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I'm composing a theme for every MK character

AWG

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Hello, I'm kinda new here, just wanted to share with you that I'm composing a theme for every character from MK Universe (even characters from 3D era, yeah).

First off, I'm a huge fan of Dan Forden. He's one of the reasons I started to make music. Ever since MK3, his music instantly conquered my heart: Deception, Deadly Alliance, Armageddon, what a great soundtracks he composed for all these games.

After MK11, I felt that MK music changed, and, in my opinion, in wrong direction.

So, without further ado, let us begin. I almost forgot to apologize for my bad english, sorry, it's not my native.

Frost

Was super hyped to see that Frost is back in MK11. I loved her in Midway games and I love her in MK11. To compose this theme, I've used an old soviet analog synthesizer Электроника ЭМ-25. It has a lot of character.


D'Vorah

D'Vorah was a bit of a challenge. At first, I was planning to compose a theme for her using synths and synths only, but then I felt that it's not working. So I've changed pretty much everything to nsects sounds: percussion, drums, even guitar is morphed with the locust sounds.


Onaga


Onaga is one of my favorite characters in MK universe, not just another generic evil dragon villian, but a smart deciever. I wanted to make his theme as massive as possible.


Erron Black

Erron Black is probably the best newcomer in my opinion. He's just like Stryker, but without any significant flaws. Deadly, accurate and extremely dangerous Gunslinger. His theme is pretty much what I feel western gunfight feels like. I just wish NRS developed him more.


Kano

Kano is a pure teeeechno. Back at the day, my dad used to deliver me to every techno gig that was around in our town, the whole track is a huge tribute to MK: Mythologies and MK: Annihilation.


Jax

At first, I was thinking to write some generic 808 kinda beat, but then I realized that it's tooo generic, so I made sound a bit industrialized to acknowledge his augments and stuff.


Kabal

Kaballin, baby. This theme fully represents Kabal back at the Midway days. I don't really like how NRS retconned him into generic villian puppet, but we have what we have.


Noob Saibot

The whole stuff about Noob Saibot is about to capture the void thing. The neverending darkness, the pain and the agony of what this character has passed through.


Ermac

Ermac theme was inspired by stuff that Nathan Grigg composed for F. E. A. R. and Condemned. I'm a huge fan of his unique sound and I think that pianos, bass guitars, heavy percussion and distorted vocals suite King Jerrod a lot.


Kung Lao

Kung Lao's theme is bassicaly a remake of my favorite MK arena. Somehow I always felt that this theme suits him the best. Taiko drums and traditional chinese instruments were used and combined with guitars in order to show his legacy.


Johnny Cage

Heeeeeere's Johnny! Well, you know the drill. It would be a sin to compose a theme for Johhny Cage and not to acknowledge that he was inspired by JCVD and Bloodsport.


Baraka

Baraka was an interesting orchestral experiment. Although I'm pretty bad when it comes to orchestra, I've tried to show all Tarkatan pride and furiosity of this race.


Kotal Kahn

When it comes to Kotal, you have to do some research about the nature of Aztec culture. Their instruments, spirits and other stuff. Fascinating culture.


Skarlet

Skarlet theme was a pure improvisation, I was thinking about her childhood a lot: living in the streets, fighting for food, etc.


Sonya Blade

A theme for Sonya Blade was completely inspired by Sarah Schachner soundtrack for Modern Warfare. Agressive cellos, military rhytms. I really digged into that score.


Cassie Cage

MKX Cassie, in my opinion, was a blast. I tried to came up with all that modern wooby-dooby electronic sound that pretty mainstream these days.


Geras

Geras, for me, is a very tragical character. Endless, immortal. That's just scary.

https://soundcloud.com/awardwinninggardens%2Fgeras-the-lament-configuration
Jacqui Briggs

The whole idea about Jacqui's theme was to create a midtempo Cyberpunk-like track that shows how she manages to balance between martial arts and high-tech gadgets.

https://soundcloud.com/awardwinninggardens%2Fjacqui-briggs-the-high-tech
Stryker

Although Stryker is forgotten and probably never coming back, I've tried to create something like Johan Johannsonn did with the Sicario, to create some kind of a minimalistic military tension and atmosphere.

https://soundcloud.com/awardwinninggardens%2Fstryker-the-police-brutality
Triborg

Cyrax, Sektor, Smoke & Cyber Sub-Zero. That's a crazy combination of characters in one.

https://soundcloud.com/awardwinninggardens%2Ftriborg-the-cyber-initiative
So far that's it. Please, let me know what you think!​
 

Jynks

some heroes are born, some made, some wondrous
Kano would set a nightclub on fire bedfore listening to electronic music.
 

