Bach with the Beat... the Void War Soundtrack

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A year and a half ago, I wrote the soundtrack for a video game called Void War. It was a small production, but seems to live forever in some ways. Didn't pay much, but as part of my contract, I asked for and received permission to post the full soundtrack to the Internet for public use a year after the release of the game.

Proving yet again that good music is never finished, just abandoned...

So here are the songs. All of them are designed for release with a game that had a very limited size, so they're between 2-3 minutes long. I'm also listing them in the order they were (mostly) written, so you can hear the theme develop from beginning to end. I consider Bereft to be the best tune on this collection.

All tunes were originally Ogg Vorbis format; Ogg provides smaller file sizes and higher quality than MP3. Unfortunately, due to previous complaints on this board about the goofy format (unreadable in Windows Media Player), I've gone to MP3. Enjoy the lower quality :)

Each song in this collection has an inspiration from "Das Wohltempierte Klavier" (The Evenly-Tuned, or Well-Tempered, keyboard), Vol 1 by Johann Sebastian Bach. I managed to include a little Tocatta, too... The inspiration is often buried, and if you're not familiar with the collection it will be very difficult to pick out in some cases.

I apologize that, even at high-quality, the songs have kind of a tinny midrange. This is due to the target format I was shooting for in the distribution: a 16KHz, 16kbps .ogg file. It had very limited range, so I emphasized frequencies which sounded good in that range. They made the "high-quality" recordings sound a bit off, though, and I don't want to spend hours re-mixing and re-mastering these from the start again.

Stream the soundtrack here.

  • Falling Over (stream): This is the title tune of the game. Written last, but, well, played first :) No classical tune embedded.
  • War Chant (stream): I made a MIDI ringtone for my phone from this one!
  • Cut Scene 1 (stream): A short, loopable bit to play during cutscenes. I really want to make a full-length bit out of this tune one day.
  • On The Level (stream): Never made it into the game. The feel was just wrong. This tune is really, uhh, unfinished. I may re-use the theme at some point, though. No classical tune buried in this one... I figured out that hook later.
  • Death Music (stream): The original death music for the game. Threw it out, but I still think it sounds nifty (and short), so I wanted to stick it somewhere.
  • Haunting Me (stream): I seemed to have mixing problems with most of my tunes; this is one of the few that seemed to presence across the full spectrum. Klavier inspiration: Prelude #3 in C# minor. Of course, I adjusted the key...
  • Blood Bash (stream): This is "Haunting Me", umm, as a rap tune. I threw it over the wall to Justin to see if he could do some lyrics, and this is what he came up with. Included mostly for comedic purpose :) And yet, I feel compelled to expand on this tune at some point... kind of Enders-Game-ish lyrics. The parts that are missing lyrics need a woman's croon in there as a counterpoint I think...
  • Cut Scene 2 (stream): Another short, loopable bit to play during cutscenes. It's a theme I had running through my brain for years, and it never went anywhere, so there it is.
  • Gutteral (stream): Like War Chant, it started life as a MIDI before we went to OGG for in-game music. This is what happens when you combine Tocatta in D Minor with electronica. It ain't pretty, but it gets the job done.
  • Dogchild (stream): Bet ya can hear Bach's Prelude #2 in C Minor, can't you? I knew you could! Initially started as "Child of Dog", because I was pretty ticked off about the whole theism thing when I wrote it. Gosh, I thought I was clever.
  • Bereft (stream): My fave!

Hope you enjoy. Not exactly music everybody's gonna want to listen to in their cars, but I felt like I needed to archive it somewhere!

Rights regarding these pieces: All songs but "Blood Bash" Copyright© 2004 Matthew P. Barnson. All rights reserved. Duplication in whole or in part for any purpose is allowed, but attribution of authorship in ID3 tags or other prominent method must be retained. "Blood Bash" is jointly Copyright© 2005 Matthew P. Barnson and Justin Timpane. All rights reserved. For the love of everything holy, don't reproduce Blood Bash willy-nilly, you could put an eye out.

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matthew's picture

Good lyrics or hook for On the Level?

If anybody can figure out good lyrics or a hook that works for On the Level, PM me. I never figured out anything that worked, but it aches for words...

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Sounds good...

But many just seem to end abruptly.. it it my player?

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matthew's picture

Abrupt endings...

Not sure what you mean by "abrupt"? Try downloading them instead of streaming them, maybe.

The two cut scene pieces are very abrupt... intentionally so. They are designed to loop indefinitely. But the rest should have endings, more or less.

Try Winamp? It works well for most of my Windows media playback needs.

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Timpane's picture

yup!

Downloading=good!
Much better!!

I really like this stuff! And it is car listenable!

Hey! I like exclamation points!!

Did I hear a rumor about an alternate version of the 1st wayward sun album floating around?

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On the level

Matthew, are you looking for a hookline in terms of singable melody or for the lyrics or both?

btw: great stuff you have there!

-- Dirk

matthew's picture

Yes

Matthew, are you looking for a hookline in terms of singable melody or for the lyrics or both?

Yes to both. And even restructuring, if necessary, to match lyrics. I just ran out of inspiration. The original lyrics were... umm... less than inspiring. I can't even remember what they were, but I remember sitting at my recorder, looking at the sheet of paper in front of me, humming, and saying aloud to myself "This is crap" and giving up :)

Thanks for the compliment!

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matthew's picture

You or me?

Wait, were you going to be the one posting the alternate album, or me? PM or call me :)

Glad you find it listenable. I actually haven't been a total musical slacker the last few years. Just the whole burning CDs, doing cover art, and all that jazz doesn't appeal to me a whole lot.

Now to throw a few more of the things I've abandoned over the wall so I can get on with new stuff...

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cool ...

... I'll give that a try. I had a melody in my head the first time I heard it before I went to work. So I most propably hum it first (or play guitar) over your recording. The lyrics are a different story, maybe something snappy comes up while doing that.

Nice experiment on my side. Sort of virtual inspiration via blog ... hey, that's snappy! :-)

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Some lyrics

I have a handful of lyrics posted on MurphyMaphia. You're welcome to use them if they work. If not, I have scads rattling around in my head. Maybe I could come up with something.

http://murphymaphia.com/category/pop_culture/music

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mot propre

Hi, There can not be found

Hi,
There can not be found any of the pages, if you click a song. where can I find them?

Thx

matthew's picture

Fixed.

There was a filesystem error; I've fixed it now.

Thanks for the heads-up!

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Matthew P. Barnson

Fixed

Thx,

I realy like this soundtrack :)