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A blog focused on any creative things I do, from music, to drawing to maybe writing.

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What I Did During the Outage

Made a logo for my Competitive TF2 Team    Worked on the steam group for my competitive TF2 team, Wrote something up for the upcoming Poniverse newsletter, Did some work on the geography of my fiction/fantasy world, Got the 2nd part of one of the songs from my upcoming album done, Saw the new Hobbit movie, Did some training and practice with some friends in TF2. I don't know about you guys but I did a lot more than mash my F5 key.   P.S. Sorry, no unoriginal image macros in thi

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Seeking a Song Cover Artist!

Hello my friends of many artistic talents! Today I come before you humbled by my lack of a cover image for an upcoming song!   Before I begin I would like to state this: I have rather high standards, and thus I'm not completely against paying an artist for their time-and-effort. (Within reason. There is only so much I can afford as a jobless highschool student.)   I am an orchestral composer, one who strives to provide a story in their pieces. This particular piece that I have been working o

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Marcato Sound - Flame Dance (With Poll!)

NO I am not music-dead!   I am still working on music, believe it or not! I have been silent for just about 2 months now due to a combination of Schoolwerk and my next big orchestral piece; The Symphony of Travesty.   So you know, I decided to take a break from intense dramatic orchestra and since I'm on vacation in palm springs I went ahead and whipped something up... something that I'm very proud of considering I used lower quality instruments than usual. o_O   https://pony.fm/tracks/155

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New OC to the Family! (Plus upcoming projects.)

Hello everypony!   So lately I've been fairly productive (as some of you may know) and one of those things that recently popped up was an idea for an OC that came to mind. This OC is named Anaphora.     Currently this character is Marcato's (My ponysona) older sister. While Marcato's skill lies in music and the like, Anaphora's skill lies in writing, vocabulary and creating stories. She's also a bit of a closet dweller, in that she rarely leaves her home. Only when she feels it necessary.

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Foalhood Findings - Orchestra and Piano

https://pony.fm/tracks/1089-foalhood-finding   So this happened.   Inspiration has been high lately for me on soooo many fronts and on soooo many levels! A rediculous amount of thought and positive attitude for music, animation, art and coding has arisen for some odd reason! This is likely a direct result of my enthusiasm and excitement over purchasing this bloody amazing thing right here. (Which is arriving in the mail today.)   Anyways,   This is a song I wrote for a flash animation I'

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Coda of Eternal Eventide - An Orchestral Piano Serenade

So hi guys!......   Yeah it has been a while hasn't it. I've been on quite a long silence compared to usual in terms of music. Why do you ask? Projects and projects and projects and projects. They have a habit of starting and never getting finished. However this one... this one managed to hold my attention long enough and I completed it.   This song, is inspired by Celestia and Luna, and was written like their themes. The brighter (and arguably happier) first part, is Celestia's theme, while

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The Creation of a World - Blog Series

Hey everyone!   As very few of you probably know, I am actually a big writer. I love doing a lot of writing about fantasy sorts of stories, and have had a lot of ideas inspired by my two favorite authors. (Tolkein who wrote Lord of the Rings, and C.S. Lewis who wrote Narnia.) One thing that always amazed me about their stories, is that they created entire worlds. They made up history, locations, history for said locations, and even more beyond that. Sometimes even entire languages. This has al

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Marcato's Music Livestream 05/03/2013 - Feld0's Theme Remastered

Hello MLP Forums!   So, in celebration of Feld0's birthday, I'm doing something very special this weekend. Some of you may remember way back in October when I composed Feld0's theme as part of a group of themes I composed for some of the MLP Forums staff.   https://pony.fm/tracks/124-feld0s-theme   This was months ago, and I have significantly improved since then. During this time, Feld0's theme has still been one of the tunes I am most proud of. Why do you ask? The main theme is catchy, f

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So... what next?

Alright guys, so I really want to confirm something here. People seem to really like my piano pieces, and they're really easy to make, while I feel that my more orchestral-ish works don't carry as much interest.   So I want to hear from you guys,   What do you want to hear next? Would you like to hear another "History of X" piece, like this one? https://pony.fm/tracks/628-history-of-the-crystal-kingdom   Or would you rather get another orchestral piece like this one here? https://pony.f

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History of the Crystal Kingdom - Dramatic Piano

So guys! Wanna know what *I've* been working on these last couple days? Yes. Couple. As in I wrote this in just three days, something I'm still trying to recover from. @~@   https://pony.fm/tracks/628-history-of-the-crystal-kingdom   This entire song was largely experimental, and originated from a commission I was working on. However both me and the commissioner felt it wasn't suiting the aim, so I scratched it and adjusted it a little and continued it on anyways. I was enjoying myself as I

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EuroBeat Brony - "Discord" Vocal Cover

So this morning I woke up thinking to myself. "I'm in the mood to do some singing..." Then I thought "What if I did some vocal covers of brony/pony songs for a change?" I quickly decided I wanted to do a vocal cover of my favorite brony song, Discord, by EuroBeat Brony. (No, not the living tombstone one, the original.)   So, I spent all morning (and a portion of the afternoon) recording, practicing and mastering (sort of) this little thing I whipped up as my first vocal cover in history.  

