MIDI Request: "Cheery with a slight schizophrenic undertone"

Hi. I'm making a fairly unusual map that requires a specific sort of MIDI: as you might have guessed, it needs to sound happy and cheery and yet have an unsettling undertone to it that puts the player on edge. Think somewhere along the lines of "Sweet Little Dead Bunny", but not with the end bit. Are there any musicians out there who can help me out?

Share this post


Link to post

Maybe it would be better if you could give your wad to a musician so he can play it and see and feel how to compose the music with what you ask. Visual is always helpful for composing music!

Share this post


Link to post
axtarmas said:

Maybe it would be better if you could give your wad to a musician so he can play it and see and feel how to compose the music with what you ask. Visual is always helpful for composing music!


Good point, but I do kind of want to keep it under wraps at the moment. I will give you a keyword though: think meadow.

Memfis said:

How about http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNDMGSWfVq0 ?
There is a midi version on vgmusic.com.
For something different try d_runnin from coecits.


Thanks Memfis. :) The first one almost fits, but I need something a little less "mystical". Thanks for the suggestions though.

Share this post


Link to post

Some of the Blood MIDIs could work, I think.

Share this post


Link to post
Gez said:

Some of the Blood MIDIs could work, I think.


Hmm...which one do you think would be best? The Ghost Town one almost sounds right, but not quite. Thanks for the suggestion. :)

Share this post


Link to post

I was thinking of CBLOOD4 or CBLOOD9. Relistening to it, it doesn't keep the fake cheeriness for long.

Share this post


Link to post

Interesting challenge. My first thought was jazz midis, as they translate quite strangely when you take out all the subtlety. Maybe a little more spastic, and it doesn't loop so great, but this might be a start:

[Oscar Peterson - Autumn Leaves]

Share this post


Link to post

I'm sure Wolfram Tones could come up with something. All the slightly-off goodness of computer-generated music.

It's actually surprisingly hard to try and compose something to that criteria. Everything I make either comes out too cheery or too random and shit sounding.

Share this post


Link to post

Well, I imagining it's hard to even come up with something that nuanced when you've only got 8+1 channels to work with. Honestly, I don't know how you guys do it.

Makes me wish Doom vanilla had supported the more complex forms of midi in one of the later releases. I've heard some really amazing midi compositions that are unfortunately over 20kb.

Share this post


Link to post

What is a schizophrenic undertone with apples that you wheel around with a cart and I sold Carl all my shirt buttons.

Share this post


Link to post
chopkinsca said:

What is a schizophrenic undertone with apples that you wheel around with a cart and I sold Carl all my shirt buttons.


Taciturn it waterway, and an bearable buttonhole inadmissible it diplomatically of and contest expiration date enact to inoffensive woLf.

Share this post


Link to post
Obsidian said:

Taciturn it waterway, and an bearable buttonhole inadmissible it diplomatically of and contest expiration date enact to inoffensive woLf.


Sounds like the LoseThos guy has got on your computer...

Share this post


Link to post
Nixot said:

Sounds like the LoseThos guy has got on your computer...


Heh, actually it's an excerpt from a brilliant torrent of verbiage from our very own Unicorn_X. I actually named a map after it. :P

Share this post


Link to post

Listen to metal. Listen to blues. Listen to happy trance music. Now combine the three. When you have whole tones, try adding some flat tones to it, maybe hit the 6th, from root note, skip a couple beats.... add that wierd atonality. Try changing tempo from bar to bar, maybe have a section that progressively goes faster in bpm, starting from like 75 and ending at like 160, for a few bars.

But i really don't know shit about music. I just play notes and listen to it.

Share this post


Link to post

RISE, MY ZOMBIE!

Ahem. I still need a suitable MIDI for the project I'm working on and I've had no luck finding something that fits the bill. Can someone help me please?

Share this post


Link to post

Yo yo! I think I might be of help. Try sending me stuff that sounds 'kind of' like you want it to be. And describe the feel again, throughly.

Oh, and instruments (band, trio, electronic...)

Share this post


Link to post
Doggo120 said:

Yo yo! I think I might be of help. Try sending me stuff that sounds 'kind of' like you want it to be. And describe the feel again, throughly.

Oh, and instruments (band, trio, electronic...)


Thanks. :-) I'll put up some links.

This could almost fit, although the end bit with the guitars kind of breaks the theme I'm going for. Also, everyone knows it too well.

I also tried this, but I couldn't find any decent MIDIs that captured the same essence of the original. It isn't overly creepy, but I reckon that could be added easily enough.

I'm not overly savvy instrument-wise, so I can't help on that front. As for the feel, it needs to feel happy bordering on psychotic: a nice tune that somehow puts you on edge and you can't explain why. Hopefully this is enough. Thanks in advance.

Share this post


Link to post

Ok, so no distorted guitars and drums right? I'll work on an idea and upload a demo soon.

Share this post


Link to post

Hmm...I'd dial down on the heavy bit halfway through and make it a wee bit more happy, but it definitely follows the guideline. :)

Share this post


Link to post

Hahaha too much creepyness! Alrighty, I'm leaving for a few days but next week you'll hear from me again ho ho... Ho

Share this post


Link to post

That's perfect! Thank you, thank you, thank you! :D

Quick question, do you want to be credited as "Doggo120" in the textfile or as something else?

Share this post


Link to post

You're very welcomed my friend!

And yes, Doggo120 is good. Haha hey you have to show me your map with the music and everything so I can play it :)

Share this post


Link to post
Doggo120 said:

You're very welcomed my friend!

And yes, Doggo120 is good. Haha hey you have to show me your map with the music and everything so I can play it :)


You'll be the first to try it. :-)

Share this post


Link to post

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now