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I'm wondering about your opinions on this topic: How does commercially available video game sheet music affect the rate we submit transcriptions for that game or the quality of our transcriptions for that game?

I'm mainly asking because the fact that I've previewed piano sheet music for the video game Blue Dragon that costs money is definitely getting in the way of me transcribing it without using those sheets' copyrighted material, but I have a hunch that commercially available sheet music gets in the way of (our) fan transcriptions in more cases.

On the other hand, we've got transcriptions of Final Fantasy sheet music that the commercially available Final Fantasy Piano Collections also provide, and since our transcriptions and theirs look different enough that I don't think anyone plagiarized the Collections, I can't figure out what you guys' opinions will be...

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Help! / Currently Cannot Upload PDFs to Ninsheetmusic
« on: August 28, 2016, 11:08:20 PM »
Right now, I cannot upload PDFs to Ninsheetmusic. Every time I try, I get this:
"The following error or errors occurred while processing your submission:
A PDF file was not uploaded."

This prevents me from editing my submissions as well as submitting another song.

Look at https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B039DrYUfeUZOTFia1hDZ1lIa1E for my woes with uploading PDFs right now. I cannot seem to make Google Drive or Dropbox reveal .png's with the [img] tags.

I can currently upload .mus files successfully.

I use PrimoPDF to make PDFs from Finale Notepad. However, I just tested attempting to submit a PDF made from Musescore and it also failed to upload.

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This is the home of anything I'm willing to submit to NinSheetMusic and their Musescore ancestors. The Musescore ancestors often contain versions of the same song from different games. Most of them end with semi-improvised endings based on the source material because I hate abruptly ending VGM loops. (As will eventually be seen with "The Schemer" from Shovel Knight, the Musescore ancestors may be nigh-impossible to play for solo piano.)

You can listen to my works on Musescore's website (the audio will not be mastered there). I will neither be publishing nor submitting my transcriptions in order of arrangement. If enough of you request downloadable files, I'll start stocking up my Google Drive.

Transcriptions on NinSheetMusic
http://www.ninsheetmusic.org/browse/arranger/4953

Transcriptions on Musescore
https://musescore.com/user/9996931/sets/2205296 (Also contains piano transcriptions of non-video game music)

Kirby
Dark Meta Knight
In the Musescore ancestor, Bars 1-22 are from Kirby and the Amazing Mirror, Bars 23-40 are from Kirby: Triple Deluxe, and Bars 41-45 are the ending I semi-improvised. Beware--the treble clef notes in Bars 25-32 are an octave higher than in the original.

Galacta Knight
(a.k.a. "The Greatest Warrior in the Galaxy"...we may as well trust Super Smash Bros. for Wii U and the Kirby Super Star Ultra OST, right?)
In the Musescore ancestor, Bars 1-37 are from Kirby's Return to Dream Land, Bars 38-70 are from Kirby Super Star Ultra, and Bars 71-81 are the ending I semi-improvised. Beware--octave voicing is off in some of the phrases--this will be corrected in cuts I submit to NinSheetMusic.
My goal for this transcription is 100% melodic accuracy. I'm amazed that none, yes, NONE of the remixes I've heard completely nail the tune. Everyone has screwed up the solo (Musescore: Bars 25-58, Bars 58-61) and omitted the melody at the end of the loop (Musescore: Bars 34-37, Bars 67-70). More details are in the post below.
I am aware that this, especially the solo against its accompaniment, is probably nearly impossible to play for solo piano. Jonny Atma's sure tried twice already...

Revenge of Meta Knight Ending
(a.k.a. "Friends and Sun", "Sundown and Friends", "My Friend and the Setting Sun", "Meta Knight Defeated"...and that's just the Kirby Super Star version!)
In the Musescore ancestor, Bars 19-32 are the ending I semi-improvised.
The Musescore arrangement is purposefully thinner than the original so I can actually play it at full speed with (almost) no mistakes.

Prism Plains
In the Musescore ancestor, Bars 34-45 are the ending I semi-improvised. This transcription may be a bit off.
This is deceptively difficult because its notes are so fast--if it weren't for the triplets against duplets in Dark Meta Knight's theme, I'd say this is the unambiguously harder piece.

