Miracle of Sound: Calamity (Bastion)

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Calamity (Bastion)

You'll find your Bastion, take to the skies.

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Surprised, was expecting Darksiders. Damn good song though

Really really loved this one. I mean, I do usually like your stuff pretty consistently, but this was the first one in a while for me that's really struck a chord with me and risen above the rest. The best since Joker's Song, good job :)

Every song you make, I usually stand still, listening, paying attention. This one actually made my hip spontaneously start moving to the rythm. Awesome piece!!

(Also, have you played Spec Ops yet? I'm not even asking for a song about it, just play it. Then you'll want to make the song yourself, guaranteed :p )

I'm not the least bit interested in that game, but the tune's quite lovely.

Wow. This sounds like it could have come right off the official soundtrack. The music, the singing, the Rucks impersenation... all brilliant. There were one or two lyrical quibbles(cloudburst moving in reverse? Wha?), but other than that, I think this is one of your best Gavin.

I can't *quite* synch your voice and the tone of the chorus with the Western atmosphere of Bastion. It's almost there, but I can't quite make it work in my head. I'm not sure what it is about the song that does this, since it's a great song overall and I really do like listening to it. I think it might just be a fundamental trait of your voice/accent here, which you can't change, so there's not much to be done about that part. Maybe I'd actually make it a little twangier, emphasize the Western elements even more to cover the fact that your voice just isn't going to be Rucks'. The disparity shows more in the chorus, where your voice rises up out of the guttural low sound, than the verses, where it's more like speaking than pure singing.

I think if the rest of the song were in the same kind of voice as happens in the second "Backtrack
Building the road back
Stone cracks
Hammers on the attack

We ride
Over the divide
I guide
Keep you on the right side"

then that would be kind of what I'm thinking of. The really gritty, grindy kind of voice. Not sure if the chorus could be sung in that or what, but.

I really like the lyrics, not to mention this is a song from a game I've actually played, so I'm thrilled to bits to see this. :) Bastion is pretty amazing, and it's definitely worth one of your songs. :)

Gearhead mk2:
. There were one or two lyrical quibbles(cloudburst moving in reverse? Wha?), but other than that, I think this is one of your best Gavin.

haha yeah that line is a bit vague... it's to do with the Skyways and the idea of time moving backwards, without spoiling too much ;)

How strange is it that Bastion did nothing for me? Especially considering the fact that I like action RPGs.

Love the song though.

Almost forgot: if you're only doing 1 song per month now, what does it mean for Encore? Will it still be a monthly feature?

Well, if you doing one song per month means that we get more songs with the quality of this and Rise, then I'm all for the extra time. This was great and really has me wanting to go back and play the game again. Amazing work!

MiracleOfSound:

Gearhead mk2:
. There were one or two lyrical quibbles(cloudburst moving in reverse? Wha?), but other than that, I think this is one of your best Gavin.

haha yeah that line is a bit vague... it's to do with the Skyways and the idea of time moving backwards, without spoiling too much ;)

Ah, yes. That. Makes sense, thanks for clearing that up.

On another note, I JUST GOT QUOTED BY MIRICALE OF SOUND! *squee*

Didn't actually like it. Too much rock, not enough blues; doesn't gel with the theme of the game's actual music. Maybe that's just the problem with doing music about a game that's specifically known for its soundtrack. Usually Miracle of Sound is really good about matching a game to its musical style (e.g. Sweet LA or Wheatley's Song), but this was just a swing and a miss.

Goddamn, the music sounds like it comes straight from the game itself. You couldn't have done a better job. One of my favourites, right here.

As I said on twitter, the voice is awfully fitting, imho. Right there in between the narration and the background music.
As for the music itself, however, it feels a bit too heavy with the bass. Not as smooth as the game's actual music. It is a great song like always, though. Awesome work there, Gav =D

I've noticed I enjoy your songs much more if I have played the game in question. Absolutely loved this one. Great job as always!

I adore how he kept in with the general genre-mixing style of the game's soundtrack.
However I don't believe his voice fit well enough into it. I think the song would have been stronger without vocals this time.

Farther than stars:
Didn't actually like it. Too much rock, not enough blues; doesn't gel with the theme of the game's actual music. Maybe that's just the problem with doing music about a game that's specifically known for its soundtrack. Usually Miracle of Sound is really good about matching a game to its musical style (e.g. Sweet LA or Wheatley's Song), but this was just a swing and a miss.

