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  1. Hey so I don't think I've shared anything about these yet over here! As well as writing a bunch of doom midis (and branching into tracking, chiptune etc) I thought I might share some live recordings of actual concert pieces that I've written! (As a side note, I am one of the performers in every one of these recordings!) Aviary (wind band, 5:30) 'Aviary' is a work I wrote for my university's wind ensemble, whose conductor had wanted me to write something for years. I tried to explore as much tonal and textural colour as I could. Live recording from April of this year. Three Sketches for Two Marimbas (marimba duet, 5:40) A few years ago I wanted to write something for a percussion ensemble I played in, but writing something for everybody turned out to be difficult so I decided to start small and just write a duet. This was the first piece I ever wrote for live performance, and I kept it fairly simple, with three short movements each exploring a different musical idea. Live recording from nearly two years ago. (I'm playing the marimba part which starts off the first and the third movements) Amazing Grace (handbell ensemble, 2:44) Yes, handbell ensembles are a thing, and my university has one, and I played with them during 2016. I wrote this piece for them. Live recording from a year ago. A not so live recording: Country Walk (wind quintet, 6:00) Not performed yet because I only finished writing it last week, so here's the Sibelius audio output. Written for a newly formed wind quintet at my university, hopefully will be performed in September. I am also in the progress of writing a saxophone quartet and a flute duet at the moment. If you'd like to support me in my expensive venture across to Scotland to study composition further (I've never formally studied composition before!) you can contribute here. Any small amount is appreciated :)
  2. I just wanted to share the one classical piece that had the most influence on my compositional style. Ancient Aliens could not have been the same without it!

     

    1. rehelekretep

      rehelekretep

      its beautiful

  3. So I made a quick something with the intention of MAP06 but maybe it turned out too classical/'happy', in which case I'll just use it for something else :) I had great fun writing all the chords in any case so it was worth it either way. Flight of the Fox (2:06) Edit: I just took notice of @Viscra Maelstrom's post, looks like you beat me! Interesting how you had a much heavier interpretation of the map. I was thinking more of the player's movements rather than the action.
  4. Have I mentioned yet that I'm moving to Glasgow in three months to study a masters in composition? Because I am!
    You can support me here if you'd like:
    https://www.gofundme.com/stuarts-postgraduate-study

    1. GarrettChan

      GarrettChan

      Not much, but good luck at the study. Don't forget to make more Doom musics :P

    2. Doomkid

      Doomkid

      That's awesome, enjoy the Glass Cow!

  5. Something a little different, a piece I wrote for my university wind band! Recording from a couple months ago.
  6. If anyone's interested in hearing an alternate version of this, the track I based it off is something I did in an hour or so back in late 2011.
  7. Probably the midi from the 'classic' megawads that I enjoy the most is MAP09 from MM2. I never see it in other people's favourite MIDI lists, so it's maybe a little odd that I enjoy it so much. Maybe the instrumentation speaks to me, maybe I just love hearing how it progresses. It's not the most listenable on its own, but I've never yet tired of it ingame. In other wads, there isn't necessarily a favourite midi I like listening to. It's odd, but I don't actually tend to listen to music that much just by itself. So I would have to go through every wad with custom music and just list the midis I like, which could get long. As for non-doom favourite midis, anything I use in my own maps is always going to be a midi I really enjoy. The stuff I used in Destination Unknown I still like (except for MAP18's track which was one of the earliest midis I ever wrote, back in 2005).
  8. That track was actually written for a different map that didn't end up making it in to the wad, so no hard feelings :)
  9. That is not something I expected to hear from anyone!
  10. You mean people have used it elsewhere? I've only ever heard it in resurgence.
  11. Don't forget MAP33 guys :) This is also a great opportunity to see early stewboy music writing, as this was my first major project (after doing a few tracks for plutonia 2, and both claustrophobia 1024 packs). It's kind of inconsistent, looking back. I really like some tracks (eg 24, 25) and others just make me feel uncomfortable (eg 3, 16) because there are compositional issues that I would definitely have avoided if I wrote them now. I was wild and experimental in those days (totally unlike AA's soundtrack which is of course completely conventional and unexciting). Also I was 16 when I started on this project! Nobody is at their best when they're 16.
  12. @Psyrus @Dopaminecloud @Jimmy Your wish is my command.
  13. So browsing the 'identify that Doom song' thread made me realise how much I enjoy coming across my music being used in other wads, and although it's easy enough to copy the music from the internal structure of wads it would certainly make it easier if I just went ahead and gave everyone the original midi files. Which I don't think I've done yet. So, here you go! Please reuse as you see fit (and maybe give credit somewhere of course) :) Resurgence_midis.zip Ancient Aliens_midis.zip Edit: I have now attached a zip of almost everything I have in my midi folder spanning my entire decade of midi composition, excluding the ones from AA and Resurgence and also excluding ones that are either too horrible to release or are being used in current projects. This pack also includes a few midis which I'm fairly sure I have never uploaded anywhere here or actually showed anyone else in this community at all (like 1.mid or the very corny march.mid, and a few others). A few are also from midi battles over at battleofthebits.org (midiville, dance of the reindeer, rub a dub dub, overture, escher's garden, cloudrunner). Also included is my doom 2 midi mashup which you can listen to here. If you find any sort of use for them then knock yourself out :) There'll be a few (eg, risk.mid) which probably break the windows poly limit because I never bothered to optimize them for modern systems and I'm happy to fix any midi which does that if anyone wants me to. https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4gm20-64GniRUlleGlyUm1zTXc
  14. Personally I almost never check the creative works forum so that's possibly another reason. The first one has a good rhythmic feel going. It's not the type of music I usually would enjoy listening to (it's a little too repetitive overall in mood and tonality for my tastes) but I could certainly see it being used in a doom map where the repetitiveness wouldn't matter so much. The change at 4:30 or so was a bit of a sharp contrast to the beginning but that's still thinking about it from a doomy perspective, which maybe is not necessarily what you were going for with it. Also Chalcanthite certainly isn't too upbeat for the game imo (have you played Ancient Aliens? :P), I can definitely see it going in a deathmatch or CTF map, and even a normal map if it had the right atmosphere. In fact I preferred it to the first midi, and I would be perfectly happy to be listening to it in doom. But then, plenty of people have criticised my own music for not being doomy enough so I'm kind of biased in this way. You should never be afraid to experiment with moods if you find a suitable place for them!
  15. Hey so on impulse (and because I needed something to do) I wrote something short for map05, what do you think? https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B4gm20-64GniV0hxSTl0bm5rdWc