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DarrenCurtisDarrenCurtis Posts: 11Member

Hello Everyone,

My name is Darren Curtis and I've been pursuing my path as a composer for the last few years. While mostly doing freelance commission work, I've also been producing free to use music along the way and am roughly up to around 80 free tracks thus far. Every single one of my pieces can be downloaded via My Website: DarrenCurtisMusic.com or if you prefer Soundcloud, I have an entire Playlist Here.

When you download a track from my site you'll receive a .zip folder that contains the .MP3, looped .OGG and uncompressed .WAV files. You'll also get a simplistic Materials Release signed by me in case you feel you might need it to prove you have my permission. If you end up needing something more in depth or you require something I haven't provided feel free to send the info to me at desperatemeasurez@yahoo.com and I'll get it back to you as soon as possible.

All I ask is to be credited for the music.

I hope everyone enjoys and has a great day. If you have any questions, concerns or troubles, please feel free to contact me and I'll get back to you as soon as I'm able!

Many thanks and best wishes!
Darren

Comments

  • MegalomaniakMegalomaniak Posts: 2,904Admin

    A very nice selection of tracks, quite diverse. Nice! Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Only constructive piece of advice I can think of to give in return is you might also want to record and edit together some kind of collection of sound bites for effects, such as foot steps on different ground and floor surfaces, doors creaking and/or metal clangs things like that. I cant talk for all studios but at least in most instances the composers working in game studio sound departments do a whole lot more than "just" compose music. As such adding at least some sfx work to your portfolio would go a long way to bolster your portfolio and put you ahead of any other aspiring composers that do not showcase such wide range of experience.

    Just my 2 humble cents. :)

  • keltwookiekeltwookie Posts: 235Member

    Wow: An oboe, bells, metalophone, strings, voices, etc. So sometimes, a complete orchestra. And sometimes, asian or religious ambiances, sometimes ethnic instruments, so yes, a large variety of diverse compositions.

    No, composing music is far from being a simple alignment of sounds. And yes, it is a long and difficult work.
    Once you have the main theme in your head, you have to choose carefully your instruments, write the partitions (just in case of other instrumentalists participating), or if you working alone with a keyboard and/or a computer, you have to spend hours to find the sound fonts you need or sampling these sounds.
    Once you have the tones you wish, you still have a melody only, not the harmony which is a long process, all have to be perfecting fit with your main theme, if you are not satisfied using loops all night long of course.
    A single track can ask weeks, maybe months, to composers for video games or films.

    Making sound effects is not the same work in my humble opinion and there are professionals for both, in this latest case, it is the most often sound engineers who do the job, because they have a perfect knowledge of frequencies, reverberation (rooms), doppler effect, etc...

    Some of your track are pure pieces of art, sir. Hats off !
    ...And a wonderful share, many thanks.

  • DarrenCurtisDarrenCurtis Posts: 11Member

    @Megalomaniak

    Thanks for the kind words! I'm glad you enjoyed the music so much. I have done some small effects before in the past, but not a lot. I do see the practicality of that though, especially in the Indie market. I know a few guys who offer all-in-one services like that and it's something I've been thinking of getting into for the past several months actually.

    The only thing currently holding me back is money. I'm aiming to get a decent field recorder so I can record or start with more organic sounds before working on them. October wasn't a very good month for me personally but I'm sure things will start looking up soon. Once I get a recorder I'll definitely start putting together an effect portfolio. Many thanks!

    @keltwookie

    Thanks so much! I'm glad you appreciated the variety of the music! I do try to do a lot of different things and sometimes combine instruments that don't normally go together to attempt to create a semi-different sound or tone. Sometimes it works, sometimes it's a horrible experiment gone wrong!

    You're quite welcome! And thank you! I appreciate your feedback and taking the time to write!

    I also have a couple new tracks which have been added to the website. Both are dark in nature but have very different feels to them. The first is a mix of soundscape elements and melodic phrases performed in small sections by guitars, a piano and cello. It's called "Temporal Desolation."

    The second is more an epic in your face track with booming percussion, a church organ, choirs and lots of hybrid, evolving background sounds. This piece has been dubbed "The Brotherhood."

