Tonight's theme is a picture theme. Please see the resources.
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We watch the blue giant from afar. Our existence only a heartbeat long in the eyes of the galaxy. As we get closer, we hold our hands, knowing that finally we have arrived at our destination. Our new home. Slowly, the planet grows larger as we get ready to meet the new place face to face.
My latest commission project is writing the soundtrack for "Zero Lives", a retro-styled precision puzzle platformer with shoot 'em up elements: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1581880/Zero_Lives/
I'm specifically being commissioned to bring my trademark "9-bit" chiptune style, so I channeled that as best as I could here to make a high-energy track. I already made one song for this soundtrack at 140BPM, so I chose to write at 110BPM this time and tried to use a different sort of progression to change things up.
The C - F# interval gives things a bit of a spooky feel in the first half, but later on it settles into a more energetic vibe. The melody/riff at 0:44 (G-F-Eb-C Bb-C) is the musical motif of the soundtrack and was also featured in my previous track. I'm aiming to have this recur throughout the OST in some form or another as that was part of the request.
The same section features an interesting filter effect where the lowpass filter on the pads is linked to the peak volume of the drums, giving the pads an sort of rhythmic/percussive pulse.
The pulse wave leads are doubled here, with the second channel playing more softly, pitched higher, and delayed slightly for an echo -type effect (a fairly common technique in chiptune). In this case, this is in addition to -- and not in place of -- my normal longer delay/echo effects, so there's a lot of echo going on here.
This maybe still fits the theme, as "space station" music?
another compo, another song where i only manage to write a verse and a chorus
(i guess it's time)
pack my things and go
'cuz i don't want to
deal with your shit no more
i bid you adieu
with all you put me through
and all i bled for
won't take more blows from you,
my so-called mentor
call it what you want,
but don't call to ever touch base
why ya still askin' for me?
ain't this you meant
when you said that you wanted space?
Fly by rocky worlds are lit
Spectrometer is my only sight
Return the data bit by bit
Fleeting thoughts appear so randomly
Push me away from them I'm free
Lingering lost passions, lost loves
Tell myself I won't be missed
The days the years zoom by
As black as the darkened sky
My dreams like magnetic disk
Stored in perpetuity
Watch another set of rings fly by
Scanned once again against the sky
My mind wandering so free
But I wonder if I'm free
I thought I'd rather be alone
Savor radio kiss from you
Remind me why I'm far from home
Don't neglect my memory
My mission's ecstacy
Alone inside a capsule in the void
I speed along without making a noise
In space you'll never have to hear me cry
Yelling out that I have missed you by my side
Though I will go where no one's gone before
I think about you stronger, ever more
I wish I could go back and stop this voyage
What's out those can't compare to simple joys
As I round the rings of Saturn
In the end, it's only matter
With the space that stands between us
and our love as hot as Venus
Count the days 'til we're together
Our devotion spans forever
In the vacuum my heart's yearning
Like a gaseous cloud, it's burning
I spin and find myself right on a path
Rebound around a planet heading back
This unexpected turning of events
Will bring me back to you, my love again
Im still away on vacation for 9 days. I intend to get back on Sunday. As a result all of my tracks are on GarageBand, which can produce some good sounding tracks.
All of this was made before the compo, in 1 hour ( I checked the time). I tried to make it spacious to wellfit space, as well as add bells and pads for atmosphere. The drums are there for groove and movement. Has 3 distinct sections, each kind of simple, but complex. Like this one, hope you do too.