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1  Music By Jason Forums / My Projects / Re: Music from cinematics on: June 26, 2010, 09:45:00 AM
Yea, I've been wanting to get ahold of that music for years but there's been no word on it. I *did* make my own recreation of the intro and outro from The Frozen Throne, attempting to stay as close to the original sound as possible. The tracks I made can be found here: http://www.freewebs.com/stevenarrangements/
Unfortunately that's the closest thing to the actual tracks around. Still, I'd love for Blizzard to release the originals.
2  Music By Jason Forums / Mod Projects / Re: COMPLETED: Pact of Vengeance *Melda* on: July 11, 2009, 09:32:22 AM
You should just be able to make a freewebs site to upload it on. =) Alternatively, maybe upload at sendspace/megaupload or something like that.
3  Music By Jason Forums / Mod Projects / Re: COMPLETED: Pact of Vengeance *Melda* on: May 03, 2009, 06:00:18 PM
Sounds good! I'll definitely be interested in that =)
4  Music By Jason Forums / The Round Table / Re: Where is everyone? on: April 24, 2009, 03:37:51 PM
Ah awesome, it's good to see some people around in this thread! It would be really nice to see this community in full flow again - it was the place I was first introduced to composing for mods.

And good to hear from you Jason - I'd tried contacting you over Myspace but didn't get any luck with that. I really look forward to hearing your latest work when it's all done and released! You're definitely in my top composers list, if not my biggest musical inspiration along with Nobuo Uematsu.
5  Music By Jason Forums / Q & A / Re: Samples and software on: April 06, 2009, 05:50:11 AM
I'm sure I remember seeing a post by Jason on that subject ages ago...I think he mentioned Vienna Symphonic Library, and also Voices of the Apocalypse in the choir sections when it's not live choir. I noticed he used Symphony of Voices in some of the WoW music as well - such as the boy's choir Agnus Dei sample in the graveyard music.
6  Music By Jason Forums / The Composers' Workshop / Re: Frozen Throne intro arrangement on: December 24, 2008, 02:18:06 PM
Ok, it's uploaded =).
7  Music By Jason Forums / The Composers' Workshop / Re: Frozen Throne intro arrangement on: December 24, 2008, 01:59:27 PM
I was wondering... regarding the female vocals towards the end of Outro cue, wouldn't it be better if it echoes a bit? Just like how they record vocals in music in general...

Thanks for your comments - I'm glad you like it!
I actually did use a little reverb on the voice, but not much - when I listened to the original, it sounded like there wasn't much echo, so I didn't use much myself. I'll try adding a little more though - and I'll make a file with just the end section Wink.
8  Music By Jason Forums / The Composers' Workshop / Re: Frozen Throne intro arrangement on: December 22, 2008, 08:24:09 PM
I've now done my own version of the Outro music from the Frozen Throne, completing the unreleased music from the game. On the same site; http://www.freewebs.com/stevenarrangements/
9  Music By Jason Forums / The Composers' Workshop / Re: Warcraft 3 Trailer (Ryan Score) on: December 14, 2008, 04:57:49 PM
Wow. I've been planning on doing something similar for some time but it seems you beat me to it! Grin This is very good quality work. Well done! The sound quality is good, and the way you've matched everything up with the video is awesome. I've subscribed to your Youtube account! And I hope to hear more from you in future... =)
10  Music By Jason Forums / The Composers' Workshop / Re: Battle of the Shadow Elves (inspired by LOTR n World of warcraft images) on: December 01, 2008, 06:34:48 AM
The sound quality of this is *very* impressive! I like the multi layers of different instruments you've got going on with rhythms playing off each other, and the piece flows nicely. Good buildups. Not sure about that ending - until that point, I really like the piece, but then it turns into the sortof generic trailer type music (much like the ending to WotLK's 'Arthas, my son' track, which also uses the big triplets going Da-da-da-Da-Da-DA! Sort of thing)
Overall though, good job!
11  Music By Jason Forums / Game Music Discussion / Re: Isn't there anybody who ever have listened to Jason's new work? on: November 25, 2008, 08:07:15 PM
Oh, I'm so sure about that...with ambience, you pretty much have full control over it, and it's closer to fill-in sound than complex composition/arrangement. With a cutscene, you have to work to a specific set of emotions/places/dialogue/actions/storyline. Thus you have to concentrate on keeping the music at appropriate moods and speeds, and matching with what's on screen while at the same time coming up with themes and maintaining continuity in the music - otherwise it just sounds like a random series of short bursts of ideas.
12  Music By Jason Forums / Game Music Discussion / Re: Isn't there anybody who ever have listened to Jason's new work? on: November 25, 2008, 05:44:02 AM
I can't agree more.

