Compo Status :: Round 89 Voting :: Ended 2015-01-29 00:00:00 *CST () :: 7 Votes

Wandering Mind by Shadowbane

Round 49
Author Shadowbane
Title Wandering Mind
MP3 Link
Module Link sdc49_Shadowbane-Wandering_Mind.psy.rar
Filesize 3604KB
Score 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1Total Points: 14 (9 Votes)
1st Place Vote5 Points2nd Place Vote4 Points3rd Place Vote3 Points4th Place Vote2 Points5th Place Vote1 point

Authors' Notes

A peaceful piano melody that I put together over the course of the last week or so.

Uses SFZ with a soundfont, no fx or other mastering stuff, I kept it simple (maybe too simple, but hey, it works)

I found it to be missing a little bit in emotional content.. Even though I wrote it I feel there isn't much of a journey, it doesn't move me at all...

Anyway, without further ado, my entry for round 49.


Comment by nt on 2010-06-03 05:20:38

It's a really good result for a quickly made melodic tune.
The piano sounds clean and warm, you chose a good soundfont there. I can even hear that you cared about some panning on the melody track.
Most of all I enjoy the bridge that starts at 0:42.
I belive with the same chord progression, some variations on the melody and a greater arrangement (more instruments) this can become a very enjoyable New Age / Chillout tune.

For what it is now, it's indeed peaceful, happy and well done!

Comment by Chotoro on 2010-06-03 16:26:25

It's quite naive, sort of like carefree strolling through the piano shop. Easy to listen to!

At the same time, it wouldn't be that trivial to actually play on a piano, since a tracker doesn't have pesky fingering limitations :).

There's a bit of "disharmony" between the melody and chords in places. Not exactly dissonance, but just odd notes in the melody run. At 1:11 there one place, at least. Or perhaps not between the melody and chords, but rather, the melody is disharmonious with itself.

I have a hunch, that the way you've created many of the melody lines is by matching it to each playing chord. In a sense, the melody is kind of disjoint, jumping from one thing to the next along with the changing chords in a battle it can't win, rather than playing free purely on its own merits.

Comment by chunter on 2010-06-03 18:06:29

This is less classical than KungFuFurby's tune- it reminds me of a tune that came out when I was younger called "Music Box Dancer," hopefully YouTube will let you watch this if you don't know it:

This is more of a sort of instrumental pop song that happens to use a piano, which is not meant to be a criticism: the compo theme was "classical instruments," I think "classical music" was last November or so ;)

I'm sorry that you don't like the way your piece turned out- I think it needs a bit of a more grandiose arrangement sense... like maybe some singing celli, weepy strings, and a disco beat? Then again, maybe not.

If you do revisit this piece, perhaps you'll want to try to write a more committed change to minor key- you may like it better that way... then again, maybe not.

Comment by Airmann on 2010-06-03 19:13:05

Just listening and no harmonical analysis (coundn'T do that either ;-))

Nice warm piano sound, like the "easy mood" melody and expression + dynamic play.

Nice !

Comment by Shadowbane on 2010-06-06 21:51:37

@nt the panning is built into the soundfont. It would be a lot of work to pan individual notes, and I think that doing it in psycle would require me to have multiple generators (so that I could use a panning plugin to control from a different column than my notes)

@Chotoro The reason that the melody sounds disjoint is because I was composing it in 1-2 measure chunks of improve on my piano and then tracking it. It makes for listenable stuff, but doesn't necessarily make it have strong direction.

I would have liked to have some strings and stuff in here, but I really don't know anything about backing piano up with strings, and I ran out of time to experiment with it before the deadline.

Comment by organic_io on 2011-03-31 19:37:43

Hey Shadowbane. I must have missed this one when it came out. I'm really enjoying it! Possibly my favorite of yours I've heard so far. Simple, but a really classy little tune.

Hope to hear more from you soon!

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