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Opus V: Observer
  19th/292   Σ28.660   Jan 29th 2015 9:36pm

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0:00 - 3:40 "Silently Smolder"
A young and molten earth yearns for company.
3:40 - 6:25 "Cambrian Explosion"
Company arrives in the form of increasingly violent lifeforms.
6:25 - 8:39 "From Your Caves, Emerge!"
Humanity reaches its current point in evolution, and looks up at the stars for the first time in wonder.
8:39 - 10:53 "Outward"
Humanity invents agriculture, and from this point onward, builds increasingly vast civilizations.
10:53 - 14:26 "Inward"
Humanity runs out of room as the Dark Ages hit. However, the renaissance has other ideas.
14:26 - 17:49 "Upward"
Humanity reaches the moon. The Earth realizes that the company she has come to love and cherish is not permanent, and sings a song of farewell to her favorite children. (Unfortunately, I am not a woman, so please make do with my voice instead.)

Wow. What can I even say about this other than, "Thank god it's finally over"? I've been working on this song since October 15th, and it is without question the finest piece of music I have ever composed. I'm almost reluctant to press "submit" because I've become so addicted to working on it.

But if I made it much longer, the filesize limit on this format would positively DEVASTATE my pride and joy.

I'll post a link to the uncompressed render in the comments for the stream.

If this was the last song I ever wrote, I can't say I wouldn't be satisfied. At a time closer to the present than I'd like to admit, I considered the idea of writing one final towering work as a capstone of my ability, and then ending my life, in so doing, leaving a musical suicide note.

This is what my suicide note would have been.

Of course, thanks to Loon (to whom this song is dedicated), I no longer have even fleeting thoughts like these. And, to be honest, this song is far more inspired than anything I could have written in a hopeless state.

Thank you for reading my ramblings, and I hope you love it as much as I loved writing it.
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Level 24 Chipist
post #52502 :: 2015.01.29 9:37pm :: edit 2015.02.22 11:17am
  raphaelgoulart and JINTAKE liēkd this
0:00-15:15 --> Famitracker, 2a03+VRC6+MMC5
15:09-17:50 --> 12-string guitar and vocals

Uncompressed Version!

you aren't strong, you're weak/ you aren't brave, you're fearful
you aren't big, you're small, so small/ but you... you were mine.

you aren't sincere, you do not grieve/you aren't faithful, what do you believe?
you aren't fair, you are cruel,/you aren't wise, you are the fool,
but yet despite your many flaws,/i've got to take this fateful pause
to tell you,/though i love you,/please go.

i knew you/before you knew what you could do
and i knew you/as you looked up at the sky
and my love/was eternal,/though your wars were so infernal
burning red, 'cross the sky,/the fire in your eyes
but for all your blood and battle,/as arrows flew, and sabers rattle
you were all my children,/and history books are filling
you're not so young as you once were,
as you launch yourselves, further and further,
please before you go,/can't you let me know

did you love me,/did i ever leave your mind?
will you miss me,/when you all leave me behind?
oh, I loved you,/and it hurts to see you go
and I'll miss you,/even though I know

the moon isn't too far away,/but close to me, you cannot stay,
though you leave me, I love you.

i once was just a molten globe,/spinning 'round the sun.
my friends the planets were alone,/i was the only one
to be so gifted with this life,/though it has led to so much strife,
i can't regret a moment,/inside me, I'm still glowing,

you can't stay, I won't be long,/before the sun gets big and strong,
my surface will be burning,/the time gets closer, as I'm turning
my favorite children, human race,
flee but don't forget my face,
i love you, so leave me,
don't stay.
Level 19 Pedagogist
post #52503 :: 2015.01.29 9:50pm
  raphaelgoulart, JINTAKE and Flaminglog liēkd this
Um uh this is a serious candidate for 'best song ever uploaded to botb'
Level 24 Chipist
post #52510 :: 2015.01.30 3:01am :: edit 2015.01.30 3:17am
  goluigi, Flaminglog, JINTAKE, R3M, mootbooxle and WhiteCrow liēkd this
my 0cc-ft sandbox

