I am a composer, sound designer, hardware designer and programmer who is enthusiastic about gaming and game mods. I feel like gaming is the future of multimedia entertainment and the storytelling of today. I am especially interested in generative music and interactive music, that further immerses the user in the virtual world. I have built robots that compose music, data-driven algorithmic music, forward thinking electronica track, full symphonic works, multiple chamber works and have played in and composed for award-winning electro acoustic ensembles. You can read my blog www.simiansblog.com

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the_simian Oct 28 2008, 3:32pm says:


The ring modualted/bit crushed drumlin that comes in 1/3 of the way is so damned sleek!

samGwise is right about the middle... Its where the climax of the piece seems like it should be. It snot bad- its just the rest is so damned good its got big shoes to fill.

thanks for the awesome track!

+1 vote   download: KU_Concept02
the_simian Oct 28 2008, 3:23pm says:

Another fine track, rollsballs.

I liked it a lot - I think i would like it more if you pitch shifted the wardrum down a third or so, or give it a little "bump" in the 80 hz range. Its so prominent and could stand to shake me harder.

The distant metallic tibre drum is really fantastic, as is the tom/tablaesque line.

Really good material. Thanks for posting this! I could really feel myself marching to war.

+1 vote   download: Eve of Rain
the_simian Oct 28 2008, 1:18pm says:

yeah the power snare is like using black magic...dark. evil. black. magic.

It ultimately corrupts and is not to be wielded by everyone..but in any case- that's the recipe.

*insert evil laughter*


+1 vote   download: 80's Thing...
the_simian Oct 25 2008, 10:20pm replied:

i recommend exploring the MAx/Msp tutorials for good info on feedback based synthesis!

+1 vote   member: samGwise
the_simian Oct 25 2008, 10:17pm says:

oh lawd!! This is indeed EXTREMELY 80s to the EXTREME.

your power snare could use a little more power. I mean..if you want it to be extra 80s nasty of course ;)

i recommend a strong reverb and noise gate on the snare. This should make for an excessively 80s punchy snare that will haunt your dreams and incite comments like "been listening to mr Gabriel and Collins eh?"

Oh yeah. I like the track btw! You're a wacky dude! :P

+2 votes   download: 80's Thing...
the_simian Oct 22 2008, 1:39pm says:

wow what an unusual track! cool!

+1 vote   download: Office Party
the_simian Oct 22 2008, 1:36pm says:

I was implying that this was music i was considering "active" listening, unlike much of the diagetic music found in film and videogames.

I enjoy writing ambient or underscored tracks I was just classifying this as something a little different.

Thanks for your time to listen to my music. I am grateful for your input!

+2 votes   download: Lux
the_simian Oct 14 2008, 8:32am says:

This is a great track!
The bass line is very clever, and the filter sweep on the drums in the B section is very enjoyable! I also liked the outro.

+1 vote   download: Horztal
the_simian Oct 14 2008, 8:20am says:

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the_simian Oct 11 2008, 8:07pm says:

I like the chromatic bit before the cadence. (very memorable part of this piece)

There is a high hat on my right ear that is going a bit apeshit though...Sometimes I wish it would leave me alone. It might be the plate-esque reverb you selected for it. lots of partials over and over and over.

The bass line is wonderful. Active and nice. SOmetimes I wish things would orchestrate so that I coudl hear it more clearly for a while, really "feature it".

Very thick orchestration, very fat synths. Very good use of filters near the end. Glad you didn't just "set it and forget it" on your patches.

0 votes   download: Space Battle
the_simian Oct 11 2008, 7:57pm says:

I listened to both of your pieces then i looked at the author "darklord42".

Just isn't the kind of music I expected from such an evil sounding name. . . .

+1 vote   download: Recollections
the_simian Oct 10 2008, 9:33am says:

I listened to some of your tracks- I enjoyed avoidance is necessary

+1 vote   member: jamish23
the_simian Oct 10 2008, 4:34am says:

There's a short bit where you introduce a chromatic lowered second scale degree and it really adds a nice flavor to the entire composition. I like it a lot.

+2 votes   download: The Morning Sun
the_simian Oct 10 2008, 4:31am says:

Your use of syncopation is really fantastic.

+1 vote   download: In the absense of God
the_simian Oct 9 2008, 10:17pm says:

lovely, reminds me of a track by an artist I really like:


note the flute line.

