Miracle of Sound: You Died (Dark Souls)

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You Died (Dark Souls)

You pause to catch your breath and die another gruesome death.

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Brings back memories...so many painful memories...

After watching the commentary on Youtube, I was just kind of expecting three minutes of crying. Although I'm quite content with what we did get. ;)

That video in the intro sequence really reminded me of this cover...

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I'm pleasantly surprised. I thought you would only keep the style to the intro, and then switch over to drums'n'guitars like you usually do (even though that also works at times of course.)

Not sure about this song if I'm honest. Maybe it's because I've never played Dark Souls, but I just don't think it flowed very well. It jumped from upbeat chorus bits which I liked to slow lines that I thought dragged along and I didn't think it worked well. The lyrics were good and the music itself was very dark and foreboding. I just didn't think it gelled well together.

Sorry Gav, not one of your best for me :(
Good thing you released Nord Mead today though! :D

I really love the way you sang this song, especially the "YOU DIED" parts. I felt like I was being mocked which I exactly how I feel every time I die in Dark Souls. You really managed to capture that feeling of utter despair I get sometimes too. It's catchy as well, how are you doing this?

Bring out ya dead!

Intro was a bit long, but it sets the mood so I can deal with it (and probably learn to enjoy it)...Once the lyrics come in though, it becomes really catchy and I love it...Really moves right along, but keeps the mood...Loving what you've been doing with the instruments now...Another great one and purchased in 2 weeks when it shows up on Bandcamp!

Edit: And now that I've listened to it a few times the intro has definitely grown on me...The abrupt ending almost makes it seem like a rage quit (which while it may or may not have been on purpose is AWESOME)

TimeLord:
Not sure about this song if I'm honest. Maybe it's because I've never played Dark Souls, but I just don't think it flowed very well. D

That's the whole point - Dark Souls doesn't flow. It stops and starts and stops and starts and sends you bouncing back and forth between a slow, painful trudge and feeling elated.

Liked it and i haven't even played the game. Like "Joker's Song" it has a Danny Elfman vibe to it.

MiracleOfSound:

TimeLord:
Not sure about this song if I'm honest. Maybe it's because I've never played Dark Souls, but I just don't think it flowed very well. D

That's the whole point - Dark Souls doesn't flow. It stops and starts and stops and starts and sends you bouncing back and forth between a slow, painful trudge and feeling elated.

Well as I said, never played the game. So I don't think the gameplay translated well into musical form, sorry :(

TimeLord:
Well as I said, never played the game. So I don't think the gameplay translated well into musical form, sorry :(

Lol it's ok I don't mind :D

WrongSprite:
That video in the intro sequence really reminded me of this cover...

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The whole game is reminiscent of a death metal album cover really. "Technical death metal album cover - the game".

And its fucking awesome.

Oh yeah, and the song is sweet. It doesnt flow very well but it suits the game.

I'm sorry, but all i could think about was:

I had a cat named Snowball...
She died!
She died!
Mom said she was sleeping...
She lied!
She lied!
Why oh why is my cat dead?
Couldn't that Chrysler hit me instead?

Source: http://vimeo.com/3019157

Did anyone else read the title in the voice of Dooley from King of the Hill. You know, the little redheaded kid who only ever says two or three words at a time?

Anyway, pretty good one Gav. I've never played Dark, but I have played Demon's so I got a nice chuckle out of this one.

I had some unreasonably high expectations going into this song so I can't say this is one of my favorites, but I was certainly not disappointed in the least. I think you captured the feel of the game pretty perfectly. I wasn't to0 enthusiastic about the beginning "YOU DIED" section because it just seemed a bit too funny to me compared to the rest of the song. BUT, it definitely fits with the how the game is, so I can't call that a fault.

Another thought, as much as I like Dark Souls as a whole(which is a lot), I think it's a shame that pretty much all the focus is on its difficulty when the story is actually fairly deep and interesting, if a bit too minimalist and purposely ambiguous.

Haven't played Dark Souls, but I love how reminiscent the musical style is of old-school RPGs, brings back memories of getting utterly lost (and repeatedly slaughtered) in the dungeons of High Rock and Hammerfell.

still have to play dark souls (high on my priority list) but i expected a totally different tone with this song. i expected more of a slow paced song with emphasis on being alone and the atmosphere of the game.

but you said you based it more on the flow of game play which is a interesting choice, but i don't know. i had the feeling i was listening to a bad guy Disney song, which is not something negative, but i didn't expected it. maybe it has to grow on me.

....f*ck me, this is massive !

FROM SOFTWARE really don't do forgiving game play.

If you had kept the "YOU DIED" pattern up throughout all the verses, that would have been absolutely awesome.
It's still a great song, mind you, but I like that part the most.

Definitely not your best work, but very, very funny!

Once the singing started (long intro much?)... I laughed! Very funny.

I do wonder if Justin wasn't so much recording video specifically for this song, but just trying to play the game and nautrally ending up with a lot of appropriate footage. ;)

DVS BSTrD:
Bring out ya dead!

"I'm not dead"
"Your not fooling anyone!"

Wonderful musical explanation without having to resort to my normal soundtrack of this game
"What was that? oh sh!t dead! Aghh not again"

Jolly good my dear man! This might be your best song yet! Although, I didn't really get the point... You say you died? Is that right? You died? :>

A good song this week I think, but I reckon you put a little too much thought into making the song relate to the game, it's not a bad thing, it just makes the songs (for me) less enjoyable. Keep up the good work anyhow.

I really enjoyed this. One of the more interesting songs from you lately (besides Joker's Song). The ending felt a little abrupt, but I guess that's Dark Souls for you; suddenly you're dead.

You know, I'm getting a PS1 vibe from this. I don't mean that in snark criticism that it's outdated, but as a compliment. Take a PS1 era game designed for kids that had some dark bits, not grim dark or scary dark, but just some dark tones, maybe some black humour, or it had a section through a graveyard/haunted mansion/General dark and spooky place. Look at the music from that section and compare it to this song. The chorus, the loud instruments and general unflowing tone made these sections all the better because the music was fittingly dark and scary, but had a certain appeal because it was so lively, keeping you on your toes while smiling.

Games like Croc and Digimon World had these bits and this song damn reminded me of these games so thank you sir. Thank you for making me remember these fantastic sections and I can't wait to throw my money at you.

Calumon: ..but I don't wanna die...

You're really loving your orchestra recently, it suits.

Awesome work as always Gav.

ritchards:
I do wonder if Justin wasn't so much recording video specifically for this song, but just trying to play the game and nautrally ending up with a lot of appropriate footage. ;)

Heh, it's probably somewhere around 3:1 ratio between deaths I was planing and legitimate ones. Like I had planned to show something further into Sen's Fortress, but the clip of me not taking my time and getting knocked off the bridge by the trap wasn't. Which in a way made it that much better to show.

Yeah, really didn't like the tone and pacing of this one. I know that its exactly what you were aiming for, but it doesn't really make for a pleasant listening experience. Also, Dark Souls looks like a fucking horrible game to play.

General Michi:
You're really loving your orchestra recently, it suits.

Tis a good thing, there's some things guitars and drums just aren't able to adequately replicate. Of course, put both of them together and you generally get pure epicness, just look at some of Blind Guardian's songs. Sacred Worlds, for example.

I'm sorry Gavin I didn't like it that much. It seemed, I dunno, kind of jokey with the "YOU DIED" lines, I dunoo I haven't played the game but the tone of the song seemed a bit different from the images on the screen.

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