i can't wait until i see a SQL database of this entry
Level 29 Chipist
post #52512 :: 2015.01.30 3:28am
  Flaminglog, JINTAKE, cce, R3M, raphaelgoulart and WhiteCrow liēkd this
Level 27 Chipist
post #52529 :: 2015.01.30 9:32am
  Flaminglog, JINTAKE and R3M liēkd this
yeahhhh this is great flaminglog! great job ^o^
i agree with r3m
could you enable downloads on soundcloud though? i wanna have a mp3 of the uncompressed version, because i admit the low quality of this botb render bothers me quite a bit
Level 23 Mixist
post #52530 :: 2015.01.30 9:36am :: edit 2015.01.30 9:49am
  JINTAKE and raphaelgoulart liēkd this
Do what I did and download it from soundcloud.

(I just remembered I had some special browser plugin for that)
Level 27 Chipist
post #52531 :: 2015.01.30 9:38am :: edit 2015.01.30 9:57am
downloads arent enabled on soundcloud : (

edit: i was able to download it through other ways (thanks zillah!) but still i think you should enable it
Level 10 Chipist
post #52539 :: 2015.01.30 11:46am :: edit 2015.01.30 11:49am
  raphaelgoulart liēkd this
I will enable it! I can do it!
For now use this.

Level 13 Chipist
post #52554 :: 2015.01.30 4:13pm
  Flaminglog liēkd this
pretty sizable offering, I think the intro and the ending section were weaker than the rest which were pretty good!
Level 24 Chipist
post #52558 :: 2015.01.30 8:11pm
  raphaelgoulart liēkd this
Alright the soundcloud link is now downloadable! Sorry for not initally setting it to be so.
Level 27 Renderist
post #52559 :: 2015.01.30 8:43pm
  marcb0t, JINTAKE, raphaelgoulart, Flaminglog and kfaraday liēkd this
thank you for having this for me to listen to after coming home from possibly unimaginable stresses. really recharges the senses and spirit.
Level 28 Chipist
post #52563 :: 2015.01.31 12:21am :: edit 2015.01.31 12:21am
  Flaminglog, JINTAKE, raphaelgoulart, Beard and kfaraday liēkd this
ooooooooooooooooooooOOOOOOOoookay i listened to the entire thing now

my favourite part in this song is definitely around 9:44 to 10:52 (times are approximate i forgot the first timestamp but the tempo was like 163) i also liked the first part of cambrian explosion a bit too

the other parts are cool too i just enjoyed those ones the most, and this is very content filled for a 17:50 (17/50 wow jangler's dream timesig) song and i didn't end up scanning through the song to try to skip a bunch of filler parts (i even end up scanning through some 2 minute songs)

my only criticism is that the mix feels a bit messy in some parts and those parts are a bit busy (i forgot the times of those parts) and i got a bit bored of the usage of instrument 0 (that main fading in instrument) throughout the entire song but that complaint is more minor

also i got totally blueballed originally because i decided to listen to the ftm and i was like wtf[[[[[[[[[[[[ this is not 17:50 so i thought i had an old version of it so i decided to listen to the mp3 version and i was surprised at the sort of out of tune guitar and the singing and the wtf stuff and it was pretty interesting and i should probably end this really long sentence now i haven't used a single period to end a sentence in this entire long statement lol okay so nice job wow and i think this opus is the best one you made you hopeless full romantic!

(ps: here is the sentence i end with a period.)
Level 24 Chipist
post #52571 :: 2015.01.31 6:32am
  Yibbon and WhiteCrow liēkd this
this ftm has fewer nonempty rows than mm9fami.ftm
Level 24 Chipist
post #52572 :: 2015.01.31 6:43am :: edit 2015.01.31 6:57am
  Flaminglog, Yibbon, Xaser, goluigi and WhiteCrow liēkd this
Level 21 Chipist
post #52575 :: 2015.01.31 8:23am
Dude, my absolute jam is from "Silently Smolder". Those timpani are on point.
Level 20 Pixelist
post #52679 :: 2015.02.02 1:10pm
  Flaminglog liēkd this
Too cool for school! This is probably one of the most ambitious things I have ever heard and it is very pleasant all the way through! The "slow" section near the middle is probs my fave. Also bigup on the singing + guitar :) Very Well done mate, I salute you and FUCK depression!!!
Level 17 Chipist
post #52819 :: 2015.02.05 1:10pm
  Flaminglog liēkd this
damn this is some deep shit.