+1 vote   download: Feudal Japan
the_simian Oct 9 2008, 10:13pm says:

I agree with bunny. The drums are too "set it and forget it". Really change them up!

the sixteenth note "choppy distorted noise" is absolutely awesome! ...that happens right before the piano part. I found myself hoping something more interesting would happen to that repetitive piano line when it came in..maybe something on the offbeats some interval- say a third up? I'd bust out a little counterpoint there. its begging for development.

Dude. banging track! thanks!

+1 vote   download: WIP
the_simian Oct 9 2008, 10:07pm replied:

Music theory is the rosetta stone to understanding the clockwork of everything you hear on a deeper level.

A good ear reveals the present.
Music theory reveals the past and future.

It is also indispensable If you experiment with algorithmic composition. Both a good ear and a grasp of how music "works" are indispensable.

Furthermore I recommend studying music acoustics, the physics of sound, synthesizer sound design and orchestration.

music acoustics -theres a good book by Richard Bakkus
synthesizer sound design - "A computer music turorial" by Rhodes
orchestration - the Kennan text is good, as well as the Hindemeth text.
and as for theory, I like the generative theories of music and set theory but whatever works for you. The lederhal text is good.

+2 votes   member: samGwise
the_simian Oct 9 2008, 10:02pm says:

When i have a composer's block, I do a harmonic analysis of a piece of music I like.

+1 vote   blog: "Composers Block"
the_simian Oct 9 2008, 7:07pm says:

I like it, but the synth sounds aren't very realistic to me, namely the brassy string thing.

check out KVR and see if you cant find some better plugins. The lead trumpet, by contrast sounds pretty ok.

I also think that more could happen with the inner voice (i hear some chords an a very monophonic melody but no guts) , but otherwise this is a beautiful piece! thanks for posting!

One last thing, the drum ostinato is really great, but mid piece I found myself wanting for some variation, possibly the addition of a higher more complex part?

Great piece!

+1 vote   download: KU_Concept
the_simian Oct 9 2008, 7:03pm says:

Are you still looking for a talented musicican to help with your mod? Check me out and let me know.

I also have work at www.jesseharlin.net adn www.myspace.com/theshadowobservatory

+1 vote   mod: Pirate Lore
the_simian Oct 9 2008, 6:59pm says:

I just arrived and posted 2 tracks I hope you all enjoy. Be sure to leave feedback!

+1 vote   group: Musicians at ModDB
the_simian Oct 9 2008, 6:30pm says:

You'll eventually graduate from fruity loops into more exciting territory.

... take a glance at ableton live ;)

-2 votes   media: Fruity Loops Screen
the_simian Oct 9 2008, 6:28pm says:

If you're using reactor.. you will invariably switch to max/msp eventually.

Why not do it now? It is a rewarding and fun program. :P

0 votes   media: Jeskola Buzz
the_simian Oct 9 2008, 6:24pm says:

The aforementioned comments are correct.

- The ostinato needs work. It becomes annoying after a while.
- Try inserting a modulation to keep the material fresh.
- Dynamics would help the piece a lot.
- try to make variations of the accompaniment, and experiment to see what works better.
- state your theme, then develop it. I did not feel a clear sense of departure and return form anything. The piece just kind of droned on.
- map your piece. how long will it be? where is the climax? where is the lowest point?
- A good teacher of mine challenged me to write a piece and get down to "one voice" only in a piece with six voices. An early composer starts every instrument at the beginning and they all play the whole time throughout the entire piece. An experienced composer orchestrates!..sometimes one voice, sometimes a duet... sometimes everything!

Hope this helps. Keep working at it. I find composition to be a rewarding activity, and composers get better with age and experience. Never give up! (but really polish your next piece before posting)

+1 vote   download: Someone
the_simian Oct 1 2008, 7:53pm says:

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the_simian Oct 1 2008, 1:18am replied:

Quite a few is a flaming understatement.

I've been playing it since beta. Its a different game in many respects. Sometimes you HAVE to play things and get them wrong before you can get it right. So - Amen dude.

+1 vote   poll: I don't give second chances
the_simian Sep 19 2008, 12:32am says:

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the_simian Sep 18 2008, 8:31pm says:

This looks pretty cool!

+1 vote   media: Having a fiddle about in ZBrush
the_simian Sep 18 2008, 8:21pm replied:

thanks! I posted some material for the mod this evening!

+1 vote   member: the_simian
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