other track. I can't speak for the Hip Hop tracks, not really my field, but it sounds cool to me.

Good luck with all that.

H.
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Greg Gant
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Yeah, I tried banging out "Theme music" because Carlos was looking for a theme song for uDev, I can't do "theme" music. I started composing some moody erie sound before writing it off as something that wouldn't work at all and filing away as something to come back to.

Game music is something thats foriegn to me and I can't seem to make anything that upbeat, happy or basic electronica stuff. It either starts coming out like the militarystuff3-1-1.mp3 or another hip hop beat. I think I'm gonna try for a Medal of Honor/Saving Private Ryan type stuff with some somber sounding brass.

/edit

I just uploaded this because it demonstrates those samples quite well http://www.hometheaterphile.com/randomst...umbeat.mp3
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Himiona
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Yes, Brass is where I'm heading next.

I'm thinking of investing in SAMs Horns library and getting seriously into this orchestration business.

Here's something I did a while back that didn't get accepted for a project I'm working on.

http://www.castlesmusic.co.nz/Music/MusicBed01_MIX.mp3
It's 3.8 Meg - sorry, tried crushing it as much as I could.

The horns at the beginning cause me to cringe every time - I plan to replace those samples when I get some better ones, you get the idea though.

This piece was for a fantasy type game, mixture of RPG and Chess of all things.
I quite like it but the client didn't, oh well.

Cheers

H.
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Himiona
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Quote:Originally posted by Greg Gant
I just uploaded this because it demonstrates those samples quite well http://www.hometheaterphile.com/randomst...umbeat.mp3


Hi Greg,

that's a cool bit of music. I hope you don't mind, I downloaded and added to it. Pretty rough on my part, but nice track underneath.

http://www.castlesmusic.co.nz/Music/GGant_Mix1.mp3

Cheers

H.
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Greg Gant
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Man, I haven't had much time due to finals to read much of anything.

That track you tossed together sounds interesting, if you'd like I could export the sound into seperate tracks or something if you'd like.
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Greg Gant
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The latest from me.

I've been vibin' on this whole classical hip hop thing for some time now ever since I took one of my old works Harsh (see above) and remixed it with improved skills.

First one is new completely new, upbeat and chill. It has a west coast flair to it.

Second one, its taken forever to iron out this damn beat but I *think* I just about have it. Its a bastard since its not a standard 3/4 so sequencing it has been hellish. I took some classical song I heard for the lead, its very inspired but not a ripoff.

http://www.hometheaterphile.com/randomst...d0-6-2.mp3
http://www.hometheaterphile.com/randomst...h2-3-5.mp3
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