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Tune Contest 59 - Evil Character's Theme !

hashel

Location: Liège (Belgium)

Joined: Mar 04 2008

Hi friends !

So the theme for this 59th contest is... BAD GUY THEME !
What i'm expecting is to have your song + few words, lines, about that immaginary "Evil Guy/Girl" you created in your mind ! :)

Why is he "bad" ? Tortured past ? Experiments ? Madness ?
I'd like to hear a bit of his personality in the song, as you can hear madness in Kefka's Theme or megalomania in Kuja's Theme (yeah, i know, FF, always FF...) !

I remember the original Character's Theme contest was really awsome with wonderful entries, so face that legacy and make great songs :D

At least 1 minute long, any style, any instruments, deadline to the 6th june !

i'm in.

tiger child

Joined: May 31 2012

i'm in.

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this music is my greatest accomplishment
-brick road

Great :D

hashel

Location: Liège (Belgium)

Joined: Mar 04 2008

Great :D

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I do VGM covers and stuff at https://www.youtube.com/c/hashel

This is right up my alley!

iamHoustonian

You don’t need to see my identification…

Location: Jacksonville, Fl

Joined: Oct 03 2011

This is right up my alley! hehe

Hmmm don't know if I can make

BigHeadClan

Joined: Jan 20 2012

Hmmm don't know if I can make a submission but I want to, I need to get back to my constant writting
I had going before I took a break.

Congratulations Hashel! I

natenmn

I haven't had a chance to trim my hedges recently. Thanks for visiting anyway...

Location: United States

Joined: Jul 17 2009

Congratulations Hashel! I really enjoyed everyone's submissions in the last one.

I have a nice quartal harmony piece I just started working on that I was hoping to use, but it doesn't fit the theme at all. So, since it's an evil character theme, I think I'll try to incorporate 12-tone rows for this entry (which means I'll definitely lose lol.)


Edit: Also, I installed the Sontatina Orchestral Pack to Sibelius and it works, but was a bit wonky with an existing project. So, I installed Reaper and imported a midi, but there was no sound. I'm not too interested in learning a DAW atm, so I did not read the tutorials. I mostly just want to import a midi, then export it with the Orchestral sounds (which do work in Reaper.) Anyone have a suggestion?

Re: Congratulations Hashel! I

Avaruussaha

Location: Finland

Joined: Nov 13 2013

Jammed for a few hours on this, until my fingers started to hurt, then I scrapped the idea. Oh well, theres time.

@ Natenmn I'm not familiar with Sibelius at all, so I'm not sure how it works with the orchestral pack in question.

In Reaper you create a 'virtual instrument track' and apply a virtual instrument of your choice into its FX list. In the case of the pack mentioned above, you need a soundfont player, and load one of the 'instruments' included in the SSO pack into that. It gets a bit more complicated to get everything working correctly I'm afraid. I'm not sure about others but it took a bit of troubleshooting to get my stuff right (which I can go more deep into, but if you don't think you want to put the time into it right now, I'm not gonna jump the gun right here).

Simple thing you can try is downloading (and unpacking) http://vst4free.com/free_vst.php?plugin=Strings&id=355 to your plugin folder, create a virtual instrument track and select the thing you downloaded in the FX list. Put your imported midi on that track and play with the settings.

^ Avaru is correct you will

BigHeadClan

Joined: Jan 20 2012

^ Avaru is correct you will need an VST. player of some sort and then select the instrument for each track you imported with the Midi.

Once you have all your .dll files this video explains how to get it all running in reaper.
SSO in Reaper

I got all of the sounds for

natenmn

I haven't had a chance to trim my hedges recently. Thanks for visiting anyway...

Location: United States

Joined: Jul 17 2009

I got all of the sounds for Sibelius working finally, but that SSO pack is so much nicer that I'll still probably try to use them with Reaper.

Thanks for the advice Ava and BigHeadClan! I really appreciate it!. I'll try out everything you posted later today when I'm able. Again, much thanks! You're both scholars and gentlepeople.

https://soundcloud.com/giovan

giovanniac

Joined: Apr 21 2014

https://soundcloud.com/giovanni-caracho/masquerade-final-boss-theme

Don't know if I got it right, but I think that's it!
and don't know if it's an original character, but my final boss have the two sides of the theatre masks representing each of his personality. Got a lot of inspiration from dark themes for vampires, and etc... I'm not very creative in creating characters so... I can't offer more than this :)

I really thought more about his skills, like when he changes his mask his skills and moves change, etc...

The song is prepared for a looping!

