Daniel Ran
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  • #Gamergate, online discussions and how we all seem to hate each other

    —— October 15th, '14

    I’d like to think that the internet makes some people behave in a way they wouldn’t normally had the interaction taken place face to face. Then again, with how divisive absolutely everything is right now, maybe the internet is actually more honest, and revealing rather than corrupting.

  • Musical form in modern media music

    —— July 15th, '14

    Musical form is one of the most important aspects of composition, no less so than the sexier topics of melody, harmony and counterpoint, but one could argue it’s even more important than all of those, since it doesn’t matter how good they are if they don’t have the form to support them.

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    EverQuest Next Title Theme

    —— August 2nd, '13

    It was just announced that Jeremy Soule is composing the music for EverQuest Next. During the keynote speech, an early draft of the title theme was played so I’ve transcribed the motif that we’ll be hearing whenever we boot up the game.

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    Epic Chord Progressions

    —— September 4th, '12

    In this post, I’ll be going through some chord progressions commonly associated with a grand feeling, or “epicness,” with some examples of how they’ve been used in popular media.

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    The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Review

    —— June 12th, '12

    This is my review of The Witcher 2 by CD Projekt Red. I ended up having a lot of things to say after finishing it, about the story and mechanics as well as the music. In addition to picking apart the game experience, I’ve transcribed the title theme, Assassins of Kings, and made a scrolling sheet music video of it.

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