True Arena
In the Musescore ancestor, Bars 49-67 are the ending I semi-improvised. This transcription may be off rhythm-wise, and some accompaniment lines (and even arguably melody lines in Bars 2-9) have been omitted there.

Shovel Knight
The Schemer (Tinker Knight Battle)
Yeah, my original cut from the .nsf was nigh-impossible to play by a solo pianist (even though I already omitted channels). Many notes were trimmed after this was pointed out. (It wasn't originally tested on the piano, as opposed to the first 2 Kirby tunes on the OP.) It's still a wicked fast song to play.

A Decisive Blow (StreetPass Arena)
In the Musescore ancestor, Bars 20-29 are the ending I semi-improvised.
I made sure this transcription was easier to play by trimming some of the notes. I also had to move several harmony notes around octave-wise in order to make this playable in the first place.

Castle Crashers
Archetype (Arena Theme)
It's composed by Helix6. It's published by Newgrounds. It's found in Castle Crashers (as its Arena theme) and Thing-Thing Arena 2. This transcription is of the Newgrounds original.
This is meant to be sight-readable at full speed. It exhausts me, though.

Simple Sight (Necromancer Theme)
It's composed by Real Faction. It's published by Newgrounds. It's in the Piercing Lazer album. But, most prominently, it's found in Castle Crashers as the Necromancer's boss theme. This transcription is of the Newgrounds original, but The Behemoth loops the entire song in Castle Crashers (complete with empty space at the end), so how much does that matter?
This piece is in verse-chorus form. Each time the verse or chorus returns, this transcription changes that portion's accompaniment and texture. Perhaps this is some part arrangement and some part theme and variations...

Falsion
The First Space Flight
This is the Level 1 theme of an obscure 8-bit video game named Falsion. It's compatible with the Famicom 3D System peripheral, which tacks on one extra sound channel. If you're otherwise wondering how this transcription has 4 notes at once at points where normal 8-bit music should only have 3 maximum, this is it.
In the Musescore...er, ancestor (truth is, I wrote the "ancestor" and the upcoming Ninsheetmusic submission simultaneously)...the ending I semi-improvised is Bars 43-51.

I hope to transcribe songs I don't find good piano transcriptions of on the Internet. (There are loads of decent transcriptions of Super Mario themes and King Dedede's theme, there's already an excellent piano transcription of "That Person's Name Is" (from Bravely Default) by nnwt, the list goes on...)

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I have relatively few medleys, unfaithful arrangements, and transcriptions of non-video game music, so I'll be posting sporadically here at best. I do have an idea for a new, not-created-yet unfaithful arrangement, though...

Again, I'll slowly publish them on Musescore. You can listen to my works on Musescore's website (the audio will not be mastered there). These medleys and unfaithful arrangements may contain bridging melodies I wholly composed as well as music based on the source material (that isn't precisely the source material). I will not be publishing my pieces in order of arrangement. If enough of you request downloadable files, I'll start stocking up my Google Drive.

Arrangements on Musescore
https://musescore.com/user/9996931/sets/2271631

Transcriptions on Musescore
https://musescore.com/user/9996931/sets/2205296 (Also contains piano transcriptions of video game music)

Medleys
The Legendary Air Ride March
It's The Legendary Air Ride Machine...if it were forced into march form and paired with a trio made of music from Kirby's Return to Dream Land.

Skull Ganged Up On
Necrodeus's and his Skull Gang's themes sound rather similar, and this arrangement combines them into one virtuoso showpiece.

MegaloTalia
A high-octane jazz medley of nearly all UnderTale pieces, this is rather like Megalovania in the style of Dummy!...with Hopes and Dreams woven in.

The Polka of Your Best Friend
A high-octane medley of all UnderTale pieces, this swift polka mashes up Your Best Friend, Bergentrückung, and more.

Blazing Fast Battle - Divine Protection Required
This heavy metal remix of pieces from Fire Emblem Gaiden is so blazing fast, regular protection will not do.

