Oh, hot damn...
Well, admittedly, I haven't (yet) played the definitive edition of the game that came out for free on PSN / PS4+ not that long ago, but I have played and listened to the soundtracks of similar-genre'd games in the same vein as Hollow Knight (e.g. the Souls-Borne games, Code: VEIN, Remnant: From the Ashes, Salt & Sanctuary, Blasphemous, Shovel Knight and, ofc, the Game Boy Advance / DS Castlevania games, to name a few I suppose.) So I'd have to play and/or take a further listen into Hollow Knight itself (and, hell, Hades, for that matter), but I'm practically salivating to try my chops at making something towards this album.
I've only really dipped my hands into composing music like...meh, it's about a year anniversary come September, so 10 1/2 months? But I'd want to see this come into fruition either way!
Pitch be damned! It should totes get an album. Games like it are wonderful gems and should have that time in the spotlight, IMO.
I'd probably never be able to produce a track worthy of the album, but if this gets any traction, I happen to have some midis from the game if artists have need: piano transcriptions of the title theme, resting grounds, Troupe Leader Grimm, and Nightmare King Grimm; the Path of Pain; vs the Hollow Knight; vs The Radiance; and the White Palace.
I've crafted the midi into a more user friendly format, think I got everything except the drums (couldn't find them in the original midi.) Hope this helps ya'll make some Godzilla on Saturn music!
Finally got a chance to sit down and listen on my computer.
There is definitely a lot of different influences coming from different places I can see. Not in a bad way though, you make it your own and I never get the feeling that this is derivative. The children's choir you use is extremely pretty and I feel like you did a wonderful job with the balancing here. Never did I feel like any section overwhelmed any other section. I could finally hear Shevannai on my PC and I like how layered in it is. Never sounds like it stands out very much. It's like she was standing with the rest of the choir and she had a solo part! Very realistic sounding in that regard. Man you really have the balance between these instruments down quite well. I personally feel it is a skill that I'm lacking. I have a lot of libraries but finding their balance is a chore haha.
Speaking more musically, I wouldn't personally find this as something I'd just tune in and listen to on the fly but I would really feel the atmosphere if it was in a film or tv series. Definitely would be a song that I could see in a score. I think the only like...critique I would have is that, as someone who enjoys music with strong melodies, I find the song a bit...like a wave? Always pulsing and waxing but never quite going to somewhere specific. Then again, it might kind of be the point. You are sort of wading in this darkness right? So maybe from a composition standpoint this works quite well. From a listening standpoint again, maybe it isn't something I'd go out of my way to put on, but I think it works well in the context of say a score or a scene from some form of media.
Anyway, great stuff and good to see you put so much effort into your music. Once more, wonderful balancing with the choirs and I feel inspired to try and do better in that regard. Cheers!