We Are the Ocean Born

Hey, have some more Vitrerran music why don’tcha!

So, this song is the main theme for The Scarfoam Coast, or our water area. I was trying to channel my inner Alestorm, and while I probably missed that mark by a wide margin, I am happy with what I got going here. This song was super fun to make!

What sets this one apart, I guess, is that it uses a new plugin called Sakura. Well, not “new” to the world but new to Dual Wield Software. It came with some awesome strings, including the violin and guitars you here in this song. I finally have an upright bass, guys. You have no idea how happy that makes me. Got a wicked nice harp too.

Pretty sure the Greyjoys liked to go “we are the iron born,” so that’s where the title is coming from. I’m finding it harder to pun off of A Song of Ice and Fire things as I make more tunes. I haven’t read the books in a very long time.

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PSA: The Musings of Balance

I’m going to interrupt my normal stream of shitty poetry and long-winded book reviews for this quick PSA: My good friend Thomas Rakowitz has put out his first album titled The Musings of Balance. To be fair to him, he released his debut album a few months ago, and I meant to do a post then, but…I’m a bad friend, okay?

You can find the album for sale on his bandcamp page, where you can stream it. The whole thing is also on Youtube.

What you’ll find is a monster hard rock/metal album that’s 100% done by Thomas. He wrote and played EVERYTHING, and he even does all the vocals, both clean and distorted. There are catchy riffs, crazy solos, elements of guttural metal, and songs that will make you want to sing along even if you suck at singing and are in public and I need to stop doing that because I embarrass myself.

Now, this is important to you because almost all of my writing improvs–that shitty poetry I mentioned earlier–are done to Thomas’ music. He tunes, I poem, and at the end the day, I gain a new follower (sometimes).

He’s inspired a lot of work, and his music has been the background of a lot of my editing sessions. Like, a lot a lot. I’ve edited a FULL NOVEL TWICE to his music. So you know, check out his ambient stuff too. It’s super pretty.

I should also mention that he has limited physical copies left, and if you ask nicely, he might sign one before sending. And by might I mean he will because he’s cool like that. Seriously, hit him up on twitter or something as you buy and let him know.

And hell, while I’m here: He’s also working on a video game covers album, all of which can be found on his Soundcloud page. If you like video game music, you should check this out. His rendition of Metroid Prime’s Phendrana Drifts is exceptionally exceptional.

Game Development: Viper’s Bite

Progress continues with The Regret of Viterran, this time in the form of a new song. I’m quite happy with this one.

“Viper’s Bite” will be the battle theme music for the Sekhtus Desert.

This song started off as the night-time, rock tune for our Global Game Jam 2016 game. I created the original draft in around five hours on little sleep, and it featured some okay-sounding electric guitar and organ. It was mostly unmixed and unmastered because I ran out of time to do those things.

I liked it then though, and I wasn’t going to just let five hours worth of work sit there like that. So I loaded it back up and re-purposed it.

The okay-sounding electric guitar is now an acoustic guitar–actually two of them, each sounding a little different from each other–and the organ is now a ney flute. Wikipedia says that instrument is prominent in Egypt and the surrounding area.

Like the last song I made for Vitrerran, there was a nice amount of collaborating at work here. I built the basics, and my brother helped me fix a few things up, partly in pointing out which areas were horribly out of key. I’m a hair tone deaf and have problems with some of that.

And like all my other songs, this one has a nod to A Song of Ice and Fire, The Red Viper being a character from the desert city of Dorn. It’s a bit less in-your-face (and not as clever) as “When Winter Fell” or “A Storm of Sounds,” but it’s the best I managed to do without getting overly wordy.

I hope you enjoy!