Sovngarde Song

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Spacewolf:
I was just wondering how different it is to be presumably working for the escapist rather than yourself, do you get deadlines or do you get to work at your own pace?

I set the pace myself but if I want to eat, I need to make a song every two weeks :D

My relationship with the Escapist is very good... they're very open minded and never try to push me in a particular direction with the songs or anything like that. I choose every song I make/do myself and how often I do it!

Night wish and Devin Townsend! Love your taste in good music man!

jurnag12:
"Deconstruction by Devin Townsend"
*/cheers* More people oughta know about Townsend!

Cheeseburger...Cheeseburger... the word has lost all meaning. That song is on my playlist of songs to spontaneously combust by.

As someone who grew up a fan of Maiden, Gabriel, and a bunch of other stuff, I love how SovSong went from lulling to thrashing. Supper's Ready is one of my all time favorite song and in it's 20 min runtime (the live versions are usually longer...costume changes and such) it must go back and forth like that 12 times or so.

But even though I love MoS's style, I am curious and want him to make an Indonesian Jegog style song...I just can't figure out how he can play all those xylophones at once.
I kid.

A question I would like to see MoS answer in future "encores"
Do you have any ideas for good music based games? My Rockband instruments haven't gotten much use lately.

MiracleOfSound:

Your comments on "Sovngarde Song"'s electric guitars, fus ro dah, and sexism.

You know, after listening to the extended version, I'm getting a Blind Guardian vibe off of this, and I rather love it.

MiracleOfSound:

Spacewolf:
I was just wondering how different it is to be presumably working for the escapist rather than yourself, do you get deadlines or do you get to work at your own pace?

I set the pace myself but if I want to eat, I need to make a song every two weeks :D

My relationship with the Escapist is very good... they're very open minded and never try to push me in a particular direction with the songs or anything like that. I choose every song I make/do myself and how often I do it!

There must be polka.

People are ripping your songs adn claiming them as their own on youtube? Man some people have no respect. Stupid tossers.

And how that even makes sense I don't know, some people want praise to distract from their own insecurities, but when that praise isn't even deserved what's the point, or are they just trolling?

Oh, and

Incidentally, I'd say I prefer the longer version. Not that I found the two particularly dissimilar, but that extra bit of voice work at the end helps tie it off a little better I think. Though when I say I prefer it, I mean if I had to chose because they're both equally worthwhile.

I was just listening to some of that Imaginareum (the only other place I've seen that word is in relation to the Terry Gilliam movie)album MoS mentioned.
Holy shit, I'm picking that up after work.
It would be my theme music if I ran around the subway in plate mail and a huge two handed battle ax.
Sadly I don't so my theme music is really much closer to Tom Waits' Rain Dogs.

Thank you MoS for illuminating us.

I couldn't bring myself to pirate this song either, so that damneded;y talented Gav mad me part with a whole euro! Damn his magnificence!

Angry Gavin
He is humorous.

I've never understood that criticism of "you should change your style more." I see it on almost every one of your videos. While you do default to a more rock-like style, each song is different enough that I just don't get that complaint. Maybe in reference to the Grind/Clay Carmine but those spots seemed more like a throwback. Just about every playlist I make, no matter the genre, has one of your songs in it.

And the feminist who can after you? That's a direct reference to the game. And in that setting, the standard term would be 'sons' or 'men.' Not to mention the fact that children/daughters have multiple syllables, so the pacing would have been different. But offering to rewrite your song? That took (I'm intentionally using this in the hopes that person is reading this) balls. Stupid, idiotic, and egotistical, but it was still a bold move. I would not have been as nice as you were if someone offered to do that to something I put weeks into.

And more metal focused vikings just makes sense. Let's see. The group that set their hair on fire to intimidate enemies, who prided themselves on having large, powerful weapons, you think they'd play softly?

Also, I had no idea Morrowind was an all synth soundtrack. That's really cool. Oh, and I agree about the Human Revolution/Crysis 2 themes. They did an excellent job of getting me excited every time I started either one.

It seemed like there was more negative feedback in this one, but as stated at the top, it was certainly an entertaining read. Rarely do I read 4 page articles, but I've read every one of yours. They're just fun, and the laid back style and direct comments about your good and bad criticisms are almost never boring. You never come off as pretentious, but instead as someone who wants to improve, but has no patience for someone wasting your time (Suddenly, I've become self conscious about this post). I look forward to hearing what you can do with your new tech.

I laughed and facepalmed at the pair of children of the snow comments. I fully expect the same person to be up in arms that the daedric princes consist of both male, female, and squidmonsters, and how this nomenclature is incorrect. Oh well. What are you gonna do, eh? Apart from stare dumbly at the decidedly small way that some people want to change the world. Equality is about so much more, and yet we're hung up on the nomenclature. Brilliant.