    I hope everyone enjoys. Best wishes!

  • DarrenCurtisDarrenCurtis Posts: 11Member

    Just stopping by to update this with a few new free tracks I've completed. The first is an intense, dark piece called "The Invasion."

    Then we have an atmospheric, dystopian type outing led by guitar and piano called "The Cold Settles."

    And finally a lighter track with some bittersweet vibes called "Searching, Waiting, Longing."

    They're all uploaded to the website and ready to download/use.

    I hope everyone had a great holiday!

  • keltwookiekeltwookie Posts: 235Member

    I Like very much « The Cold Settles », sad , but great ! Except for the guitar, sound more like an harpsichord in my opinion. But reproducing guitars has always been a pain on a keyboard, mainly due to the generated harmonics.

    And no doubts « Invasion » deserve its tittle

    PM sent

  • DarrenCurtisDarrenCurtis Posts: 11Member

    Thanks so much @keltwookie!

    It's been awhile since I updated this but I have a few new pieces available for download. Also, due to getting the request from several people, I did some work on the site to incorporate on-board streaming. Each track can now be played in its entirety right from the site so you can decide if you want it or not. https://www.darrencurtismusic.com

    Here are a couple of the newer tracks I've finished.

    "Brace For The Storm"

    "The Old Pumpkin Patch"

    I hope everyone is well and enjoys!

  • DarrenCurtisDarrenCurtis Posts: 11Member

    It's been quite awhile since I've updated this, but I've come out with several new tracks which are all up on the site. I'll post just a couple of the most recent pieces I've completed.

    First, a dark, apocalyptic sort of music called "Dystopian Nightmare"

    And secondly, we have a Sci-Fi mixed with orchestral elements track with an epic feeling to it. It's called "Faraway Star"

    I hope everyone is well and enjoys!

  • DarrenCurtisDarrenCurtis Posts: 11Member

    Hello everyone,

    It's been a few weeks since I've updated this. Time has been seeming to escape me lately. I have another couple tracks which I've released. The first is a dark, Sci-Fi piece that starts softer and builds into a big climax. I had in mind a transformation of some kind taking place. It's titled "The Ascension."

    And secondly I have a track that's more built toward a trailer score. "Ignite The Fire" is all about sound design elements and deep, booming percussion.

    I hope everyone is well and has a great weekend!
    Best wishes!

  • MegalomaniakMegalomaniak Posts: 2,904Admin

    @DarrenCurtis said:
    Hello everyone,
    I hope everyone is well and has a great weekend!
    Best wishes!

    Ditto and kudos.

  • ADisibioADisibio Posts: 7Member

    This is awesome. I'm going to put it in as a placeholder at the very least. (Which of course you'd get credit for!) Have you considered releasing them under Cc-By? That would also give us the (legal) ability to remix it and edit it if needed.

  • DarrenCurtisDarrenCurtis Posts: 11Member

    @Megalomaniak said:
    Ditto and kudos.

    Cheers!

    @ADisibio said:
    This is awesome. I'm going to put it in as a placeholder at the very least. (Which of course you'd get credit for!) Have you considered releasing them under Cc-By? That would also give us the (legal) ability to remix it and edit it if needed.

    Years ago, I originally had them under the CC 3.0 Unported license which allowed for remixing and building upon, etc. I've had people remix and adapt some of my things before. As long as I'm credited for the original work, I'm cool by it. I'm looking into submitting my free stuff via the Creative Commons site here soon.

    I also have a new piece available called "Lost World." It's a sci-fi piece that has soundscape elements mixed with synthetic sounds and a little guitar. I hope everyone is well and enjoys!

  • DarrenCurtisDarrenCurtis Posts: 11Member

    Hello Everyone! I hope you've all been doing well!

    Today I've got 2 new tracks with which to update this thread. The first is a dark, Sci-Fi piece called "Intruder Aboard." This is a tension building, background track that could be useful for augmenting what's happening on screen and not being too in your face or stealing the show.

    And secondly we have "Haven of the Faeries." This is a peaceful, fantasy piece of music for a Heavenly place featuring the harp, a flute and some ethereal vocals.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to check this out. I hope you find some of them helpful. Have a great weekend!

