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Author Topic: Ansiria - Light or Shadow *Steven*  (Read 38636 times)
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« Reply #15 on: March 18, 2006, 08:33:10 AM »

The link seems broken.

Also, a request -- would it be possible to not include spaces in your filenames?

I've had problems linking to your files that are called 'something something', but absolutely no problems linking to ones without spaces, like 'somethingsomething'.
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« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2006, 10:27:37 AM »

Ok, well I fixed the link. And ok, I'll give all the files single-word names =)
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« Reply #17 on: March 18, 2006, 10:31:45 AM »

Thanks. =)

Also, be sure to let us know when you change the filenames.

And . . . one final suggestion (I haven't listened to the track just yet):

Could you put a link to your website in your signature?

Just
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[url]http://www.freewebs.com/filezupload/[/url]
would be good enough, or you could put
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[url=http://www.freewebs.com/filezupload/]Steven Kelly's Music[/url]
or
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[url=http://www.freewebs.com/filezupload/]my music[/url]
or something, so that people can find your website easily whenever you post a message.

Edit: Actually, I keep getting this message when I try to access the track.
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« Reply #18 on: March 18, 2006, 10:42:13 AM »

Ok, all sorted. Sorry about that. I changed some filenames AfTER putting the links to them on the site, that's all. Now they should all work Wink
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« Reply #19 on: March 18, 2006, 10:52:12 AM »

Thank-you!

Much better now.
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« Reply #20 on: June 02, 2006, 04:11:11 AM »

Ok, as an update I have a few new pieces for Ansiria on my site(s). I did these pieces slightly over a week ago, but didn't get a reply from Naiden yet, so whether these are final versions or not, I'm unsure. However I thought I'd update here regardless. Dwarven Homeland and Battle in Karzan are on my relatively shiney new site: www.freewebs.com/filezupload2
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« Reply #21 on: June 04, 2006, 12:37:31 AM »

Battle in Karzan

Straight off: nice and exciting. I get a good sense of movement and action happening here. Nice variation in texture usage in places. I like the bold trumpet melody soaring over the powerhouse in the strings.

And of course, your choir is always effective! Smiley Some nice clashes here. I like the silence followed by the repetitive passage. And the harmonic shift before the end.

Great. Smiley


Dwarven Homeland

My first impression is that these are snow-capped mountain kind of dwarves, but the solo clarinet soon makes me change my mind. Is this more of a 'walk through the town / countryside' track?

The style reminds me of something . . . but I can't quite pick what. At any rate, the non-melodic ostinati are cute. =) Well, I think so anyway. Wink

An interesting chromatic melodic line that you have wind through the texture in a few places.

Did you have fun with this one? Because I feel some level of humour in it. Tongue


The Great Escape

Floating suspense violins . . . very pleasant. I'm waiting for the escape to begin . . .

Some nice and lush chords.

Oh, I get it now. I was expecting an up-tempo rush through the piece, but instead it's an overarching escape scene, representing the idea of escape from somewhere, rather than down-in-the-action. Right?

Well, I must say you tricked me -- I expected some intense running music. Points for playing on my preconceptions. Wink
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« Reply #22 on: June 04, 2006, 07:25:10 AM »

Haha, yeah you're absolutely right about The Great Escape. Naiden has specifically named all the pieces, and also gives me a description of what the piece is to be like before I start. So I too, was slightly surprised at the description, when I read it after having heard the name. But it makes sense, because it is a sad scene as much as an actiony one, and I'm sure that atmosphere will work with that section in the game. It's a bit like in a film, when you've got people running about killing each other everywhere, but the music is sad and gives a new take on the atmosphere. At least, that's the impression I'm hoping for. =)

I'm glad that the vague message I wanted to get through in Dwarven Homeland sort of worked, rather than just not sounding very good...and yes, it was fun to write ^_^. I'm not quite sure if it's what Naiden was wanting exactly, but I tried to write a piece that captured many different elements and ideas that revolve around Dwarves and their culture. Because, one look on them is that they are a warlike and hot-headed race, who specialise in combat and other such things. While sometimes, they are thought of as quite merry, and also at other times thought of as good with machinary. So effectively, I wanted to try getting that into one piece, while making it sound like an interesting piece rather than a random mishmash of sound and melody.
One thing that inspired me to write the piece in a relatively modern orchestral style was that I had been just watching a program on television ('young musician of the year', or something) that had people playing a lot of that kind of thing, with some fairly atonal music and other such things. So I think that made a fairly big impact on my piece. It's also yet another style I've never tried before, so I thought it would be exciting.

