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Bellamyfan`s Avatar
Rating Orb Bellamyfan 18 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic 24C 1F
7 years ago | (12)
Sounds like everything's coming along pretty well. Alora Fane's really gotten me excited.
With everything on your plate, it seems like you're really doing well and not procrastinating nearly as much as I would.
The music is the one thing that i think could be dealt with in a different manner. I know a few other developers and what they'll usually do is find a collaborater that will do all of the music for them. It might have its drawbacks, but it really speeds up the process with everything going on, and can sometimes allow for a better theme from someone more specialized in the field. I enjoy your music on the piano, but it seems like you spend a good amount of time on it and end up stressing over it a bit too much.
It's all your choice, but I still think that getting help from someone on the music end of things would really reduce the stress.
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Rating Orb A β Pseudolonewolf 23 United Kingdom MelancholicPhlegmatic 2257C 559F
7 years ago | (12)
Composing the music is perhaps my favourite part of making games. I've even said before somewhere that I make games just so then I have something to compose for, and that's still largely true.
To me, the music is far more than some largely meaningless construction added just because it's expected that there'd be some; it's not just another cog in the works. I use the music to convey what visuals can't and to add more layers to the meaning of situations. I like to use 'leitmotifs' to create dramatic effects or give plot clues, and so on. The music of a game is to me 'half the experience', and the way that I become most attached to it, perhaps.
So asking someone else to do the music would be like asking someone else to write the dialogue; both are just as important to me and I put a lot of effort into each.
I'm not really that good of a composer, but I try. It's something I want to improve at, and I have been doing over the years, since I've been practising by composing for my games. It can be difficult to do, but it's not really 'stressful' (think of it like a good puzzle; not 'stressful' but not easy), and it's immensely satisfying when it's done.

Anyway, though, if I were to get anyone to help me with anything, the music would be the very last thing that I'd want someone else to do because it means so much to me.
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Rating Orb Bellamyfan 18 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic 24C 1F
7 years ago | (7)
Well, I can't say I blame you. I'm a musician myself and part of my reason for going to school for computer science is so that I can work my music into that. If it means that much to you, then by all means continue your composing, but I don't take back my comment that you should try to reduce the stress of doing 5 solo projects at once. I know what it's like to work with a million items on your plate, and while I wouldn't say slow down (because you might lose all momentum), I would definately recommend getting some help with something to lower the work load.