Back in the day, Age of Empires 2: Age of Kings was the single greatest experience on the planet for a 10 year old (and probably most of the population older than that). In reverence, honor, and for the fun of it, I’ve decided to start remastering the tracks with some of the new instruments I have (and lots of the old ones).
While the game itself is legendary and wonderful and the soundtrack is excellent, the naming conventions on said soundtrack are not. While there technically are names, most of them are inside jokes to the composers/developers. On top of that, the music in the song is just one giant 40 minute mp3 file.
So I’ve done my darndest and have named the first piece… Final Track! Because… it is the final track on the 40 minute mp3 file. Get it?
In my desperate attempt to learn how to play guitar, there have been a number of different ‘mini-compositions’ that I’ve had the pleasure of writing. I decided to flesh out one such piece to a full song. Although it isn’t complete, I believe the introduction and general feel of the piece are complete enough to put online. As with a lot of my work, I’ll likely come back later and finish it up. I tend to leave breaks between the starting and finishing of a piece. During that time, I learn more and have a fresh take on a piece when I come back, and the finished thing is much better for it.
I’ve decided to start working on recreating the Ogre Battle 64 soundtrack to use more modern sounds and improve the music in other ways as well. “Notice of Death” is played frequently throughout the game between scenes, and felt like a good way to start this whole thing.