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Music for a [Non-Existent] Videogame

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Hello my dear friends and fellow Dtioders! Here I am again, sharing my music with you, just like I did a few months ago. This time, however, it's going to be much more personal - for two main reasons.

First, there'll be no band to back me up, just me, you and a midi sequencer. And second, I would like to dedicate these tracks to the memory of my dad who passed away a week ago. He was 57. He wasn't the one who raised me as my parents divorced before I was even born, and it was only five years ago that I finally met him and my three half-siblings. And it felt surprisingly good to be warmly welcomed to a family I had never known before... Alas, cancer took him from us last Thursday. So, I think it's understandable that you might find most of today's songs rather bleak and sombre. Sorry about that, next time I'll try to pick something more cheerful.

In my Ten Things About Me blog I stated that one of my dreams was for composing music for a videogame. VG music has always been a great source of inspiration for me, and people like Nobuo Uematsu, Akira Yamaoka or Yasunori Mitsuda are still among the present-day composers I look up to. So obviously I've tried to compose something similar to my favourite VGM tracks - both consciously and not.

For most of these songs I used the basic MIDI bank - something that's generally frowned upon by modern music-makers. It's just that I'm most comfortable working with this sound set, but I totally understand that the low production quality can get in the way of enjoying the music. Hopefully though you'll still be able to enjoy it. :) And if you do, feel free to download anything you liked!

 

Not exactly a videogame-inspired song, it was originally a piano waltz. After I arranged it I thought it sounded a lot like Yann Tiersen's music from Amélie - hence the French title.

 

My first attempt at creating an orchestral piece. Of course, after reading a book on proper orchestration I realized I'd been doing everything wrong - but oh well, I guess it still sounds alright. 

 

The oldest song on the list, it dates back to... what, 2000?! My, does the time go. It has been rearranged a couple of times since, and it is the only one to feature a different MIDI bank. I still can't decide whether it sounds better or worse than the old one.

 

A weird one. I originally wrote this song for The Heckfish, and we even came up with some lyrics for it together with the band's flautist. But the rest of the group were reluctant to pick it up - so I orchestrated the song, just because I had nothing better to do. And then everyone just said it sounded better this way.

 

Another attempt at orchestrating a piece I wrote for the guitar. My friend's boyfriend once said it sounded like a Castlevania soundtrack - which I'm not too sure about, really. But at least I came up with a punny name!

 

This track was written under the influence of Akira Yamaoka's Silent Hill OST, namely the song Laura Plays the Piano.

 

Another very old piano song I rearranged for the orchestra. Well, I mean a MIDI orchestra. Which is not an orchestra at all... Anyway, you get the idea.

 

I really hope you like these songs - while they may be simplistic and underproduced, I hold them very dear and it took a lot of courage for me to share them. But that doesn't mean I'm not open for criticism - feel free to express your opinion, I would really like some feedback, whatever it's like! It makes me feel all this wasn't for naught.

And once again, sorry if the music or the overall tone of this blog made you sad. I promise, I'll make up for that with my next blog.

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About Tonichone of us since 12:03 AM on 05.06.2013

Hi everyone!

Please, call me Tonich. That's what everyone calls me. I live in Nizhniy Novgorod - a pretty large and picturesque city in Central Russia (yep, that's it on the header image).

Currently at the age 30, I am a taught historian, reluctant archivist, occasional tour guide and aspiring composer/musician. I write songs, play guitar and sing (badly) for the art rock act The Heckfish. Oh, and I also play videogames. :)



My gaming habits started with the NES era, and my favourite consoles are Sega Mega Drive/Genesis and PlayStation 2. I'm more of a PC player currently, so why don't you check out my Steam Page?

You can also listen to my music here.

I have been blogging here on Destructoid since spring 2014. Here's a selection of my blogs you can read if you'd like to know me better:

My "Gamer in Provincial Russia" trilogy:
Part One
Part Two
Part Three

Ten Things About Me

My Top 10 Games List

My call to arms online playing

A musical gift just for you. Yes, I mean you, silly