What, no teaser? Awww...

MiracleOfSound:
The Thnips!!

You know what your problem is? You have a larger vocal range than me. Because of this when I try to sing along with Sovngarde I sound like an idiot.

I liked how you avoided your usual formula of verse-chorus-verse-chorus-middle-chorus

True, but I still don't see why people have a problem with that formula. More than likely most of your favorite bands use it all the time.

I think that was my comment, and I wasn't trying to say it was inherently a bad thing (formulas exist for a reason, I've argued for that many times on these forums), just that most of the recent songs followed it, so the variation was nice.

Unless I'm remembering things I never did, then I'll just look crazy here.

Susan Arendt:
There must be polka.

+1. Hey, Rayman Origins came out, that's decently polkaish.

Irridium:
The Morrowind soundtrack was all synthetic?

Holy shit.

Oblivion's was too. I remember listening to a podcast interview with Jeremy Soule, and when he said that, I was blown away. He said that Oblivion's soundtrack was played on about 35 Pentium 4s. I'd imagine that Supreme Commander's was as well.

One of my favorites that you've done. you've come a long way since the I first saw a video of yours. (The first one I saw was Commander Shepard, which I still like.) The transitions of style had great impact, even if I'd never really appreciated any strain of Metal, or even heard a chord of Viking Metal. The visuals were amazing as well.

Like I said, you did a great job. However I don't think the one critic who suggested a deeper voice might have added something to the song was wrong. That's one of the perils of doing so much on your own. I'm glad you are finding a way to work with some other artists. You have done some freak'n amazing stuff on your own, but some times a different vocal range might make your productions even better.

(However the self important idiot who suggested she could make your song better for you can be safely ignored, or mocked, with impunity.)

Keep up the great work.

I've even added Viking Metal to Pandora list, but it doesn't seem to be finding any for me with vocals I can tolerate. The music is pretty good, but the deep growling voices are pretty awful. So who the heck can suggest some actual songs or artists?

I was hoping to catch you out with your 'criticism should be constructive' remark, but you were too smart and just about toed the line :(

I'm really glad this song has come out as well as it has, it seems like your poured so much into it, having 4 million ish people love it must be a pretty amazing feeling (never mind a huge relief). Over the course of my life nowhere near 4 million people will ever know I exist and you've had a chance to fractionally improve that many lives and create something loved by that many people

Great song. I feel so awesome listening to it.

With games to base songs on on, I'd suggest Saints Row 3, Red Orchestra 2 or Tribes: Ascend

Just curious but have you ever changed the pitch of your voice? I don't know if this qualifies as autotune, or whatever, but for example being in the film industry I've worked on a film and the sound engineer for that project took some voice samples for my animated film and increased the pitch or whatnot by an octave. When someone says "deeper voice" I can see something like that being an option in future, though, I don't know how well it works in practice and/or whether you that sort of thing would appeal to you.

Akalabeth:
Just curious but have you ever changed the pitch of your voice? I don't know if this qualifies as autotune, or whatever, but for example being in the film industry I've worked on a film and the sound engineer for that project took some voice samples for my animated film and increased the pitch or whatnot by an octave. When someone says "deeper voice" I can see something like that being an option in future, though, I don't know how well it works in practice and/or whether you that sort of thing would appeal to you.

nah, I'd consider that cheating. The only time I would do that is if I was making something very jokey and doing a female impersonation or something

Gavin likes Nightwish? :D Well that's awesome!
And seriously, to those people saying that guitars should not be in medieval songs...just get out of here >>

Good to hear there's another song on the way :D

Since pretty much every game you've written a song for is very well known, usually AAA, would you consider doing a song over an indie game? In particular, I'd like to see one for Dear Esther, since it's getting an official release and everything.

I love Nightwish as well, it's very good music for letting your imagination go wild :D

I'm going to go out on a limb and say he should do one over the BFME series, cause I'm pretty sure he could pull something epic off

The criticism that it should be sung in a deeper voice does strike false to me as personally I found it perfect for the song and it's nordic theme.
I know atleast old Swedish folkmusic very often use layering vocals with bassy vocals in the back, abit lighter voices in the middle and a lighter voice to top it off to create that very nice blend in vocals.

But yeah, I really loved this song and it's not only one of my favourite MoS songs, it's just plain out one of my favourite songs.

Keep on rocking the free world, Gav.

YOU ARE WORKING ON SOMETHING WITH MALUKAH?!?!?!!?!?! HOW IN THE WORLD AM I GONNA LISTEN TO THAT WITHOUT DYING FROM PURE HAPPINESS?!?!! D: I read that and emediantly stopped reading to comment, PULEEEEAAAAAAASE post it on the escapist ._. by the gods where is time travel when it is truely needed. *Nerdgasm* I am fuly expecting my eardrums will stop working when i hear that song since i will never hear anything better EVER.

