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5-17-2010 @ 4:25PM
First off, I don't think this news post does the Stockades music justice. It's just one part of the larger collection. I haven't listened to the whole set of Stockades music, so I won't comment on them too much. All I have to say is that Stockades 2 reminds me of Bowerstone from the Fable series, which also invokes the right feelings for the setting. It's very well put together.Gnomeregan is fitting, but as a single piece it doesn't fit the whole instance. It sounds more suited to a cleared instance than one in progress, as it sounds much more static (and ambient) than the dynamic pieces I would expect from dungeon music.I also listened to the Deadmines suite, and it also sounds fitting for the instance. Again, not enough up-tempo sections for the conflict. That's one of the things the WoW music does well, is that it's got a more aggressive sound when you're going in to an area with lots of combat, which makes you want to kill stuff.Overall, these pieces are very well put together, great to listen to, and fitting for the instance settings. Great background music overall, just not well-suited to dungeon music. I also think that individual pieces (Stockades 2, for example) are too long to be properly utilised for dungeon music.
5-17-2010 @ 4:43PM
I agree with you on the music being too slow on a general basis. The problem I face with this project is trying to make the music not sound stale or recycled. Only a fraction of my music on youtube could be classified as 'battle music', and the rest is merely atmospheric, ambient, and thematic. For example, I tried emulating the Conservatory music in Ulduar for Uldaman 3, and I'm constantly trying to find ways to change things up.It does pose a problem in context of the game though. I have all of the tracks installed into my WoW, and for the most part it works rather well. Sometimes it does get a bit muddy or strained under battle effects and ambient noise though...Hopefully I'll be doing battlegrounds music soon, so that'll really put my epic music-writing chops to the test, haha!
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