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[Music] Unforgot

It’s been far too long since I published a piece of music. Part of the reason for that is that I was, for a while, without a sound-card in my computer — a problem which has since been remedied by a new Komplete Audio 6 interface. Another reason for the lack of music is that I’ve just been really busy at work — which makes it hard to come home and write music. :(

But enough with the explanations. Unforgot is a melange of dub, chillout, and orchestral styles. I actually wrote this nearly a month ago, but made a few changes at the suggestion of a friend from work. One of the changes was to make the bass much less “wobbly” — in the first version, it oscillated between the left and right channels, which sounded a bit off.

I’ve been told that all the cool kids put their music on SoundCloud now, so I’ve played the role of the compliant sheep and followed suit. To that end, you can listen to this track directly on SoundCloud. Of course, you can still grab it from here. :)


(Download: Opus | Ogg | MP3)

Creative Commons License
Unforgot by Barry van Oudtshoorn is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

If you’re interested in using any of my music in your games, videos, or other multimedia productions, let me know!

[Music] Want to be

Want to be was a fun track to write. In the “chorus”, the melody sweeps across the the track in an almost operatic, Andrew Lloyd Webber-esque fashion. The “verse” sections contrast quite starkly: they’re much thinner, with a more subdued melody. I have to admit, I find the main melody quite catchy — hopefully, it’ll get into your brain, too. :D


(Download: Opus | Ogg | MP3)

Creative Commons License
Want to be by Barry van Oudtshoorn is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

If you’re interested in using any of my music in your games, videos, or other multimedia productions, let me know!

Book review: Instant Geany IDE

Due, I think, to the popularity of my dark Tango colour scheme for Geany, I was recently approached by Packt publishing to review Instant Geany IDE, by Nguyễn Hồng Quân. Although I no longer use Geany on a day-to-day basis, I still use it regularly for miscellaneous tasks.

Instant Geany IDE provides a quick guide to getting up and running with Geany, a light-weight editor and IDE. The book includes a guide to installation, an overview of the interface, details on some of the more advanced features, and suggested further reading. The written style is clear and conversational, and the explanations of Geany’s functionality work well as jumping-off points for further exploration and investigation. This book would be of most use for someone new to software development.

[Music] Evermore

This track is somewhat experimental in its textures and timbres: it combines instruments such as traditional Indian percussion with pipe organ and pitched-down, vibrato-ed cor anglais. For all that, it’s a simple, emotive track that (hopefully) doesn’t really try to do too much.


(Download: Opus | Ogg | MP3)

Creative Commons License
Evermore by Barry van Oudtshoorn is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

If you’re interested in using any of my music in your games, videos, or other multimedia productions, let me know!