While I can hear some effort on the WotLK music, something's missing. I can hum any of Jason's tunes. Why can't I remember any of the BC/WotLK tunes right now ?

From what I've heard of it the BC/WotLK music only really has one or two themes, and they're both rather brief. Otherwise, it's general ambient/atmospheric stuff, or it's pretty generic with nothing particularly memorable in it. This is the thing I love about Jason's music - he doesn't just have command over orchestration and making a magnificent choral/orchestral sound, he also comes up with very strong motifs/recurring themes/*good tunes!* Like in the cinematic music to WC3 with Medivh's theme (opening cinematic, human intro cutscene, ending cinematic, TFT ending cinematic), the demonic chanting theme (Human ending cutscene -Arthas' betrayal-, Undead ending cutscene -Archimonde destroying the city-), the beautiful theme that plays during the death of Hellscream, as well as the ending cinematic; the beautiful theme that plays at the end of TFT, etc. There's a lot of structure in there, and a lot of good themes. I think it's maybe that Jason comes up with a good theme and then sets it into the piece, as opposed to just writing a general piece that fills in the background of the cinematic, or that just fills in a general ambience. Just a thought.
13  Music By Jason Forums / Game Music Discussion / Re: how is this music genre called? on: November 22, 2008, 08:47:41 AM
1) Carmina Burana is not Mozart. It was composed (I think) by Carl Orff.

2) Generally, Carmina Burana would be called "classical music", and music by Jason Hayes would be called "soundtracks"... I don't think there is a special name for this "genre"... maybe an "orchestral epic something... "  Wink

By the way, the "wrath of the lich king intro" is called "Arthas, my son" and it is on the WotLK soundtrack CD and it f****** RULEZ!   Cheesy (however, Jason Hayes' name isn't mentioned on this soundtrack, so I guess it's not really Jason's work... not entirely at least.

3) If you like this kind of music, try Hans Zimmer's Dark Knight OST, Jablonsky's Tranfsormers OST, John Debney's Lair OST or Gears of War 2 soundtrack (also by Jablonsky)... Especially the last one is surprisingly impressive...
And if you really like this stuff, try "Immediate Music"... (if you'd like, write me a PM and I'll send you a list of epic music from my collection Wink )

You're right with Carl Orff, however the Lich King opening cinematic music is by Russel Brower (took over from Jason Hayes, who has left Blizzard, after the first edition of WOW) The piece does use one of Jason's themes though. But yes, I've often wondered if there's a name for this sort of music as it is by far my favourite type. There doesn't really seem to be, though. 'Epic' does indeed seem to be the only used name for it.
14  Music By Jason Forums / Game Music Discussion / Re: Isn't there anybody who ever have listened to Jason's new work? on: November 18, 2008, 07:03:33 PM

Thanks for sharing!  That clip has that "epic" feel that Jason's music brought to original World of Warcraft.  Something that - imo - is missing in TBC expansion.  If/when the project is actually developed, I might have to get the game just to see what he does w/the music. 

Very true! Most fans of WOW seem to just say for the new music "this stuff is epic!!!", because it happens to use big orchestra/choir. But I definitely think the actual quality of composition, themes and originality have gone down now that Jason has left...which is a shame - considering how big WOW is, it deserves the best in terms of actual good music, not just the generic soundtrack sound that I feel it's picking up now. I guess I'll just have to wait to hear Jason's newest soundtrack, whenever it appears. Wink
15  Music By Jason Forums / Game Music Discussion / Re: Language in WoW songs? on: November 14, 2008, 04:14:13 PM
It's worth noting that Russell Brower is the composer for WOW now, not Jason anymore sadly. However, I imagine he works with words/syllables in much the same way - sometimes latin-based derivatives, but not any actual language.
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