Another music track – again made with FL Studio. Let’s hear it for free VSTs like Ganymede to make the basis for interesting sounds! I’m planning to save up for a $110 Bundle that includes the lauded Sytrus plugin (which makes HUNDREDS of beautiful instruments) but in the meanwhile I’m using what I have.
There’s a pretty stark transition in the early moments of this song from orchestral to electronic. I picture this track as being the early moments of the game when it first turns on. You’ll see the “Send More People” logo (and possibly our publisher?) then the main menu appears and the base kicks in. Cue spinning objects and dramatic space scenes in the background. Gonna be the sexiest home screen ever.
A few of my music posts mention that I feel a little caught up in a loop rut recently and feel like a lot of my music is a little stunted by the method I use to create it. My phone app is great, but it insists upon loops of 4 bars at a time, which I’ve found inhibits musical themes longer than that. It also makes it quite a challenge to switch keys, or throw little pieces of ambient variety in there. The result is I feel somewhat “herded” towards a certain style of music – It’s difficult to experiment “sideways” but easy to experiment “up,” which results in these songs that build and build and build towards a crescendo. That’s great for some things, but since I constantly think of the Drift sound track as a ambient “mood-setter”, like a movie soundtrack during a dialog scene, and not aggressive, as an object of the player’s direct focus, I have trouble creating the appropriate tone.
This attached piece is made in FL studio, as opposed to the phone, and an attempt to enjoy more of that “sideways” experimentation – no loops save for the beat at the baseline, which are subtle. FL, of course, is much superior to a little $8 app on a smart phone, and I really think that the flexibility it provides will be great for the soundtrack. I think this pieace captures the kind of haunting mood I’ve been seeking for Drift. Please to enjoy!