Opus 2 ‘Into Winter’

Title

Into Winter

Date of completion

16th June 2017, KST

Behind the title

I titled this piece ‘Into Winter’ because when I listen to it, I see a team of brave adventurers heading into a land of eternal winter to face the dangerous Snow Queen (the real one, not the fake Disney one). Cheesy, I know.

I chose this title after dismissing more outlandish candidates such as ‘Winter’s Realm’ or even ‘The Lair of the Snow Queen’. I’m trying to maintain a streak of making tasteful titles for epic music.

Influences

Various orchestral-music composers, such as Thomas Bergersen and Shikata Akiko.

The two cracks at 1:16 and 1:57 were taken inspired directly by the Reunion Tracks version of ‘One-Winged Angel’, composed by Uematsu Nobuo.

What I learnt from composing it

  • For the best results, compose slowly and thoroughly.

  • I like my second piece much more than my first. I hope that means that I’ve grown as a composer.

  • When composing the left-hand notes of a piano part, less is more.

  • I need to expand my knowledge of instruments.

  • Effort can’t give a composer everything. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, certain notes will refuse to sound perfect, and you’ll have to settle for second best.

What I’m most proud of

  • The middle and climax (from 1:16 onwards) actually sound pretty good to my ears. Or at least they will until I become disillusioned with them!

  • I’ve already said this in a blog post, but ‘Into Winter’ represents where I stand as a composer, for both good and bad. Unlike with my first piece, ‘Onwards‘, I’ve given this composition my all.

Attribution

If, for some reason, you’d like to read about the whole sordid journey behind this composition, please use the following links (ordered chronologically):

https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/03/19/opus-2/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/03/24/opus-2-2/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/03/25/opus-2-3/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/03/31/opus-2-4/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/04/06/opus-2-5/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/04/09/opus-2-6/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/04/26/opus-2-7/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/04/29/opus-2-8/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/05/11/opus-2-9/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/05/12/opus-2-10/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/05/17/opus-2-11/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/05/25/opus-2-12/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/05/28/opus-2-13/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/06/03/opus-2-14/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/06/15/opus-2-15/


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Opus 1 ‘Onwards’

Title

Onwards

Date of completion

15th March 2017, KST

Behind the title

The piece was originally titled ‘Have Faith’ because I thought it sounded like a team working together to achieve a goal. But then I realised that if I titled it that way, it might be mistaken for religious music, so I changed it to the less-emotional ‘Onwards’.

Influences

Thomas Bergersen and John Powell, although I did not do them justice.

What I learnt from composing it

  • Composing is hard work.

  • No matter how concrete the musical ideas in my head are, the real composing will always begin once I start using my DAW.

  • It’s the tiny edits and changes that add up to make VST music sound better.

  • I can create melodies that I enjoy listening to!

What I’m most proud of

  • The 8 bars from 2:03 to 2:20. I composed them while I was on my DAW, trying to think of a better transition to the climax, and I like the melody I came up with.

  • I completed an original work! Critics will sneer at it, professionals will laugh at it, it’s clumsy and amateurish, but it’s all mine. I like it, and right now, that’s good enough for me.

What I wish I could have done better

  • I was trying to make music in the epic genre, but I think I ended up creating something in the enthusiastic genre instead. ‘Onwards’ doesn’t sound commanding, mysterious, or majestic—basically, it’s not very epic. I might’ve lost control of the arrangement.

  • I hate how unpolished it sounds mix-wise. I can imagine listeners wincing (for that, it makes me wince, too). I don’t know what to do about it. With my utter lack of mixing experience, this is as good as it gets for now.

If, for some reason, you’d like to read about the whole sordid journey behind this composition, please use the following links (ordered chronologically):

https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/01/11/opus-1/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/01/14/opus-1-2/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/01/14/opus-1-3/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/01/16/opus-1-4/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/01/31/opus-1-5/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/02/01/opus-1-6/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/02/02/opus-1-7/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/02/02/opus-1-8/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/02/03/opus-1-9/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/02/05/opus-1-10/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/02/08/opus-1-11/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/02/11/opus-1-12/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/02/16/opus-1-13/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/02/22/opus-1-14/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/03/07/opus-1-15/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/03/15/opus-1-16/
https://mirinaemusic.com/2017/03/17/opus-1-17/


© 2017 Mirinae.
All rights reserved.