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Being that I’m a little over two weeks away from entering into the third month of my sabbatical (crazy to think about that), I decided that I need to get serious about finishing and mastering some of my older ideas.  I’ve got a couple of new tunes in the oven, but cranking out tunes in Finale that sound synthy doesn’t do me very much good in terms of marketing myself in this day and age.  Here are two tunes that I recently finished, both of which might be a bit uplifting:

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 “Happy-Go-Lucky”

Mario Kart Title


“Happy-Go-Lucky” on SoundCloud

I wrote most of “Happy-Go-Lucky” a while back, but had a lot of cleaning up to do with it. Originally it didn’t include drums and it sounded very bare. There was just too much space! I thought that I needed some chordal textures at first because the bass sound was holding down a rhythmic base, but I was completely wrong–drums were the answer, and I knew it immediately after I put them in. Gotta give a shout-out to my old professor, Robert Jospe, since I knew what rhythm I wanted to use. Thanks for teaching me how to groove, Jos!

This tune is meant to be the title screen of a racer, and while I was thinking more “F-Zero” at first, David Graey commented on my SoundCloud, saying that the tune reminds his of the Mario 64 race theme (though he’s not sure why, and I’m not totally sure why either, to be honest, haha). I decided to make the picture that of a Mario Kart title screen as a happy medium between his interpretation and my own.

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“Monday’s Theme” (final edition)

Harvest-Moon
“Monday’s Theme” on SoundCloud
*Bonus points to whoever locates and correctly identifies the musical quote in this tune!

You might remember this little diddy back when I first posted about it last January. From that post: More

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Monday’s Theme (Draft 1.5)

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One time a while ago my game-programming friend Nick was working on a farming game project on his spare time.  We were just talking about it when I decided that I’d write something for his work.  Actually, I thought that it would be neat if I did a different theme for each day of the week, and maybe even a different version of each theme based on the varying weather patterns that we humans face in any given day.

I started to write “Monday’s Theme,” the sunny version, first.  Then, for some reason, I stopped, and the tune was subsequently lost until last night, when I just happened to stumble across it in my iTunes.  I listened to it and thought that maybe I’d get back to that one  day after I wrote a few more tunes–it wasn’t really a priority of mine.

Then I woke up this morning and it was stuck in my head.  Thinking that maybe this was a sign, I worked on it a bit this evening.

“Monday’s Theme” is a very lazy, easy-going tune.  I imagine that if there were actually people playing this, the banjo player would be sitting in a rocking chair on a porch, hat over his or her face with a long piece of wheat hanging out (or something equally as stereotypical).  The whistler would be working out in the field, harvesting, gearing up for a long, hard work week, but not getting into things too quickly.  Since everyone is so laid back and unworried, they’re just strumming along, not particularly worried about being exactly in time (I think that the rhythmic relativity is a little charming; if you all say it’s obnoxious then I’ll tighten things up a bit).

Check it out and tell me what you think:


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Nick and I exchanged e-mails after I sent my original take to him:

“Did you listen to any of the Harvest Moon music before composing that?”
“No, haha, is it similar?”
“Mostly just instrument choice I guess.”

In the last e-mail he inserted a link to this video:
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