Nord Mead and You Died

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Nord Mead and You Died

Gavin responds to your comments and questions regarding "Nord Mead" and "You Died".

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Would love for next month's discussions to include "Take it Back."

I'm a big fan of "Age of the Dragon", so it would be cool to hear about that. :D

Sorry you took so much goofy criticism. Honestly, I think both songs are brilliant. "You Died", in particular, perfectly captures the spirit of Dark Souls and how its played.

Don't worry about the structure thing so much, as long as it's not the same in every song. Which it isn't. Especially not for the last few weeks. So you're good.

I'd like to see an encore about "The Grind". The heavy rock guitar is a sound that has been absent from MOS for awhile, it came back with Binary Divide but something about that song just didn't come together as well as previous heavy rock entries. Maybe getting nostalgic will help Gavin to perfect the old formula again. (Don't listen to the nay-sayers Gav, ifpeople didn't like repetition, the Chorus would've fallen out of fashion decades ago.)

I would love to hear about Binary Divide. And I don't know who said you sound like Blind Guardian, but they are wrong.

I liked 'You Died' a lot. It made a lot of sense after following your lets play of the game, and, let me tell you now, that when I'm feeling in the mood to listen to some dark yet funny music, this song is great. I can almost imagine a skeleton with an eyeball drooping out singing this and having a good laugh watching all the new players suffer.
In terms of what I'd like to see you talk about next, I'd quite like to see something on 'Take it Back', and the creative process involved behind it, as I'd quite like to hear how Bioware approached you, and how they responded to your stuff.
Alternatively, I'd love to see the two early Gears of War songs looked at ('Ballad of Clay Carmine' and 'Santiago's Lament'). They were both very good parallels of each other.

As one of the people that have asked if you listen to Blind Guardian, I'd say you should go and give them a listen :p

Good read as always, keep up the good music making and I'll have to buy an album, or two, once I actually get that mythical thing called spare cash.

You're a terrible person because "you died" is irrepariably stuck in my head now, and it kind of makes me want to rebuy dark souls.

I don't wanna let the evil game hurt me again...

"Nord mead" has become part of a drinking playlist to me. I'm constantly reminded of "wenches and mead" by alestorm when I listen to it. And then I wonder whether vikings or pirates would win in a drinking contest. And this is usually the point at which my memory of the night becomes fuzzy.

For the next mailbaggy thingymahbobby, I think you should do a couple of earlier songs, age of the dragon and ballad of clay carmine.

I really enjoyed both songs, and I thought the accent was very cool indeed. It makes me sad that I didn't know weather it was real or fake but it worked with the song. Now I'm curious about what your accent sounds like when you are just talking.

walsfeo:
I really enjoyed both songs, and I thought the accent was very cool indeed. It makes me sad that I didn't know weather it was real or fake but it worked with the song. Now I'm curious about what your accent sounds like when you are just talking.

Well, it sounds like this!

MiracleOfSound:
Well, it sounds like this!

Apparently I'm just not suited to being a stalker or I would have found that. And I didn't see your Mass Effect song anywhere, I must have been too busy playing the game. I will go seek it out, but in typical lazy internet fashion it would be cool if you linked it to this thread as well.

Nice ax.

MiracleOfSound:

walsfeo:
I really enjoyed both songs, and I thought the accent was very cool indeed. It makes me sad that I didn't know weather it was real or fake but it worked with the song. Now I'm curious about what your accent sounds like when you are just talking.

Well, it sounds like this!

Your Metal Face is the definition of Epic.

Also, Nord Mead is probably my fav song of yours. The "Raise Our Flagons to Another Dead Dragon," bit, is absolutely great. Horrible Skooma.

Also, You're a Irishman who likes getting drunk?

You total cliché!! (But please don't stop being one if it means you make a lot more songs like this.)

Both of them be good songs.
As to the Dark Souls one, might be my 'off' sense of humour but that was simply hilarious. Grim yet funny as hell.

Also, congratulations on the new guitar, sounds wonderful.

At what point did me reading these Encores become less about learning more about the songs and more about reading your responses to peoples stupid criticisms of them? Oh well.

I'm glad to see you did an Encore of You Died since it's one of my personal favorites at this point. I haven't been able to stop humming it since I first heard it, the same for Nord Mead. They're easily your catchiest songs in my opinion. Also, it may not have been what you were going for but I still feel like You Died is mocking me, STOP MOCKING ME GAV!

MiracleOfSound:
That Irish accent was terrible. Please don't try to do one again.

Who on earth said your Irish accent was terrible?! That makes me wonder if my own is as bad as people say it is...

... What am I saying, of course it is ;_; (Curse my American friends for influencing my speech as a child! *shakes fist*)

This might seem out of context but I had to get off my chest. I know that listening to feedback and stuff is good for the whole creative process, keeps things from getting stale etc, but in the end they are YOUR songs. Like the whole Assassin's Creed song thing; I was one of those that heard that weird KKK thing - if anything you come out looking great IMO because you never even thought of it that way - but I NEVER expected you to change the lyrics to it. Now I have a hard time listening to it 'cos I feel guilty =(

TL;DR: Don't compromise your vision to make a few malcontents feel big in their britches. You're awesome <3

"You Died" totally fits the game from that view point since I could've sworn several times that game and my PS3 were laughing at me when I kept dying.

