FanMusic - Grace's Theme: Finished for Dan's B-day

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Postby 10.0.0.1 on Mon Feb 06, 2006 11:39 pm

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Postby FerretBob on Tue Feb 07, 2006 6:11 am

Curse you writing what I had done already and doing a helluva better job. Admittedly mine was justa bass solo it wasn't intended to be anything like a peice of background music. maybe just something to play when she's a mopey squirrel (I'm still happy that I got blues guitar sound out of my bass :evilgrin: )[/url]
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Postby Cyril on Thu Feb 09, 2006 4:22 pm

You did get quite the sound out of your bass... however, a good bass solo is nice and groovy... (which admitedly I am still working on)

here it is! http://www.acelie.com/cyril/temp/gracedemo.mp3

EDIT: I left in a hurry, but this is my bass solo rendition of Grace's theme (mainly because of FerretBob) Don't worry, not trying to replace you or anything...

EDIT EDIT: Do me a favor, and tell me if I am on the right track with Grace's theme, it is very pared down, (acoustic guitar, melodic instrument) but it should give you a pretty good idea of what I am going after. It's the same link.
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Postby common svensson on Thu Feb 09, 2006 4:50 pm

I love the hookline-melody! Really catchy and stirring (i don't know if that's the right word). You're definitly on the right track... Maybe the guitar should also play that melody from time to time?

On a sidenote, sometimes the flute sounds a little annoying (it's them high notes all the time), the way it is right now, it doesn't mix very well with the guitar (i couldn't help but imagine you strumming away on your guitar and playing the flute at the same time :D). But I blame it all on the demo recording. Just polish the sound a little, and this could be really great!

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Postby Beacon on Fri Feb 10, 2006 12:45 pm

Finally got around to loading this onto my iPod and listening to it. I think it works well for Grace. It's energetic, yet serene at the same time. I think it would work pretty well for her character theme in the RPG. It reminds me of Gau's theme in some ways.
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Postby Windzarko on Sat Feb 11, 2006 5:47 am

Illusionist wrote:I'm getting very strong Final Fantasy vibes from this. That's not a bad thing, however. Final Fantasy music is the third best game music, in my opinion. It comes after Castlevania and F-Zero, but before Megaman and Zelda.


I agree with it having strong FF vibes, and that is definetely a good thing. However I think it is heresy to say that F-Zero's music is better (dunno about Castlevania, haven't played it a long time, can't remember).

Love the music, I think it fits Grace quite well, when she's not TF'd in anyway.
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Postby Cyril on Sat Feb 11, 2006 6:07 am

Perhaps I should specify... This is Grace in base form... or maybe non-caffineated squirrel girl form... I think I may make a "hyper-Grace" song at some point. But that will be comparitively easy. (Techno Dance Music anyone?)
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Postby Estelendur on Sat Feb 11, 2006 10:07 am

Me likes. ^_^

The flute-y sounds are a bit grating, however. Not sure how to describe the issue... Then again, my wooden flutes sound like that whatever I do. What instrument was used for the melody?
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Postby Cyril on Sat Feb 11, 2006 4:53 pm

A plastic recorder. In the final mix, I will be using a soprano sax to play the melody... hopefully it will sound better.
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Postby Estelendur on Sat Feb 11, 2006 6:20 pm

Ooo. I knew there was a reason I didn't like them plastic ones. Wooden ones are so much nicer-sounding, but horribly expensive. 'S why I asked for one for Christmas. :D

It ought to sound much better on a sax.
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Postby Cyril on Sat Feb 18, 2006 5:09 am

I finished Grace's theme (although I have gotten comments that it doesn't fit Grace) for Dan's Birthday, I didn't know if I should have posted this in a B-day thread or not, but here it is anyway!

It's about 3:39 long and is about 3MB. I hope you all enjoy it, it took me all day yesterday to get this complete for Dan's Birthday!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAN!

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Postby Circe on Sat Feb 18, 2006 5:32 am

Cyril wrote:I finished Grace's theme (although I have gotten comments that it doesn't fit Grace) for Dan's Birthday, I didn't know if I should have posted this in a B-day thread or not, but here it is anyway!

It's about 3:39 long and is about 3MB. I hope you all enjoy it, it took me all day yesterday to get this complete for Dan's Birthday!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAN!

Grace's Theme - Squirrel Girl


Very cool! I think there's a happy bounce to it that suits Grace very nicely. The slower sections have me imagining her & Tedd together....awwww... :).

