Mountain Theme - Original VGM Piece Made with Dorico Elements 5

(Sorry for hosting it on a muse group website - their rebranding is driving me crazy :crazy_face:)


Great work! If I’d been able to compose something like that when I was 13 I would have been chuffed to bits (as we say in England).



I honestly don’t know why I quoted that in the first place.
Anyway, here’s another:

I might cut down on the percussion in that section with bass drum and tambourine bc I don’t want it to be too driving.
It’s a very similar style piece, I’m definitely going to do some other kinds of pieces for this soundtrack as well. But this would be a difference between an first world and a final level haha.
It’s just a concept game I’m working on.

[Edit: I fixed the percussion and updated the OP file if anyone cares :wink:]

Did you write any of the Dorico demo projects?

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Mr. hamsandwichnow, I like this piece. Did you use one of the modes to get that quirky sound?


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Not really any mode in particular. The main piece is in B minor, but I just messed around with chromaticism to get the “chaotic” sound I wanted. Thanks.

Hi there Asher S.!
This is amazing work, Keep it up!! :clap:

Making this kind of music at your age is very very impressive. I bought my first MIDI keyboard and sequencer software myself when I was 13, back in the year 1995… :older_man: A laughably primitive setup by today’s standards, but it worked! As for the music itself, was it even remotely as good as this, though? Not a chance!!

Looking forward to hearing your next work! :notes:

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Thank you!
I’m curious, did this sequencer synthesizer come with any samples, or was it just a bunch of synthesized sounds?

This was before sample libraries were a thing, and actually you had to buy a sound card and mount it inside your PC to even get sound! The instrument sounds were limited to 128 General MIDI instruments stored on the sound card itself, so that’s all I had at my disposal. You had to buy the card with the General MIDI sound that you preferred, within your budget… :smiley: I started with the extremely primitive FM synthesis of the Sound Blaster 16 card, then later I upgraded to “wavetable” cards, which actually contained very small samples stored on the cards, making it sound REAL compared to Sound Blaster 16… Some classic wavetable sound cards from this era were Roland MT-32, Gravis UltraSound, and later Yamaha XG - each families of sound cards with their own unique instrument sounds. These were consumer cards mostly geared towards the gaming market, but nothing else was really available, as far as I can recall. This was also before the internet…

It was years later when more advanced sequencers like Cubase would allow me to mix MIDI with audio, and introduce stuff like software instruments and sample libraries. :slight_smile:

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That’s crazy!