Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Two Steps From Hell - Freedom Fighters

Freedom Fighters was recently used in the 2009 Star Trek film trailer.

I would like to dedicate this piece to the citizens who are currently being oppressed by their state and are fighting to regain their rights as governed by their laws.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Immediate Music - Lacrimosa

Epic music time! I bring you Immediate Music's composition Lacrimosa. I used this in school related incidents twice. Once I had like 10 minutes left before the bell would ring and the journey to school takes 25 minutes while walking.

I got there in 7 - funny how things work out aye?

Monday, 27 February 2012

E.S. Posthumus - Vishnu

Yep, you read that right. Vishnu, the Hindu god or part of the five primary forms of God. 

He's described as the All-Pervading essence of all beings, the master of—and beyond—the past, present and future, one who supports, sustains and governs the Universe and originates and develops all elements within. Vishnu governs the aspect of preservation and sustenance of the universe.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Frank Klepacki - Hell March 1 + 2

The shiznit that you are to hear are compositions of Frank Klepacki. Also known as the man who composed the soundtrack for the Red Alert series.


Saturday, 25 February 2012

Position Music - Ira Deorum

I posted one before this a few minutes ago but here's another one from James Dooley.


Ira Deorum means wrath of the gods in latin so like the vast majority of inhabitants of the ancient world, the ancient Romans practiced pagan rituals. Believing it important to achieve a state of pax deorum (peace of the gods) instead of ira deorum (wrath of the gods): earthquakes, floods, famine, etc.

Apparently Ira Deorum is a guild in WoW as well, who knew?

Position Music - Carol of the Bells

This was composed by James Dooley and I thought the title was very weird but interesting for a composition. Don't judge a book by it's cover right? After trawling around YouTube and the interwebs for a while I realised that there are so many of these boutique music production companies out there. Tens if not hundreds (hopefully not that much)! Sampling their music is going to be an epic journey indeed.

You should have noticed by now that I place YouTube comments here. Those are mostly top rated comments and its always interesting to know how someone interprets what they hear either by translation or by transliteration. This one is (by far) the funniest comment I have read so far. :)
"When Santa Claus is cursed by an ancient, evil power and Christmas is threatened to end forever, a Hero must rise to save the holiday. Armed with Christmas faith and the hopes of millions, the Hero must journey to where the evil power dwells and destroy it to save the Christmas spirit. A story of Hope. Of Love. And of Betrayal."
Coming some (distant) Christmas, probably not in any theatre near you very soon... "Title of Movie."
                          - ChrisN1995


Imagine a winter setting where heavy, fast paced music stems from the background. Since when did christmas caroling get so serious aye?

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Two Steps From Hell - The Last Stand

After yesterday's downer of a post I want to go back to the level of epicness that I had for so long been accustomed to.


If you want the wallpaper go here.

Immediate Music - Believe (with rant?)

When I was out jogging around late afternoon/early evening the sun was at the right temperature and the birds were loud as always. I was in the middle and not a car was on the road, I felt I owned the world. Then I realised something...

Back in my day (late 90s), kids would've packed the streets with their friends playing ball, jump ropes, tag and general talking. Nowadays I either see them infront of screens, smartphones and reality shows. Stooped in a world where people are none the wiser since virtual reality allows them anonymity to enact their deepest of feelings. 

Some don't know how to interact with the opposite sex. As a 17 year old, it's all about "fitting in", the individual itself has been scrapped where everyone is a carbon copy of someone somehow.

As the Japanese say, "the nail that sticks out gets hammered down".

What I'm saying is, people need to find true themselves and stop hiding behind a facade. The younger generations take cue from us and will construe our actions as the "right thing"

Now, I don't want to get you guys complaining about this like I'm doing now but what I want to leave you with today is this. "Be the change that you wish to see in the world." I live my life as an individual even though my parents dislike of it. I can be conniving, deceitful and be a downright arsehole. But I can also be loyal, open and a friend - if I choose to be. That being said, nobody's perfect so why be perfect when you be yourself?

I am proud to be an individual and hope that you should be too.

TL:DR Click on the video and read while listening.

 

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Audiomachine - Nomad (Brutal Mix)

Monday, 20 February 2012

Audiomachine - Life or Death

I'm particularly fond of compositions like this that bring out that fast paced nature that you feel similar to when playing multiplayer games. There's that sense of "knowing what to expect" but you don't really feel that until it happens to you. I hope that makes sense though.

Future World Music - New Beginnings

I love it when the title makes you think of what the music may entail, then it pleasantly surprises you once you get to listen to it. This is just one of those compositions that makes me feel happy, just that happy. If I try to give it a better sounding word then the whole thing will just sound cheesy.



