Fate of Io
Submission with a Titan City Focus
2005/04/10 09:04:29 PDT by mystik3eb [0/43]
Awards: 5 from Dev
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Intended for a loop, I tried to make it sound like a busy area, more town-city like with many people doing their thing, but some of the work afoot isn't necessarily of good, you know?

2005/04/10 10:15:33 PDT by Temporal [manager]
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This piece is ok. It's definitely good enough to be in a video game. It's probably not the kind of thing I'd listen to apart from the video game, but then most FF music isn't either.

I'll leave the in-depth criticism up to Dev (since I'm really bad at it).

PS. Hooray for 350KiB/s downloads! New server has bandwidth, yes it does.

2005/04/10 12:44:07 PDT by mystik3eb [0/43]
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I noticed, this uploaded really fast even with my horrible internet.

2005/04/10 15:29:33 PDT by Dev [manager]
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I'll start by agreeing with Temp's comments. Though, the more I listen to it, the more the melody grows on me. The instrumentation you have is really pretty good; the weird detuned flute augments the atonal melody you have nicely, and the guitars underneath help to keep the beat ... not that you need it. The piece has a very mechanical, reminding me of the Black Mage Village music from FF9. Not sure this would go with Titan City... maybe a small portion of it. (We really should have more in-depth discussions regarding the details of our world locations.)

The good parts (which I'll only mention briefly, so as to say "keep doing this") are your instrumentation (as I already mentioned) and the undertone parts you add with guitar and some string patterns later on. It really helps a listener to make sense of the tone of the piece... it's not just a bare melody running around where a person might as "what the heck is it doing?" So good part writing (and that is not often an easy thing to do)!

My biggest gripe -- which is hardly even a criticism more than a suggestion for future work -- is that your arrangement is a little too homogenous. This is the part where you simply have to spend more time expanding on the piece... I think you just got too lazy and didn't want to write new parts, so you just repeated what you had before. ;) Not always a bad thing to do, but there aren't any alternatives. For a song like this, it might be sufficient just to mix it up more than you do currently. Try giving the melody to a different instrument, or have a percussion solo, or take out the percussion and do a smoother bar of the theme, maybe with a slow build to bring the percussion back in. Get creative.

Or... I guess I should say "stay creative." This is already good, but I'm looking forward to hearing more.

2005/04/10 17:49:51 PDT by Temporal [manager]
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Yes, stay creative. But don't get too creative. Dev gets too creative sometimes, and then the music just gets incoherent. :P

2005/05/07 16:23:43 PDT by Dev [manager]
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It's twue. -_-

2005/06/13 18:57:04 PDT by Stix [0/49]
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We wuv him anyway. :)

2005/06/14 13:51:42 PDT by Morpheus [0/5]

Wow, I'm a fan of it. I'm not the greatest music minded person out there, so I'll just say I like it and kinda be done with it. However, I agree with Dev when I say I'm not sure if it fits with Titan City. For me, it is just too fast of a tempo for a town. I feel it would suit very well in the background of say a mini-game puzzle. Perhaps one that takes place in Titan city, and remix the peice as the background for Titan City... I dunno, I'm not that wise with music. But it sounds good.

2005/06/16 10:26:53 PDT by Aetrus [0/15]

Hey I like it. Nice work. It does remind me of a mechanical sort of space. maybe for the mining section of the city? I picture a mine, but near a large industrial type dock. It gives an almost nautical sense about itself. I like the techno beat too! :D Seriously speed that up and make the snare a slight bit earlier and you have a classic detroit style techno beat...not a bad thing at all. In fact that's part of what gives it that mechanical feel. I like it overall.

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