Well, I don't try to copy the soundtrack of the game, that's the thing. I take elements that stood out to me (the acoustic guitar strumming, the Bjork 90s style drumbeats, the stabbing staccato strings, the vaguely Eastern sounding Ura instruments) and put into my own style :)

Dammit man, you're making everyone else on the internet look bad. At least give them a chance to compete.

Also, did anyone else feel a bit of early 2000s Maroon 5?

Holy bajeezus yes, this song was great. It really captured the feel of the game's soundtrack- was the main beat thing quoting/referencing Bynn the Breaker? Soon as I get my hands on this, I'm just gonna stick it right in my Bastion OST folder, it fits really well. Hats off, dude.

Benedict:
Holy bajeezus yes, this song was great. It really captured the feel of the game's soundtrack- was the main beat thing quoting/referencing Bynn the Breaker?

Yes, absolutely, that was my favourite piece on the game's soundtrack :)

wow, this is just great!

I know you probably get told this a lot, but you are awesome!
Your music is beautiful and my week is always always made better by it.

Thank you!

Well, since I haven't played (and probably won't) Bastion, I can only judge this song on its own merits.
My consensus of it is that it's awesome. Very awesome. Yeah, you can tell I'm not a huge expert of music. But still, I think it's very good, for whatever it's worth. Also, good to hear a more vocal song from you for a change, since I find your voice to be quite amazing.
This just makes me more sad that I can't go to the Escapist Expo.

As it usually is with your songs.
Haven't played the game, only heard about it(I am no the escapist duurrrhhh) but still liked the song.

Only thing I got confused about was that Justin was the one who published it here.
Was looking for your signature so didn't listen immediately as I didn't see "MiracleofSound" anywhere xD

Really amazing song, it felt like one of those that wasn't forced you know?

My only criticism would be when you added that bridge where you mimicked the narrators voice, it sounded way too quiet, his voice was always loud and noticeable.

As soon as I can, it's going straight into my favourites list.

Ooooh I love how you handled the instruments on this one. The track sounds like something that could be found on the OST! Overall, I find it represents really well the spirit of the game.

Good job! :D

Beautiful song for a beautiful game. Still, it is a little disappointing that the song is missing that slight western touch that pervades the entire game.

Ooh, man that's tasty. And it makes me want to play Bastion again, which is never a bad thing. Very close feel to the actual game, for awhile there, too. Another hit? Yes, I think so.

If I could put the world back together half as good as you put this song together...

CardinalPiggles:
Really amazing song, it felt like one of those that wasn't forced you know?

My only criticism would be when you added that bridge where you mimicked the narrators voice, it sounded way too quiet, his voice was always loud and noticeable.

As soon as I can, it's going straight into my favourites list.

Is that what the whispery parts were? Yeah, I didn't get why that was needed and to not just sing it at normal tone. But This song was great. It had a nice beat and rhythm and reminded me of your Prince of Persia and 1st Assassin's Creed songs. Now I kinda want to play the game!

captcha: Choose DISH
Why don't you MAKE me?

I haven't played the game, but I really, really liked the song. One of your best, hands down.

The instrumental part is fantastic and fits perfectly with the rest of the game's soundtrack. The voice just doesn't fit the tone of the game at all though. The lyrics are great too. The voice just doesn't fit the tone of the game at all though. Some of the lower parts sound close to fitting but the rest just doesn't fit. The higher whispery parts were perhaps the most out of place. In those parts it almost sounded like you were making a parody rather than a tribute.

Sorry, I'm normally a big fan of your work but this just didn't do it for me.

I'm not sure I like this one, the last few actually have had this same vocal-y thing, where you have a bunch of your voices all weirdly laid over each other and I felt like it would have sounded better with just one voice instead of the group of them.

This was a fantastic one.

Great job you guys

"You can't fix a broken heart in a couple of days, so bring it back or start anew"

What a lyric, the whole song is excellent but that line in particular stands out as a great piece of songwriting. It fits the themes of the game, makes perfect sense to anyone unfamiliar with Bastion and has a very nice ring to it too... Kudos

Yes! I was hoping you'd do this game. Loved it dude :)

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