John Grizzly

The axe that clears the forest
I think these are pretty great, man. They sort of remind me of the music in Death Cargo (apparently it's been renamed Gorebreaker). I doubt many even know what this game was because it was absolute shit, but the soundtrack was dope. I would link some of it, but every piece of Death Cargo footage or audio has apparently been wiped from the internet.

The music in MK11 and MKX is incredibly forgetful. It's really a shame they didn't want Mick Gordon to do the soundtrack. Honestly, it's probably best he didn't. His incredible themes would be out of place in the snoozefest that is MK11.

edit: Found a few clips of audio for Death Cargo

https://soundcloud.com/beezyweeezy%2Fnecrostorm-death-cargo-soundtrack-preview-1
https://soundcloud.com/beezyweeezy%2Fnecrostorm-death-cargo-soundtrack-preview-2
https://soundcloud.com/beezyweeezy%2Fnecrostorm-death-cargo-soundtrack-preview-3
https://soundcloud.com/beezyweeezy%2Fnecrostorm-death-cargo-soundtrack-preview-4
https://soundcloud.com/beezyweeezy%2Fnecrostorm-death-cargo-soundtrack-preview-5
https://soundcloud.com/beezyweeezy%2Fnecrostorm-death-cargo-soundtrack-preview-6
https://soundcloud.com/beezyweeezy%2Fnecrostorm-death-cargo-soundtrack-preview-7
https://soundcloud.com/beezyweeezy%2Fnecrostorm-death-cargo-soundtrack-preview-8
https://soundcloud.com/beezyweeezy%2Fnecrostorm-death-cargo-soundtrack-preview-9
https://soundcloud.com/beezyweeezy%2Fnecrostorm-death-cargo-soundtrack-preview
 
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AWG

Noob
I think these are pretty great, man. They sort of remind me of the music in Death Cargo (apparently it's been renamed Gorebreaker). I doubt many even know what this game was because it was absolute shit, but the soundtrack was dope. I would link some of it, but every piece of Death Cargo footage or audio has apparently been wiped from the internet.

The music in MK11 and MKX is incredibly forgetful. It's really a shame they didn't want Mick Gordon to do the soundtrack. Honestly, it's probably best he didn't. His incredible themes would be out of place in the snoozefest that is MK11.
Thanks, dude! I really like Death Cargo soundtrack. I'd say that it reminds me off Max Payne 1 soundtrack a lot.
 

Cicada 5

Noob
The ones for Frost and Kung Lao are my favorites. Keep up the good work. I'd love to see what you do for Kitana, Jade, Liu Kang, Raiden and Li Mei.
 
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AWG

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The ones for Frost and Kung Lao are my favorites. Keep up the good work. I'd love to see what you do for Kitana, Jade, Liu Kang, Raiden and Li Mei.
Thank you, will do my best to keep up the best work possible!
 

Vslayer

Kurses in moose
Lead Moderator
Yo those are actually lit. I love how the Frost one sounds like Industrial electronic, it fits so well with her.
 
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SnowboardRX

^ You have no idea who this guy is ^
Great job @AWG! Shows what a person with a passion is capable of doing. These all fit very well for each character. Keep it up!
 
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AWG

Noob
These two themes I composed for DestroyerFGC in terms of Champions of The Realms MKX tournament. Check it out.



The next character themes I'm planning to compose are Hotaru, Raiden & Darrius.

Unfortunately, Reddit mods from main MK sub are not really into what I'm doing and they're deleting my posts, so I'll keep you posted here.
 

JGillette

My thirst for knowledge cannot be quenched
These surely sound awesome! I wonder how you would interpret Tanya in music
 
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