I figured that what I needed was to send Henry my ideas in MP3 form. I intended to "compose" snatches of tunes and arrange the music monophonically. (That basically means having only one note playing at a time, which is what happens when you use only one finger to tap a tune on a piano.) It generally takes talent and/or training to produce good polyphonic music (the ones that have more than one note playing at the same time). I've always thought of myself as being musically challenged, and the only music training I've ever received was two months of piano lessons more than thirty years ago. It has been so long since I've played the piano that I don't even remember how to do it anymore.
Getting software for producing MP3 files is no problem in this day and age of open-source computing. I chose OpenMPT (a.k.a. ModPlug), which I downloaded from SourceForge. Being open-source, the software costs nothing, which is perfect for a non-composer like me.
The real question was whether I could come up with a simple tune that conveys whatever mood I intend. There was only one way to find out. Armed with my new software, I sat down in front of the computer and entered a monophonic sequence. When I played it back, it had little resemblance to the tune that I had in mind. Not only was it a challenge to figure out the correct notes, but it was also difficult to determine the proper timing between them.
Nevertheless, I was fascinated. For me, composing was like solving a puzzle wherein notes are to be arranged in the "correct" (that is, aesthetic) sequence. Arrange them properly, and you will be rewarded with your very own musical composition. I decided to persevere with this task until I came up with a polyphonic melody. That's right, polyphonic. I was so hooked with composing that creating monophonic music was not enough for me. It had to be polyphonic.
From the time that I downloaded the music tracking software, it took me three days to compose my first melodic draft. My composition had one drum beat and synthesized vocals in two voices. I still wasn't satisfied with the result. I added more instruments, more voices, more notes.
After three more days of composing, I asked my wife to listen to my second draft of the composition. She sat down in front of the computer as it played back my music. When I saw her tapping her foot to the beat of the song, I interpreted that as a good sign. When the music was done, my wife told me that she liked it. I was pleased because knowing her, she wouldn't have given me her thumbs up if she didn't like the music at all.
A few hours later, I had completed my first serious composition, which I call "Peccata Mundi". I immediately uploaded my MP3 file to the Vault with the following description:
A celestial host has assembled for glorious battle to cleanse the world of its sins. Hovering over the Earth, the angels sweetly sing while twirling their +20 Holy Avengers. This music is a good choice for getting them (and your NWN2 players) in the mood for righteous fighting.
"Peccata mundi" is Latin for "sins of the world," which never cease to flow from the hearts of men. This song reflects the serene enthusiasm with which a celestial host would face its endless battle.
Although it is supposed to be battle music, Peccata Mundi has a strong religious style to it, especially at the opening of the song. Since the Faithless module revolves around that eyesore of the Faerunian belief system, the Wall of the Faithless, it is only fitting that the music have a spiritual air about it. Peccata Mundi may be downloaded at this link.
Does my music pass muster? Everyone is welcome to download it and hear for themselves.