40 Minute Video Game-ish Mix Demo

It’s now October. I’ve been out of the game for a little bit since my laptop took a turn for the worst. I’ve been unable to mix or do anything since then, so the hiatus was quite unexpected. That being said, I had worked on two tracks, previously posted, and thought I’d try mixing the two tracks together to see what the flow is like. Did the mix down on another computer, since the one I usually work on is being repaired. Hoping for the best on that, since I really miss making music and it feels somewhat empty not being able to do so for quite some time.

So, here’s a demo of the 40 minute mix using the two tracks, Blue Lagoon and Osiris, that I’ve worked on prior to my laptop situation. Once things are back to normal, I will be extending the mix to 40 minutes as originally planned.

Osiris

This is going to be the second track of a 40 minute mix I am currently working on. It is a continuation of Blue Lagoon, which I posted previously. The style is within the range of Melodic House music. However, seeing that this is a video game track suited for background music, I doubt the genre would matter much.

I am beginning to understand the idea of mixing and mastering, to some degree. Compared to others works I’ve done, this track seems a bit more balanced and easier on the ears. I could be wrong though. Still, I am quite happy with the progress and the things I am learning.

Blue Lagoon

This track is one that really allowed me to get a better understanding of how to properly blend instruments together and eventually mix them down. It gives me a kind of Megaman X-like vibe for some reason, particularly Megaman X Command Mission. The soundtrack for that game is pretty nice and I think this track would bring back some nice memories for those who’ve played the video game before.

I am going to use the end of the track to create another track. Hoping to creating a 40 minute long mix consisting of video game tracks. Should be a fun time.

Strange

I’ll be honest. I didn’t really feel any sort of vibe today for making music, but seeing that it came to mind, I figured why not.

This track took a while to put together. I added and removed a number of instruments before finally coming up with this track. I titled it Strange, since that’s kind of feeling I got from making it. It introduces a number of elements, but I make use of my favourite instrument throughout. Seeing that it feels like another track for a mecha video game, I figured I’d use a classic MechWarrior picture as the cover, seeing that I loved that game as a kid.

I have to admit that lately the creation of video game tracks is becoming more and more interesting. Seeing that I feel no limit to one particular genre, I feel more expressive with my work.

The Perimeter

This track started out with me sitting on my couch and hearing the first few notes in my head. I then got a sense of what I’d like the drums to sound like. Before stepping out to do some errands, I decided to sketch out the beginning of the track, which you hear in the opening. The rest of the track came into being when I returned home. The idea was too fresh in my mind to pass up!

If you have ever played a video game before, particularly a mecha video game like Mech Warrior, Armored Core, or Daemon X Machina, you’ll get the vibe from this track. For me, I can see it playing out in my mind, sitting in the cockpit of a mech and going on missions to help bring peace to an ailing world.

Citrus

It all started when a friend of mine went for a much-needed nature walk. It was one of those things that I have been longing for since the ever-famous pandemic hit the world. I was waiting for a chance to just get outside and admire the beauty of the trees. Not a lot of people to see, but that didn’t really matter to me.

On the walk, I had a lot of time do some deep reflection and in that time, I asked myself many questions. One of those questions was: What am I passionate about? When I thought about it, the first thing that came to my mind was the fact that I love making electronic music. I’ve been going at it for a very long time and it is one of those things that requires me to keep practicing until I get it right. I started going back to my days on the radio and when I interacted with musicians in the studio for live production work. Those days left lasting impressions on my mind and I sometimes wish to relive them. The only way I get to do that is when I make music.

After the nature walk, I went home and thirty minutes into arriving I got the idea for a track. For a long time, I have been struggling with the bpm that suits my taste. This track provided the answer I needed. I had finally found a sweet spot that not only made me happy, but provided a great sense of flow for me to create. I went well into the night working on the track and didn’t realize how late it was until after I finished it. I guess that’s a sign that I really love doing it.

The name of this track is called Citrus. Why I called it Citrus? Well, it’s the first thing that came to my mind as a name. So, I went with it. It falls into the category of Drum & Bass, sub-category Breakbeat. It’s one of many attempts that I am going to make at it. So far, the feedback is that the track is very chill.

A good nature walk can do wonders for the mind. So, here it is. Citrus. Enjoy!