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

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Genres:
Metal, Rock - Pop
Tags:
guitar
catchy
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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


SkyeWintSkyeWint

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars October 19, 2011

You enjoy making intense songs, don't you.

I have to say, this is impressive, much like the other two songs I've heard. I would love to get some of the instruments you have, and I'm actively trying to. :P

Both of the pictures about this song that were said could work, so I won't bother trying to decide between them. I personally think it's more of an intense area theme.

Now, time for me to be picky, since overall, this song is head-and-shoulders above almost all the other songs I've heard on here.

-The cymbal roll is used a bit too extensively for my taste. While yes, it sounds wonderful, the more you use it, the less effect it has. As it is, for me, it seems a bit more boring. The same applies to the other effects like the wind chimey thing (which I love, btw). Not sure if you were just intending this to be part of the atmosphere instead of a more "intense" kind of roll, but it does get a bit dull after a bit, as I had said.

-The little piano bit at 1:11, and the other one at 1:20-1:22 seems really muddy and indistinct, the notes blend together and are just a mass that *generally* goes in a downward direction.

-From 2:24 to the end seems a bit dull to me, there isn't much change other than adding things until the breakdown before going back into the main theme for about 20 seconds to the end. From about there on out, it seems like you kind of ran out of ideas. This isn't as big an issue as it sounds like though, this is just compared to the rest of the song. Perhaps you should have more of a solo in the middle part or have a quieter instrument playing the main theme in the background?

Overall though, those are really small things for me to pick on in the whole song.

Awesome job!

-Review Request Club-
-SWINT-


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Step responds:

Wow man, thanks a million for the constructive criticism!

"I have to say, this is impressive, much like the other two songs I've heard. I would love to get some of the instruments you have, and I'm actively trying to. :P"

Hey don't forget that a good amount of the instruments here are freeware. The drums are nearly all freeware, and if you want some great orchestral soundfonts then I can link you to some too!

But yeah, good luck getting the instruments lol.

"Both of the pictures about this song that were said could work, so I won't bother trying to decide between them. I personally think it's more of an intense area theme."

Intense? Well, that's a new point of view xD.

"Now, time for me to be picky, since overall, this song is head-and-shoulders above almost all the other songs I've heard on here."

Aw thanks!

"-The cymbal roll is used a bit too extensively for my taste. While yes, it sounds wonderful, the more you use it, the less effect it has. As it is, for me, it seems a bit more boring. The same applies to the other effects like the wind chimey thing (which I love, btw). Not sure if you were just intending this to be part of the atmosphere instead of a more "intense" kind of roll, but it does get a bit dull after a bit, as I had said."

Haha, so true. I'm a big sucker for cymbal rolls. I tried to vary the length of the fading in/fading out to make the roll a little less monotonous, but I totally agree that me using it so much reduces its effect.

"-The little piano bit at 1:11, and the other one at 1:20-1:22 seems really muddy and indistinct, the notes blend together and are just a mass that *generally* goes in a downward direction."

1:11 is actually a guitar. What is this, like, the second time you mistook one of the instruments in my songs for a piano? :P. But yeah, if you thought it was a piano then that definitely means it's too indistinct. I'll make those notes a bit easier to hear. However the notes at 1:20 are intentionally drowned out, because I wanted the brass to take dominance over the piano.

"-From 2:24 to the end seems a bit dull to me, there isn't much change other than adding things until the breakdown before going back into the main theme for about 20 seconds to the end. From about there on out, it seems like you kind of ran out of ideas. This isn't as big an issue as it sounds like though, this is just compared to the rest of the song."

Heh, I've got to disagree with you there. 2:24 is personally my favourite part :P. Although I certainly see how it can get dull and you're not the first to mention it. So that's something I should work on in my future songs.

"Perhaps you should have more of a solo in the middle part or have a quieter instrument playing the main theme in the background?"

There's a bass playing the main theme in the background at 3:34, but that's only for four bars so yeah, good suggestion.

"Overall though, those are really small things for me to pick on in the whole song.

Awesome job!"

Thanks for the helpful suggestions man, I owe you one!


BuoyBuoy

Rated 5 / 5 stars October 19, 2011

whoops

I wrote a whole response to your last PM, but according to my sentbox I never sent it. The only really important thing is that your tune is clipping. I'm giving you a 10 because I trust that you will fix that and upload a non-clipping version. If you don't, I'll take one star hostage in any reviews you're getting from me in the future

Anyway. I don't really have a whole lot more to add anymore. Good song. Song is good.


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Step responds:

Ouch, it is? Oops.

I'll see what I can do when I'm done from some NGADM stuff. Thanks for the 10, and fear not, SBB's future review scores, I will not let you guys be taken hostage :3.

Thanks for all your help, man.


DJ-ChilvanDJ-Chilvan

Rated 5 / 5 stars October 18, 2011

So original

Yo man, this shit is honestly one of the most original songs I've ever heard on NG. I'm not even a big fan of this type of music but I mean, you really made it a fucking SONG, not just a bunch of repetitive bullshit like the rest of us do. I envy that skill (which I'm working on to improve). The transition from 1:08-1:13 was fucking nuts and your use of dynamics was on point as usual. I know you've said that you're not looking into going commercial with your music, and I respect that, but at the same time the world needs creative geniuses like you. Keep it up bruh, I'm looking forward to more of your shit!
10/10 5/5 DL fav
- Isomatic


Step responds:

Hey man, thanks a lot for the review. I really appreciate all the reviews you've been doing on my songs!