Prism of Delight
This sonata-allegro on the Prism Plains theme from Kirby: Squeak Squad and "Victory's Delight" from Bravely Default was written for Arrangement Contest No. 8 in B# "Mix"olydian "Amalgamation".

Spin the Cat
Mashing up "The Feline Duplication Incident." by someone named Œnanthic and "Spin Ye Bottle" from Shovel Knight, this aims for a round of 8-bit potion- and cat-tossing fun.

Unfaithful Arrangements
Variations on Holst's Thaxted
A reverent double theme and variations on Gustav Holst's hymn tune Thaxted (a.k.a. the central theme of "Jupiter" from The Planets), this starts off slowly and gracefully with a faithful (enough) version of the hymn but gradually builds to a climax. The climax breaks at Bar 104, and the piece ends mystically and quietly.

La Sonata Danza
It's Gioacchino Rossini's song La Danza...but in E minor instead of A minor, forced into sonata-allegro form, and now technically impossible to play for solo piano. Shucks.

Sleigh Ride Galop
A fun rearrangement of Leroy Anderson's Sleigh Ride in the style of a galop. ...Got taken out by a copyright strike, sadly.

Peppa'd Pig Blues
It's the 12-bar blues...version of the Peppa Pig theme!

O Come, All Ye Faithful (Piano Duo Arrangement)
I'd say that typical arrangements of Christmas carols don't end with march variations, unlike this version.

Vladimir Horowitz Would Be Proud
Unless you've played through "Alfred's Basic Adult Piano Course", you've probably never heard of Willard A. Palmer, Morton Manus, or Amanda Vick Lethco. Nevertheless, this is an virtuosic Liszt-style arrangement of a scherzo of theirs.

Klein Kirby Invention
Ever noticed how much the Cookie Country 1 theme of Kirby's Return to Dream Land sounds like Bach's Little Fugue in G Minor at one point? If you did, this Baroque-style arrangement of the Cookie Country 1 theme is for you!

Are They Trying to Battle Us?
Based on an "Attempt at a Battle Theme" by someone named Œnanthic, this string quartet version does not stray too far from the source.

Ragging Csikós Post
This piece follows the grand tradition of ragtime rearrangements of classical music. In this case, Hermann Necke's Csikós Post suffers through this treatment.

Night Torch at the Sky Fortress
This remix of Waterflame's Sky Fortress rearranges the melodies of that work a lot.

Sonata Completed
This is a relatively reverent completion of an incomplete "Sonata" by someone named Lorenzo Miceli.

Non-VGM Transcriptions
In Storm and Sunshine (Concert Paraphrase)
John Clifford Heed's hit march In Storm and Sunshine finally has a piano transcription! ...At least if you respect only the first repeats. Second repeats stop becoming faithful and start becoming devilishly virtuosic.

Elysian Quest OST Track #6 - Dangerous Enemy (Boss)
Composed by OMMAIGADD, this is a piano transcription of a boss theme of the under-development, unreleased video game "Elysian Quest".

Prelude in C Minor, Op. 28, No. 20 (Chopin) (Band Arrangement)
The unusual instrumentation is due to its genesis as an arrangement for a contest, but this is otherwise a fairly standard concert band-like arrangement of Chopin's famous prelude. The flute generally plays one octave higher than anything in the original sheet music.

The Dark Journey
Composed by Real Faction, this is a piano transcription of an ambient chiptune loop, easy to put in your video games. Perhaps the video games' characters are lost in the twilit snow...

Metal Remixes
Piano Sonata No. 30, Op. 109, Movement 2 (Beethoven) (Metal Remix)
This heavy metal remix of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 30, Op. 109, Movement 2 attempts to keep it reverent...but how reverent can metal remixes of classical music be by default?

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Home-Made Compositions / Dekkadeci's Compositions
« on: June 12, 2016, 05:45:39 AM »
I've got tens of compositions (and transcriptions and arrangements) stocked up, so I'll slowly be publishing them on Musescore. You can listen to my works on Musescore's website (the audio will not be mastered there). I will not be publishing my pieces in order of composition. If enough of you request downloadable files, I'll start stocking up my Google Drive.

