The Orange County Gaming Group, having successfully concluded a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign is firing on all cylinders to source the best custom made fantasy audio this world has ever heard. The winning track will be given to the recent backers of the Realmsound Project Kickstarter and added as a track to the fantasy soundboard in development. For more information, please visit http://ocgaminggroup.com/
This track will be, in OCGG terms, an Actual track or as it’s known in the industry, a source track. That means that this music is intended to be heard by the characters in the game. Elements of underscore should be left as accents only. This Gig seeks to showcase a race of diminutive humans known as Halflings or in Tolkien’s universe, Hobbits. Some differences do lay between the gospel sources of these ale loving, adventures people, the Dungeons and Dragons Tabletop Game and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy but enough overlap exists between them to create a piece of music that exemplifies both.
An earthy people, Halfings, more than most other races, appreciate the simple pleasures of life. A fine ale, good food, and good friends are as good a goal to pursue as ruling a kingdom is to humans. Peaceable, friendly, and generous, this isn't to say that Halflings are a push over in a confrontation. Valuing life above all else, Halfings will let slights slide but by no means back down when hearth and home is threatened. In fact, Halfings are known for an extraordinary sense of courage, braving situations and adventures most other races deem unthinkable. Individualistic and respectful of the differences between races, Halflings are the most accepting of all races, valuing each person’s strengths to the group, caravan, or city regardless of race or religion.
Now for what we’re looking for.
It’s rare, very rare for a Halfling to go without music of some sort or another for long. Music, a vehicle of expression, is of interest to almost every Halfling alive with each song an invitation to others to pick up an instrument, sing, or even hum along. Salt of the earth, this hard working, close with nature people are likely to use wood winds, simple percussion instruments, lutes, lyres, horns, mandolins and fiddles. Most important of all is signing. No opera, no chanting, no droning, Halfings prefer real lyrics emphasizing levity, good times, good food, and good drink. The more complex songs talk about the call of the open road, calling to that adventuring spark within all Halflings. Miles upon miles of open lands, new frontiers, brave new horizons, that will always strike a chord with them. Upbeat folk music, drinking songs, and the like are going to be the templates to follow.
A common theme throughout the entire piece is joy, up-beat, celebratory music which the artist can accent by adding a soundscape in the background of Halfings conversing and joining in. Keep in mind though that if there is going to be any speech at all, try to avoid having it be clearly understood human conversation. Ideally, the background speech wouldn’t be English at all as Halflings have their own language, but this is an advance and optional requirement. This brings up an odd contrast, the lyrics in the song can be in English but the background should be in “Halfling”. This is done to both underscore the race performing this source and to allow listeners to understand what is being sung. The setting is to be a camp, not indoors so feel free to add some natural sounds here, livestock, wagons, camp fires, etc.
The following tracks have been identified as providing a good basis for inspiration into the feel, energy, and direction this track requires. Please note that there will be no tolerance for stolen work, so make sure that submitted auditions are original compositions and that you have 100% rights to use and sell any samples or loops you embed.
Lord of the Rings
Drinking songs, these pieces so well to show the upbeat, ale loving, community fostering, close knit nature of the Halfling. Largely lacking in instrumental work, the lyrics are clean, easy to understand, and descriptive of the scene.
Lord of the Rings
A drinking song, a folky tune full of character, this track contains a great deal of elements sought include instrumentation, arrangement, and vocals. The topics are involve ale, emotions, nature, community, and many values held true by Halflings. To help make the track a bit more fantasy, an infusion of fantasy words could be added like “dragon”, “magic”, “elves”, “dwarf”, “gods”, etc.
Two Hornpipes – Pirates of the Caribbean
This captures the folky, upbeat, celebratory energy that we’re looking for. Although lacking lyrics, outdoor ambience, and that Halfling element, the track non-the-less gives a great inspiration for the track’s instrumentation and energy.
The track must be no less than 2:30 in length. We acknowledge that we’re asking for A LOT from all of you. If you have any questions, please shoot us over a message through Audio Catch, we’ll try to answer all of it. We can’t wait to hear how you bring this nether realm to life! Good luck!!!