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My original songs: https://soundcloud.com/giovanni-caracho

That was a tasty build up at

BigHeadClan

Joined: Jan 20 2012

That was a tasty build up at 0:18, need to get on this but so much to do XD

Nice one Giovanniac :) Come

hashel

Location: Liège (Belgium)

Joined: Mar 04 2008

Nice one Giovanniac :)
Come on BHC :D
I know you cna do some good stuffs, cheering !! :D

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I do VGM covers and stuff at https://www.youtube.com/c/hashel

Re: Nice one Giovanniac :)Come

giovanniac

Joined: Apr 21 2014

what is BHC?

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My original songs: https://soundcloud.com/giovanni-caracho

That's a me....BigHeadClan!

BigHeadClan

Joined: Jan 20 2012

That's a me....BigHeadClan!

Ah KKKKKKKK

giovanniac

Joined: Apr 21 2014

Ah KKKKKKKK

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My original songs: https://soundcloud.com/giovanni-caracho

Reminds me of an Ultimecia

jit

Joined: Mar 04 2009

Reminds me of an Ultimecia FF8ish theme

The Evil Brodorion shows up

Brody

Location: Germany

Joined: Feb 24 2013

The Evil Brodorion shows up to fulfill his evil plans! Muhahahah!!

Soundcloud

That's a good one Brody

hashel

Location: Liège (Belgium)

Joined: Mar 04 2008

That's a good one Brody :D
May i have just few words about your character, please? :)

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I do VGM covers and stuff at https://www.youtube.com/c/hashel

One week remaning!

hashel

Location: Liège (Belgium)

Joined: Mar 04 2008

One week remaning!

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I do VGM covers and stuff at https://www.youtube.com/c/hashel

Oh yes of course, brodorion

Brody

Location: Germany

Joined: Feb 24 2013

Oh yes of course,
brodorion is bad guy that lives in dark castle far away from any civilization. He shiny eyes and dark wings an his neck. Again and again he comes out to bring pain and suffering to the world.
The only way to calm his anger is to sacrifice young maidens for him every month!

I was like wtf, brody already

xuwawa

god of empty NES

Location: san antonio -ish

Joined: Apr 22 2009

I was like wtf, brody already had a song... coincidentally i had this on my computer and listened to it around when i saw this thread: https://soundcloud.com/brodys-music/the-classic-bad-guy

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haha nice you remembered my

Brody

Location: Germany

Joined: Feb 24 2013

haha nice you remembered my song :D Maybe I can see in the future and know what contests are coming :) no just a joke, I just used it in a past contest it was evil plotting music or something like this. I love this bad guy themes ^^

And I'm having real trouble

Avaruussaha

Location: Finland

Joined: Nov 13 2013

And I'm having real trouble with anything even remotely evil, amongst other business... So far nothing appropriate.

I have something slowly

BigHeadClan

Joined: Jan 20 2012

I have something slowly forming, hopefully make some headway on it myself.

definitely plan on doing

tiger child

Joined: May 31 2012

definitely plan on doing this. although, updated OS to mavericks finally and my DAW is asking me to re-register and no matter what i do it wont let me through. and customer service is leaving a lot to be desired. so, we'll see. hopefully monday i'll have it running again.

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this music is my greatest accomplishment
-brick road

I'm still interested in this

natenmn

I haven't had a chance to trim my hedges recently. Thanks for visiting anyway...

Location: United States

Joined: Jul 17 2009

I'm still interested in this as well. Mine is about 1/3rd of the way done, but I've been very sidetracked with other things lately. I should have more time during the week to complete it.

Ok :) Anyway if you needs 1

hashel

Location: Liège (Belgium)

Joined: Mar 04 2008

Ok :)
Anyway if you needs 1 day or 2 i can extend the dealine a bit.

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I do VGM covers and stuff at https://www.youtube.com/c/hashel

Still doesn't sound very evil

Avaruussaha

Location: Finland

Joined: Nov 13 2013

Still doesn't sound very evil to me but here's something:

Untouchable, the character in question has been cast out from the uptight backwater village community for plot related reasons. Now he is a hermit living in the mountains, and still hated down in the village. The good guys are hired to get rid of this poor soul, and as the 'evil' hermit is drawing his last breaths, the protagonist should be thinking why did this person need to die anyway?

Project name: EvilRecorderTeacher, aka make it stop

Nice Ava! Reminds me of the

iamHoustonian

You don’t need to see my identification…

Location: Jacksonville, Fl

Joined: Oct 03 2011

Nice Ava! Reminds me of the Walking Dead for some reason.