Sometimes, we all need something to stimulate our minds or get us thinking. For me, it's songs like these. Ever since I was a kid I've wanted to become something greater than the president, just so I could be sure that the world's leaders aren't as corrupted as they are now. Of course that'll never happen, but at least I have dreams!
                                      - theshadowofanoutcast 

I wanted to be a Power Ranger when I was little... But ever since they kept on milking the series I was like, screw this shit.
2012 is here! put your petty differences aside and rejoice! let us savour every moment we get and let no one get in your way! Sieze every good oppotunity you get! Its a fresh start, so make the most of it!
(no im not saying this cause u lot may think its going to all end on the 21st december, i want everyone to get the most in life)
                                       - ultimiteknight

I'm sure that this music will help us get there.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Jeremy Soule - Skyrim OST - One They Fear

This is for the Elder Scrolls fans who managed to keep going with the game more than me.



To be honest I've never played Skyrim before, well I have but not to the extent that I like it. I'm not interested in playing that game again. My little brother plays it but from looking at the gameplay, it seems a bit too, eh, tedious. Sure the dungeons and killing monsters are something to worry about but like I said, there's too much micromanagement going on for me to actually comprehend the game itself.
You can't even use the mouse when you use the menus which is a downer for me, computer mice and me are like peas in a pod :3. The inventory gets me as well, so many items yet I never knew what to do with them all. So I just left the game at that.

Let's face it, I only played the game to hear the old man say the "arrow line" which spawned an internet annoyance for a couple of months. Oh and not to mention the "fus-ro-dah". Now I can be grateful that both died, I hope.

Just my opinion, to the fans that may not take my opinion lightly then get in line. I got some geeky friends that hated my guts after saying the game sucked.

As always, keep enjoying the music!

Friday, 17 February 2012

Immediate Music - Serenata Immortale

Haven't had one from Immediate Music in a while so why not aye?

The first time I heard this one was like I was standing on the edge of a high cliff. Watching at the sea in front of me, watching the waves splashing on the rocks and I got the fantastic feeling of accomplishment. The feeling that the world is mine, that this is the first day of the rest of my life...

But who wants to hear me rambling on how I feel about this music, you came here to listen.




"judgment day shall come upon us. We look side to side, joining hands with loved ones waiting for it to end. but at the crack of doom, a savior shall rise from the ashes of destruction and save our world from chaos and death. He sacrifices himself for the sake of earth and all her inhabitants, No one knew his name, nor knew what he looked like, but all humans knew what he did to save us all"
My teacher was playing this music while my class was writing poems for an assignment. i got a 100% A+
                                               -10Altiar01 [YouTube user | Posted on 3rd Feb '12]

Two Steps From Hell - Armored Cars

Another one from Two Steps From Hell because a lot of their compositions are bloody epic! They have nearly ~800 compositions but vary in terms of them having just instrumentals, choir or both!

When I first heard this one, I was so pumped I just wanted to watch Black Hawk Down and Generation Kill again. How awesome would it be if you listened to this on your way to work/school or maybe even - Church~?






I don't care if you're tired or sleepy, get pumped NAO! >:D

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Position Music - Knights of Palmyra


Position Music is an independent music production company that, much like the others produce music for trailers, TV shows, films and games. But what surprised me was not the repertoire of trailer music but that they support and cater for up-and-coming artists and bands. I was expecting them to focus more on orchestral/choir music but the other genres that they do are just as good.

Although some aren't the best, but the others make up for the rest.

After delving more into their website I saw that they catered for some big-name entertainment brands. Hell, they even produced music for AC: Revelations, CoD: MW3 and Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter. When I saw those games, I CAME, to a conclusion that I'm gonna have fun listening to their music.

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Yiruma - Kiss The Rain

This piece is dedicated for all the lost and broken hearted this Valentine's Day. You might as well cry those thoughts away because it's only gonna get better as life goes on.

I Ru-ma or who is known by his stage name Yiruma is a South Korean pianist who composes beautiful, if not sad pieces that have been heard world-wide. He has performed in Asia, Europe and North America and studied in King's College London as a child.

That might explain his music...



Best if heard in conjunction with RainyMood

Saturday, 11 February 2012

Two Steps From Hell - Magicka

If you're thinking about the indie game then I'm afraid you're mistaken. This piece is great if you want to be a Pirate or ever thought of being one.

Now if you don't already know, these guys did trailer music for the Pirates of the Caribbean Quadrilogy so you can hear the similarities in the beginning of the piece.

The only thing I dislike about this one is that it's too short, but hey, on the plus side it's too epic to not listen to. :)



As always, enjoy!

Craig Armstrong - Escape

Since someone requested this I'll post it. This piece was composed by Craig Armstrong who also composed for movies like; Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge! and The Incredible Hulk (2008). This composition is frequently used on TV, film trailers, and in sports, due to the emotional buildup caused by its rising crescendo and choir.