Very nearly all my pieces are for solo piano--it's at the point where I have piano versions of songs I eventually want to transcribe for bands.

Compositions on Musescore
https://musescore.com/user/9996931/sets/2213611

Classical
Marche-Sonate
It's a march, complete with repeats. Wait...no...why isn't it going into a trio? No! Noooooo! It's actually a sonata-allegro! ...That really sounds like a march.

Little March
Switch from Marche-Sonate at the correct time to this song, then back, and--all of a sudden--the combined songs really are a march!

Scherzo Infernale
A blazing fast standalone scherzo and trio, this is rather heavily influenced by Alkan's Scherzo Diabolico.

Out of Strife (Comes Hope)
As seen in its subtitle, this march is strongly influenced by Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance marches, particularly his 3rd such march. But unlike that march, Out of Strife (Comes Hope) ends victoriously!
Despite being subtitled as a piano solo version, no other arrangements of this piece currently exist.

Fire and Ice Polka
Composed in the style of the Strauss family's polka(-schnell)s, this polka(-schnell) aims to be a crowd-pleaser.

Trumpet Exercise
...This is more here for the sake of completion than anything, but this exercise to improve trumpet embouchure (without changing fingering) is one of my first attempts to write for instruments other than the piano.

Bad-Tempered Dances
One of my earlier pieces, this bad-tempered rondo contains a series of dances.

Bell Carol
Named because of its resemblance to fast renditions of Carol of the Bells, this is one of the earliest pieces I composed. The central section is significantly slower than the flanking sections, though.

Piano Sonata in D Minor ("Piecemeal")
Spoiler
Movement 1: Inexorable
The weightiest of the four movements and the latest to be composed, this sonata-allegro is more than 9 minutes long counting repeats. It is stern and, while turning towards happiness, inexorably marches to its doom.

Movement 2: Rondo Oscuro
The first movement to be composed--and the only one I ever publicly performed--this rondo emerges from the shadows with a simple first theme and explores various other moods.

Movement 3
This is a simple, old-fashioned minuet with a rollicking trio.

Movement 4: Tribute
This sonata-allegro is actually a tribute to Super Paper Mario. While not actually using any of its music (as I had not listened to the soundtrack at the time), it contains leitmotifs for several important characters and roughly outlines the plot of the game.
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Etude in D Minor ("Eil Ton")
This colourful piano etude depicts tumultuously flying over crashing waves. Practice your arpeggios and chords at once with this etude!

Sonatina in C Major ("Pastorale")
Another of my earliest pieces, this is soothing and cheerful fare.

Sonatina in F Major ("Classical")
If you're into thoroughly classical music, this typical sonata-allegro is for you. This is one of my earlier works.

Piano Sonata in E Minor ("Scherzando") (Unfinished)
Spoiler
Movement 1
This is an aggressive, scherzo-like sonata-allegro. It starts with a jolt to attention--stark chords, followed by a daring flurry of ascending notes. Perhaps its second theme group, which initially appears in G major, is the call of the Wild Hunt. The Wild Hunt takes an even darker turn by the end of this piece.

Movement 3
This scherzo and trio is affable and genial.
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Suite in E Flat (Unfinished)
Spoiler
Movement 2: Hidden Royal
With many mood changes, this sonata-allegro depicts the story of a prince who attempts to explore his kingdom incognito, only to see his royal status exposed in front of everyone, including the lover he had met on one of his incognito trips. Eventually, he accepts both his royal duties and his strong desire for freedom (the reason he tried exploring incognito in the first place).

Movement 3: Chargers
Depicting the wild rides of a knight and his companion fairy, this is a rough scherzo with a sprightly trio.
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Kids On the Monkey Bars
This experimental piece depicts children singing (badly) as they play on the monkey bars.

Piano Sonata in F Major ("Cosmos") (Unfinished)
Spoiler
Movement 1: Sun
This enthusiastic sonata-allegro depicts the sun.

