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Tales of Hearts 02.13.2009
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"Music is a friend of labor for it lightens the task by refreshing the nerves and spirit of the worker."
- William Green
Twin Blades
Francis "Fermat's Last Theorem" Gayon Tales of Symphonia | Lloyd
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I delve once more into what I consider to be my musical weakness: electronic mixes. This is the first time since Round 4 of "The Grand Audition" that I tinkered with an electric guitar. I certainly hope I did well enough in this remix.

I used Lloyd as the main subject, but I'm sure many fans will recognize fragments of the main theme added here and there for some variation.

Composed for flute, trumpet, trombone, electric guitar, electric bass, electric organ, drums, and strings using Sibelius 5 and rendered by Kouen with GPO samples using SONAR 7 Producer Edition.

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Welcome, RPGamers, to the pre-Valentine's Day/Friday the 13th update of Sound Test. Don't worry, I won't be talking about mushy stuff just because of the upcoming celebration. I'll be talking about real hearts—the ones that pump blood. I'm on my second week in the TCVS (thoracocardiovascular surgery) elective, and it's turning out to be quite a treat. Who would've thought holding, squeezing, slicing, stitching, and pouring icy water onto the said organ could be so much fun? Oh, and the spurting blood that almost hits the anaesthesiologist? Priceless. I'll be staying with TCVS for another two weeks before my groupmates and I reunite to face... obstetrics and gynecology. *cue first four notes of the first movement of Beethoven's Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67*

In other Valentine's Day news, "The Grand Audition 2009" doesn't seem to be getting any love. As of yet, there have been no submissions. I'm trying to stay positive here and thinking that the artists are just taking their sweet time in adding finishing touches to their masterpieces. Anyway, Round 1: Belligerent Youngsters ends in two weeks' time and I'm hoping for some really good submissions. Click the link to see the round page or click the image below for the main contest page.

Now, onto our piece for today. While listening to Tales of Symphonia's character themes, I noted how classical-sounding the two-part Lloyd was and was inspired to make something more modern out of it. It opens strong in forte with the electric guitar playing the series of chords that the first part of Lloyd uses, then proceeds with the theme proper. The electric guitar and the trumpet lead this first part of the theme; the strings and electric organ, the second part. A truncated variation follows, then a variation with the strings and organ at the forefront as the piece cleverly and smoothly transitions from Lloyd into the main theme with a crescendo sequence. The flute is heard for the first time at this point as it plays a fragment of the main theme in A minor. The brasswinds follow suit, playing the same segment a fifth higher, then modulating to A—the home key of Lloyd. The flute then plays the first part of the said theme twice in a variation that is, although still different, closest to the original. After this, the brasswinds play the fragment from the main theme once more, this time in F-sharp minor, and the strings follow this up in E minor before leading to a recapitulation of sorts. The opening electric guitar sequence then bursts forth, fuller and more powerful than before. A brief coda follows as I end the piece with the main theme's opening sequence. It starts rather quietly in the distant key of F before erupting finally in the tonic A.

Well, that's it for this update of Sound Test. Next update would mark the end of Round 1: Belligerent Youngsters, so stay tuned, folks! Have a great weekend!

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