Chair's Jukebox

#1

Figured I’d share some of the tunes I’ve made for my hack/others for shits n giggles.

THWD Stuff:

Prep Screen:

Shitty Promo Music:

Attack:

Early Boss Battle:

Mid Boss Battle:

Late Boss Battle:

Final Map Theme:

Ending:

The Tale of Ternon:

Boss theme for Vergil:

Boss theme for Rodin:
(Coming Soon)

Boss theme for Diana:
(Coming Soon)

There’s also that Attaque song, but that’s in the repo so you can go get it yourself. :smiley:

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#2

These are… not great, to be honest. Have you looked at taking any kind of music theory study at all? I think you could really do with some help in that area. A lot of these compositions have no sense of progression at all, which is really important in JRPG-style music. Your instrument choices could also be a lot better.

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#3

I appreciate the honestly, and I’ve only really ever looked up scales. I do plan on learning more though. Do you know of any sources online that could help me out (free ones, preferably).

#4

There are some really good YouTube channels. Michael New is really good for the basics. Once you understand what chord progressions are you could probably move on to 8-bit music theory. Alternatively, I am certain there are plenty of free online resources for the basics of composition.

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#5

Some learning later:

Title Screen for Legends of Avenir (thread here) :

Emotional cutscene track for Hiraeth Legacies, (thread here):

@Agro do you feel like there’s been an improvement?

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#6

emotional af

#7

Title Screen: The melody really needs some space to breath and some new rhythms, like dotted rhythms or triplet rhythms - it’s all very on-the-beat and lacking any kind of momentum. The notes/harmonies are all kind of clustered in the same register; you might consider raising your strings to be higher up than the brass melody so that the melody stands out a bit more. As it is, the melody is difficult to distinguish (think What Lies At The End from FE15 for reference). It also needs a bass line, which could be accomplished by using timpani or bass guitar. The harp is making the harmonies a bit murky as well.

Valiant Remembrance: This one has some lovely textures and I love the close harmonies of the string section. You could again do with adding a stronger bass line in some of the repetitions so that the harmonic progression becomes clearer, but I think it’s quite nice as it is because it gives it a more ambient feel.

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#8

Late, but to be fair to your early works, Derpin’ is basically perfect and is literally me when I’m trying to sleep but some meme song keeps me up until 2 am.

#9

On the subject of music theory (which I am a novice in, but love to geek out about), would recommend Adam Nelly and Trevor Wong on youtube. Neely has some exploratory/experimental stuff for different styles, and Wong focuses on emo/math rock. Not sure how relevant that’ll be for GBA hacking (although an emo FE soundtrack sounds neat to me). These two are a bit more advanced and niche, but fun (For me at least) to learn about.

Andrew Huang also has a good intro to music theory: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgaTLrZGlk0

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#10

I actually would advise against watching Neely’s videos; they’re very unstructured and don’t really go into proper analysis, which is not a good foundation for beginner music theory. They’re fine if you want something interesting but you won’t gain much practical music theory from them. He’s more interested in shocking/engaging viewers than he is in teaching them.

#11

While they’re not perfect, I like that final map theme a ton. I look forward to seeing future stuff.

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#12

Yeah, I wouldn’t recommend them to a beginner, but interesting to watch if you get more advanced. Agree that his stuff is less instructional by nature.