Hello! It’s been a huge while since I have posted something. Welcome to my post for OWLS´ April 2018 Tour! In case you want a quick glance on what OWLS is, you can click here. This month’s blog tour theme is “Melody”. If you haven’t read the post before this one in the tour, you can find it on Scott’s blog.
For this month’s theme, I want to talk about one of my favorite music genre and how it has made a significant impact in my life: Epic Music. Popular Youtube channels where you can listen to epic music are Two Steps from Hell, Audiomachine.
Epic music is a genre that is specialized in mixing harmonically the sounds of different kinds of instruments (whether they be acoustic or electronic) to produce a musical piece that can move the heart of the listener, resurface memories, ignite strong emotions, etc. Epic music that have a fighting uplifting feeling is predominant. Usually, a person can associate an epic music with a movie/video game soundtrack.
Another definition that complements Epic Music is that it’s a genre that can tell a story through its music. It’s versatile for story telling because it immerses the listener into his/her own imagination, provoking an eargasm in some cases.
Epic music videos are accompanied by a beautiful background that may, more or less, enhance the experience. Pandora Journey videos implements a visual gimmick into it, making it very appealing to watch their compilation videos. An interesting fact that I can provide from my experience watching their compilation is that their videos have a strong storytelling element on it, conveying a whole story from only music.
When I was a student at high school, it was very overwhelming handling all the homework with a 100% focus. It was tiresome and difficult to concentrate sometimes when we have so many entertainment distractions while browsing in the internet. Searching for a music stimuli to keep me going, I accidentally stumbled upon chillstep, a music sub-genre from dubstep that uses electronic sounds to produce aphrodisiac feelings in the listener (you can search for Blackmill for a taste of it).
When I got bored at chillstep, I moved onto Post-rock due to a recommendation from a close friend (there are a lot of popular bands in this category: Explosions in the Sky, God is an Astronaut, Dorena, Etc…) Finally, I discovered Epic Music, specifically Pandora Journey’s 2 hour compilation videos, where they got me focused on the task at hand from the school for a good 2 hour.
It has also helped me in times of emotional disturbance (love, self-esteem, betrayals, life unfairness and injustice, etc.) I can say that it softened my pain from love because I had a dead weight feeling pulling me down all the times… when the person I loved didn’t feel like reciprocating the feeling, treating me as a friend all the time.
Also, I can proudly say that my self-esteem is very high due to the powerful feelings an epic music can do to someone, making us feel special and that we are needed in this world, that we need to fight for this world regardless of the crappy situations around us. People may hinder us or throw banana peels at us like in Mario Kart, but we have to keep moving forward because we weren’t blessed with an easy game save file in our hands. We were born with a game save file in Nightmare mode and we have to cherish the journey along it because…
It’s our pride.
I hope you enjoyed my OWLS blog post for April 2018! Next in line for this month’s tour is Gigi so please check it out in her Youtube channel when it’s published (April 24th, 2018)!
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OWLS April 2018 Theme – Melody
In one way, music is a form of healing and self-expression. For this month’s topic, we will be exploring some of our favorite musical pieces (anime/drama OSTs, movie soundtracks, music genres and etc.) and how it has impacted our lives and/or reasons why we enjoy listening to it.