Here's my submission for
this week's Splinterland's Music/Lore Contest! It was inspired by Neb Semi's lore, and his new home after arriving from his distant place of birth. I don't know if there has been a battle there, but the name sounds like a good place for one, lol, so the title stays! This song was going to be something on a solo piano in 7/4 originally, but as I was writing, it wound feeling like a bar of 6 and a bar 8 (14 beats total, so 2 bars of 7/4), so I just rolled with that.
Track 1 is the piano
which is a little melody line in the 'right hand', and some chords in the 'left'. The melody ascends and descends over the course of 2 sections (2 sets of 14 beats), while the chords repeat every 1 section: we begin on Bminor (our tonic), then to a nice dissonance on Abmajor, then Gmaj, before two more super dark and dissonant chords, Dmin and F#min, then repeat. Tracks 2 and 3 are both strings from Spitfire Audio, with 2 playing the chords using a legato setting, while 3 using an arpeggiator with the staccato setting. They both use the same chords from the piano, in lower octaves.
Track 1, piano, full progression (2 sets of 14 beats ea.)
Track 4, trumpet melody.
Track 4 uses an instrument
from Native Instruments, a muted trumpet. Originally, I didn't like this sound, but with the full song finished, and the melody edited a bit, it has really grown on me and works nicely towards the end of the tune. Track 5 is the timpanis, which work nicely with our other two percussion tracks: Track 7, using samples from a guzheng for some shakers/hihats/random hits, and Track 9, actual kicks and snares from an electric kit. Track 6 is the tubular bells, which just accent the 1st beat of each chord change, and finally, Track 8, a heavy 808-ish kick to accent the beginning of each section.
I hope you dig this week's submission! Thanks for listening, and make sure to check out the other contestants here!