It's pretty long but it's still awesome in it's own right.

Enjoy!

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Hans Zimmer - Epilogue - Crysis 2 OST

I'm sure the you guys already know who Hans Zimmer is right? You know, the composer for; Lion King, Gladiator and Inception, you know those movies... no...?

After playing Crysis 1 I thought it was the best game that had ever come to this earth in 2007. The gameplay was phenomenal and the suit abilities gave the the feel of replay value even though the linear storyline was still there. Yet the suit, I felt was underpowered even if I played in normal mode, let alone easy.
I mean, one shot from an AK would literally take off a quarter of my suit energy, multiply that with a patrol of North Koreans then I'm boned. Thank god for the shotgun.

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Two Steps From Hell - Merchant Prince

This is a piece worth crying for to be honest. The song starts great, continues greater, but the ending part since the female vocals is pure awesomeness at so many levels that I fail to describe. And the ending brings tears to my eyes, as If I could not contain all that much beauty within my head. Seriously.




Keep enjoying the music!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Two Steps From Hell - Flameheart



Saturday, 4 February 2012

Audiomachine - Army of Kings

Audiomachine is a boutique music production house based in Beverly Hills, CA specializing in original music and sound design for film and television advertising campaigns. If you didn't know already.


Immediate Music - Age of Discovery

This is piece was composed by Immediate Music a music composition company based in Santa Monica, CA. They have produced many high-end trailer music for a myriad of motion pictures and video games.Their collaborations include the Spider-Man trilogy, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, and the Harry Potter films.


 

This composition is what I use when I have a hard time studying. Like what the title says, "Age of Discovery" it feels like I'm learning how the Europeans learned about the new world (the Americas). You know, before they enslaved them all.

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Two Steps From Hell - Dragon Rider

This is another brilliant piece of music made by the Los Angeles music production company Two Steps From Hell. They have made many pieces for different movies and game trailers like; The Twilight Trilogy, 2012, Mass Effect 2 and Prince of Persia (film).






After hearing this one I was hooked! Not that E.S. Posthumus didn't influence me either. I listened to this while exercising once and the effect of it was instantaneous!

Ugh, I don't even know why I'm typing this down. You should just listen for yourself, I promise you, you won't regret it.

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

#1 E.S. Posthumus - Unstoppable

This one is an absolutely brilliant piece of work by E.S. Posthumus, an independent music group that produced cinematic style music. This piece that was recently used in the trailer for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. The group is now disbanded after the other member's brother died.


Unstoppable was the one that got me into listening to this kind of music. Somehow it got incorporated into my daily routine and is now (safe to say) a lifestyle! Many people didn't understand why I listened to such a different genre of music, and I respect that. Much like I don't understand why they listen to the crap being sold as "music" nowadays.

Finding this genre has been a game changer for me, it's like finding something that's been buried deep inside you for so long yearning to get out.

I'm very positive that it can have a massive effect on your life as well, in a good way. :)

Songs may move the heart but Music touches the soul

Ever heard of that phrase before? If you have then great! If you haven't then let that phrase sink in for the moment, in the meantime continue reading.

Ever since music was composed they were mostly used in the religious, symbolic and warlike context. They made you go into a state of being that whatever the occasion was, you would feel it. As time went on, man has also incorporated words into music, allowing us to express our feelings in ways music cannot. Before you get confused, music and songs are different. A lot of people would mistakenly say that they are the same only to say otherwise.

Fast forward to the present. Nowadays the airwaves are filled with pieces that we pass off as music - Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and so on. If you've noticed, these "musicians" manage to take the world by storm sometimes in a month or less. Then they rise to the top of the tower of fame and as time goes by, for some reason, stop making music and only do collaborations with others. Looking back to these "musicians" they never really leave a mark for music in this world.

Defining music

A snippet from the Marriam-Webster's dictionary on the definition of music

noun, often attributive \ˈmyü-zik\
a : the science or art of ordering tones or sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity 
b : vocal, instrumental, or mechanical sounds having rhythm, melody, or harmony

A snippet from the same dictionary on the definition of song(s)

noun \ˈsŋ\
1 : the act or art of singing 
2 : poetical composition 
3 
a : a short musical composition of words and music 
b : a collection of such compositions 
5
a : a melody for a lyric poem or ballad 
b : a poem easily set to music
And that's that on their differences.

Reverse Fast Forward

Fast forward backwards to when musical compositions were hand made by musicians ON THEIR OWN which express a certain emotion. Granted there were many composers back in the day and some never even became famous yet they were inspired by others before them - it's a cycle. Music is timeless and indeed it has been grossly perverted in many ways than one but one may supposed that as a necessary evil, a double-edged sword if you will.

The music may be crap nowadays, but thankfully Music is still alive and kicking.
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