Very good stuff, overall! You're certainly a seasoned composer and your style is very clear, reminding me in places of my own, but more "matured", if that's an adequate way of describing it. You are, like me, averse to repetition and have a great grasp over variation, and the tunes themselves are really pleasing to listen to.
As Doomworld's resident MIDI nutcase (or, one of them :P), I'm always thrilled to see new MIDI composers turning up in the community, and I'd like to review each of these. :)
#1. Wake of a Dream - Great track to start us off. Sounds a bit dubsteppy insofar as the drumbeat matches. :P A simple chord progression, but the instrumentation surrounding it is really cool. Nice use of pitch wheels on the guitar, too.
#2. Chiggity - Okay, I can already tell that you've got a really great handling of melody. No lead section is exactly the same as the last. And ooh, dat time signature change. :D I love the way the harp and the strings bounce off each other effortlessly.
#3. Markov Process - Lovely little neoclassical-ish piano bit at the beginning. The drum rhythm of this one really confuses me, haha. Is that 18/4? You psychopath. XP
#4. Run - Wow, love it. A brilliant "silly" track - particularly the deliberately dissonant guitar stings remind me of the Gubble soundtrack (see this), which is one of my favorite puzzle game soundtracks of all time. ...Are you Seppo Hurme? :D
#5. Fight - Another "silly" track - fast and hectic, and definitely fitting for a boss battle of some kind. I love what the piano's doing all throughout this. Dat 15/8.
#6. Anathema - That's the weirdest guitar riff I've ever heard. Love it. :D By this point the time signature is just flying over my head, and I'm letting the guitars take me to some faraway place of ruin and desolation - at least that's the imagery I get listening to this track. There's a lot of cool stuff going on, melody-wise, and I'm really liking the adrenaline-pumping rhythm that the drums create.
#7. Beehive - That trumpet in the beginning really sets the progressive theme of the track. And then the guitars come in and good Lord is it hard to headbang to. XP Really liking the odd rhythms of this one, hope you can finish it. :D
#8. Bounding - I don't know if I've ever heard the Electric Piano used in that way before. x) I like how the trumpet seems to start out doing some kind of Egyptian melody but then just dissolves into the same crazy stuff the piano's doing. The vibraphone also goes some way to making sure this piece sounds really messed up, overall. :P Very interesting stuff.
#9. Entropic - That rhythm is seriously weird, but so cool. You seem to have a 9/8 melody going over a 10/8 drum pattern, or something of that sort... how do you come up with this stuff?! :P The song itself features some quite slow and sombre chords compared to the rest of these, but I really like that.
#10. Phatal - Very nice intro/outro, and great piano melody once the rhythm settles back into common time. Love the tubular bells. :)
#11. Rawr - Now this is a boss battle tune if ever I heard one. >:D The chord progression is very interesting, and I love how the guitar plays it out. The outro is seriously cool, too.
#12. Underground - The main melody reminds me of Tyrian. :D Great track overall - very ambient yet melodious. The strings play off the harp and bass really nicely. I get the feeling there should be some drums in it, though - even if they're only quiet.
#13. Nightmarescape - Very similar to the last track but has so much more going on. The choir sounds great and I love the way the contrabass harmonizes with it towards the end. That harp is gorgeous, too - highly reminiscent of our own Paul Corfiatis. :)
#14. Canyon - Wow, this is a long one. It just keep changing and changing - I'm pretty sure the only thing that repeats throughout this whole song is the bassline, but it's really great one, so that's fine. :P Spooky opening - vaguely reminds me of the Pikmin soundtrack. There's no real outro to speak of, though. Bloody great track overall. :D
#15. Toybox - A nice, slow, demented track to finish us off. :D Very Gubble-ish, this one, especially when the harp comes in (see this). Nice touch using the woodblocks as a ticking clock, and cool job on the 14/8 beat, too. x)
Very nice work on all of these, the Doom community could always use more musicians! :D I'll see if I can't find a use for them... ;)
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