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 Ambience track or as it’s known in the industry, an underscore track. We’re pulling on heart strings for this Gig people, rolling back the curtain on the Elven people and how they say goodbye to a dearly departed. Elves are one of the most iconic fantasy races of all time, being featured in countless fantasy games, movies, and books. A good deal of the popular Elven characteristics come from Tolkin’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy, being portrayed as a long-lived, graceful, beautiful, elegant, lithe, intelligent, and highly cultured people with a strong connection to the natural world. In many ways, elves depicted in fantasy are an idealized exemplification of humans. For a bit more context, please visit this link: [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elves_in_fantasy_fiction_and_games}
Now for what we’re looking for.
With so much material already covering elves, OCGG wants to take a path least traveled by and dive deep into this culture heavily influenced with the natural world, the power of good over evil, and magic. Most cultures have extensive funerary practices but none are older than those of the elves. As avatars of beauty and grace, the track needs to be mournful and haunting, expressing in music the loss of a loved one. To go even further, the loss of an elf represents an almost catastrophic loss to an entire species. Although long-lived, elves are commonly few in number as a race and any loss is seen as a blow to the survivability of the people. Thus, the track we’re looking for is doubly sorrowful, not just focusing on the particular loss of the elf, but the seeming slow loss of an entire people.
When composing this piece, let’s try to keep some important points in mind. The connection to the natural world is vital and it’s likely to be an important component to separate this piece from any ol’ funeral dirge to an elven one. Bringing this natural world accent might be tricky. Let’s leave out animal sounds but we can explore using natural environment sounds such as a wind blowing, leaves rustling, etc. In terms of instruments, we need to limit the use of metallic instruments, focusing on wood winds, strings, soft drums, and of course soft vocals. Vocals deserve a special mention. If used, we strongly recommend using ‘elven’ words or words that sound elven in order to enhance the motif of the track. Popular video games and movies such as The Lord of the Rings serve as great sources of inspiration. Not surprisingly, due to the popular of elves in literature and gaming, you can Google Search “Elven Language” and have more material then you can hope for. When one thinks of elves, one does not tend to think of a great multitude so vocals might be limited to a single singer or at most two.
For an unparalleled understanding of all of the ins and outs of an elf in the context we are looking for, read Chapter 1 of the book, Races of the Wild by Skip Williams et. al, published by Wizards of the Coast
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.
Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince - Dumbledore's Farewell
In terms of finding a track that just conveys the deeply emotional, haunting, deeply sorrowful mood that we’re shooting for, it’s going to be hard to beat this track by Nicholas Hooper. Although lacking the natural elements and vocals that would help to make this elven, the heart-string effect is extremely powerful here; a wonderful track to shoot for to nail the overall feeling of the piece.
Avatar Soundtrack: Deluxe Edition - 19 - Healing Ceremony
We get much closer to a more natural motif here but we almost completely lose the heavy sadness this track needs. The use of wood winds helps to drive home the natural use of instrumentation, a very nice touch.
The Return of the King Soundtrack-17-The Return of the King (from 3:43 to 5:22)
In terms of vocals mixing with the motif we’re looking for, the male and female vocals singing in elven are going to be very hard to beat. They are sorrowful and haunting which mixed with equally haunting music is the home run we’re looking for.
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!!!