  • DarrenCurtisDarrenCurtis Posts: 11Member
    edited September 2018

    Hello again!

    It's been a little while since I've updated this but I have a few new tracks I've released over the last month. The most recent of which is a dark, Sci-Fi piece called "We've Been Breached." It's a background, tension building track.

    And we also have some film noir type music named "Nowhere to Hide." This is all about an impending sense of danger and urgency. Someone is on us and we need to get out of here as fast as we can!

    Thanks so much for taking the time to listen!
    Best wishes, everyone!

  • DarrenCurtisDarrenCurtis Posts: 11Member

    Hello Everyone,

    It's been a long while since I posted any updates on here. I have a lot more free music I've released this past year and I'm now over 120 tracks. Here are a couple of my newer pieces.

    Here's an epic orchestral track with a lot of fast strings, booming percussion and horns called "I Will Find You."

    And this next one is a dark, more psychological track with a lot of unnerving synthetic sounds. "A Method to the Madness."

    You can download these two and all the rest of my free music on my site here: darrencurtismusic.com

    I hope everyone has been well and enjoys the music!

  • justinbarrettjustinbarrett Posts: 178Member

    I know this is an older thread, but thanks...I may be able to use some of these...or at the least recreate some of the melodies.

  • cyberealitycybereality Posts: 928Moderator

    Oh, wow! Your music is awesome. Can't believe you are just giving it away for free. I might be interested in using some of those tracks in my game. I'll send you an email so we can talk. Cheers.

  • cyberealitycybereality Posts: 928Moderator

    Thanks @justinbarrett for the bump, I would have missed this thread otherwise.

  • justinbarrettjustinbarrett Posts: 178Member

    @cybereality said:
    Thanks @justinbarrett for the bump, I would have missed this thread otherwise.

    It's what I do :)
    Seriously though, I am going to use some for sure...I may chop them up and find some nice loops to use for specific areas or dungeons.

  • thatsweeneyguythatsweeneyguy Posts: 13Member

    Wow. Just wow. You've definitely got a talent!

    I just migrated to Godot and am working on my first big project. I'll be using many of the "Fantasy" tracks for background music, and will be giving credit where credit is due.

    Thank you so much for making this amount of content for public use!

  • jbrooks79jbrooks79 Posts: 2,241Premoderated

    I hope to get some nice ' epic ' music, or nice mood music for the game, but how can I find the right ones . . . :( <3 <3

  • DarrenCurtisDarrenCurtis Posts: 11Member

    @justinbarrett said:
    I know this is an older thread, but thanks...I may be able to use some of these...or at the least recreate some of the melodies.

    You're welcome! And thank you! I hope you find some of them useful!

    @cybereality said:
    Oh, wow! Your music is awesome. Can't believe you are just giving it away for free. I might be interested in using some of those tracks in my game. I'll send you an email so we can talk. Cheers.

    Thanks so much! I hope you've been doing well with your development!

    @thatsweeneyguy said:
    Wow. Just wow. You've definitely got a talent!

    I just migrated to Godot and am working on my first big project. I'll be using many of the "Fantasy" tracks for background music, and will be giving credit where credit is due.

    Thank you so much for making this amount of content for public use!

    You're quite welcome! And thank you! I appreciate the kind words and I'm glad you're enjoying some of the music!

    @jbrooks79 said:
    I hope to get some nice ' epic ' music, or nice mood music for the game, but how can I find the right ones . . . :( <3 <3

    Hmm, I don't know. It depends on what exactly you're looking for! I have an "Epic" section on my site, but I'm not sure if any of them are what you need: https://www.darrencurtismusic.com/epic-trailer

    It's been a long while since I posted any updates on here. I've released several new tracks and am just over 150 now. All of them are available to download here: https://www.darrencurtismusic.com

    Here are a couple of my newer pieces.

    A tension building theme with dark strings, brass and some clocks: "Time's Up."

    A sad medieval type track featuring the Bazantar: "Eternal Sleep."

    I hope everyone has been well and enjoys the music!

