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Entry #124

The Journey Home

2/1/13 by Back-From-Purgatory

So... I decided to try my hand at Bosa's "Dreams of Splendor" contest about a month ago... He went out of his way to send me an invite, so I figured why not. So, I spent the last month struggling against a really nasty case of writers block, and one day... like... 2 days ago... I was mucking around in FL Studio, being upset that I couldn't seem to come up with anything decent. I got fed up, closed down what I was working on, opened up Synthesia, and played one of my favorite songs to play on piano (Packaged... although I edited it a little bit to split up the hands and removed the vocal part).

I finished the song, and decided to give writing another shot, so I opened up FL Studio again, started mucking around on my keyboard, and in the span of about 5-6 hours, I had a nearly 4 min piano track practically finished.
On top of that... I really, really liked it... It had a nice melody, a good progression, and I jumped a lot of hurdles that I usually stumble over when writing longer songs.

So, I added some more stuff on top, drums, a pad, and a smooth lead synth, made a few tweaks here and there... and in about 12 hours total...
...this came out:
The Journey Home
Also: Piano only version

I'm pretty happy with it... been a while since I've felt this satisfied with a song I've written... I'd wager this will be up on my favorites with Them and Yin.

So yeah... give it a listen, leave a review, let me know what you think.

And as always... the song is totally open to interpretation... I love hearing different peoples interpretations of my stuff.


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NorNor

2/23/13

ok, ttyl :)

2/23/13 Back-From-Purgatory responds:

<3 <3


NorNor

2/23/13

Ohh tell me when, I wanna join..if you don't mind ofcourse

2/23/13 Back-From-Purgatory responds:

Of course I don't mind... the more the merrier... and sure thing, I'll shoot you a PM when I get it operational... I'll no doubt put up a newspost about it and update the "Official Forum" link to the new domain as well.


NorNor

2/23/13

Also when will it be ready?

2/23/13 Back-From-Purgatory responds:

Soon (TM)

.. Seriously though, I have no idea... I'm probably gonna get the forum up and running first, that way I can at least get some traffic through there that can give me feedback on the actual site as I work on it.

As for when the forum will be up and running... I have no idea... depends on how many features I want to be available right from the get go... I've got some big plans... some of which will probably be a waste while the forum is still fresh and there's practically nobody on it... so I might hold off on those and implement them later.

... We'll see I guess.


NorNor

2/23/13

The one where it is being hosted by someone else, not your domain

2/23/13 Back-From-Purgatory responds:

So the Forumer forum... Yeah... it works for now, extremely limited when it comes to options though.


NorNor

2/23/13

Yin is cute, yeah ive visited ur site though, pretty cool

2/23/13 Back-From-Purgatory responds:

Are you talking my current forum? Or my actual own domain? Cause.. if you're talking about my actual domain... it's like... bare... so I'm not sure how you'd think it's cool in the state it's in...

... But I won't complain... just means it can't get much worse.


SevkatSevkat

2/20/13

She really is.
I have a pretty epic collection of .gif files featuring our's truly.

2/20/13 Back-From-Purgatory responds:

I'm not sure I have any Yin gifs... actually, I don't have many gifs at all... kind of collect those on a "need this" basis.


SevkatSevkat

2/19/13

Yin is my waifu.

2/19/13 Back-From-Purgatory responds:

She is quite adorable, isn't she.


LordKoolerLordKooler

2/14/13

Just re-listened to both versions of the song today. I like the original better than the piano version now.

2/14/13 Back-From-Purgatory responds:

That's perfectly fine, I figured it'd be a 50:50 thing for most people, some people like having more stuff on piano pieces, other people can't stand having drums/synths over a piano piece.


BumFodderBumFodder

2/14/13

Alright, fair enough then lol. I just never saw you post anymore.

2/14/13 (Updated 2/14/13) Back-From-Purgatory responds:

I do... every so often.


BumFodderBumFodder

2/13/13

You should join sevkitty forums because youre cool but youre not on NG forums much anymore and you like anime and you know nightowl aswell. http://sevkitty.com/bbs/index.php

2/14/13 Back-From-Purgatory responds:

I'm on the NG forums all the time actually... I'm just lurking most of the time. And I'm actually working on my own domain at the moment... so no promises.


NorNor

2/12/13

Have you ever seen clannad?

2/12/13 Back-From-Purgatory responds:

Of course. Clannad After Story made me cry like a baby.


NorNor

2/11/13

Name one of your favs, i also liked clannad.....I guess I' not into action.

2/11/13 Back-From-Purgatory responds:

Steins;Gate would definitely be one of my favorites.


NorNor

2/10/13

Idk, I have watched so much anime and i always think how good that one is...it is my fav I guess....not the characters specifically, just the whole thing.

2/10/13 Back-From-Purgatory responds:

It is pretty good... although I don't think I'd label it as one of my favorites... but it's close.


NorNor

2/10/13

Damn son. Not bad. You have seen The melancholy of haruhi suzumiya im sure?

2/10/13 Back-From-Purgatory responds:

Of course.


NorNor

2/9/13

I didnt like season 2 as much as 1. So you watch anime quite a bit?

2/9/13 Back-From-Purgatory responds:

Same here... Season 2 I thought was kind of... not awful... but a let down compared to the first..

And yes... according to myanimelist, I've spent approximately 57 days of my life watching anime.


NorNor

2/9/13

So you like yin? Or do you just like DTB?

2/9/13 Back-From-Purgatory responds:

Yin is one of my favorite characters in anime in general.. although I did quite enjoy DTB as well.


why are you ignoring me purgy? T_T

2/9/13 Back-From-Purgatory responds:

I've no idea what you're talking about.


NorNor

2/8/13

Your new icon is cute

2/8/13 Back-From-Purgatory responds:

<3 <3


hi back from purgatory . . . you're very anime, i like you

2/6/13 Back-From-Purgatory responds:

Yes... I am very anime, aren't I.


Writer's block is awful. How great that you were able to overcome it and produce something you really liked. :)

2/4/13 Back-From-Purgatory responds:

Indeed.


I think the Piano only version sounded better than the original. Don't have an interpretation of it though.

2/2/13 (Updated 2/2/13) Back-From-Purgatory responds:

Is why I have both versions, some people are bound to not like the fancied up version.


You did a very good job. Though I haven't played the piano as a musician, I still like piano-based music and you show your command of the keyboard.

2/1/13 Back-From-Purgatory responds:

To be fair, I didn't play that... At least not in full. I'm not good enough to play like that all at once yet. There's a lot of jumping around in this song, which is actually a real weak point for me on keyboard. I did however write all the melodies by playing a piece at a time on the keyboard.

I also exported the midi so I can practice it in Synthesia.


SquidbitSquidbit

2/1/13

I'm not really a musical person, so I don't really have an interpretation of it, but it sounds good.

2/1/13 Back-From-Purgatory responds:

Good to know!


I'm proud to have left the first review. :3

But dude, FooRight's review? 3/5 stars doesn't seem legit.

2/1/13 Back-From-Purgatory responds:

I think he left it as 3/5 as a "neutral" vote... as he said he wanted to know how I intended to portray the song before he voted... Just my guess... because otherwise his review was pretty positive.


GeoplexGeoplex

2/1/13

I enjoyed it a lot, and I don't feel that I agree with FooRight's 6/10. I've just woken up from a broken three hours of sleep though, so I'm too delirious to write a review.

I enjoyed it in spite of that, however.

2/1/13 Back-From-Purgatory responds:

Thanks!