Movement 3: Stars
This fleet-footed scherzo and double trio depicts the stars.
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Funeral March No. 1 in B Flat Minor
This is a stark and tortured funeral march with a lyrical, slightly troubled trio.

Angry Dance
More of a dance excerpt than anything else, this angry dance is the result of accepting a challenge to compose something with exactly 100 notes in it.

Song Without Words No. 1
Like Felix Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words, this is a short, song-like piano piece. Its genial melodies are reminiscent of Christmas carols.

King Thrushbeard
Composed for a contest in https://musescore.com/groups/soloinstrumentchampionships/discuss/2653921, this piece for solo bass clarinet depicts the Brothers Grimm fairy tale of King Thrushbeard.

Tarantella No. 1 in C Minor
This snappy tarantella in sonata-rondo form constantly plays with its sense of key.

March of the Empire
Depicting an evil empire and a rebel force that hopes to beat it, this march boasts impressive power and emotional range, but it should be within reach of intermediate to early advanced pianists.

The Abyss
Yet another of my earliest pieces, this brief tone poem depicts the calm of the deep sea.

A Sonata-Allegro in Under 2 Minutes
Exactly as advertised, this especially swift and terse piece fits an entire sonata-allegro in less than 2 minutes, including repeats.

Rocket Piece No. 1
One of my earliest pieces, this sonatina starts off with a Mannheim rocket theme and is paired with Rocket Piece No. 2.

Rocket Piece No. 2
One of my earliest pieces, this rondo starts off with a Mannheim rocket theme and is paired with Rocket Piece No. 1.

Etude-Coronation March in G Major
This coronation march of a piano etude focuses on beat subdivision.

Going Distances Polka
This quick, snappy polka covers a lot of ground in less than 2 minutes.

On This Side of Death's Shores
This is the result of accepting a challenge to write a non-WIP piece in 10 minutes or less, this time with a custom soundfont. This piece sounds particularly good on mellow pianos and worse on bright pianos.

Etude in G Minor ("Arpeggio")
One of my earlier works, this etude helps you practice arpeggios and can be played in a wide variety of tempos.

Impromptu-Scherzo in G Minor
This vaguely improvisatory scherzo-with-the-wrong-meter conjures some highly charged emotions.

Synth Scherzando
This is the result of accepting a challenge to write a non-WIP 100-bar-long piece in 10 minutes or less. Despite the form and instrumentation, this still uses several of the melodic conventions of classical music, so I've put it here.

Furiant No. 1 in G Minor
Just like other furiants, this is a fiery 3/4 dance that uses hemiolas liberally.

Sonata-Allegro in F Minor ("Complexity Within")
Nicknamed "Complexity Within" because of its central scherzo and trio, this is a sonata-allegro of unusual scale.

Concert Band & Marching Band
Percussive March
An unorthodox march in rondo form, this march is strongly reminiscent of 20th-21st-century concert band music...and ends up near-quoting 2 too many other works, IMO.
Despite being subtitled as a piano transcription, the concert band version of this piece currently does not exist.

Daring March
Another unorthodox--perhaps daring--march, this is in unconventional instrumentation and not-quite-conventional form.

Ragtime
Improv Rag
The first rag I ever composed (but the second I ever published), this is strongly influenced by Joplin's famous rags. ...Except for the fourth strain, which is strongly influenced by tap dance music and "This Land Is Your Land".

(Mottled) Penny Rag
The second rag I ever composed, this starts off sounding like silent film music but broadens emotionally as it progresses. Eventually, it returns to the first strain, but by then, it is broken and forever changed.

Unseelie Rag
The third rag I ever composed, this evokes images of daring, mischievous, even malicious fairies. Its incredibly fast passagework reveals influences from both Felix Mendelssohn and George Gershwin.

D-Reamy D-Rag
A slow drag, the influences on this rag are less clear than in several of my other rags...except in the third strain, which sounds like tangos and flamenco music.

The Other Ragtime March
What do you get when you cross a rag and a march? This!

Sonata-Rag
What do you get when you cross a rag and a sonata-allegro? This!