You used Cakewalk? I played with a version of that years ago to help with practicing guitar....I might have to look at it again now that my kids are starting to learn.

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Postby Weep on Sat Feb 18, 2006 5:53 am

Nice! I'm rather too sleepy at the moment to make any judgments on how appropriate or not it is for Grace, but I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it. :)
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Postby Illusionist on Sat Feb 18, 2006 6:26 am

Windzarko wrote:
Illusionist wrote:I'm getting very strong Final Fantasy vibes from this. That's not a bad thing, however. Final Fantasy music is the third best game music, in my opinion. It comes after Castlevania and F-Zero, but before Megaman and Zelda.


I agree with it having strong FF vibes, and that is definetely a good thing. However I think it is heresy to say that F-Zero's music is better (dunno about Castlevania, haven't played it a long time, can't remember).

Love the music, I think it fits Grace quite well, when she's not TF'd in anyway.


Heresy? Perhaps. I just happen to have a soft spot for driving songs.

Grace's new theme's good, by the way. The guitar right at the beginning and end sounds like Crowded House. Crowded House rule.
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Postby Xiroth on Sat Feb 18, 2006 11:21 am


I like this one. Nice work :)
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Postby common svensson on Sun Feb 19, 2006 5:42 am

Whoa, I'm impressed! Well done, Cyril! As I said before, I like the melody... and I think the music, being both gloomy and cheerful, captures the two sides of Grace (troubled past, bubbly present) very well. The tempo could be a little higher, though; But maybe that's just me :).

Nice use of toms/kongas/low bells (don't know the instrument), introduced at 00:32 - they add a funny groove to the piece :D.

Is it all synthesizers, or did you also use some "real instruments"? (I hope this doesn't sound like I'm complaining, which I'm not...).
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Postby Cyril on Sun Feb 19, 2006 6:08 am

As much as I would have liked to (trust me I would have loved too) record some live instruments, I was not able too, for some reason it kept cutting out when I was trying to record the bass part and guitar part. So I had to try and sequence some realism into the piece.

EDIT: Also, the latin percussion used was (starting at when they first appear) triangle, windchimes, vibraslap, congas, bongos.
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Postby CK on Wed Mar 15, 2006 4:21 am

Hey, Cyril, I listened to your song last night. I do think that it's a pretty good interpretation on Grace's normal, sweeter side. I don't think there needs to be a seperate song for her squirrel form, because a personality is always a personality no matter the phyiscal shape.

The song I am writing is much more trancy/techno, not only because my program is best for that but it's I'm kind of putting a sci-fi interpretation on EGS.
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Postby Cyril on Wed Mar 15, 2006 1:41 pm

Thanks, yeah, I don't think that there is anything wrong with doing a trance soundtrack thing, I just am a more rock/pop guy.
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Postby CK on Wed Mar 15, 2006 2:11 pm

Yeah, it's a whole different style and ability. BTW I sent you an email regarding your site.
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Postby Sanchay on Mon Mar 20, 2006 3:43 pm

*Brings the thread back to life* You shall not die, little thread! Mwah!!!

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Postby Cyril on Mon Mar 20, 2006 5:22 pm

May I ask why? Just curious!
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Postby Cyril on Tue Mar 21, 2006 5:51 pm

Excuse my Double Posting. This is not a bump, but a message for... partially my inadequacy as a musician.

These themes will probably only reflect one side of a character. The beautiful thing about Dan's characters is that they are extremely hard to pigeon-hole... nay I would go so far to say that they are impossible to pigeon-hole. I mean, you can pigeonhole his characters, but that would not do them justice.

When I first posted a "Grace's Theme" it was almost exclusivly Bubbly Grace. To be certain this is not all of Grace, although it is her dominant Trait. This led to me composing the second one that is what you hear now, it is quite obvious that it had the happy Grace as the main part of it, but it also included a slightly darker section, this was a refereance to her dark past and to her Lespuko Heritage.

I will try to make my themes encompass as much of the person as I can. However, I am (once again) quite inadequate, and I depend on input from you folks about whenether I hit a particular emotion/feeling/character trait on the head musically. Soon, I will be posting something I have been working on for a very long while now with Joan. This will be a grand medley that is supposed to tell the story of Painted Black in a musical setting.

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Postby kinkoblast on Thu Mar 23, 2006 2:25 pm

Cyril: It's good! Speed it up by 150% and you have CaffiSquGrace :P As for emo Grace... move the whole thing into minor and slow it down. This hits most of Grace though. I don't hear Jeremy-Grace though! (Kidding)
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