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Date
10/17/2011
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Song
9.6 MB
4 min 13 sec
Score
4.48 / 5.00

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Genres:
Metal, Rock - Pop
Tags:
guitar
catchy
unique
melodic

Author Comments

Before I start yapping about the song, I'd like to thank Buoy for being a massive help and giving me loads of tips or pointers while this track was still under development - also this song is inspired from some of his music too. Thanks to Echo and a few school friends of mine for providing some criticism too!

Now, to start with, I'm proud of this submission. I haven't made music in a long while, but somehow, despite the insane amount of college work I'm getting combined with hosting the NGADM competition, I managed to find the time to make this. I thought of the melody many many months ago on the piano, and somehow it stuck in my head. I reasoned that if a melody was locked inside my head for so long, then it must be somewhat decent, and forced myself to turn it into a song eventually.

As for resources, this was made using FL Studio 10, with East/West for the legato flute, strings, piano, brass and cymbal roll. Some of the percussion along with a certain brass hit was taken from Vengeance Essential House. The rest is all freeware: I used a soundfont called BassFing for the bass, a free Kontakt 4 guitar library along with FreeAmp, Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra free soundfonts for the staccato flute and some of the bongos, and then random drum samples from here: (http://www.darkbeats.com /sampleswap/) for a lot of the percussion. This has over 100 patterns, and it's one of my longest recent songs.

The theme of this song is pretty hard to define. Personally I kinda thought this song would represent a traveler entering a mysterious new world and discovering the odd/quirky traditions of its inhabitants. In light of that I tried to add loads of different moods and styles in the song - you'll be hearing adventurous, tribal, uplifting and at some points even jazz-like sections. My friends think this song reminds them of guys with afros in the 70's walking in slow motion, meh.

Thanks for listening, and as always feedback is greatly appreciated!

EDIT: Fixed a lot of stuff that reviewers mentioned. I used the cymbal roll less (and used a gong in certain parts), turned the volume down to reduce clipping (hopefully), added some more elements in the part at 2:24, made the descending guitar run right before the piano solo a bit louder, and did some random stuff like change a note in the legato flute part, vary the drums a bit more, etc...

Hope it sounds better!

Reviews


dem0leculedem0lecule

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Good work

Well I think the guy below me got a point, pretty music famaliar to Trevor Rabin's style.


Step responds:

This song is making people think of many different things, haha.

I'll definitely do some research on the National Treasure music then and see how this is familiar then.

Thanks for reviewing mate!


GokenshadowGokenshadow

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Hmmm..

It immediately makes me think of National Treasure for some reason.


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Step responds:

I haven't watched that movie, so I can't relate to what you're saying, I'm afraid :P.

Thanks for the review!


SCTE3SCTE3

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

80s all over again

Very nice job on this beast right here. Heavily reminds me of intros to old movies where they long intros with this kind of music to show who all was in it and had helped make the movie as well. Very good beat I think. The guitar is incredibly classy as well I think. Very classy song and excellent work on this.

The guitar sounds good and I really enjoyed hearing the power chords too since it gave it a bit of a giant push in a great direction. I also hear a large mix of classical stuff incorporated into this one too. Very nice, I like the way the drums play though as they sound like a mix of urban and classical drumming.

The bass line and piano combine for a wonderful duet of making the song real classy to listen to. The violins are nice to listen to as well and I like the xylophone I hear as it gives it a slightly cartoonish feel to the song.

Overall, incredibly classy and cool song.

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Step responds:

Hey man, thanks for the classy review :D.

"Very nice job on this beast right here. Heavily reminds me of intros to old movies where they long intros with this kind of music to show who all was in it and had helped make the movie as well."

Now that I think of it that way, you're right! It does remind me of that.

"Very good beat I think. The guitar is incredibly classy as well I think. Very classy song and excellent work on this."

Thanks! That guitar and the effect I put on it are all free samples, believe it or not.

"The guitar sounds good and I really enjoyed hearing the power chords too since it gave it a bit of a giant push in a great direction. I also hear a large mix of classical stuff incorporated into this one too."

Yup, I'm starting to find it a little hard to make a song without giving it orchestral elements, lol.

"Very nice, I like the way the drums play though as they sound like a mix of urban and classical drumming."

I'm quite proud of that yeah. Glad you like it.

"The bass line and piano combine for a wonderful duet of making the song real classy to listen to."

I'm pretty new to basslines in this style so I'm surprised to see that you liked it. Pleasantly surprised, of course :3.

"The violins are nice to listen to as well and I like the xylophone I hear as it gives it a slightly cartoonish feel to the song."

I added the xylophone in my second edit, to perhaps make the 2:24 part a tad bit more interesting. Nice job noticing something so subtle :P.

"Overall, incredibly classy and cool song."

Thank you! I appreciate the feedback mate.


GreenJakeGreenJake

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Never jugde to quickly

At first i thought it was going to be one of those "long a boring songs" that have no imagination in them and they go on like that the whole time and OMG i couldnt have been even more wrong this is awesome and its catchy has hell and also has an awesome mix so withouth futher say KEEP IT UP! 10/10 5/5


Step responds:

Dude I know exactly what you mean about those long boring songs. I don't like them too - they're just roughly the same thing for 4, 5, 6 minutes or even more, and they don't have any creativity in them at all. It's why I always try and vary as much as I can in long songs like this.

Thanks for the review, I'm glad you think it's catchy and stuff :3.


XsakuXXsakuX

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Jazzy, smooth, and chill

I rather enjoyed this piece bro, and I'm sorry I took so long to finally getting around to getting this reviewed... here it goes

I really love the professional tone/ quality of all of the instruments you used here; one thing that really stuck out to me with this song was the melody at 0:23 as it is reallyyyyy similar to a melody of my own in my submission from back in the day titled "The Aftershock". It was really interesting to hear you use this melody in such a different way.

I really really liked hearing all of the different influences in this song; from the smooth jazz/ contemporary side of things to the orchestral/epic sounds on the opposite side of the musical spectrum.

Honestly Steph... I don't think I would change a thing about this song :]

Really great work bro!
~Dj Sonik

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Step responds:

Hey, thanks for reviewing!

"I rather enjoyed this piece bro, and I'm sorry I took so long to finally getting around to getting this reviewed... here it goes"

No worries about the late review, naturally. I really appreciate that you took the time to review :3.

"I really love the professional tone/ quality of all of the instruments you used here;"

That's all thanks to the good VST's and sample libraries I used. East/West was definitely a massive help!

"one thing that really stuck out to me with this song was the melody at 0:23 as it is reallyyyyy similar to a melody of my own in my submission from back in the day titled "The Aftershock". It was really interesting to hear you use this melody in such a different way."

Wow yeah I can hear the resemblance! Our songs are both pretty different in terms of atmosphere and mood though :P.

"I really really liked hearing all of the different influences in this song; from the smooth jazz/ contemporary side of things to the orchestral/epic sounds on the opposite side of the musical spectrum."

I'm very glad you liked that! I love using different instruments that usually aren't associated with each other (in this case, orchestral, pop, jazz and tribal influences) and seeing if I can make something good out of them.

"Honestly Steph... I don't think I would change a thing about this song :]

Really great work bro!"

Thanks, I owe you one! I'll see if I can find the time to review back. We're being given insane amounts of Maths homework so it might not be easy, but I've got mid-term holidays next week so maybe I'll find some time then.

Thanks again man, much appreciated!