Alien Briar Rag
Beware: this rag is full of bizarre, striking, and utterly alien chord progressions.

Simplicity Rag
An easy rag for relative beginners, this is meant to be sight-readable at full speed.

Seelie Rag
Perhaps evoking images of considerate, reasonable fairies, this rag also involves incredibly fast passagework--this time in a highly jazz-like manner.

Alpha Bravo Foxtrot
This swift foxtrot conjures a slightly military atmosphere, and it even attempts to strafe the listener at one point.

Ragtime Evening
A purposeful return to old-style, Scott Joplin-like rags, this piece is a serenade of a rag.

Jazz
Took 5 to the Wing
The first full jazz piece I ever composed (but nowhere near close to the first I ever made themes for), this is rather like an improvisation on the chord progression that Ridley and Meta Knight's themes share in the style of the Dave Brubeck Quartet's "Take Five".

Relaxing Jazz
This is the result of a challenge to write a non-WIP "relaxing" piece in 31 minutes or less. It uses an unorthodox-for-jazz set-up of electric piano, trumpet, alto saxophone, and especially cello.

Rock/Metal (Includes Crossovers)
It's Only Us Together
Rock? Pop? Latin? Does this song even care what genre it's in? It struts and sways around exotic harmonies and rollicking rhythms regardless.

Toccata No. 1 in E Minor ("Alla Metal")
Beware: as a classical-metal crossover piece, this is pretty unpleasant-sounding, especially if you're not used to listening to heavy metal.

Regressive Form
The "Regressive Form" in the title is sonata-allegro form, but that's the only thing that's classical about this heavy metal piece.

Drum Solo Time!
This is the result of accepting a challenge to write a non-WIP "original" piece in 10 minutes or less. Premise-wise, think of the drummer of a Dream Theater-like band having a little time to improvise.

Avant-Garde Sonata-Allegro
This sonata-allegro is so avant-garde that its first theme group is atonal (well, because it's for solo drum kit), yet its second theme group is not (blame the glockenspiel). It has the mixed meters, key shifts, and drum kit use of progressive rock, but perhaps not much else.

Video Game Music Loops (With Special OST Endings)
Thunder On Boss (Boss Theme)
A generic boss theme for a hypothetical video game that does not (yet) exist, this is sure to fire up all player characters in-game! (Final, bonus, and special semi-final boss themes I compose will convey some of the personality of the boss.) Bars 79-111 (everything after the repeat) are the OST-only ending.
Despite being subtitled as a piano transcription, no other arrangements of this piece currently exist.

Theme of the Light Warrior (Special Boss Theme)
A special boss theme for a fan character I made, this is the first video game theme I ever composed, which is why it sounds like classical music. Bars 45-72 (everything after the repeat) are the OST-only ending.
Despite being subtitled as a piano transcription, no other arrangements of this piece currently exist.

Out and About (Overworld Theme)
A first/Level 1 overworld theme for a hypothetical video game that does not (yet) exist, this march-like theme goes for a grand, orchestral feel. Bars 61-93 (everything after the repeat) are the OST-only ending.
Despite being subtitled as a piano transcription, no other arrangements of this piece currently exist.

Fraught Forest (Special Level Theme)
This is a dark forest level theme for a hypothetical video game that does not yet exist. This forest is supposed to make you feel tense, uneasy, and agitated.
Despite being subtitled as a piano transcription, no other arrangements of this piece currently exist.

10 Minutes' Worth of Stressful Racetrack (Racetrack Theme)
This is the result of accepting a challenge to write a non-WIP piece in 10 minutes or less. This is in the style of a racetrack theme from a F-Zero-like video game. ...Yeah, I wasn't able to write any harmonies or a proper OST-only ending in the time provided.

Fight As If They're Monsters (Boss Theme)
Another boss theme for a hypothetical video game that does not (yet) exist, this one may be more appropriate for fighting against people instead of monsters...but now you've got to fight them as if they're actually monsters, don't you? Bars 36-49 (everything after the repeat) are the OST-only ending.
Despite being subtitled as a synth sketch, no other arrangements of this piece currently exist.

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