(I cut this from my voting thread post so I won't bias others voting)
These clips are very impressive! It was hard to make a choice since they all are wonderfully done.
General comments: I'm not pulling any punches, but they were all excellent!
#1: I really enjoyed the sequence from 2:01-3:10- It's fantastic! 1:10-1:40 I also liked; These sections make me imagine "military conquest"- so maybe they can be either mission loading or mission defeat themes? The beginning seemed to have too much "abruptness" for my taste, though; so much that the "abruptness" became expected instead of shocking...
#2: This one has a wonderful cinematic feel to it. It makes me think "intro" music along with silhouettes of alien warships cruising the night skies.
#3: I thought this clip was the best "balanced" in my opinion: the sounds move me from tension/foreboding, the calm before the storm, then a resurgence of horror. I feel like this one best captures the essence of the Xenocide world.
#4: The theramin-like instrument didn't quite do it for me, but I really enjoyed the choral part. Minus the first 45 seconds and reworking the ending slightly, I think this could be the perfect ending cutscene theme. The choral part could be the Xenocide teams taking out the mother brain in slow motion (no sound effects here), then at 1:56, fleeing for their lives amid violent explosions to the safety of their waiting craft.
#5: If Xenocide was a heroic epic, I'd vote for this one in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, it captures heroic glory more than creepy tension. I'd say use this theme for a cutscene when humanity has a major breakthrough- like when the first interstellar ship is successfully tested, or when the X-Corps is about to launch its final attack on Thanatos. The first 17 seconds didn't seem to fit as well, though; the initial instrument is too grating to be played solo, imho.
And I'd like to repeat: you guys have done a SUPERB job!
Edited by Astyanax, 24 November 2005 - 01:44 PM.