"Yo man, this shit is honestly one of the most original songs I've ever heard on NG. I'm not even a big fan of this type of music but I mean, you really made it a fucking SONG, not just a bunch of repetitive bullshit like the rest of us do."

Wow, what can I say? Thanks a lot! Although a friend of mine tells me this is repetitive so I wouldn't call its variety that perfect :P.

"I envy that skill (which I'm working on to improve). The transition from 1:08-1:13 was fucking nuts and your use of dynamics was on point as usual."

Glad you like them! I owe it to SBB for the 1:08 transition, since if it wasn't for his suggestions then it wouldn't have that string buildup and the descending guitar glissando... thing.

"I know you've said that you're not looking into going commercial with your music, and I respect that, but at the same time the world needs creative geniuses like you. Keep it up bruh, I'm looking forward to more of your shit!"

Aw thank you :3.

Thanks again for the incredibly supportive review, I really owe you one. Reviews like these are one of the reasons why I still get inspiration to make new songs, so thanks a lot!


Blackhole12Blackhole12

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars October 18, 2011

Excellent

I swear one of the drums is clipping on a high frequency on my speakers, but then my speakers are crap anyway.

The song has an incredibly varied feel to it, yet succeeds in maintaining a distinct atmosphere through clever combinations of harmonic and rhythmic motifs. The production quality is incredible. It sounds like something out of a movie and far surpasses my own attempts at a similar atmosphere. I think there are places where the song could be refined, possibly with a few melodic embellishments and mixing tweaks, but its still absolutely incredible.

9/10
5/5


Step responds:

Wow, never thought I'd get a 9 from you, haha. Thanks a lot, and thanks for voting 5 too - it might just be the reason that this song got a Top 5, I owe you one.

"I swear one of the drums is clipping on a high frequency on my speakers, but then my speakers are crap anyway."

I was kinda lazy with the EQing this time, it's true :3.

"The song has an incredibly varied feel to it, yet succeeds in maintaining a distinct atmosphere through clever combinations of harmonic and rhythmic motifs."

It's something I worked particularly on. I'm pretty crappy at making long songs so I figured the only way to keep the song sounding like one song and not random, but at the same time satisfying my obsession of variety, was to grab some short drum rhythms and melodies, and repeat them in certain parts of the song. So I'm really glad you think it worked!

"The production quality is incredible. It sounds like something out of a movie and far surpasses my own attempts at a similar atmosphere."

That's thanks to East/West. And the Sonatina Symphonic Orchestra soundfonts that you shared, which are GREAT by the way.

"I think there are places where the song could be refined, possibly with a few melodic embellishments and mixing tweaks,"

Agreed on both cases. Listening to it again, I definitely think I could've added a few more melodic embellishments, especially in that part after the second chorus, and I didn't work as much on the mixing as I usually do... I get lazy sometimes :3.

"but its still absolutely incredible."

Thanks for the feedback!


BXXNBXXN

Rated 5 / 5 stars October 18, 2011

My 'New World'.

Although this is not my favorite music genre, I have to admit that you've done a great job here. This is the first time I get hooked to a song like this one.

The beginning is great; it starts quiet and softly, and the song builds up smoothly. That must be pretty hard to make, but knowing your other songs, I know you have skills at making music.
The bassline is very catchy, and I love the flute, especially when it does the "Bb - C - - Bb - C" notes. The piano fits perfectly well. I love pianos (I play the piano), and its notes are perfectly well placed.
This song has an unique ambience. It gives you such a great, relaxing feeling, as if you were dreaming endlessly; something that I've seldom experienced while listening to a song like this one.

A dream of a new world, something that starts being obscure, you don't know where you are, so you stand up and start your expedition. You're alone. There is almost no vegetation, just cactus and rocks. The wind is blowing strongly, the sand is flying and striking you, trying to stop you. But you don't listen to it. You just continue. You don't feel the force of the wind. You're being guided by your desire. The desire of finding the place where you're travelling to, despite of that you don't know where are you travelling to. You're just moving forwards. Because you know that, even if you have to travel for days, months, or years, if you keep the pace and don't give up, you'll get to the place where you've always wanted to be. Because, even in those moments where you say you would prefer to be dead, there is always hope. Because, instead of seeing the world's worst face, it's better to see its best face. Because that's the new world.

That's what I can imagine.

And I've been listening to this song for almost thirty minutes (while writing this review). Let's say that you've brought me to a new world for thirty minutes.

Thanks for notifying me of your new submission. You deserve the 10/10 and a 5/5 (x5.01) from me.

-------------------

And let's make a final question (destinated to anyone who wants to answer it).

┬┐What's your 'New World'?


Step responds:

Wow, thanks so much :D. I really appreciate the long review and writing the scene which this song made you imagine too!

This is the first time a song like this got you hooked? I'm impressed actually, songs like this get me hooked instantly. In any case I'm glad it interested you!

Intros are kinda hard, I agree. My biggest difficulty when making an intro is making the song start interestingly but still make sense along with the rest of the song. Intros aren't really my strong point.

I love pianos too. I've used a piano in loads of my submissions (and I play piano as well). I'm a sucker for its sound, diversity and the fact that it fits so well in so many genres.

The scene you wrote is awesome, I'm flattered that this song made you think all that!

Anyway, thanks for the large review. If I had the ability to add reviews to my favourites, I'd add this one!

Thanks again :3.