This is an arrangement I’ve done of the battle music from the 1986 Nintendo game, Dragon Warrior. It is one of the arrangements for a Minecraft version of the game I’m making called Alefgard, which I’m going to finish this summer.
The original piece was composed by Koichi Sugiyama. It was a 22 second music loop that played during any battle during the game. I’ve taken this theme and added to it by reshaping the melody and playing with the chord progression. I’d like to think I’ve made it more action-packed.
Genre/Style: Action Movie Music? The subject matter is definitely more Fantasy/Adventure, and I think I’ve retained that, but also added some more Action elements. I think parts of it sound like they could be in a Superhero or Bond movie.
Creative Vision for the Track: This was made for my Alefgard Project. I just wanted to take the original battle music and juice it up. Since I just subscribed to Composer Cloud, I also wanted to try out some of my new instruments from there. And it’s my first project on my M1 Mini, so I was experimenting with my workflow as well.
Composition Details (Tempo, Key, Main Chords etc): It’s about 156 bpm. It starts out in Eb and ends up in F. A LOT of diminished chords. A lot of #9’s and #11’s. The original had a much straighter rhythm with a triplet pattern at the end of the theme. I played with the rhythm a lot adding syncopated accents to the main theme.
Main Instruments used:
Hollywood Strings Solo Violin
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Decent Sampler Slinky & Box Violins
Stormdrum 1 & 3
Roots Drumset in Logic Pro
Probably some others