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Joshua Iyer

Looking Back: Nymph's World Soundtrack

March 3, 2013 at 6:18 PM

In September, I released a series of articles over a weekend I slept over at my grandma's house (the 8th and 9th), and in one of them I wrote an autobiography of me playing. (If you want to read it, go to my entries for September (of 2012) or go to my official website and click the Violin tab.) Anyways, I talked about how every year me and my sister do a movie. Just now, starting around 11:30am, I rewatched Nymph's World, the film we created during August of 2011, and I decided I'd talk about the film's soundtrack. You're just going to have to take my word for it and/or look up some songs on YouTube (I'll explain); there is no way I can release the soundtrack, sorry. Also, the film is about two years old now. I promise I'll do more for this summer's possible movie concerning the soundtrack, even if the film itself isn't released to the public. :)

I remember the idea for the film first came up probably in June (we just decided not to start working until the middle of July). I had been playing The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D, and my sister told me an idea she had which discussed fairies. I made a connection in how, in the game, you get a fairy which is your guide. We started drafting an idea where a hero (or heroine) goes on an adventure with a fairy guide, so I guess Nymph's World is kind of like The Legend of Zelda. Anyways, we settled on her playing the role of Nymph, and I was her brother, Oscar, as well as a bunch of monsters. The fairy, Naomi, was a stuffed Build-a-Bear with wings. Well, that's the essentials of the film's plot.

Most of the soundtrack was not my creation. I was still developing an enjoyment for the violin, music, and composition, as I now have. A lot of the themes were from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. When Nymph sneaks into her brother's room at night, an epic male choir sings The Temple of Time (from that game). The game's mini-boss theme is used during one of Nymph's battles. I also used Super Mario Galaxy 2 music. The Melty Monster Galaxy theme and the Hurry! theme are coupled together as a headless monster kidnaps Nymph; Lubba's Theme (I think) is used to demonstrate the Oracle.In any case, these songs, even if they aren't original, are still semi-orchestrated and work well with the film's plot.

The three songs I created are what I'm going to focus on in this entry. I'm going to attempt to walk you through the music. Of course, it would be a lot better if you had the music to listen to, but I hope you can kind of keep up with what's happening. Maybe also this blog post is more for Future Me to read and decipher... sorry about that... :)

The first song was a battle theme. In the film, Nymph and Naomi are inside of a tree, and an evil yellow bird has just stolen the key needed to, essentially, move on in their quest. Strings create an A minor chord, and then the organ comes in with a scale that ends with the raised seventh. The timpani also blasts out a rhythm to punctuate and barricade the music inside.

The second piece is actually two pieces combined to make one (I just recorded each separately). It's the final battle music for Nymph's stand against the evil Dark King. Upper strings take on a driving melody while drums punctuate the ends of phrases. Finally, the choir comes in, belting an epic series of notes with the violins creating a countermelody underneath. This is the point where Nymph is down, and is summoning courage. Finally, Nymph gets up and the last blow is attempted; the choir and violins compete for the melody, each insisting they have it, while Nymph and the King battle it out. (I still honestly have no clue who gets the melody and who gets the countermelody; I might have wrote it with the choir in mind but the violins still sort of have a melody, so...) Finally, the choir sings an E as the King's wand leaves his hand; the piece dies away.

The third piece plays right after this; it's the credits theme. A harp softly plays broken chords while the violins sing a pretty melody and the other strings add water underneath (soft chords in C major). Basically, that's the whole piece, although the second violin section comes in underneath the first violin after a bit. It's a pretty piece, and I think it would be nice to have an actual orchestra play.

So that's it! I think it sounds great for a first real soundtrack (at least the songs I did.) I'm really excited for whenever a film will be made this year. I really have no idea what's going on with it, if more friends will join, or anything, but we shall see. In any case, I'll try to upload the soundtrack. I'm just not sure if everyone will want the film itself on YouTube. But for me, the music is all that matters (and will matter when I make it to college, probably). So thanks for struggling through this article, and sorry about that. I promise I will do another article like this closer to the date I finish the film, and also I will try to upload the music so you can at least have an idea of what I'm talking about. That's all! Thanks for reading!

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