How To: Make a Final Boss Theme in 6 Min or Less (+ Full Song at the End) || Shady Cicada

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Video game music was always my main influence when it came to writing. I thought I would have a little fun with it and change up this week's How-To to something a little different. Making constant catchy melodies are extremely important when it comes to video game music. Hopefully this song can showcase enough of that to you! So for rock/metal/video game fans alike, here is something that I hope you will enjoy! Here is "How To: Make a Final Boss Theme in 6 Minutes or Less"!
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Guitar: Schecter Damien Platinum with DiMarzio Titan Pickups
Bass: Ibanez Soundgear
Strings: Elixir "Light-Heavy"
Interface: Line 6 UX2
Audio Software: Cubase 5
Tone Software: POD Farm 2 & Bias FX
Drums: Superior Drummer 2.0
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  1. Shady Cicada
    Shady Cicada
    2 árum síðan

    I was not expecting this kind of viewership from this video. I'm glad you all enjoyed it! I have some more planned, but always feel free to leave a request in the comments!

    1. Christopher Rozanski
      Christopher Rozanski
      2 mánuðum síðan

      @Dolphinboi Firstly, that is devious, basically an illusory pain or a mind-blow attack. Secondly, I don't know if you've already done it or not, but I think it would be a nice design touch if the "memories" or visions suddenly turned black with cool color edges like dark blue or purple (like a shadow if you want to go for that touch of edge.) before shattering and then driving through the affected character(s) in the non-bloody way (It's a pretty evil attack in the first place) I can understand if that's too much or something over-done but it would be well suited for that kind of attack. It's a pretty genius attack concept for a final boss though, sort of a metaphor for evil always returning after peace/balance is restored (but in mid-battle) an attack designed to raise your hopes and confuse you at the same time by feigning its own death, and make you think the end scene is playing (at least the first time you see the attack lol) then all of a sudden everything shatters (like a big middle-finger to their hope and your senses) and you're still in the battle and your characters have just been dawdling while being attacked during their illusion, I don't know if there's a more dastardly cheap shot than that xD. I wonder what your final boss is, because that is comparable in concept to Sephiroth's Supernova attack.

    2. Matthew Mason
      Matthew Mason
      3 mánuðum síðan

      Hey shady, I’m making a fan game of undertale on scratch, which is a programming software. It is going to be a boss fight, based on genocide route. Do ya think I can use this song?

    3. • Zocci •
      • Zocci •
      3 mánuðum síðan

      Tbh this sounds like Metallica and Dragonforce were told to remake the final boss from every Metal Gear

    4. Josef Grimm
      Josef Grimm
      3 mánuðum síðan

      Bro You should do an EXTRA heavy version of the Halo Theme!!!! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

    5. x scardo
      x scardo
      5 mánuðum síðan

      hey shady what site download are you using for piano?

  2. LunarRay
    16 dögum síðan

    "my mother is an alien and I'm crazy" ...Is that a Sephiroth reference?

  3. Isaac Smye-rumsby
    Isaac Smye-rumsby
    26 dögum síðan

    I've just been given my music GCSE comp paper and the preset is for a boss theme this helped a lot

  4. DogoThe MegaHuman
    DogoThe MegaHuman
    28 dögum síðan

    Muchas gracias, te mamaste.

  5. Cringalicious
    Mánuði síðan

    This sounds like what Asgore would sound like if Toby Fox made metal music

  6. Thisisasupersayin3
    Mánuði síðan

    Use any combination of these sounds: Electric guitar Strings Choir (Usually as backing melody but can be used for beat) Church Bells (Usually as beat but can be used for backing melody)

  7. Shaskue
    Mánuði síðan

    Im getting some Mario Lava dungeon skeleton bowser type vibe.

  8. Tyler Woolstenhulme
    Tyler Woolstenhulme
    Mánuði síðan

    I'm primarily a metal musician, but I've been forcing myself to write other genres to try to get better at composition. I've been writing chiptunes lately and I'm working on my third song in the genre which is a boss battle. Holy shit dude, you knocked it out of the fucking park with this. Crazy strong Shovelknight and Ocarina of Time vibes. And the tips you give are fantastic. 11/10, fantastic work my dude.

