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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Vid: Desert Music Compilation

This was an unusual project, and a really fun one to make. Inspired by such YouTube videos as this Tavern Music Compilation, I really wanted to make an online music compilation of my favorite desert songs. Desert settings have always been my favorite genre of fantasy. Arbiter's Grounds on Twilight Princess and the Spirit Temple were my favorite dungeons on Zelda; whatever the desert quest on Runescape is was the funnest quest on the game, and Aladdin has always been one of my favorite Disney movies.

Anyway, rather than showing scenes from the games like the aforementioned tavern one does (no way I can do that much work, FRAPS is finnicky anyway, and some of the games I don't own anymore), I wanted something one-of-a-kind for my compilation. I commissioned my brother to make some artwork for it with some basic suggestions, and after he drew it, we decided that it would look even cooler if it was "golden"; that is, faux-animated like the golden cards on Hearthstone. He made the cape flap in the wind, and I did everything else. It was a ton of fun to tweak it and make it work, and I'm really pleased with the final product. The desert music along with the animations of the mirages and dusty wind make for just the mesmerizing experience that I had hoped to create. I feel like it really embodies the mystical, mysterious, dangerous feel that deserts have. Enjoy!

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