Alaloth - Sound Design and Music Creation

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Henriquejr spotted development update #7 for Alaloth: Champions of The Four Kingdoms:

Development Update #7 - Sound Design and Music Creation

Forging the Soundtrack of a High Fantasy World

In our previous Development Updates, we've had the chance to talk about many different topics such as animation, VFX, narrative, and more, explaining our approach to Alaloth's development so far. Now it's time to talk about music and sound design! A variety of epic games and movies inspired us in many different ways so we wanted to share how our audio team approached the challenge of bringing our huge RPG world to life.

The Blessed Kingdom of Edherest

To create the loops for areas in Edherest, we found inspiration from the lore description of each city, their aspects and inhabitants, as well as from other great video game soundtracks. We started with the main theme, improvising a melody with the idea that this was for the 'capital city'. Then, we added some basic harmony, following the root key. What came next was the tricky part. In fact, it was not easy to create six different variations (based on the city lore and appearance) because it could be easy to fall into repetitions resulting in the tracks being a bit boring. Therefore, while staying faithful to the theme, we decided to use different rhythms and changed instruments' timbre to get around the problem.


  • Goldport [Main Theme]: Solemn and epic music, with a dark and medieval melody. All variations must follow the melody. It starts with theme presentation (string section only), and goes through to the climax with percussion and brass sections.
  • Winterleaf: A very dark track with only a string section and viola. The first part of the theme is with a cello; the second part is with the string section.
  • Baystone: Creates a shady and mysterious mood using only a dulcimer. Very rhythmic with bass; melody goes "crescendo".
  • Coldwood: Similar to the main theme. The brass section introduces the melody, then percussion and string sections in "crescendo".
  • Mayfalls: A soft mood, due to the presence of nature sounds and the presence of a waterfall. String and expressive flute.
  • Westwall: A "military" mood, ready for war. Great importance to the brass and percussion sections.
    Whitewind: Similar to the mood of Winterleaf. String section and two cellos that overlap each other.

The Republic of Larastir

In composing the main theme of Larastir and its variation cycles, we mostly read the description of the introductory lore for inspiration, trying to understand what kind of melody, harmony, and mood could fit its stories. The main external reference and inspiration came from The Lord of the Rings and elven music in general, although in this case, we preferred to improvise more. This led us to experience some challenges, especially with creating the variations, but by changing timbres, rhythm, and mood, we were able to come up with something we were pleased with.


  • Thilaris [Main Theme]: Solemn music but creating a very magical atmosphere: horn and string sections and an emphasis on the choir, which fills the background. The string section dominates in the first part while the horn section dominates in the second
  • Lindorwin: A sad and melancholy mood, but still solemn. Rhythm and harmony with the string section, while the melody is carried by the horn section. A choir in the background maintains a magical mood.
    Edhenen: A darker mood. The harp and horn section carry the melody with the "magic" choir in the background.
  • Tirothas: Very rhythmic due to the connection between the elvish and dwarven races. Short violins and the horn section carry the melody with the ever-present choir in the background .
    Val'Rhain: An expressive flute and horn section symbolize a bow and arrow. Rhythm is carried by the string section and choir.
  • Forlariath: A battle-ready mood, supported by the horn section. The string section and choir fill the background.
  • Nir-Lathias: A secret and mysterious mood, with the harp and string section carrying the rhythm, and the choir singing a sort of melody.
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All Alaloth news should read: Alaloth - still not released. I think this was announced over four years ago, so at this point anything other than release news is vapor imo.
 
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Yet you keep asking and was given the answer already many times. Sometime in 2021.
We are developing a game giving our best 24/7, despite what happened with the pandemic and problems we've faced on the way before. We are not selling anything to anyone now, just showing stuff the way we think fits better the masterplan which is something more than "just developing" and involves a lot of people, not only in our studio.

We are going to show things when we'll be fine with this and when we decide it's worth doing this. Simple as it is.

Moreover, we don't have customers yet, you'll be a customer the day you are going to buy the game once released eventually. Right now, there is a growing community of people we love so much, supporting us everyday and we'll do 200% to make everyone happy with the game, collecting feeds on the way, interacting real time on our Discord server and so on.

Everyone deserves respect here, Gamera team included, with 20 passionate people giving their best everyday.

Hope to have you back on board at some point of course.

We are really happy to know that a lot of people is waiting for news about Alaloth of course. Given this, as we already said, we are the very first willing to show stuff as soon as possible but hey, there is a process to do so.
My personal bet is sometime in 2022.
 
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Hmmm, didn't see a question. I make fun of them releasing news bits 4 years into development. I do kinda wonder who reads them at this point. Maybe I'm jaded but I really don't give a shit to read news bits unless a game is imminent. Okay, maybe if you're a developer with a long-lasting series I can see the allure. But little nobodies? Nope.

I agree with 2022 at the earliest.
 
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