EDIT:

OT: Now that im calm i just remembered. Listening to Sovengarde Song made me want to run out of my house, yell at things, then expect them to go flying. Adrenaline rush through music much?

Deconstruction for the freakin' win! I always love reading these things of yours, and I'm sure you know my stance on the song by now. :p

You're doing a project with Malukah? I'll admit I gave a small fangirl squeal of delight reading that. It'll certainly be something to look forward to. :D Is it going to be another Skyrim-inspired song?

EDIT: If you really want to scare you're stupid critics a little, you should think of doing an all-out Silent Hill song. :P

Love how you bluntly tear into non-constructive criticism, refreshing to see that it doesn't go ignored.

And odd coincidence, this article was put out on the same day I obsessively listened to the very song you discussed.
Too much Skyrim I think, even when I wasn't playing it I couldn't escape it.

At any rate, keep up the good work.

Volan:
You're doing a project with Malukah? I'll admit I gave a small fangirl squeal of delight reading that. It'll certainly be something to look forward to. :D Is it going to be another Skyrim-inspired song?

It is indeed! It's called 'Legends Of The Frost' and it's kind of soft and mellow but hearty and epic at the same time... hard to describe.

My voice sounds very booming and deep in it and Malukah, well... she has the voice of a goddess so you can't really go wrong there. I hope people like it!

One thing people don't realise about Malukah though - she's actually a talented producer as well as performer. Although I wrote the song, she had some great ideas for its arrangement and feel.

that last one made me laugh soooooo hard I almost fell from my chair

And when you said people uploaded "Sovngarde Song" to their youtube channels and claiming it's theirs I was like "whaaat?! people do that?! is there's no hope left for humanity?". Srly that's just awful.

Also, thanks for Imaginaerium by Nightwish and Deconstruction by Devin Townsend. Never heard thous, but now that I did I really liked them.

SirBryghtside:

And your Malufenix duet is actually happening?! I... you... this... *headsplode*

I KNOW RIGHT ~! .. omg omg omg omgomgomgomgomgomgomg !!@!#

You're a Nightwish fan ?

*Bro fist*

"You need to change up your style once in a while."

Oh how I laughed!

I have been listening to pretty much every one of your songs continuously on my iPod and never before have I ever heard such a variety from one artist. Even more impressive is the fact that I love every single one, even those from genres I wouldn't normally like. That sir, is a testament to your great talent.

Wow there's some terrible forms of "criticism" going on there. That girl with the lyrics problem really needs to take that stick out her arse.

EDIT: OMG that just sank into my brain... Malukah and Miracle... Malukah and Miracle... Malukah and...

MiracleOfSound:

Volan:
You're doing a project with Malukah? I'll admit I gave a small fangirl squeal of delight reading that. It'll certainly be something to look forward to. :D Is it going to be another Skyrim-inspired song?

It is indeed! It's called 'Legends Of The Frost' and it's kind of soft and mellow but hearty and epic at the same time... hard to describe.

My voice sounds very booming and deep in it and Malukah, well... she has the voice of a goddess so you can't really go wrong there. I hope people like it!

One thing people don't realise about Malukah though - she's actually a talented producer as well as performer. Although I wrote the song, she had some great ideas for its arrangement and feel.

Gonna be honest here, and say that I didn't recognise the name Malukah. One Google search later and I literally punched the air in joy! I listened to her cover SO MANY TIMES! I have a very old mp3 player which I use if I want to go a walk somewhere, it's cheap so if I lose it, no biggie. It consists of you, Two Steps From Hell and her cover. That's it.

Any hints as to when it'll be released? I'm really looking forward to it now!

TornadoFive:

Gonna be honest here, and say that I didn't recognise the name Malukah. One Google search later and I literally punched the air in joy! I listened to her cover SO MANY TIMES! I have a very old mp3 player which I use if I want to go a walk somewhere, it's cheap so if I lose it, no biggie. It consists of you, Two Steps From Hell and her cover. That's it.

Any hints as to when it'll be released? I'm really looking forward to it now!

Hopefully over the next week or two. There are a few things to organize like artwork, video etc... but it's sounding great :)

Proverbial Jon:
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I have been listening to pretty much every one of your songs continuously on my iPod and never before have I ever heard such a variety from one artist. Even more impressive is the fact that I love every single one, even those from genres I wouldn't normally like. That sir, is a testament to your great talent.

EDIT: OMG that just sank into my brain... Malukah and Miracle... Malukah and Miracle... Malukah and...

Thanks :) COmments like that makes all the hard work worthwhile!

I don't have time to critique this song, since me and my GF are far too busy singing it to each other at random times to find any faults. :) ^.^

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