Flaming Trail

posted in PRC434 on Oct 17, 2021

Mutilated the style with my attempt to add my "symphonic metal" template to a few synth sounds. Kind of a throwaway with the mixing and balancing, but there's a few touches I like in there.

To the Highest Light

posted in OHC678 on Oct 07, 2021

Only kinda know where this all came from. Was trying something along the lines of Lost in Lost Vegas again, then decided to use the same loops for about 2 minutes. And there's a sine whistle, because Metroid Dread comes out tomorrow.

More Than a Fantasy

posted in PRC433 on Sep 27, 2021

Some times, I need to do rich orchestral strings. And some metal tuned perc and other things. The dynamics aren't what I'd like 'em to be, but the ideas are there.

My take on this is inspired by the main character of the game, Marche. Transported into a fantastic world where he is suddenly capable and important, he has the strength to see it for the fiction it is and desire to return home, even if it means dragging his friends and family back there too. But the lessons they all brought back with them made the real world so much more than the fantasy.

Stream's Edge

posted in MnP127 on Sep 20, 2021

Something totally out of my repertoire. Acoustics, more guitars than usual. No big orchestra, Asian strings, or metal. Dunno how to classify the thing, but I think it has some good bits.

While They Play

posted in MnP126 on Aug 19, 2021

A tired trainer reclines on the park bench while poke buddies frolic. Ah, youth.

Ended up with a sort of rhythm between somewhat lively peace and energetic activity. And an entirely different instrument palette which I won't even try to place in a genre. Thought it was worth the experiment.

Gaze From Afar

posted in OHC671 on Aug 19, 2021

Wassup Thunder told me to use Uilleann Pipes in tonight's compo. I so jammed 'em in with stuff from my space ambience template. Mayhap it works?

Iridescent Horizon

posted in PRC431 on Aug 18, 2021

What better way to celebrate us getting the midi fixed than to slow it down half speed? Used spacious, reverberating pads for some ambience, then goofed around with some electronics for a little middle section before ending on the same note it started on.

Derelict Dreams

posted in OHC670 on Aug 12, 2021

These walls and windows we loved, the paint was your favorite color. An abode, a dream, a cherished hope, now left to quietly rot and repose.

Some more quiet stuff this week, more strings and woodwinds.

Throw Away the Key

posted in OHC669 on Aug 05, 2021

(to the chorus) Why did you lock me away and throw away the key?

The guy thinks he can write lyrics. Heh. More symphonic rock or whatever it is. I had this melody idea a while go, finally got to use it.

Consigned Below

posted in OHC668 on Jul 29, 2021

Far beneath the soaring splendor, weary eyes gaze up in futile longing. Used some highland pipes for a nice drone. Long notes, quiet drums. Inspired by the song Moorland Sunrise.

By Fleeting Rays

posted in OHC667 on Jul 22, 2021

Pension, wonder, and just a little thrill with the day's last light on an open sea. And I used a triangle for pretty much the first time.

This I'll Defend

posted in PRC430 on Jul 19, 2021

Inspired by symphonic metal by bands like Within Temptation and Delain (but European sopranos are too expensive). I was trying some actual EQ work to blend the busy soundscape and let it boom out a bit better (you be the judge.)

Takes it's name from the U.S.A. army motto (This we'll defend). Straightforward, trying to be epic and courageous without breaking sound thresholds.

Lost One's Pass

posted in OHC665 on Jul 08, 2021

Employed some new vsts, including some "Tibetan singing bowls", new chimes, and glassy things. Something lonely and desolate for the departed who linger about a passageway to their realm, or something like that.

Dreams of Flowing Fire (BONUS)

posted in MnP125 on Jul 06, 2021

Ye olde bonus entry to not be voted on.

Nothing really fancy, but I was feeling something organic with subtle variations and some countermelodies. Featuring my plucked friends the koto and yangqin.

Coral Calamity

posted in PRC429 on Jul 03, 2021

Wanted to hear how it sounded more sick and twisted, but ran out of ideas halfway through. The first part is pretty sloppy, but I guess the rest of it is alright.

Dominus Volcana

posted in OHC664 on Jul 01, 2021

It sounds latin, so it's cool, right? Naw. More "symphonic metal" stuff from Soup. Salvaged some musical ideas from an entry a few months ago.

Behind the Golden Lock

posted in OHC663 on Jun 24, 2021

Kinda went at a country/bluegrass ballad of sorts, perhaps a bit melancholy. Kinda like the artistic imagery of a clean, shiny lock over a rusty door, but I didn't feel like making lyrics. And definitely not singing.

Gaseous Enclosure

posted in OHC661 on Jun 10, 2021

Experimenting with my attempt at a sine-wave lead inspired by the Metroid Prime "whistle." So, most of my mastering time was spent making pitch bends.

Rich Delight

posted in OHC659 on May 27, 2021

Kinda sweet and snobby, went for a vaguely classical feel, since chocolate was rich folk's food long ago. And some warm strings, cuz I like strings.

Pulse Within

posted in OHC658 on May 20, 2021

Remix of a piece I did for that one eclipse kinda picture. More tinkering with metal elements to compliment(?) my favored orchestral and synth stuffs.

Benny Rikashi and the Puffoons

posted in MnP124 on May 16, 2021

Some weird product of bluegrass, jig, maybe some country, and washboard. Fiddle, pan flute, and guitar strumming among others. For titular reference, Puffoon is the name of the planet Bena Rikashi is on.