I was messing around with some droney stuff with my Ebow but I broke my high E string by barely plucking it haha. Must have been it's time. Maybe I can record something on acoustic but don't wait for me :D

Hopefully I will have

BigHeadClan

Joined: Jan 20 2012

Hopefully I will have something by complete by Friday, just ran into a bunch of Car troubles though so we shall see.

Maybe it will help me channel some dark emotions into the song :P

I feel that I could have

natenmn

I haven't had a chance to trim my hedges recently. Thanks for visiting anyway...

Location: United States

Joined: Jul 17 2009

I feel that I could have polished this up a lot more, but here is my entry:

The Fall

Story: Generic story of some awesome hero turning evil, returning to his hometown and single-handedly slaughtering everyone there. Once he kills the first villager, he fully embraces his evilness. He sets fires, and does other evil things.

About: This is for string quartet and timpani. I'm not really sure if it's playable, but it all fits within the respective instruments' ranges and good string players can play some crazy hard stuff (not that this would be hard, as I really don't know), so it probably is playable lol. I do have a presentable score if anyone is interested in looking at it.

It has a form roughly of: A,B,A,C,B,A... though each part has some sort of variation.

This one is mostly tonal, centering around d-minor, but it moves around enough that I was hesitant to put a key on it and just left it open. I used a lot of chromatic mediants and chromaticism in general. The middle section is my favorite.

I used a 12 tone row matrix that I created (it moves around some transpositions, inversions, and retrograde inversions for variety and movement), and I don't think it turned out that horrible sounding lol. It fits nicely and might represent the fear/uneasiness of the villagers... maybe the inner workings of the mind of the evil dude. I dunno. Anyways, it would be the B sections that use this.

Awesome natemn, it even

Avaruussaha

Location: Finland

Joined: Nov 13 2013

Awesome natemn, it even sounds disturbing at times, definitely evil. The more chromatic you go the more evil it gets. Until its jazz :P

Thanks, Ava! I really liked

natenmn

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Location: United States

Joined: Jul 17 2009

Thanks, Ava! I really liked yours a lot, as well. I agree that it does sound like The Walking dead sorta. It's really cool and has some sort of ethnic, ethereal, something else feel to it. It's awesome.

Also, it does sound evil, but like you implied, it seems more like the "good guys" were the evil doers and didn't realize it util after they killed the hermit. Makes me think the town is more shady than they seemed at first. I dunno, I think that's why I liked it so much... I was able to see a clear story in my head.

Great job Natenmn, reminded

BigHeadClan

Joined: Jan 20 2012

Great job Natenmn, reminded me of the old days of videogames very nestalgic.

If my submission isn't in by midnight feel free to close the contest, had to many real-life issues to focus
on a submission this time around.

Get on it BHC! I recently

natenmn

I haven't had a chance to trim my hedges recently. Thanks for visiting anyway...

Location: United States

Joined: Jul 17 2009

Get on it BHC! I recently went into old tune contest threads and I really enjoy everything I've listened to from you. I was really looking forward to what you'd create for this contest.

i still want to enter

tiger child

Joined: May 31 2012

i still want to enter something, but this has been a pretty shitty week. is anyone else still working/extension?

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this music is my greatest accomplishment
-brick road

If someone else than

hashel

Location: Liège (Belgium)

Joined: Mar 04 2008

If someone else than Tiger_Child needs a deadline extension, i give you until tomorrow (the 8th) =)

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I do VGM covers and stuff at https://www.youtube.com/c/hashel

bah. count me out. me and

tiger child

Joined: May 31 2012

bah. count me out. me and music are just really not getting along lately. one of my midi controllers broke an F key. to which i sighed "fuck" appropriately. it now gets to hang out with super glue and taped for the next 24 hours. and i sort of lost enthusiasm. so just, nevermind.

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this music is my greatest accomplishment
-brick road

Even if im not participating,

Clanver

Pixelfingers cant play

Location: Germany, Kiel

Joined: Jan 03 2009

Even if im not participating, i really enjoy going through all submissions.

Keep it up guys =p.