Finally, Battle in Karzan. This piece was fairly influenced from a piece called "Crimson Feast" from Soul Calibur 3. I just suddenly thought of that piece when I started writing mine, and that piece gave me the idea for the fast tremolo violin work, and the trumpet. Having said that, it's not like I copyied the Soul Calibur piece rythmically or melodically-they sound really quite different. But Crimson Feast is a favourite piece of mine and I knew that it was just like what I needed to write.
One of the things that I did differently with this piece was to rely much more heavily on the string section than in my usual orchestral pieces. I didn't use timpani at all for the bass notes or rythem-that was all done with contrabass strings. And I also didn't use the snare drum or bass drum all that much either. So while it is a fair bit like some of my other fast orchestral pieces, it's also different =).
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« Reply #23 on: November 02, 2006, 01:38:36 PM »

I'm going to resurrect this project Smiley I'm started today...let's work begins =)
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« Reply #24 on: December 02, 2006, 10:56:27 AM »

Two new pieces for Ansiria! Plains of Walion and Revenge in the Woods. On my site.
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« Reply #25 on: December 02, 2006, 11:32:53 AM »

Wow, just . . . wow . . .

Plains is a gorgeously relaxing track, that almost made me drift peacefully into sleep (note: I'm already tired, but the 'peacefully' part is more what I mean Wink.

Oooh . . . Revenge is a bucket of cold water to wake you up after the calm soothingness that is Plains. Wink

This gets into a nice groove. Only criticism I feel compelled to note is that the DUT-DUT-DUT parts, in the strings (the loud bits), should possibly have their velocities slightly varied, as they sound a bit artificial happen with the same velocities.

I look forward to more! =)
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« Reply #26 on: December 02, 2006, 12:41:01 PM »

what the  .... Huh? GREAT MUSIC!!! I love it expecially Plains Smiley
You do your work wonderfull
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« Reply #27 on: December 02, 2006, 04:56:36 PM »

Oh, glad to hear you both liked them! ^^

I recently was given a selection of ethnic sounds from a friend, and one of those was used in Plains of Walion - the Duduk. It's an instrument that seems to be creeping into films music now, notably in the Gladiator soundtrack and the Chronicles of Narnia : The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (which has an absolutely *fantastic* soundtrack, written by Harry Gregson-Williams. I absolutely adore the Narnia Lullaby.) For those who don't know, it's the sound that picks up the brief melancholy melody, and it sounds vaguelly like an oboe. So I had fun experimenting with that sound, anyway ^^. I'll have a good laugh trying out the didgeridoo and the bagpipes in future pieces, I warn you xD (amoungst various other ethnic instruments).

Oh and I've used symphonic choirs in both these pieces as well. There are lyrics to Revenge in the Woods, but they're just a small collection of wards along the lines of destroying enemies. I found them in a dictionary.

Oh and Melda, I shall take into account your words on velocity levels. I did attempt to vary them here and there, but perhaps I shall to further work on that area in future. When you're constantly listening to a piece that you're writing, it can become more difficult to notice mistakes and problems, as you end up hearing them so often that they begin to seem part of the piece ^^

Anyway yes, I have the entire soundtrack list, so I can get to work on any further pieces as soon as I have time (hopefully some of tomorrow). Can't wait to write the Spirits of Lyriana!
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« Reply #28 on: January 05, 2007, 06:10:27 AM »

What is status of Spirits of Lyriana ?
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« Reply #29 on: January 05, 2007, 09:36:19 PM »

Yeah...I must apologise for that. It's really annoying, now that I had a nice long holiday for christmas, I was hoping to get a bunch of art and music done. But then my inspiration left me! I've kept trying to start on things, but I keep finding myself distracted and can't work on it =(. Sorry, I'll try to get at least one more piece done within the next few days.
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