Well, the Poison Ivy Mysteries break took longer than I thought. I’ll eventually upload the songs I wrote for it in September as part of the 52 Weeks project, but I’m holding off until the show’s run is over to avoid possible spoilers (and I’m not uploading the finale, for similar reasons).
In any case, this week’s installment I wrote as a sort of theme song to a Pathfinder campaign that my friend Sheldyn has been running called “Up in Ashes.” We stream it live at twitch.tv/progstorm (Sheldyn posts the schedule on his twitter feed @Progstorm), and you can catch the VODs at youtube.com/progstormrising if you wanna catch up with what we’ve done so far. It’s been pretty fun; I’ve been playing a somewhat quirky halfling rogue named Jocko, but probably the two stars of our campaign so far have been characters played by my roommate Johnathan (playing a dwarven sorcerer named Blazebeard who keeps setting things on fire, such as a brothel), and Sheldyn’s stepdad Ron (playing a human fighter named Borric with a thick Texan drawl who keeps threatening to send all the kobolds we’ve been fighting to “Kobold Hell” and almost got eaten by gelatin).
This is more of an experimental sketch than an actual finished song/piece, and mostly consists of the same piano lines played forward and backward with the express purpose of creeping you out. I would’ve liked to have the tempo not be as rigid, but too much rubato and the backwards parts wouldn’t have lined up correctly. Oh, well.
This mostly came about because I was pressed for time during this week (one roommate came into my place just as the other was leaving, and the place was a giant mess), so I threw a bunch of old SaXon Geat songs into the EastWest choir library. If I had more time I would’ve tried to tweak it to not make it sound so obviously fake at parts, but overall I think it turned out at least somewhat interesting. SaXon Geat was a band that my brother Ben founded in high school, and I still have most of the MIDI files of songs we wrote for the band to play. The songs here were written by myself, Ben, and our mutual friend Dave Omer way back in the late 90’s. In order, they are:
I seem to be doing a lot of dance mixes lately. This one actually starts as a chill, ambient track, but ramps it up in the middle. I guess I’m doing a lot of these because I’ve been playing some indie games recently, which basically all have the same type of soundtrack that sounds like this. Guess why it’s called “Crickets”! Go on, guess!
This is based on something. If you are familiar with the source material, you’ll know pretty quickly; if you don’t recognize it quickly, you’re probably not familiar with the source material. Tautology! Also, it’s somewhat Caribbean.
This is begging to be part of some sort of concept album where someone is being pushed along by their day-to-day existence, suddenly wakes up and questions it all, realizes the truth is grand yet terrible, so decides to just focus on their day-to-day existence so as to not go crazy. Maybe someday I’ll write lyrics to that effect.
This week I was busy readying a submission for the Salty Cricket Composers’ Collective “Belt Canto” show (I submitted a song from a Poison Ivy Mysteries show, but I had to clean it up and create a piano reduction to submit it) and thus didn’t have a ton of time to work on this week’s song. Therefore, this is something I had done a few months back when I was playing with 8-bit stuff, and in this particular piece I applied a bitcrusher to the non-synth sounds (guitar and drums), which made them sound like they were coming out of an old NES sampler or something. This piece is obviously based on another, slightly more famous tune (it’s more “inspired by” said tune than a direct remix of it), and if you don’t know what it is then both the name and the fact that Mario Kart 8 came out this past week may help. If not, then, well, just enjoy it anyway.