Greatest Desire

posted in OHC656 on May 06, 2021

More space ambiance experimentation. Still lacking in the stylistic effects and whatnot. And the title could refer to cosmic grandeur or just having snacks, I guess.

The Journey's the Thing

posted in OHC655 on Apr 29, 2021

Been wanting to try my hand at space ambiance music. So... I did. Mellow choirs, pads, reverb, delay, and a string ensemble heavily phaserd. Best viewed with a panning panorama of space objects.

Deep Stone Dominion

posted in PRC425 on Apr 18, 2021

A bit of orchestral stuff, beginning at the fringes of the great empire and traveling along storied highways to the very heart of the sunless domain before quietly departing into subterranean depths.

Clothesline Scamper

posted in OHC653 on Apr 15, 2021

Kinda turned into a jig-inspired thing at points. Guess folks will dance for laundry if they want to. Wasted maybe 15 minutes trying to find the sfx for this one.

Black Powder Campsite

posted in PRC423 on Mar 15, 2021

Trying some more rustic instrumentation and even that panning stuff I keep hearing about. Made me think of a buncha blokes gathered around the fire, kinda jamming.

It All Went Wrong

posted in PRC422 on Feb 22, 2021

A multi-pronged title. For one thing, the arrangement and mechanics feel a bit sloppy. More relevant, the song went rather different than I expected. Set out to make an apprehensive, spacious piece to capture being lost in underground ruins full of monsters. The piece kept devolving, perhaps reminiscent of the darker elements of Undertale. Oh well, I had some fun with it.

Tales by the Embers

posted in OHC644 on Feb 11, 2021

Went with something a bit more campfire oriented, something to go with folks swapping stories while the fire dies down into a warm smolder. Much shorter a piece than I like, but sometimes it just tells you when it's done.

Deep as You Dare

posted in OHC643 on Feb 04, 2021

Wanted to try something more ominous and dire. Maybe it's because I've been playing Metroid Prime. The dynamics aren't where I want em, but hey.

Walk of the Ancients

posted in OHC641 on Jan 21, 2021

Never thought I'd compose for dinosaurs. Hauled out some more exotic samples for this. Think I might have made the rhythm wonky in a few spots. Made in vision of the long-dead reptiles lumbering about the prehistoric world in it's fantasy-world-class scenery.

Betwixt Th' Waves 'n Stars

posted in MnP121 on Jan 21, 2021

First song I've ever used multiple apostrophes in the title of! When I first heard this delightful song, my mind wandered to a sea shanty of sorts so I busted out the hurdy-gurdy samples, laid out some droning bass, and this happened. It's a bit slower than the source, but I tried to keep the melody and such faithful so I could focus on better mixing. Maybe it worked. At any rate, hopefully some of it sounds good.

Shores You Left Behind (BONUS ENTRY)

posted in PRC420 on Jan 19, 2021

Don't vote for the bonus. Started out wanting to make a sea-shanty of sorts, but got distracted, partway through. A little piece about leaving familiar things behind, nice as they are, to find new horizons, although you'll always miss what couldn't come with.

Starlight Sojourn

posted in OHC640 on Jan 14, 2021

More inspired by resource #1. A little journey into the majestic cosmos to find things strange yet familiar before returning with just a little bit of what was found. Kinda wish I had time to flesh out the 2nd half more :P


posted in PRC418 on Dec 13, 2020

Goofing around with my newish euro brass samples and those violins I just can't divorce myself from. Got a minute in before I realized the tempo was drastically slower than the originalsc I had some fun. Hope you do listening to it.

Blooms Endure

posted in OHC635 on Dec 10, 2020

Something of a sister song to my piece from last week's contest, stole a number of melodies from it. Just a plucky little ditty for some cold flowers.

Forlorn Radiance

posted in OHC634 on Dec 03, 2020

First time composing with a time limit. The thing is sloppy as spaghetti, but I kinda like the last couple minutes of it. Hope it doesn't hurt your ears too much.

These Stones Remember

posted in MnP119 on Nov 24, 2020

Metroid Prime 3: Bryyo Cliffs. In a world brought low by petty strife, forever scarred, only the stones remember the lost glory of a once great people. Or something like that.

Votes (34)
Round Date
PRC434 Oct 20, 2021
MnP127 Oct 10, 2021
PRC433 Oct 03, 2021
PRC432 Sep 09, 2021
MnP126 Aug 29, 2021
PRC431 Aug 20, 2021
OHC670 Aug 19, 2021
OHC669 Aug 12, 2021
OHC668 Aug 05, 2021
PRC430 Aug 01, 2021
OHC667 Jul 23, 2021
PRC429 Jul 11, 2021
MnP125 Jul 11, 2021
OHC664 Jul 07, 2021
PRC428 Jun 20, 2021
OHC661 Jun 17, 2021
MnP124 Jun 06, 2021
OHC660 Jun 04, 2021
PRC427 May 30, 2021
OHC658 May 20, 2021
PRC426 May 09, 2021
PRC425 Apr 21, 2021
MnP123 Apr 21, 2021
PRC424 Apr 10, 2021
PRC423 Mar 21, 2021
OHC648 Mar 15, 2021
MnP122 Mar 11, 2021
PRC422 Feb 25, 2021
PRC420 Jan 24, 2021
MnP119 Dec 02, 2020
PRC417 Nov 26, 2020
PRC416 Nov 08, 2020
MnP118 Oct 29, 2020
MnP117 Oct 03, 2020