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July 23 2017

I just love this one. The music is so powerful, and it fits the visuals so well. Sometimes I get the urge to watch this one just to get excited about something. Even though the music of the original is good, this version just works so much better.

Audio: “Uncharted Realms” by Mark Petrie
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Video: “The Light Within” from League of Legends

February 22 2016

This is (among other things) an attempt to use musical themes to represent certain factions, a la John Williams. The heroic main theme represents the humans, and it makes multiple appearances each time they come on screen. But if you listen closely you can hear that not all is well with this particular group of humans. Very early in the video, for example, you’ll hear the change in the melody that coincides with the revelation that the beasts they are subduing are actually a family. The humans clearly see them as sub-human, which sets the stage for the rest of the story.

audio: “Strength of a Thousand Men” by Two Steps from Hell
video: Asura Online Cinematic Trailer

October 3 2015

The tragic fall of Shurima was nothing compared to the tragedy of its rise from the grave.

This was my very first mashterpiece, which has been a hobby* of mine for the past few years. At the time, I was just immersed in League of Legends because we were traveling around with Strawburry17 for our series Unlocked. It wasn’t until after I completed this video that I realized this could become a regular thing. I definitely didn’t expect it to grow into a full-blown obsession.

audio: “Final Frontier” by Thomas Bergersen
video: Shurima: Descent into the Tomb & Shurima: Rise of the Ascended from League of Legends

*obsession

September 18 2015

Symphoniacal is a project I’ve been working on this a very long time. It started over a decade ago while I was basically just playing around with some audio editing software. It’s a perennial project that I revisit every time I’m inspired. I’ll never be able to publish or sell it (nor do I really want to) because it’s composed of the works of dozens of people. It’s very much an homage, a passion piece.

And now I’m only halfway there.

I’ve recently begun using video editing software on a regular basis, which I never had real access to until now. And as soon as I started adding clips to the audio I’ve been mixing for a decade, I realized it could really benefit from visuals. So now I’ve begun the process of stitching together a rough cut of the video in hopes of matching it to the audio that has captivated me for so long.

June 10 2013

This is what happens when you put a bottle of awesomesauce in a microwave oven for too long. I knew nothing about this game when I saw this trailer, but now I have this intense urge to play it. I think a lot of it has to do with the music.

And here’s the official video for that song.

June 11 2009

Part 1. “WHITE LANDS OF EMPATHICA”

The end.

The songwriter’s dead.
The blade fell upon him
Taking him to the white lands
Of Empathica
Of Innocence
Empathica
Innocence

Part 2. “HOME”

The dreamer and the wine
Poet without a rhyme
A widowed writer torn apart by chains of hell

One last perfect verse
Is still the same old song
Oh Christ how I hate what I have become

Take me home

Get away, run away, fly away
Lead me astray to dreamer’s hideaway
I cannot cry ’cause the shoulder cries more
I cannot die, I, a whore for the cold world
Forgive me
I have but two faces
One for the world
One for God
Save me
I cannot cry ’cause the shoulder cries more
I cannot die, I, a whore for the cold world

My home was there ‘n then
Those meadows of heaven
Adventure-filled days
One with every smiling face

Please, no more words
Thoughts from a severed head
No more praise
Tell me once my heart goes right

Take me home

Get away, run away, fly away
Lead me astray to dreamer’s hideaway
I cannot cry ’cause the shoulder cries more
I cannot die, I, a whore for the cold world
Forgive me
I have but two faces
One for the world
One for God
Save me
I cannot cry ’cause the shoulder cries more
I cannot die, I, a whore for the cold world
whore for the cold world
whore for the cold world

Part 3. “THE PACIFIC”

Sparkle my scenery
With turquoise waterfall
With beauty underneath
The Ever Free

Tuck me in beneath the blue
Beneath the pain, beneath the rain
Goodnight kiss for a child in time
Swaying blade my lullaby

On the shore we sat and hoped
Under the same pale moon
Whose guiding light chose you
Chose you all

“I’m afraid. I’m so afraid.
Being raped again, and again, and again
I know I will die alone.
But loved.

You live long enough to hear the sound of guns,
long enough to find yourself screaming every night,
long enough to see your friends betray you.

For years I’ve been strapped unto this altar.
Now I only have 3 minutes and counting.
I just wish the tide would catch me first and give me a death I always longed for.”

Part 4. “DARK PASSION PLAY”

2nd robber to the right of Christ
Cut in half – infanticide
The world will rejoice today
As the crows feast on the rotting poet

Everyone must bury their own
No pack to bury the heart of stone
Now he’s home in hell, serves him well
Slain by the bell, tolling for his farewell

The morning dawned, upon his altar
Remains of the dark passion play
Performed by his friends without shame
Spitting on his grave as they came

Get away, run away, fly away
Lead me astray to dreamer’s hideaway
I cannot cry ’cause the shoulder cries more
I cannot die, I, a whore for the cold world

Forgive me
I have but two faces
One for the world
One for God
Save me
I cannot cry ’cause the shoulder cries more
I cannot die, I, a whore for the cold world

“Today, in the year of our Lord 2005,
Tuomas was called from the cares of the world.
He stopped crying at the end of each beautiful day.
The music he wrote had too long been without silence.
He was found naked and dead,
With a smile in his face, a pen and one thousand pages of erased text.”

Save me

Part 5. “MOTHER & FATHER”

Be still, my son
You’re home
Oh when did you become so cold?
The blade will keep on descending
All you need is to feel my love

Search for beauty, find your shore
Try to save them all, bleed no more
You have such oceans within
In the end
I will always love you

The beginning.