|Return of the Mummy
"Return of the Mummy"
Instruments: Tar, Qanun, Choir, Percussion, Strings
Feel: Dark, Grooving, Mystical
Did you know that people in the 1800s used to make tea out of mummies they dug up in Egypt? Tea. Like the kind you drink. That is because people in the 1800s were dumb. They were so stupid, they thought seaweed was really quite interesting. Today, you would have to be a marine botanist to think seaweed is that exciting. I don't need to mention how "exciting" marine botanists are... Carl! Finding some Caulerpa 20 kilometers outside its published range is no reason to write a paper! And it is certainly no reason to be LATE for your OWN PARTY, CARL!!!
|Crossing the Chasm
"Crossing the Chasm"
Instruments: Drums, Basses, Cellos, Violas, Violins, Singer
Feel: Action, Dark, Driving
Adventure, Ho! Last time on "Adventure, Ho!", the mage-orc Gnarlnosh was granted 1d4 wishes from a Deck of Many Things and it totally screwed up the game balance. Why? Because the DM sort of sucks, but he thought "Oh, sure - this could be fun... how could giving a mage-orc a fully provisioned army in the middle of a desert possibly sidetrack the quest for finding a cure for a magical disease that is ruining the kingdom AND the healer elf." Deck of Many Things; BAH! More like Deck of This-Campaign-Jumped-the-Shark.
|Finding the Balance
"Finding the Balance"
Instruments: Bass, Percussion, Synths, Voice
Feel: Bright, Grooving, Intense
The beginning is calm with the Middle Eastern dudek playing the melody. As the electronic elements melt into the dudek and the plucked strings, the groove is established. Just into the third minute the melody changes to beautiful and touching, but returns to the feel of the intro, while a woman?s voice sings a haunting melody in a distant language. This is music of wonder, and is best as exposition music for a film about nature or a group of people struggling to survive.
Instruments: Koto, String Ensemble
Feel: Calming, Uplifting
The koto in this piece follows a steady, plodding beat, while the orchestral strings provide a drone-like background. At 0:33 the strings crescendo to follow the melody of the koto, but at 1:18 the tempo slows and the strings fade away, only to return to highlight the final chord. With the even rhythm and the sharply accentuated plucks of the koto, this is best used as an introduction to a short film or game, or the resolution to a conflict surrounding family or challenges to tradition.
|Hand Balance Redux
"Hand Balance Redux"
Instruments: Kit, Percussion, Synths, Violin
Feel: Dark, Driving, Intense, Mysterious
Intense, slightly urban piece with rich chordal melodies.