Thanks everyone for entering

hashel

Location: Liège (Belgium)

Joined: Mar 04 2008

Thanks everyone for entering !
It's a bit sad some of you didn't had the time to finish, but i'm myself really buzzy.
Some great songs once again, good work everyone :)

Masquerade (Giovanniac) : Nice one, sounds like a good theme for the phantom of the opera too, fits really well that masked character !
The Evil Brodorion (Brody) : Nice use of the laugh, the rhythm guitar gives a little something more, excellent sound quality too, well done !
Untouchable (Avaruussaha) : This sounds so melancholic but with a feel of pain and anger. I like the way that this evil guy is just a victim of a plot, nothing's really good, nothing's really bad, everything is somwhere inbetween, and the song fits it really well !
The Fall (Natenmn) : The story and some parts of the song REALLY reminds me of FF7 and Sephiroth ! It's a really good piece, "long" but not repetitive, i wa sjust waiting for a bit more of power in the 3rd part but that's really good !

The winner is Avaruussaha !
It's strange cause it's the more "relaxing" song, but there is a feeling in there that can makes you feel really uncomfortable and you can feel all the rancour and ressentment of the character :)

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I do VGM covers and stuff at https://www.youtube.com/c/hashel

Congratulations, Avaruussaha!

natenmn

I haven't had a chance to trim my hedges recently. Thanks for visiting anyway...

Location: United States

Joined: Jul 17 2009

Congratulations, Avaruussaha! I really enjoyed everyone's submission.

Avaruussaha has been killing

hslesperance

Location: Walpole, MA

Joined: Aug 10 2008

Avaruussaha has been killing it. I just updated the results list and didn't realize until now that Ava has been winning every contest he submitted to! The acoustic guitar on your songs are always really nice and create a melancholic atmosphere. The melodies tend to not grab my attention or be too memorable, but maybe that's intentional for certain songs, becuase you proved you could make a strong, catchy melody on the racing theme. So maybe melody could use a bit more focus, but overall you've been making great songs that all deservedly won and I look forward to more.

I barely started a song for this contest (only 4 measures on 1 instrument) and might continue to work on it some day. Was thinking we had 3 weeks as usual, but it turned out to be only 2.

And I was planning on posting on OCRemix to generate some interest in the tune contests. We tend to have only about 5 on average. I'm not aware of any other ongoing contests online geared towards VG music, except maybe Kwakfest. Even on OCR they have a lot of competitions, but they tend to be remixes of game songs rather than original music.

Other sites that might be worth plugging are DwellingofDuels, Newgrounds, VGMusic and any other suggestions.

So what does everyone think; should I reach out to some other sites or do we want to keep this contained within the Gametabs community?

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My Original Songs - https://soundcloud.com/hslesperance

As long as you have to log in

hashel

Location: Liège (Belgium)

Joined: Mar 04 2008

As long as you have to log in to enter a contest, bringing new people on gametabs from famous wesites like OCR, DoD or VGM would be a good idea !
@hslesperance : Can you make news on gametabs ? Cause the NES Album still have no news, which is a bit sad :/
@Avaruussaha : May i use your song on the gametabs YT channel ? :)
With a link to your soundcloud, as always :)

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I do VGM covers and stuff at https://www.youtube.com/c/hashel

Sorry, I don't have the

hslesperance

Location: Walpole, MA

Joined: Aug 10 2008

Sorry, I don't have the ability to post news articles on the site. You could ask RexLeRouge, Bhael, or auriplane

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My Original Songs - https://soundcloud.com/hslesperance

Re: Get on it BHC! I recently

BigHeadClan

Joined: Jan 20 2012

Didn't see this thanks for kind words Natenmn, hopefully I get back into the contests soon here real-life has never been as busy as it has now. Vacation time is booked for start of July so I will be making submissions around then :)

@hslesperance

Hah I was totally going to bug you about same thing as hashel, I also agree to posting on other websites!

Uhh... Killing it indeed, at

Avaruussaha

Location: Finland

Joined: Nov 13 2013

Uhh... Killing it indeed, at least the list for theme ideas I'm supposed to have this often.

Generating more traffic around here certainly wouldn't hurt, I've yet to dwell into other sites of similar interests so there's not much I could say about it though. Well, it's hard not to know OCRemix, there's some rad stuff there.

Melodies really seem hard to come up with for me, and most of my stuff ends up quite ambient (so not necessarily by choice). I've been trying to work around it, but it still is a slow progress. This time I had 2 other projects for this theme, with more planning so to say... Ended up with a completely unrelated quickish jam due to time lost because of watery poop week.

Good job everyone, but it seems like I had a week of suffering to draw inspiration from this time around.

Hashel, sure upload it.

Should we map the possibilities of offsite ventures and stuff before continuing into the next one?

Should be starting the new

Avaruussaha

Location: Finland

Joined: Nov 13 2013

Should be starting the new one next week, lets continue the little break in TC threads until then.