  • DarrenCurtisDarrenCurtis Posts: 11Member

    Hello Again,

    I'm back with some new free tracks! The first is a dark epic track with booming percussion, powerful, short strings and an intense brass finish. It's called "The Black Blade."

    The second piece is a softer, harp melody called "Lake of Destiny." It has a deep reflective feeling.

    The third is a cowboy/western theme with a loner kind of mood. I've got a couple distorted guitars in there to give this a kind of modern or hybrid feeling. Here is "Gunslinger from the Brink."

    And lastly we have a horror theme that combines a lot of ambient elements with melodic phrases. "They Live in the Mist."

    All of these and many more tracks can be downloaded free from my site right here: https://www.darrencurtismusic.com

    I hope everyone is well and finds the new tracks useful!

  • SosaseesSosasees Posts: 14Member
    edited August 2

    I must complain about the first impression:

    The website looks really sketchy because at the first glance, I mistook the Title Card and Category Buttons for Advertising Banners, because of the cheap and discount User Interface Style.
    It doesn't mesh with everything else. And the Header Font is again different from everything else.

    Please just make everything clean and Sans-Serif like most of the text on the website.

    @DarrenCurtis I haven't heard any of your music because the shady appearence made me scared to navigate the website and accidentally install a computer virus.

  • TwistedTwiglegTwistedTwigleg Posts: 3,120Admin

    @Sosasees said:
    The website looks really sketchy because at the first glance, I mistook the Title Card and Category Buttons for Advertising Banners, because of the cheap and discount User Interface Style.
    It doesn't mesh with everything else. And the Header Font is again different from everything else.

    Let's not make assumptions on the price of the UI, as at best that is disrespectful of whomever designed it. Let's keep criticism constructive.

    As for the site itself, I don't think it looks that sketchy, but perhaps it's because I've seen a lot of personal websites. While I agree the category buttons beside the site being 100% ad free kinda do look a bit like ads, the rest of the website looked fine to me. The only thing I might suggest to help make the categories look a little less ad-like, is adding a header that says "Categories" or something, just so it's a little more obvious at a first glance.
    The only other thing I could add, though this is honestly a minor nitpick, is that the buttons under the header are blue, but the rest of the buttons on the site are black. Not a big deal though, to be honest, just something I noted when I was looking at the site and thinking of any feedback I could offer.

    Please just make everything clean and Sans-Serif like most of the text on the website.

    Well, font choice is part of style, which may be an intentional choice. Regardless, just remember what someone considers "clean" may not align with another person's interpretation. There is something to be said for having websites that are styled.

    @DarrenCurtis I haven't heard any of your music because the shady appearence made me scared to navigate the website and accidentally install a computer virus.

    Well, I can say the music is not a virus or anything, at least based on my experience, so I would not worry. The downloads I have tested just come with the music in several different formats, but outside of that, there isn't anything that could cause a virus. You can always scan the downloaded files with an anti-virus (before and after unzipping) if you are wanting to double check for viruses before playing the music.

    You can listen to the music on their YouTube channel as well, so you don’t have to download anything without knowing what it sounds like.

  • SosaseesSosasees Posts: 14Member
    edited August 2

    @TwistegTwigleg Thanks for your feedback on my feedback!
    I never intentionally deconstructive my criticism,
    so it's great to know which mistakes I made that made my feedback less constructive than I'd like
    without really noticing it.
    At the time, I thought that the sentence

    Please just make everything clean and Sans-Serif like most of the text on the website

    from later in the text
    was enough to imply what makes the User Interface Style a

    cheap and discount User Interface Style

    since I also like to keep my constrctive criticism from becoming longer than it needs to be.

    Now I can criticise the website style as:
    The website looks very suspicious because the User Interface Style is very Inconsistent.
    Please choose One Style per Element (Text, Button) and use it for every element of the same type.
    This would make the website look much less suspicious, and hopefully no longer suspicious at all.
    You can later deviate from the original style for some of the elements, but only if you feel like it's needed and still looks consistent with the style language you established.
    For Text, you could use a single Font Family and use Filters like Bold and Italic instead of outright different fonts, to emphazize text.

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