How do I make catchy melodies?

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How do I make catchy melodies?

Postby Drillimation » Thu Jul 13, 2017 9:05 pm

Hey drillers!

I just want to ask you a question here. I'm making an indie arcade shmup series called Chuhou Joutai (which translates to "the middle state"), which combines the gameplay elements of Touhou Project and Bloons Tower Defense. The default soundtrack will be in NES style, but will also have options to play the music in the formats similar to what you'd hear on home computers in the late 1980s, such as the IBM PC as well as the computers manufactured by NEC, such as the PC-88 and PC-98, which use the same sound chips.

Enough of that, I want to know how you can make melodies sound good. I was creating some of my own tunes for the game, although they don't sound that great. I want them to be better, and not at full volume like a few said. I know many melodies from the Touhou Project games commonly use this type of pattern:

A#2
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A#2
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A#2
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C-5
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C-5
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C-5
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I also feel the songs need to sound Touhou-like. Can anyone help me here?
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Re: How do I make catchy melodies?

Postby Teuthida » Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:54 am

If you want to make a Touhou esque melody, the best thing to do would be to make covers(or just find transcriptions) of ZUN's work and analyze its qualities. I'm not a super-fanantic of Touhou music, so I can't help you there.
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Re: How do I make catchy melodies?

Postby Drillimation » Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:11 am

I've made a lot of covers of themes from Touhou games, I was just simply testing them to see how it would sound on the Namco C140, which is a sound chip found in the Namco System 2 arcade board.
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Re: How do I make catchy melodies?

Postby Teuthida » Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:37 am

It's not just making covers, it's analyzing them. Do you notice any note patterns that ZUN uses? Any forms or structures? Study your covers and answer questions like those.
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Re: How do I make catchy melodies?

Postby Drillimation » Fri Jul 14, 2017 1:40 am

I often recognize the leitmotifs of Theme of Eastern Story and some melodies of Love-Colored Magic. His more common note patterns such as the one I listed above and a large majority of his songs are written in A Major.
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Re: How do I make catchy melodies?

Postby Xyz » Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:40 am

Learn to sing. Then start saying lots of things in a singsongy fashion e.g. "Guess who's got PIIIIEEE~IEEEE?!" "Good niiiight, Good NIIIGHT, GOOOOD NIIIIIIGHIIGIGIHIIGHIGIIGHIT!"
Then start recording yourself and transcribing them.

The benefit AND drawback is that you'll make melodies that are very close to your native language. And different peoples' languages heavily influence their melodies.
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Re: How do I make catchy melodies?

Postby Potentialing » Sat Jul 22, 2017 3:23 pm

I don't think there's any better way I can put this.... so I'll just share these words from Toby Fox, the guy who created UNDERTALE (and its soundtrack): http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1sothcs


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