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Sun 29th Aug 2010 4:37pm
Category: Weekly Updates
I have a few things to report this week!
First of all, I managed to finally get around to checking my emails! I think I'm recovering from some recent deep emotional stress, at long last.
So I'm hoping to get back to work soon...
A few of the emails were from members here who couldn't log on, due to the password field being too small. I've since fixed that, which I thought I should point out here just to be clear about it.
Recently I've not been doing any work on games... I feel like I need a break or something. However, my motivation's come back somewhat, and I've started working on something I've been intending to do for years.
Those of you who are fond of the music in the Final Fantasy games may be aware of the 'Piano Collections' that exist: piano arrangements of various melodies from various Final Fantasy games. I think there was a separate Piano Collection for each of the games from number IV until number XIII, excluding XII for some reason.
I find these piano collections very interesting, and have for years. I've attempted to play many of the pieces from them myself on my piano.
I rather like how they're arrangements of the 'essence' of the piece they're based on, rather than just copy-and-pasted notes which sound exactly like the original piece.
For a long time, I've wanted to do not dissimilar Piano Arrangements of music from my games, but never thought I had the skill...
Recently, however, I've been trying, and I'm pleased with the results so far. I've only done four tracks, from MARDEK 1 - Main Theme, Mighty Heroes, Casual Battle and Goznor - and I seem to be getting more used to arranging with each one.
I've also been learning more about musical theory stuff that I was sorely lacking in knowledge of the usage of before. Things like proper harmonising, chord progressions, etc. So maybe these piano versions sound nicer than the original music... More harmonically pleasing. Perhaps!
I want to show off what I've done so you can see what I intend to do with the rest, but I also want to *sell* the MARDEK Piano Collections at some point.
I've been composing them specifically to be playing them, and playing through them myself repeatedly to fix tiny details and make sure nothing's impossible to play.
They're meant for pianists of about an intermediate skill level, since that's about where I am, and I imagine there'd be more interested amateur players than virtuosos so it's not wise to make them too hard to play... Making them too easy to play would result in boring music though, probably.
So what I want to do is use the Bandcamp site to sell the Piano Collections as albums, one Piano Collection thing for each MARDEK chapter. I'll only choose a selection of the pieces from each chapter rather than every piece, for the sake of practicality, and I'll put a lot of attention into making them sound appealing in themselves rather than just being exactly the same as the pieces they're based on, so that even people who bought the original soundtracks might be interested in buying them.
I'd also include pdf files of the sheet music, which you'd get by purchasing the album.
I'm hoping this could work out well... But would anyone be interested?
Hmm... I wanted to link to examples, but I don't know how I could without giving away for free what I eventually want to see. Maybe I'll just wait until I've done all the Piano Collections for chapter 1, then show them off all at once when they're for sale? Hmm...
The pieces I've chosen for the first collection are as follows:
- Main Theme
- Mighty Heroes
- Casual Battle
- Belfan Overworld (maybe)
- Governance de Magi (maybe)
These are the ones I thought could be most easily arranged, but if there are others people would be more desperately interested in, I'd consider changing the list (keep in mind I've already done the first four though).
Remember however that just because a piece is appealing in the game doesn't mean it'd transfer well to an easy-to-play piano solo.
Also, if anyone knows anything much about soundfonts, and knows of a really great free piano one, I'd be interested to hear about it!
In other news, as some of you already know, my girlfriend and I are in a rather painful long-distance relationship, and only get to see eachother twice a year through several-weeks-long trips.
We've been planning another one of these trips, which will commence just less than a month from now, and I'll be gone for five weeks... But I may have the internet for most of that time. I don't know, can't be sure.
I'm excited about it, and I'm hoping that I can use the opportunity to relieve a lot of the stress that's built up over the course of this year...
Her and I have also been talking somewhat about the possibility of working together on games... So maybe we'll create something together during those weeks. I can't be sure yet if anything will become of that though.
Anyway, that's it for this week, I think!
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