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Empty Hallways on Piano

16th Oct 2016, 9:00 AM in Extras
Empty Hallways on Piano
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QuotePilgrim 16th Oct 2016, 9:00 AM edit delete
Here’s where you can listen to it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8BrSubCc-E

Here’s where you can download the sheet music in PDF: www.mediafire.com/?l4i3h8yq6256isr

And here are the files you can edit it in MuseScore2 and LilyPond: www.mediafire.com/?ekanhuj7kjqad9b

Your feedback is really important here. Does the music sound good? How does it make you feel? Do you think it fits with the comic?

It would mean a lot if you all took the time to listen to it and answer these questions.

There’ll be a regular scheduled update tomorrow, and the next chapter title page will likely be up on Thursday.


khkddn 16th Oct 2016, 12:33 PM edit delete reply
Sounds like the theme for a horror-mystery game to me. It's got that foreboding feel to it. If the comic were a game or a show, then the theme would go pretty well as the background music for when Heather was talking about her experiences with the creature.
QuotePilgrim 17th Oct 2016, 9:43 AM edit delete reply
Thank you for commenting.

Well if it really fits with the mood of the comic, then I must be doing something right, haha. By my experience so far, it seems easier to make a song that simply sounds good rather than making one with a specific feel to it.
xwindows 11th Mar 2017, 2:05 PM edit delete reply
The music sounds okay, a bit of somber urban mystery feeling; goes reasonably well with the comic, I guess, especially for long storytelling/exploring scene. If I was to imagine a scene for this song, I would think of kids exploring around an old (abandoned) house or mansion.

Though I think there are some places in the song that chord sounds odd to me: around 00:04, 00:55, 01:01, and 02:10 in the video; but these are, well, opinions.

P.S. Your piece reminds me of some Kevin Macleod's tracks like "Cryptic Sorrow", or "Zombie Hoodoo"; which give similar feelings (but darker).
QuotePilgrim 12th Mar 2017, 7:01 PM edit delete reply
Thank you very much for commenting. Your description of a scene you imagine for the music is really helpful, as it tells me I got the mood right, which is IMO the hardest part. Making something sound good isn't that hard, but making it evoke the specific intended emotions is very tricky, so I'm glad I got that right.

As for the weird sounding chords, I don't know, maybe it's a consequence of the key I wrote the song in, which is not particularly common (or rather, it's used in an uncommon way), combined with the fact I used intentionally dissonant chords (most notably the second one) to evoke the emotions I wanted to. If not that, then maybe what's making it sound weird to you is the timbre of the piano samples I'm using. In this case, there is another video of the same piece here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tGHzOmvZ3I. It uses the sounds from a Roland synthesizer, which are much nicer than the ones in the original video. If you listen to it, let me know if it sounds less weird.

The thing is, maybe because I listened to this piece so much while making it, none of it sounds weird to me. The second chord sounds noticeably more dissonant than the rest of the piece, but that was a deliberate choice on my part, not an accident, and I really like how it sounds. I can see how it may not sound that good for some, maybe even most, people.

Regarding those Kevin MacLeod, all I have to say is you're right, they do have similar feelings. It's a shame nowadays I can't enjoy his music as much as I used to, because it seems to be present on every single YouTube video out there, to the point it became more annoying than anything.
thing 1 18th Aug 2019, 2:23 PM edit delete reply
sounds like "The X-Files" played slowly off key.