So I thought I could make one of these threads as well to show some of the stuff I've made. The bad and the good. Any pointers, tips or general feedback is greatly appreciated. If you just want to mock me for being bad, that's also okay
Songs are sorted by date added Reflective (Flashback) This was meant for a sad flashback in the game, but the flashback wasn't sad enough to fit with this song : ) It's written by Jacob Sternborn
A Life Beneath (Not finished) This one is still in progress. I'm not super happy with how the piano sounds. Mostly because I don't like Fruity loops standard piano samples. Other than that, It's quite okay. It's written by Jacob Sternborn
A Piano-focused piece This is a piece I quickly whipped up to try different sounds with my new Piano VSTi. The concert piano might not sound super together with the percussion, but it had to do for the moment. The song is written poorly by Jacob Sternborn
Steady March Here's something I made after getting more used to the new piano sounds I got. Written by Jacob Sternborn
Mastering Agony This piece was written for one of the more powerful scenes of Beneath, it might feel a bit repetetive, I don't know. What do y'all think? It's written by Jacob Sternborn
Recreation This is after disastrous scene in Grace. Written by Jacob Sternborn
A Planned Death I "doodled" a bit. This piece wasn't made specifically for anything :>
Waging War I wrote this for the competition on R3. The theme was symphonic orchestra. It got 2nd place
Woodlands This one was made for RRR Exclusive resources.
A beat, bit by bit. I found a few VSTs and dabbled around a bit, tried a few sounds, whipped this up in 10 mins-ish.
The Dwarven Forge The Dwarves rallies to the sound of the march-like brass echoing through the great halls. It can be heard all the way to the Great Forge. The smiths bash their hammer to the rythm to keep the working spirit up.
Enchanted Meadow It's quite short, but just as the other ones, it loops very well. Download is enabled here as well.
A Slow Day This was meant for a forest village. But I suppose it could be used anywhere it fits really. Download is enabled.
Funk n' Death I've grown weary of RPG-style fully orchestrated themes and I started working with other instruments. I have a few tracks similar to this one in the works. It mixes some elements of jazz/funk with more traditional sounds. It should be an insteresting listen.
Killed by Curiousity This was an attempt at making a freaky/creepy song, while keeping a very melodic feel. I intentionally avoided dissonance, with the exception of tritonus, of course! Not sure what I think about it yet, as the only sound samples I found for the voices/tools were different qualities, hopefully it's not too noticeable.
Love to hear what you guys think!
This post has been edited by Stern: Apr 14 2012, 07:30 AM
@X-M-O: Thanks for the advice! I think that I could probably work with tattoos and jewerly to begin with. I doubt I could draw a proper looking animal (yet) as I still struggle with human anatomy
This is a random story that I started writing. I find that when it comes to writing a proper novel or similar kind of storytelling my vocabulary is lacking. Especially if I compare my swedish works with the english ones. So I wrote this mostly to see if it was noticeable that english wasn't my native language. The story isn't finished, but I didn't feel like posting a massive wall of text, so I took a little bit to start with
The City in Ashes
It’s just another night, like any other. The city is as desolate and sepulchral as yesterday. You can feel the chilling, but familiar, breeze that seems to be following along the empty streets. The currents create a hauntingly beautiful sound that feels oddly like the agonizing screams that this city once was known for. In the obscurity it looks like the vines growing on the sidewalk take the shape of people seeking sanctuary in the darkness. An odd flickering streetlight serves as our guiding star in this despairing atmosphere. Navigating the wide cracks in the road could prove troublesome for some, but I’ve walked this road a multitude of times before.
I always try to stay sane, but it saddens me to see this place in such state. I tend to ignore what this city symbolizes, or rather, what it has become. I still see it as my home. Is that too morbid? Many would probably argue that it is, but I won’t let others opinions overshadow my judgement.
Hayley is holding my arm as tight as she can as we walk over the terrace. She knows just as well as I do, that we’re being watched. In every window of every building, you can see their azure eyes following our every movement. I suppose it should worry me the same way it worries Hayley, but I can’t say that I mind walking around with a hypothetical bull’s eye on my back. Being the prey of a predator is my favourite blood sport. The reason why I’m carrying a leather pouch with gunpowder isn’t to use it for ammunition, but to lure out the beasts. They recognize the strong scent of the gunpowder and relate it to human flesh. Unfortunately, they’ll be disappointed.
- “Aren’t you worried that they’ll come for us?” She asked with a slight stutter on her voice. - “Nah, don’t worry sis. Even if they do, you’re in good hands.” - “I guess you’re right”
Hayley is a goodhearted girl. She deserves a home more than anyone. She’s far too graceful for this place. It’s demoralizing to think that I can fight off these disgusting beasts like they were nothing, just to protect her, but I can’t do anything to save her from this filthy hellhole. I’ve wanted to help her ever since I met her. Well, you could say that I did help her, but at this pace it looks like we’re going to be spending the rest of our existence as outlaws.
As we were getting closer to the plateau I felt Hayley’s excitement rising in form of painful pinches in my left arm. For now, I let her. It’s not every day I get to see her in such a good mood. It brings me joy to see that she still can find a shed of light in this, otherwise funereal city. There’s something about this girl that makes me want to keep on going. Maybe it’s the way she tries to convince me that no matter how bad we have it, it can’t get worse than her previous life. Before I liberated her from her father. Yeah, by “liberated” I mean dismembering him slowly limb by limb. If you still haven’t picked up on the fact that I’m not an elegant or courtly guy, that should do the job. Her father was nothing but a despicable vermin who didn’t deserve his life. This might seem slightly hypocritical coming from someone who kills people for a living, I know. I did it for her and she's thankful for it. I stopped walking for a brief moment and Hayley looked at me with a puzzled look.
- “You know, Hayley? Once I have enough money to buy you a better life, I will. I promise.” - “You’re working too hard! You know that I’m happy as long as I can be with you.” She replied.
This post has been edited by Stern: Jul 16 2011, 03:34 PM