Click Play on the Video to Hear The Music!
Anyone remember Ocarina of Time? That old N64 game with so much imagination, character, and creativity that captured the hearts of so many? Well, I've come back to talk about some of the music in that classic game.
Listen to the music posted above and check out how the composer uses the overtone series to create a mysterious atmosphere.
You see, the overtone series is the aspect of every sound that distinguishes its timbre or tone color. It's a series of frequencies that are present inside of each sound at a very low amplitude (or loudness). Usually we don't perceive their presence unless we listen really carefully for it.
Here's a diagram I found online that shows you which overtones are present if a low C is the pitch you're playing.
In the music from this segment of the game, the composer used numbers 5-10 (varying octaves) to simulate the overtone series and create a mysterious effect. My theory is that the overtones have a mystical quality to them because they are what give certain sounds its "shimmer" and the combination of the #4, the b7, and the major 3rd give it all of the right tones for a hint of "intrigue."
But who knows? From Denton, TX, this has been Aaron Hedenstrom's blog.
is a saxophonist/composer residing in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.