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Tears of Steel: Alternative Soundtrack


Composer and Sound designer Meltis Sess created this alternative Tears of Steel version.

Meltis writes:

The aim of this operation is to get some job as a music composer and sound designer. As have been a musician for nearly 25 years, I earned my life touring around the world as a side man bass player for different world music artists. As long as I remember, I 've always recorded, produced and mixed my sound by myself to create music and so engineering is the second part of my musician job. Producing my own creations as always been a major aim in my life and it's naturally that a real passion for the sound engineering born from this.

Now I'm tired to travel, moving from planes to hostels and then to stages to perform and then go back to the hostel, checking out the next morning and so on... I need something more simple and as I worked for Ghibli studios in 2010, I realized that this experience matured inside of me something new, I wanted to dig it a little bit more, so I started to watch movies with a different view, the technical one. So I started to work on how to make so good sound design, and started to collect different sounds, by recording myself walks in different places and so many other sounds. I'm always looking for news sounds and internet is a great source for this !!!

Now I m making a kind of video book to show my work with different movies I found on the web in which I remade totaly all the sound design and the music scores.

When I discovered "Tears of steel" I was first seduced by the beauty of the film, every thing was so great, pictures, characters, story, the energy and the rythm of the scenes talked to me a lot, I thought that this would be a hard work to do something different with this material, everything was so perfect already, music and sound design was a real high level work !! but it was so good that I wanted to try anyway.

I downloaded the movie and the dialog files from your Blender web site. after opening a new session in my protools, I started to puzzle my sounds, writing new music themes, arranging percussions etc... It was a whole week hard work for me to do this, but I succeeded with the passion inside and the will to do it again because I enjoyed it so much, this was a very fun job for me and I m sure now that this choice I did to start a new career in sound design and music composing is a good one for me.

And here's the original movie version for comparison:

About the Author

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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-) I also run the Blender Artists forum and I'm Head of Community at Sketchfab.


  1. Overall I really like your score. The tone matches the movie very well.

    If I could make one critique it is that to my taste the music at 2:34 seems just a little too pronounced in the mix and also just a bit synthesized. The instrument/notes from 2:52-2:56 especially feel just a little odd to me as well.

    Of course, because you posted a new soundtrack I'm hyper aware of it, and probably more critical than normal when it wouldn't be the focus, but I think it's good work, and a very creative way to use the open source content!

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