  9. ArdsleyTank
    Mánuði síðan

    Hehe, you (one)winged it. Sneaky.

  10. Kawaii Goat
    Kawaii Goat
    Mánuði síðan

    So damn good... * Knowing Shady can make an motivational song to you life... * It fills you with HOPE.

  11. Kawaii Goat
    Kawaii Goat
    Mánuði síðan

    So damn good... * Knowing Shady can make an motivational song to you life... * It fills you with HOPE

  12. Jacob the Propagandist
    Jacob the Propagandist
    Mánuði síðan

    Literally using this video as a guide for my GCSE music composition

  13. Camgor
    Mánuði síðan


  14. Miguel Bonilla
    Miguel Bonilla
    Mánuði síðan

    Some parts of the song reminds me Super Meatboy's music

  15. Mohamed Massoud
    Mohamed Massoud
    Mánuði síðan

    I worship every second of this piece of art. Absolute masterpiece.

  16. Goody Procter
    Goody Procter
    Mánuði síðan

    Man, I fricken got goosebumps near the end

  17. Super Mario Bros Super show is an ISEKAI
    Super Mario Bros Super show is an ISEKAI
    2 mánuðum síðan

    This has gave me a better understanding of video music, it's supposed to tell a story (but without words)

  18. rodrigo
    2 mánuðum síðan

    "before de world dies" fking amazing bro

  19. Pspawesome 24
    Pspawesome 24
    2 mánuðum síðan

    you and Davie504 should do a collaboration and make something beautiful

  20. Mr ladder man
    Mr ladder man
    2 mánuðum síðan


  21. Camgor
    2 mánuðum síðan


  22. Kai Evans
    Kai Evans
    2 mánuðum síðan

    I would fully ad this to my playlist of boss themes. Consisting of: Ocarina of time ganondorf battle Ocarina of time ganon battle Vs ridley Vs meta ridley Molduga theme Dark beast ganon theme Blight battle theme Micah's mountain p1 Micah's mountain p2 One winged angel Dark lord ganon battle Zant theme Imperial march Final destiny (FU) Shadow guard (FU) duel of the fates Battle of the heroes Mario3 airship stage

    1. Kai Evans
      Kai Evans
      2 mánuðum síðan

      These are from (in order) Ocarina of time Ocarina of time Super metroid Super metroid 3 Lozbotw Lozbotw Lozbotw Red dead 2 Red dead 2 Final fantasy 7 Loz twilight princess Loz twilight princess Star wars Star wars force unleashed Star wars force unleashed Star wars Mario bros 3

  23. Mega Lâmpada
    Mega Lâmpada
    2 mánuðum síðan

    Thank you there Shady Cicada! Idk ur real name. So...

  24. DuePlague
    2 mánuðum síðan

    When your dnd dice won't stop rolling

  25. David Zuluaga
    David Zuluaga
    2 mánuðum síðan

    2:35 Hope: aight imma head out now

  26. Pretzel Boy Productions
    Pretzel Boy Productions
    2 mánuðum síðan

    This music piece would make for a great and memorable 2nd phase, its got all the right epicness and the whole theme just screams “Finale” However, I’d say that a good 1st phase would be some sort of buildup, or the same theme in general but slower and less intense. If you want to make a truly incredible 3rd phase, I would suggest adding some sort of choir, like angelic singing. That kindof stuff gives me goosebumps. But for what this is, I gotta say this is incredible!!

  27. TheTrueXaver
    2 mánuðum síðan


  28. Asriel Dreemurr
    Asriel Dreemurr
    2 mánuðum síðan

    Sonic 2 final boss rock remix

  29. Kiwi
    2 mánuðum síðan

    This is good!

