Thursday, 20 October 2011
Musical Analysis 8
Hello once again, everypony! It's sonic30 here with another song. So, after my last review, I got curious and decided to read the story Allegrezza. I liked it, and I recommend it, but it does begin to get some shipping as it goes along. Anyway, the story prompted me to be in the mood for some more Vinyl Scratch and Octavia stuff. However, I've done two songs that feature them together, and one of them was a bit Vinyl Scratch heavy. This time, I wanted to give a song about Octavia the spotlight.
The song this time around is "No Strings Attached (Octavia Battle Theme)" by Jeffthestrider. I picked this one mainly because I love battle music. This song is what Jeffthestrider believes Octavia's battle theme might sound like. I've gotta say, it's an interesting idea, but did the song turn out ok? Well, listen to the song and read up the review.
By the way, the review ran away and hid behind the page break. Careful! It's shy!
Ok, so the song begins with some temple blocks (That's what they are, right?) for the quiet intro. After a few seconds, some violins and a bass add in for a slow build up. (I think that's what they are. Don't be hating on my lack of string instrument knowledge. I know brass and drum set. Strings, not so much...)Still building up, a snare drum adds in with some rolls and single hits. With even more build up, some keyboard notes add in.
After a moment, everything but the keyboard, bass, and snare drop out, giving the keyboard a moment to shine. When the keyboard drops out, another (assuming) string instrument picks up the same lines that the keyboard was playing. Soon after, the violins jump in again, laying some chords on top of the music already there, then just as quickly takes over the melody.
Suddenly, the song drops in intensity, leaving room for some long note chords. However, everything else starts up again for another build up. Soon, a melody is established and repeats itself, adding more instruments on top of itself to add to the chord structure. When the melody begins to change, the keyboard comes back in to add more to the song.
After a bit more, everything but the keyboard and bass fall silent. The soft music still somehow manages to hold the tension of a battle while not getting fast paced or loud. Finally, it all fades out, leaving a few stacatto notes to end the song.
Overall, it's a nicely made battle song. Being a video game soundtrack buff, I listen to battle themes all the time. However, I've never really taken the time to consider ponies having RPG style battle music. Jeffthestrider has managed to pull it off, giving Octavia a respectable song for her fight to the death. (or not) I could easily see this being used in one of those fan made games that I've been tracking.
As explained above, my knowledge of actual instruments encompasses the brass section (I played trombone and baritone in marching band) and not the string section. My high school didn't even have string instruments (besides electric guitar for Jazz Band and a five string bass guitar) in the ensemble. If you know what these instruments are, please give me a heads up so I can correct my review. Thanks!
As always, leave any questions, comments, suggestions, requests, etc in the comments or in an e-mail. I love reading feedback, whether it's good or bad, so hit me with all you've got!
By the way, thank you to everypony who left me comments or e-mails wishing me a happy birthday! It means a lot to me. Also, at the request of Shanaar, I left a comment on the birthday post summing up Luna's performance. Check my comments here if you don't know what I'm talking about, or if you want to read about her song.
You guys are all awesome.
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