Level 18 Mixist
post #52826 :: 2015.02.05 2:26pm
  Flaminglog liēkd this
oh man, the reference to rosetta comet observatory at the start of cambrian explosion is super clever
Level 24 Chipist
post #52827 :: 2015.02.05 2:31pm
  stepfilter liēkd this
my roommate was playing super mario galaxy a TON while i was writing this, i'm glad you caught my sweet ref
Level 14 Chipist
post #53078 :: 2015.02.08 2:01pm
Great job !
Level 8 Criticist
post #53181 :: 2015.02.09 11:03pm
  tothejazz, Beard, raphaelgoulart and Flaminglog liēkd this
interpretive listening:

We sit here alone, you and I. The fire gently glazes this wooded room of ours as you tell me about your day. I'm struck, sitting there as though I cannot believe my own luck. These are the moments. The moments which save me from the nagging abyss I feel dragging itself deep within my chest. This moment with you, becoming ever so hazier as I slip into the vast warmth of it all...slipping further and further away from you, from us. And in the end, there are always two doors. I glance to the right, I see you there in that room.

To the left, there we are under the giant oak tree on a breezy afternoon in the sun. There we are, strolling through the village shopping for a new pair of shoes. We slowly approach the hill and...what's that in the distance?


I cry to the heavens, "Hell no! What!!! Who said you could do that?!" and chop off naruto-kun style across the field toward the launch site. They see me coming, spraying a mess of rockets and missiles in my general direction. All I can do is smirk, "Hwehwehwehweh..." and run like sonic 2fast alongside them as they zip past, jumping higher and closer toward the cockpit. The engines ignite, "Get him, aaaaaa SHIT! He's almost made it to the pilots!" as they spray like, 10x more rockets and stuff at me. The shuttle blasts off as I propel myself higher and higher with the aid of their stupid whizzing rockets. It's no use! I've already reached the cockpit losers! Hey, don't blow up your own shuttle, dummies! As we approach the mesosphere, I take one last leap, latching onto the side of the shuttle and jack the pilot all GTA-like. Looking him in the eyes, I say nothing and release him into the freefall back toward earth as he screams, "YOU DDDDIIIIIiiiiiiicccccc--". I take my seat and buckle up for safety as I make my way into the upper atmosphere.

And I've made it into orbit. Everything is so beautiful up here. The earth's curvature greets me solemnly and I can't help but blush a bit. I close my eyes and nod down toward my feet. I don't understand what this is, who I am, where I'm going, how I got here. Lifting my head toward the window, I open my eyes once more to discover myself gliding over an array of golden mesas. I don't know how this is happening, but somewhere in the back of mind there's a whisper, "You are the observer..." I pass over forests and plains, mountains and jungles. I can see all of them down there, looking back up at me in wonder and amazement - scattered collections of humanity, calling out to me in hunger and fear.

I begin to hear a workers' march as I pass over the Euphrates. Down below, city-states war on and dispute over territory. Civilizations cry out to their gods for blessings and favor, everyone slowly rising up from the mud and the muck. Somewhere within a distant Parthenon, Socrates debates the evolved relativistic consequences of logic and reasoning. I can feel it, I can hear them thinking. I can smell their newly acquired toils. The face of the planet begins to grow dark, yet my ship will have no more of it.

I'm jostled about, my brain violently rattling around in its socket. All I see before me are blinding pressures daring me to turn away. I let out a scream, save me! Someone! Anyone! Take me away from here!

I'm alone. All is dark. I am cold, it's a bit clammy...where am I? Light returns to me as I find myself in the middle of an arching portal. Between the columns, I can hear them chanting in unison. I am exhausted. I give out and collapse onto my back and stare up at the mesmerizing archivolts looming overhead. Although I know not where I am, the cleansing pool of peace begins to wash over my aching eyelids. I fall into a deep sleep...

