This one is so good! You are really one of the most talented composers over here and even more! Your production quality is really over the top... And you have two parts here which are both a single awesome track... It is really a shame that you were kicked out so early.... I also have tosmile each time when I hear the transition between both parts... I don´t know maybe you should have focused on one part and kept the other for the next round. Keep it up! You are really my most favorite composer here on NG!
That's a very sweet review. My wife and I disagree whether I should have just uploaded just a part of the song, but I thought having more variety/content would be more beneficial. "A 2-3 minute piece is too easy," I thought. I didn't realize how important structure is to a competition like that. I do realize that the average listener and non-musician has more a mind for a more cookie-cutter approach, but ultimately I think she was right. Though, one half of the piece wouldn't have existed if it wasn't for the other. It was a symbiotic relationship in terms of its creation. I also thought that for each round, each note had to be from scratch and any ideas can't come to fruition until after the previous round. Now you know my original thoughts for taking such an approach.
You're very kind, and I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for letting me know.
Another awesome track in this group! Really melancholic... You did a quite awesome job here. Did you sing all the layers in the voices by yourself? If... Than congrats! A really sombre and nice song with a lot of emotions. Good luck here!
Thank you so much! It means a lot! And yes, I did everything, including the different vocals and whatnot! I'm glad you liked it! <3
Nice one! Dammit awesome that you got out of your comfort zone here and still kept your own signature. Production is on the point as always. I really like the strings popping in at around 2:30. You are really popping out tracks like it would be nothing and still you are in the ngadm... Impressive! Keep up your style and your good stuff! I´m just listening through the tracks in our group and this is just the third non dance track which is a bit relieving. I wish you good luck here and good look to both of you in th ngadm!
Just listening through the tracks in our round and finally this is the second non dance track! You did an awesome job here! This atmosphere... And that music box... Also you did some awesome unexpected but really well made harmony changes. The only things I have to say is that you might think about getting some other samples because especially the strings and the guitar could sound a lot better. There are a lot of free libraries and sound fonts out there which could improve this a lot. Also some times especially when you change the tempo you could do a lot with humanisation because it sounds a bit robotic. Despite this it actually gives a cool retro video game feeling to the track and mixing and mastering is on the pint here. Also... All these changes and melodies... Awesome! Good luck here!
Thanks Azhthar! I agree on tempo change note and I'm working on acquiring some better libraries very soon, so hopefully the sounds will be improved in my next thing. Good luck to you too!
Finally a none dance track in this round! Damned nice dark country stuff! I hope you like Woven Hand because your music reminds me a lot of them! Keep it up!
Never heard of them, but I will definitely check them out!
That´s a cute track! I don´t hear the writers block. It´s short okay but better to submit a short solid loop than an unltralong track with lack of ideas. I guess you could have easily expanded this a bit though, just by playing with the dynamics and adding some instruments or taking them out. You got some really catchy melodies here going on as always. Production is on the point. I wish I would improve my mixing and mastering like that... This room... If you have a nice start like that just play around with countermelodies and harmonies. Just layer some different chords under your melodies and maybe adapt the melodies a bit. Change between mayor and minor and you will have a much longer track which has a lot of variation in it without having to invent new stuff all the time. I guess that´s all I have. Would be a perfect background loop for a game if it would build up a bit slower... Good luck!
The pain of writer's block in a nutshell. You make itsound easy but it becomes painfully hard when you have block :P
Wow you´re indeed popping out new tracks like it is nothing... Definitely your style but don´t make concurrence to the lichlord. I just watched Last Shift while listening to your track and it would fit much better than the original soundtrack which just used presets of 8dio´s CAGE. Great track!
I wonder what would the experience like when watching Last Shift and listening to this track.
Thank you very much for your review! :)
This is a total Ceevro! You should have sang in here. I miss your collabs, though... Just was listening to Africa ;)
I would dearly love to continue the singalongs. Alas, the new rules prevent covers unless we can get the original artist's permission...and I find it relatively difficult to get Paul Simon to answer my calls!
Wow! These many shifts in style were unexpected! This was cool but also sometimes a bit unsatisfying. All the time when a nice part developed it was replaced by something completely different in expression and style. Also the genres are partly that different that it might be hard to find somebody who really likes all the parts. The tempo shifts also sometimes are a bit too rapid. All in all this appears more as something like a medley or a demorheel of what you are doing. All the parts for themself are very well produced. You write that this is a remix. I don´t know the original track so I can´t say much about this here. Details to the parts:
The beginning is really relaxed and chilled with some nearly celtic influences. I really like this part but I have the feeling that the tempo shift around 1 minute destroys that tranquil feeling and the increase of speed feels a bit "stumbling"... Except this the upbeat part around 1:20 is very nice and also the shift to the piano parts at 1:50 is quite flawless. Maybe the modulation around 1:300 was a bit too sudden. The change to the housy part at 2:00 comes a bit out of the blue. But maybe this is just a matter of taste since I don´t really like this housy stuff. Really nice part again starting at 2:40ish. Your piano is really nice in this track. I also like the bit "grotesque" part starting afterwards and again nice transition to that chilled atmosphere around 3:20 which also gives a reprise of the beginning. For the rest my impressions were very similar. I really liked the piano outro! You also have some really nice piano sound... All in all it is quite hard to rate this track since it feels more like a compilation than a single track but I´ll give it a 5 of 5 since all the parts themself are really nice. You should consider developing full tracks out of the single parts, although from what I read in your description it was your idea here to create an "episodic" track. Anyway: Good Job!
Hey, Azhthar! Thanks for dropping by
I do have a hard time sticking to a single style :P The original piece has a number of different melodies in it, and I also incorporated melodies from other parts of the game. Hence, a sort of "medley" feel, I guess. I played around with a lot of different things without paying much heed to a consistent style, so mashing them together will inherently feel weird. So in a way, the development for the single parts is actually this, even if it doesn't sound like that.
A lot of people have told me they definitely don't like how I change tempos everywhere. While it is super cool to keep a single tempo throughout a piece, I personally like the shifts. I guess it's just my own personal taste.
There's no modulation at 1:30 :/
You're a bit early with the beginning reprise - I put that at 3:40, not 3:20.
I'm happy you like the piano outro! I had a number of really good influences and I like how it turned out.
That´s beautiful with a strong touch of Jan Tiersen. I am crossing fingers that your friend finds the help she needs. Just read her sad story.....
Thanks, Azhthar. After composing it, I thought it had some of that Yann Tiersen style as well :O!
Cool to know I'm not the only one :)
Yeah, life is harsh sometimes. Let's hope the future is more bright!
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