  30. Kade Wello
    Kade Wello
    2 mánuðum síðan

    Markiplier for PS1 looks pretty good

  31. RedPie
    2 mánuðum síðan

    My ears tingling xD hehe this is good

  32. Enbrat
    2 mánuðum síðan

    Video starts at 00:00

  33. Matthew Mason
    Matthew Mason
    3 mánuðum síðan

    Can I use this song in a boss battle I’m making? It’s really good and it would fit the storyline.

  34. Jossua Guinot
    Jossua Guinot
    3 mánuðum síðan

    This clearly sounds like an Undertale/Delatarune bossfight

  35. • Zocci •
    • Zocci •
    3 mánuðum síðan

    Sounds like Metallica mixed with DragonForce

  36. fearingalma1550
    3 mánuðum síðan

    Some of this song actually sounds a bit like music from Octopath Traveler.... a game that wouldn't come out until a year later. Someone at Square cut this guy a check.

  37. Gustavo Paz
    Gustavo Paz
    3 mánuðum síðan

    Very impressive. =)

  38. Marionette The Pacifist
    Marionette The Pacifist
    3 mánuðum síðan

    before the world dies

  39. Fura Faolox
    Fura Faolox
    3 mánuðum síðan

    I love your guitar tone

  40. Happy Doggo
    Happy Doggo
    3 mánuðum síðan

    THIS IS SO COOL WTF Dude, this is amazing, it sounds like something a game would ACTUALLY use as their final boss music, it gives the game an enhanced atmosphere and I love it so much!!

  41. WeedWizard 70
    WeedWizard 70
    3 mánuðum síðan

    What software do you use to lay out the notes? When I got my new phone, I wasn't able to use GarageBand to make music. So, I really wanna know what program I can use as a replacement.

  42. SleEeEpy
    3 mánuðum síðan

    ...holy &@?! you're good at this Wow I think I know what makes my music sound off. I only use FL Studio packs, not actual samples from instruments

  43. Matheusnever1 Plasma Man
    Matheusnever1 Plasma Man
    3 mánuðum síðan

    Make a Mexican level theme.

  44. Shibe
    4 mánuðum síðan

    if you were gonna make a game let me give you a tip: if you are gonna make final boss music try something like this so use the music for when you are telling what happened in the story, and use that but a more intense, so they know its the end

  45. Andrew K
    Andrew K
    4 mánuðum síðan

    Is there a genre for this type of music?

  46. SkyTDM THE GOD MODE OF Sugar Gang DX EX
    4 mánuðum síðan

    Music starts at 1:48

  47. Spaghetti Person
    Spaghetti Person
    4 mánuðum síðan

    When is this game coming out?

  48. 618
    4 mánuðum síðan

    Almost two years now... Wow.

  49. Bonezilla
    4 mánuðum síðan

    what application does he use to make the music

  50. Da Nerdy Inkling
    Da Nerdy Inkling
    4 mánuðum síðan


  51. h H
    h H
    4 mánuðum síðan

    How about a more dark final boss theme, like dystopian world boss music and slightly less jumpy. (Amazing song btw)

  52. Sand Fajita
    Sand Fajita
    4 mánuðum síðan

    1:17 sounds like Terraria Boss 2.

  53. GameGod
    4 mánuðum síðan

    What software do you use in your vids? And is there something like it on mobile that I could use?

  54. SirJamesEsquire
    5 mánuðum síðan

    3/4 triplets is my absolute favorite part of this song

  55. Roque Carlos
    Roque Carlos
    5 mánuðum síðan


  56. TatoEXE
    5 mánuðum síðan

    Is it me or does this man look like a charlie

  57. Asriel Dreemurr
    Asriel Dreemurr
    5 mánuðum síðan

    1:48 prodigy 2 Titan and Brandon battle 2 (Final Boss)

  58. Ayden Lambert
    Ayden Lambert
    5 mánuðum síðan

    Make a horror game theme, something to play on in the background while eldritch monsters invade your mind

  59. Kaah Oliva
    Kaah Oliva
    5 mánuðum síðan

    *O M G triple camera guy*

  60. TheTrueXaver
    5 mánuðum síðan

    I REALLY like this sort of music, kind of hopeful in a sort