There we are back at the village again. We continue to walk hand in hand as everyone waves happily. Something is...wrong here. What-

SHIT! AAAAWHAT?! This heat. This turbulence. I'm still escaping orbit? It was all, a dream? No! Where is she? Where am I?

I continue to blast away from the grasp of gravitational pull and this persistent cascade of poorly aimed rockets. And...I have made it...I have escaped. But what have...I escaped? My course is set. I drift toward the milky orb waiting in the distance. I left it all behind, left it all to the others, to be consumed by our collectively insatiable palates of greed and selfishness. I finally let go, of everything...to accept whatever fate has in store for me up ahead.

The horizon begins to fill with the bright, cratered glow I've slowly come to fear. I look on in anxious anticipation as...the giant floating head of Flaminglog turns around to summarize the postulated propositions set forth by these recent chain of events.
Level 26 Mixist
post #53194 :: 2015.02.10 5:24am
  raphaelgoulart and goluigi liēkd this
My half-asleep self misread the title as "Opus Vs. Observer" just now. I hope my headphones don't try and punch me in the face.
Level 24 Chipist
post #53950 :: 2015.02.22 1:44pm :: edit 2018.05.13 8:34am
  RazerBlue6, OrdinateIsDead, Razerek, kfaraday, Beard, JINTAKE, plrusek and MKSTAR26 liēkd this
  goluigi and raphaelgoulart hæitd this
edit: disregard, i am a small baby
Level 22 Chipist
post #53970 :: 2015.02.22 2:21pm
  RazerBlue6, goluigi and raphaelgoulart hæitd this
  tothejazz, Beard, Slimeball and Flaminglog liēkd this
that will teach ya
Level 24 Chipist
post #53971 :: 2015.02.22 2:25pm :: edit 2018.05.13 8:34am
  DalekSam and raphaelgoulart hæitd this
  Beard and Slimeball liēkd this
edit: disregard, i am a small baby
Level 27 Chipist
post #53976 :: 2015.02.22 3:34pm
  gotoandplay, jowlsucks, Sylveon, Jimmyoshi and Ataritufty liēkd this
  OrdinateIsDead and plrusek hæitd this
c'mon your effort paid off, look at the feedback it received! the comments, the amount of favs!
the song was great, dont be disheartened by the placement/score because numbers are just numbers, what matters is that you were able to bring a little bit of joy and entertainment for some people's lives!
Level 24 Chipist
post #53980 :: 2015.02.22 4:14pm :: edit 2018.05.13 8:34am
  plrusek, goluigi and Sylveon liēkd this
  DalekSam, Zillah, jowlsucks and raphaelgoulart hæitd this
edit: disregard, i am a small baby
Level 23 Mixist
post #53981 :: 2015.02.22 4:42pm :: edit 2015.02.22 4:42pm
  goluigi, jowlsucks and kfaraday liēkd this
Oh come on.
You did way better than me.
Level 30 Chipist
post #53982 :: 2015.02.22 4:49pm :: edit 2015.02.22 4:49pm
  raphaelgoulart hæitd this
  goluigi, Flaminglog and Sylveon liēkd this
NOT cuteEie ^x¯ enough, 1/5 see me in my office
Level 24 Chipist
post #53983 :: 2015.02.22 4:49pm :: edit 2018.05.13 8:35am
  goluigi, Sylveon and kfaraday liēkd this
this isn't me complaining about anything. i'm just saying i'm gonna go in a new direction with my music following this. i think i've thoroughly explored the possibilities of these megasongs, and it's time i try going the other way with it, into microsong territory. like, what happens if you invest a month in something that's half a minute long? what is the theoretical limit to how good that thirty seconds can sound? i'm taking a journey into the cold frozen mountains of siberia and emerging with the technical skills and ear to craft this theoretical perfect half-minute.

edit: come on past me calm the fuck down
Level 22 Mixist
post #65775 :: 2016.03.28 8:10pm
i think i need to bump this ,it made me cry ;_;
Level 24 Chipist
post #89163 :: 2017.08.14 9:48am
  Melon liēkd this
This showed up on the main page because someone favorited, and I need to say something.

Me from two and a half years ago can choke on something, I'm not fucking done. I haven't begun to explore the possibilities of megasongs.

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