This is...a bit different, but winter sometimes invites a little bravery where music is concerned. https://soundcloud.com/aurorax/the-mirthless-symphony
Due to time constraints and health problems, I need to take a breath for awhile. Feel free to sift through previous posts at your leisure (this is not a self-hosted site and it will not expire or disappear).
Another foray into trippy but deliciously tense ambient-atmo land.
The Hunger Games is...sort of the weird kid, whether in book or movie form. It should naturally follow that the tone, direction, and scheme of its soundtrack are a bit uncommon. Vibey dulcimers and glimpses of ferocious, tribal percussion square off against unapologetically keening (yet perfectly civilized) strings, warm but bitter violin solos, and the [...]
Calming, structured harmonies and a languid harp - if that's not the picture of methodical afternoon contemplation, I'm not sure what is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prDeHXsR05Y
Yes, this is a 17-minute track. No, I don’t expect you to sit through all of it – but after awhile, some of you might want to. If you like strings and Asian-flavored melodies, this is a chance for you to go wild. https://soundcloud.com/marcus-lin-1/eternal-blossoms
Amnesia: The Dark Descent is a horror game best left for the strong of stomach, but the soundtrack contains some rare and fine tracks, including this one. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7wFuaD3zdE
Spooky, organized ambient with a pinch of a snarl. I was unable to embed this properly in a blog post, but check it out >>here<< on the composer's official site (you can also download it from there for free if desired).
Paul Leonard-Morgan’s scope is a bit unpredictable. Though this particular style of music is middle-of-the-road likeable, I tend to avoid it since it can also easily wander into unhelpful territory. Nevertheless, the piano riffs in this track are too good to pass up. https://soundcloud.com/mihau/02-paul-leonard-morgan
To the outside world, writers have long been seen as harebrained, aloof, and probably a bit naïve. I’d rush to say that these are lies, stereotypes, or unfair judgments, but it recently occurred to me that I am, in fact, all of the above on some level – and I’m okay with that. Writing comprises [...]
Mary Gunderson’s watery approach already appeared once before on this blog ("Behind the Red Door"). While some might call it verging on New Age, I fail to see why a) this actually matters and b) where the rationale comes from. In my opinion, this kind of track has too much momentum, drive, and intent for [...]
Something very different and quirky to offset those profound thoughts weighing all of us down. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDnR_QKQuIo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aGsuMgeVlVg To be strictly reductionist, The Last of Us is a staple zombie apocalypse game (complete with the requisite gunplay, gore, and tight-corners fighting), but its superbly tense plot and cavernous characterization caused a stir. Linear storytelling in games has almost become risky in recent years, not so much because writing has gone downhill but [...]
This one-man project out of Denmark consists of free downloads of melodic ambient and neo-pagan works. If you need a fix of folk synth (for reasons I don't understand, I've seen a few people classify it as "folk metal"), try this on for size. These songs can be downloaded on both SoundCloud and Bandcamp (check [...]