Full Title: The Sinking Old Underground Empire (Upon Her Shores, Watching as She Slips into the Cavernous Seas...)
Really wish I had a hurdy-gurdy, lute and gospel choir to hand for this...Soup, let me borrow yours. :( Pretty proud of this one, despite the horrendous struggle with 3/4 time signature and lack of track space to add even more instruments and complex layering / cuts to it. Hope others find it pretty and interesting. :)
Genre(s): Bardic / Medieval Renaissance / Hymnal Litany vs Classical Orchestra (Full Ensemble)
Key: Bb Minor vs F# Dorian
Time Spent: ~ 15 hrs
Tracks/Channels Used: 16
Mood: The haunting melodies of Metroidvania, Diablo series and Souls-like games
2nd Source Used, The Sinking Old Sanctuary (Art Tower Ver.):
Focuses This Round:
* Instrumentation 'Realism', 'Live' Sound, Balance & EQ
* Use of Full MIDI (No Loops or Samples Used At All)
* General Composition Depth & Breadth
- Original thought was to make the song a weird pirate sea shanty with funk elements or hip-hop with trance elements thing, but I saw yesterday that everybody else pretty much did the same sort of ideas, give or take (except Souperion I believe), so I totally changed my mind altogether and took a step his and Anachromium's usual direction (thank you for the inspiration, my dudes).
- Used my favourite Castlevania song of all time, 'The Sinking Old Sanctuary' (the Art Tower version from Legacy of Darkness) as an intertwined piece with 'The Great Underground Empire - Track 08'. Hearing the latter in a slower BPM seriously reminded me of Castlevania...
- There's a theme and idea behind the composition. Likewise with Shinobi III & Rise of the Robots, where it was supposed to give a very alien yet enigmatic, sinister allure as the piece goes on, in "building" some kind of tower or idol to the sky for darker forces whispering into your very soul; this song is supposed to be dualistic on purpose.
- 'The Great Underground Empire' part I composed to be whimsical and lightweight, reflective of better times--the peak of prosperity and commerce when the great empire below was vast, flourishing and wealthy. A tale of its golden age. 'The Sinking Old Sanctuary' is supposed to give the feeling of that slowly wasting away, like Atlantis when it fell into the sea. The cavern crumbles. Gold and riches are ancient relics of the past. Building, art and sculpture erodes with time as the empire's people abandons her. Hopefully the dichotomy of sounds amplifies the comparison and contrast between the two points in time, but are melded together well enough not to sound too discordant.
- The song is purposefully faithful to the source, lacking any form of heavier percussion, cymbal or drumwork with the exception of some bells and a tambourine--even though I adjusted the repetitive beat's note velocity and rhythm to be a little more entertaining than the original from Zork.
- Solo violin with harpsichord & string accompaniment was inspired by 'Opposing Bloodlines', the intro title song from the Castlevania 64 series (and in Rondo of Blood, too, as a way more jazzy / hard rock piece). And the song's intro is inspired by 'Movement VIII. The Waterfalls of Agharta', from Castlevania: Lords of Shadow.
VIII. Waterfalls of Agharta:
Please, stay awhile and listen. <3