Saturday, March 17, 2012

Request: Veritas | Defenders of the West Theme

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Request from Veritas
Defenders of the West Theme
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2010–11] | Last updated: 03/17/12


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Ol’ chum Veritas (@VeritasKnight) recently asked me to whip up a theme for some sort of superhero roleplaying game. The melody for this piece came surprisingly fast, but the rest of the song needed long bouts of noggin-scratching before I finally hammered out the details and fine-tuned the sound to where I wanted it.

Written & recorded with Sibelius.

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  1. 03/17/12: Made a few small sound tweaks and technical edits.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

Request: Gene Burmington | Leading Man Main Theme

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Request from Gene Burmington
Leading Man Main Theme
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: 2010 | Last updated: 03/17/12


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This is my half of an exchange I made with Gene Burmington. He asked me to compose a “main theme” for a story of his involving man who suddenly finds himself back in an alternate WWI-era England, where he’s forced to join the RAF and help out whilst getting involved in a steamy romance with a female pilot.

As with his story, the overlying themes for this piece are war and military, romance, and a bit of danger. He originally requested I make it sound sorta early 1900s-ish, but I chose not to on account that 1900s-era music sucks. (And because I can’t write it, anyway.) I’m quite pleased with how the piano turned out; it’s been a longstanding goal of mine. Also got to use the bassoon for the first time. It’s more versatile than I thought.

Written & recorded with Sibelius.

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  1. 03/17/12: Made a number of revisions, including some instrumentation and sounds (namely piano and cymbals), shortened the edgy middle a little, and a few technical details. The middle still sounds too long and repetitive, but heck if I know how to change or shorten it without throwing its progression out of whack.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

Friday, March 09, 2012

The Finale

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The Finale
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2009] | Last updated: 03/09/12


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I felt like writing something with an ethereal, sci-fi feel to it, such as for the ending of a sci-fi film or something. Not much more to it than that.

Written & recorded with Sibelius.

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  1. 03/09/12: Made a few quick updates. Still not really satisfied with the second half, but eh.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

The Mystical Piano

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The Mystical Piano
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2009] | Last updated: 03/09/12


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Okay, I’ll admit it, I was inspired to write this by a certain TV show’s theme song (and that’s all the clues you’re getting). I made it my own and turned it into a little piano duet-type piece. I’m rather fond of how it turned out.

Written & recorded with Sibelius.

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  1. 03/09/12: Fixed a longstanding glitch with the synth intro.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

Setting Out

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Setting Out
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: [c. 2009] | Last updated: 03/09/12


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I just felt like writing something for a hypothetical scene: A character prepares to set sail for a distant destination early at dawn, shares an emotional goodbye with a friend or loved one, then departs across majestic stretches of ocean, or maybe some glacial fjords (’cause they’re really pretty). That’s really all there is behind this one. (I’ll admit, I do like the little piano riff.)

Written & recorded with Sibelius; mixed with Audacity.

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  1. 03/09/12: Updated the song with a few fixes and revisions.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Mother Piano Rhapsody

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Mother Piano Rhapsody
Composed by Joé McKen
Posted: 03/06/12


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My mother’s been pestering me for a piano song for years, and after procrastinating for, well, years, I finally had some inspiration come my way and started working on this li’l thing. (I wonder what it would sound like on a real keyboard …)

(BTW: The second half is essentially a sort of loose homage to a sadly-not-as-well-known-as-it-should-be piece of music from a renown composer. Cookies to anyone who can identify the original.)

Written & recorded with Sibelius; mixed with Audacity.

You are free to use & share my music as long as I am credited as the original creator. Song(s) available upon request.