I would love to read about how you did "Binary Divide" since I found myself liking the song the more I listened to it.

Also...

trollnystan:

TL;DR: Don't compromise your vision to make a few malcontents feel big in their britches. You're awesome <3

...this. To hell with those guys, we love you!

A song for Shadow of the Colossus would be very very interesting for you to do since most songs you do are of more recent games. Going back to some much older games with critical acclaim would be nice. ^_^

Okami comes to mind as well, an asian themed song would be something i don't think you've done yet.

It amuses me that people thought "You died" was bad, because it was the song that convinced me to listen to all of your music. To each their own, I suppose.

I'm not one for this kind of content, but 4 times out of 5, I like what I hear.

Why can't we have the fallout songs back to back, compared and contrasted and all that other meaningless dribble that makes me sound awesome and cool when I say.

Well, that and why can't we have songs every week/day, but thats obviously my greedy never satisfied for content internet side coming out. Thus that side should be ignored.

I'd personally love to hear more about Wasteland Soul. I'm not sure there would be too much to talk about for it, but having just recently bought Level 1 I've completely fallen in love with it.

Though really, I'd love to hear about any and all of your Gears of War songs. You have taken the dark and meaningful themes of the series and put them to music while most simply can't see past the games' stereotypically action-packed surface, and I'd love to hear your thoughts on things like that and how the story inspired you. Though my favorite of them is The Grind, I'd really love to hear about Santiago's Lament.

Shizzlick:
I'm a big fan of "Age of the Dragon", so it would be cool to hear about that. :D

Seconded.
That one, and maybe Duke[...].

Darth IB:

Shizzlick:
I'm a big fan of "Age of the Dragon", so it would be cool to hear about that. :D

Seconded.
That one, and maybe Duke[...].

I'll third this!

Always interesting to read the process behind these works of art

cricket chirps:
A song for Shadow of the Colossus would be very very interesting for you to do since most songs you do are of more recent games. Going back to some much older games with critical acclaim would be nice. ^_^

Okami comes to mind as well, an asian themed song would be something i don't think you've done yet.

You know, I really would love to hear his take on either one of those games. And while we're at it, how about doing something offbeat for, say, No More Heroes. Would love that as well.

In the end, it all depends on what Gavin has actually played and what he feels like doing, so let's just wait and see.

Two non-music related questions:

Is Saint Patrick's Day a big deal in Ireland, or is it just Saturday?

Does my German-Irish American heritage give me some sort of advantage in a drinking contest despite the fact that I do not like alcohol (and thus, a disappointment to my family)?

Anyway, keep up the good work, and I'm very jealous of your awesome hair.

I love your replies to the stupid criticisms.

Loved your article, your responses are as witty as always. I actually think that video games have given people a shorter attention span since they are so used to instant gratification/results.

I think you'd do a good Silent Hill song. Also, I'd like to hear about Age of the Dragon and Duke, You Used to be Cool.

Incredible Bullshitting Man:

cricket chirps:
A song for Shadow of the Colossus would be very very interesting for you to do since most songs you do are of more recent games. Going back to some much older games with critical acclaim would be nice. ^_^

Okami comes to mind as well, an asian themed song would be something i don't think you've done yet.

You know, I really would love to hear his take on either one of those games. And while we're at it, how about doing something offbeat for, say, No More Heroes. Would love that as well.

In the end, it all depends on what Gavin has actually played and what he feels like doing, so let's just wait and see.

So what you are saying is i should send him a copy of Okami, Shadow of the Colossus, and No More Heroes? Got it :D

'Binary Divide' and 'Wasteland Soul' would be cool to hear about. Love those two. :3

Man, that tall sister is nice to be around, but that shorter sister, man is she fun. I really wouldn't mind seeing more of her. A tall somber affair is nice, but you know you'll have fun any time the other is around.

Oh, and I think it would be interesting to get a Zelda song, while I'd love to hear you discuss Age of the Dragon and Take it Back back to back, as a kind of Hawke/Shepard mashup, a Bioware double-pack, so to speak.

A little off topic, but I'd like to see a song about Tribes:Ascend

cricket chirps:

Incredible Bullshitting Man:

cricket chirps:
A song for Shadow of the Colossus would be very very interesting for you to do since most songs you do are of more recent games. Going back to some much older games with critical acclaim would be nice. ^_^

Okami comes to mind as well, an asian themed song would be something i don't think you've done yet.

You know, I really would love to hear his take on either one of those games. And while we're at it, how about doing something offbeat for, say, No More Heroes. Would love that as well.

In the end, it all depends on what Gavin has actually played and what he feels like doing, so let's just wait and see.

So what you are saying is i should send him a copy of Okami, Shadow of the Colossus, and No More Heroes? Got it :D

Yes! Do it! Think of all the sweet, sweet tunes we could have.

Now we just need to get Gav in on this...You get the rope, I'll get the burlap sack.

I would also love to hear about Age of the Dragon, it's one of my favourites.

Wasteland Soul is another, but if you were to talk about a Fallout song, I think I'd actually prefer to find out more about Beauty Bleak.

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