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...