[Ciel Devlog #29] Aging Music

Hello there, Fledglings! Jasmine here to talk about what has been going on in the audio department.

The Goal

A lot has taken place since the demo launch and Kickstarter. Majority of the audio for Ciel’s child phase was sketched out, which helped set the stage for melodies and themes to be re-experienced as she aged. As stated in the K.S., the music grows with Ciel – child (80s pop, American and Japanese influenced),teen (Funk/Jazz inspired), and adult (Jazz Orchestral).

     

 

My goal is for you guys to feel Ciel’s adolescence, her ‘too cool for school years’, and her years of maturity

The Workload

As of now, I am 95% done sketching adult themes for Ciel, and 80% done sketching teen themes!

What’s left:

  1. Create sketches of the remaining themes
  2. Write sheet music for instrumentalists (squee!),
  3. Finalizing mixes and balance. 

This doesn’t include edits for the voice over artists (which will be discussed in another update)!

(Beginning work on a theme!)

*(Sketching [personal terminology] =  a rough outline of a piece, before final audio recordings, mixing, etc).

The Inspiration

To give you guys an idea of what I have been chewing on as I work to finalize ideas and soundscapes, I decided to post a few tracks that heavily influenced Ciel’s teen and adult mood:

Ciel Teen

Casiopea – Midnight Rendezvous

Tatsuro Yamashita – Someday (but honestly, the whole album)

A Gilchrist – Time

Ciel Adult

Reijoruo Koroku – Aura Battler Dunbine Anime OST

Osamu Shoji -Pastorale

Nozomi Aoki – Hokuto No Ken Anime OST

The (WIP!) Results

Now, this update wouldn’t be complete without giving you guys a taste of this musical “aging”, featuring the Conversation and Exploration Menu themes! I hope I have done them justice!

Disclaimer: The audio below is still a work in progress. It does not, in any shape or form, reflect the quality of the final product. Also, please enjoy the *horrible* trumpet solo, played by yours truly, in the adult exploration menu theme. This is why you hire professionals, guys.

Thanks, everyone! This wouldn’t be possible without each and every one of you.

Sincerely,

Jasmine

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