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Back to Saturn X Arranged: Lurking, Mystproj, and Ether

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Oh dear, i know nothing about commenting on Music D:

Here's a valiant effort, i guess. The "Lurking" arrangement is on point! Sounds straight out of Hollow Knight: Mysterious, seemingly beckoning to be explored, but every step further is filled with dread. On "Mystproj"... dunno, currently am partial to the midi version.

I tried. Honestly, i'm just here to leave my appreciation. Your music is awesome Essel! I've been listening to tracks like "Bitmap", "Ether", "Mystproj" and "Womp" nonstop, though pretty much all of your BTSX tracks are gold. Even your non-Doom tracks are cool. Up there as one of my fav composers, so glad to see more!

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This are some rather beautiful arrangements, both of them sound fantastic, but my fav has to be Mystproj, instruments are on point and it's hard to go back to the midi original after listening to this arrangement, really moody and relaxing.

Im really looking forward to hear more BTSX arrangements, i'm curious about how some e1 tracks such as 'Bitmap' or 'Entering' would sound if you're planning on getting them arranged. Either way, nice work

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Mystproj is one of my favourite BTSX E2 tracks, and my mind is completely blown by this arrangement. Superb!

 

Seeing this makes me wish there would be arrangements of the entire BTSX soundtrack made like this. Might be a little too ambitious though. :P

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Thanks everyone :)

 

Ether, Womp, and Entering are definitely on the shortlist of songs I intend to put out new arrangements of. Ether has been a real challenge but it's an important song to me and I'm committed to getting it right.

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I think both tracks are awesome, but if I had to pick one of the two it would probably be "mystproj", it is kind of serene, almost bittersweet at times, has a nice "tempo", and the flute is an instant "sell" for me. Love the almost minimalistic use of percussion in it, makes it feel very pronounced without being overwhelming at any point (shows the kind of restraint I most likely couldn't muster for the life of me). I really don't know what else to say, I've listened to it like 10-12 times by now, enjoyed it each time, it's just that damn good.

 

Really dig the choice of instruments in "Lurking", the strings in it are beautiful all the way, and my only small nitpick is that my ears wish the drums had bit more "sustain" to them to feel more "weighty", if that makes sense (but maybe it's my lack of restraint speaking here). What starts to unfold there at 2:57 put a smile on my face, though, that is a real highlight in the track for me personally. In spite of the slightly haunting vibes that come through every so often, these few seconds towards the end don't feel out of place for me, even though there is a sense of "warmth" to them (in my mind anyway). The way this moment proceeds to "curve" into a slightly darker mood almost seamlessly is icing on the cake, and the few piano notes bring the entire thing full circle to conclude the track... Absoutely stunning finish.

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Thanks @Nine Inch Heels!

 

22 hours ago, Zakken said:

Mystproj is one of my favourite BTSX E2 tracks, and my mind is completely blown by this arrangement. Superb!

 

Seeing this makes me wish there would be arrangements of the entire BTSX soundtrack made like this. Might be a little too ambitious though. :P

 

I would love to be able to do the entire soundtrack, but considering how much work it's taken for just a few songs, it's just too much of a Project. A complete BTSX Arranged soundtrack would be basically impossible without something like a "take a year or two off of work to redo all 50 or however many BTSX songs there are (not even counting the additional songs from episode 3)" crowdfunding campaign, which isn't something I'd count on for a free game mod (:

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Lurking sounds really cool; I love the interesting instrument choice and the dark sound to the piece. Note/chord choice was grand and created a beautifully melancholic feel pushed on by the pressing drums. Sounds really fitting for what you intend it for.

 

Mystproj: Wow what a beautiful and mysterious piece. Great instrument choice again; they really help to bring out the atmosphere of the piece. Chord progression was interesting, going places and setting up the vast-seeming melody to really shine through; I could get lost in this song. Mystproj had a faint reminiscence to like a panzer dragoon type of track, which is a huge ++ for me.

 

Nicely done essel!

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Hi, I'd also like to contribute with my, sort of, arrangement of the "Mystproj" song.

Althrough I like your new arrangements of both the songs, I don't have much to say or comment, as I'm personally rather OPL Synth kind of person and listen to Doom music almost exclusively in this way. I made a recording of complete Back to Saturn X Episode 2 soundtrack with GZDoom's OPL Synth emulator, including "Mystproj", which you can listen to here:
https://youtu.be/Iswli5xbyoU?t=899

I admit it's not comparable with any high-quality arrangements like yours, but this is probably something about how best can your song sound with an oldschool FM Synth-based rendition. I hope you will like it at least a bit and am curious what do you think.

Unfortunately, in the soundtrack, I skipped the "Lurking" track, because it did not work with OPL Synth at all. It is much more ambient type of song, not much melodic like rest of the soundtrack, and that just does not go well. That was also the reason why I disliked this song when I was playing BTSX E2. But now I can actually hear how it really is!

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Finally done with this. Ether is my favorite of all the songs I've written for BTSX, I hope you'll enjoy this new version of it!

 

 

Direct download because SoundCloud stream is potato quality:

Ether (320kbps MP3)

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Tapped my foot and bobbed my head throughout the bus ride. "Ether" always felt like penultimate/final level material, but darn this arrangement is really something else!

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Do you do requests? "Phobophobe" is probably one of my favourites from E1 and I'd love to hear it redone.

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1 hour ago, fraggle said:

Do you do requests? "Phobophobe" is probably one of my favourites from E1 and I'd love to hear it redone.

Phobophobe is one I'd really like to hear as well :) I've given it a couple of tries but haven't managed to get things feeling right yet. It's a challenging song to do and translating it is going to take some significant rethinking, but I haven't given up on it yet.

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Woaah, this sounds insane goood, seriously this is a really awesome arrangement!

Im really looking forward to hear more arrangements in the future, and i hope you're planning on doing something from E1 soon

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1 hour ago, DMPhobos said:

Woaah, this sounds insane goood, seriously this is a really awesome arrangement!

Im really looking forward to hear more arrangements in the future, and i hope you're planning on doing something from E1 soon

Thank you!

 

I have done work on a couple from E1, it’s just coincidence that all the songs I’ve been able to finish satisfactorily so far have been from E2.

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Do you use VSTs?
 

You also might be interested in tracker formats (i.e. OpenMPT and the like). They allow for some nice, unbounded sounds too :)

 

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Nonetheless, nice job! I truly enjoyed these arrangements.

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4 hours ago, Gustavo6046 said:

Do you use VSTs?
 

You also might be interested in tracker formats (i.e. OpenMPT and the like). They allow for some nice, unbounded sounds too :)

 

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Nonetheless, nice job! I truly enjoyed these arrangements.

Thanks for listening! There are indeed VSTs used in these, mainly various Kontakt libraries. I’m familiar with trackers, but they’re not the right format for what I’m aiming to do with these arrangements.

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