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Results of Tonights Stream - Touhou Fan Character

So I was drawing a Touhou character I made up recently in class today since I had no work to do, and I realized "hey, this is the most detailed picture you've drawn in both shading and clothing. You should totally digitize this." So I was all "M'kay sure why not."   Then I got scared and almost tried to make someone else do it.   Then I decided to be brave and do it myself, and to my shock, the results were not as bad as I initially expected. They're still pretty bad, but not awful awful.  

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Touhou Fan Song - Fate of Life ~ A Heart of Blazing Fire

So recently I've been a massive Touhou nut. Playing touhou, listening to touhou, watching crazy lifeless people like myself master Touhou beyond belief... etc!   I became such a huge touhou fan I thought to myself, "I wonder if I could make a touhou style song..." and naturally, from the title alone "Fate of Life ~ A Heart of Blazing Fire" I created an entire fan game! Okay not really, it's a fictional fan game that I will detail on in another blog post.   https://soundcloud.com/silverdest/

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Cinematic Orchestra Testing - Music for Movies

So I did some testing today for cinematic quality of music. Basically making things sound more like a recorded orchestra, instead of a virtual set of instruments. Not quite perfect, but significantly better than the quality of Sombra's Stand way back when.     Just thought I would share it with you guys.

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Commission - Electrobolts Theme

Hey all! I just completed a new (and rather unique) commission today! This commission is @@Electrobolt's theme!   https://pony.fm/tracks/344-electrobolts-theme   This one is a little bit of a sidetrack compared to my usual orchestral and symphonic works, none the less it turned out pretty great, and although not perfectly accurate to old NES music standards it's still a good result in my opinion. This commission was paid for by Key Gear as he appears to be requesting themes of some RP chara

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Marcato - Celtic-Inspired Strings piece

One thing I've always been dissapointed about in the MLP universe, is the lack of a Celtic parallel. I love the celtic nation, especially the music. (Oh course maybe I'm just a huge fan of violin) So I decided "hey, why not make a celtic-like piece?" I was in the mood, and began whipping something up.   Played by the Ponyville Symphony Orchestra   Lots of fun making this one. I called it marcato, because almost all the instruments are in the marcato playing style, meaning it's playing

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Nightmares - Freeverse/Writing

Nightmares. They're awful things. They strike you in the night without a single bit of consideration for your mental state, and leave you terrified for what seems like an eternity after you wake up. You dare not to move. Not to breath. They make you fear your own room. That coat hanging from your closet becomes a monster, or some other being waiting to lash out at you. The first words that escape you are it was only a dream... it was only a dream... and it makes you wonder, how did I not realize

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MiniRPG - The Music

So, as some of you may know (and by some I mean probably 1 or 2 people) I am making a game/mod. This is basically a heavily modded version of a game that Notch (creator of Minecraft) made for the 22nd Ludum Dare competition, titled "Minicraft."   As the name suggests, it's similar to Minecraft, however this game is a top-down RPG-Style game, that's comparable to the Zelda games, only featuring survival and crafting implementations.   Play it here!   As I mentioned earlier, I am making a h

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One Thousand Years Ago - The First of Many

Well everyone, it's been a while hasn't it? Well guess what, after a bit of a pause I finally finished something. And that something, is the first song of my upcoming album titled "One Thousand Years Ago"   https://pony.fm/tracks/204-one-thousand-years-ago-pre-live   This is, however, not the final product! When I say finished, I mean finished writing the song. Four different things actually need to be recorded, and that's vocals, violin, lead guitar, and bass guitar. Currently the violin ac

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Music Commissions - Official Price Hike

Alright, so currently I'm stacked with 4 commissions, with many more to come as I have been warned. (Keeeey Geeeeaaaaaar! *Shakes fist at sky*)   Now this is normally a sign of good business and respect for my work, however each commission takes a significant amount of time out of my daily life and schedule. Not to mention I'm not exactly earning that much. (Albeit more than I would otherwise.) My average take away from these commissions is $25, as 20% goes to the forums, which I have no inten

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Onwards and Beyond! - Commission #2

So, I worked my butt off the last week and finished commission number two from and I am very satisfied with the results.Having discovered the bass drum which I had apparently never noticed before, I can now make songs sound much more full and professional.   https://pony.fm/tracks/144-onwards-and-beyond       I hope you all enjoy listening to this as much as I enjoyed making it.   Currently I'm very swamped with music. With 5 commissions still to do after this and many more to follow

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Feld0's Theme - Extended on Live Piano!

Well now I've done it.   Having acquired a high quality microphone, I realized an amazing opportunity had arisen. So, I made this.   https://pony.fm/tracks/123-feld0s-theme-live-piano     To quote what I initially wrote about the track on Pony.fm   There you have it, the whole story. I apologize to all of you that the quality is still not AMAZING. I do plan to find a way to improve my recording in the future, and I hope that you'll all support me with cheers as I attempt to get things

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Commission #1 - Scatcoal - Pony Mystery Theater

And so my true commission progress begins!   My first commission, a request from the forums friendly neighborhood alien chicken, is a song based on a mystery theme. It took a long time (longer than it should have) but it's finally completed!   https://pony.fm/tracks/99-pony-mystery-theater   This is now my second (completed) pony related track and has proved much better than I originally expected. Thanks Scoots!   Now I have two slots open in commissions, and with this one completed my i

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