Miracle of Sound - Encore

Miracle of Sound - Encore
The New Black Gold and Brothers of The Creed

MiracleOfSound | 23 Nov 2011 16:00
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The line that I eventually changed (for the Itunes/Bandcamp release) was "I kill for good under my white hood." Some people took great offense to this line and said that it sounded like I was singing about the KKK. It seemed odd to me that an entire game about dudes in white hoods killing people (and what that might imply) was fine, but it was not ok for me to make lyrics about it. Also, this game is set long before the KKK ever existed, not to mention that, being Irish myself, the KKK doesn't even factor into my conciousness as they have no history here.

But that's all besides the point. I changed the line to "Signal's out of range, I was forced to change," as I was sick of people misinterpreting the song's message and didn't want it to happen again. Someone mentioned they could hear the bitter spit in the way I sang that line. They might be right.

"Zeroes and ones I bleed" simply means fighting in the Animus - as Ezio gets into vicious battles but it's all just computer number crunching to Desmond. "See the world in a dark room" represents the player's experience which is mirrored by Desmond in those fourth wall breaking story moments, such as the ending to AC2, as well as meaning seeing the world through the animus from the Assassin HQ.

To make the choir effect at the beginning, I recorded my own voice 24 times doing different harmonies and layered it all up together. It sounded too cluttered so I stripped it back to 18 voices, which then sounded just right, at least to my ears. The mix between the modern feel (rock guitars, keyboards, drums etc) and the Eastern scales was, to me, a way to express the dual stories of the games, past and present.

Criticisms

While a good song, it seems to repeat too much towards the end due to not having any new lyrics other than "Zeros and ones........Eyes of Eden are on me".

This is a fair criticism. the song does get a little repetitive at the end, even I can see that in hindsight. I also understand how people got turned off by how many times the chorus was repeated. It's something I'm looking into for the future.

ENTIRELY WRONG TEMPO AND VOICE I am amazed you could fail proper matching after doing so well with Deus Ex

Quite possibly the least constructive, most imbecilic piece of criticism I have ever recieved, it was so epic in its utter missing of the point that it deserves a mention here.

I liked the song but i realy would prefer it be more about the Assasins and the Creed and less about Minerva and Ones and Zeroes ;p just that ;p

You'll get your wish eventually. I have more AC songs planned.

Loved the references to the pieces of Eden in the lyrics as well- an aspect of the story that gets forgotten a little when you're dashing across rooftops in Venice or breaking into the Vatican

Exactly.

Don't wanna come off sounding unimpressed but a deeper, more powerful vocalist would have kicked this songs ass. Think like a five finger or killswitch style voice.

Not much I can do about that i'm afraid. I don't have a metal voice nor do I have the budget to use other singers regularly.

"And I kill for the good in my white hood."*facepalm* They really didn't think that one through. What other "White Hoods" does that make you think of? Hint: K.

I always wonder why condescending snarkiness is the chosen method of communication for so many forum users. It seems to me like these things would be much better expressed in non-confrontational, polite manner.

"The New Black Gold"

On the entirely opposite end of the spectrum, here is a song I was quite unsure of and insecure about yet went on to be by far my best recieved one. Funny how these things work.

I like the lyrics in this song a lot and so did you guys. "The New Black Gold" has a double meaning. It refers to the color scheme of the game as well as the augmentation technology becmoing the new big commodity. "Black gold" has always been used to describe "great commodities," hence the lines about "fossil fuel" (oil) and "slavery" (the enslavement of Africans by America, also morbidly referred to as "Black Gold" by some).

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