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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


eatmeatleeteatmeatleet

Rated 5 / 5 stars October 17, 2011

great track

amazing work with keyboard man. Great track. One thing about your songs is that your drums for some reason do sound like from 70s pop songs.. with afros. I am not saying that there is anything wrong with it. Percussion is very good in this track and there is also that oldschool drum feel


Step responds:

Wow, thanks!

Also, songs can have afros now? That is so cool :D.

I'm glad you like the percussion, thanks a lot!


LuxomniLuxomni

Rated 5 / 5 stars October 17, 2011

Awesome song!

I really like this tune, mate. Everything sounded crystal clear, and the melodies are memorable. I particularly like the snare you used. Could you tell me where I can get good snare samples like that one? I would like to use it for my techno project I am working on right now.

My only critique for this song right now is that after the second chorus part, it felt like it dreaded on for a while. I wanted something else to happen, but nothing new came in.

Overall, I thought this was a pretty solid track. You rarely find pop songs like these nowadays. Keep up the good work, bro.

Could you please review me back on my first submission? I would appreciate the feedback. :)

~ Luxomni


Step responds:

Hey, thanks for the helpful review!

"I really like this tune, mate. Everything sounded crystal clear, and the melodies are memorable."

Good to hear! I'm quite proud of the melodies in this song, I think they're some of my best.

"I particularly like the snare you used. Could you tell me where I can get good snare samples like that one? I would like to use it for my techno project I am working on right now."

Of course. Here - http://www.darkbeats.com/sampleswap/ - is the source of a lot of my drum samples. They're all free, and while they're not exactly professional quality, there are so many drum samples in there that you're bound to find tonnes of hidden gems.

You're not the first to like the snare I used here (someone else said it sounds great when I used it in another song of mine, Town Theme). This one in particular is from the 5000_DRUMHITS.rar library (specifically in this filepath: SAMPLES - 5000 DRUMHITS > ACCOUSTI > AMBIENTS). If you want me to send you the snare sample on its own, just drop me a line!

"My only critique for this song right now is that after the second chorus part, it felt like it dreaded on for a while. I wanted something else to happen, but nothing new came in."

Haha I have a bit of a problem with that. Once I reach like the second chorus of a song or finish a long section of a song, I start feeling the urge to finish the track as quick as I can so I can submit it here :P. I often end up rushing the last sections of a song. Perhaps that's why you thought it got a bit boring towards the end. Although I do like the tribal-like part right after the second chorus, personally.

"Overall, I thought this was a pretty solid track. You rarely find pop songs like these nowadays. Keep up the good work, bro."

Thanks a million, I'll try!

"Could you please review me back on my first submission? I would appreciate the feedback. :)"

I'd love to. I'm really busy right now reviewing for a competition I'm hosting along with loads of Maths homework so I might take a long while to review I'm afraid, but I'll add it to my to-do list :3.

Thanks again!


BowserThedestructiveBowserThedestructive

Rated 5 / 5 stars October 17, 2011

Excellent !!!

FL Studio is showing off its orchestral capabilities more and more, I use Fl Studio also myself.
(backtoreviewCough...)
Anyhow I couldn't spot anything wrong after listening to the song 5 times in a row. Its just that good. If the perfect vocals could be inserted I wouldn't be less amazed if some good female vocals in a jazz style 70-80's could somehow blend into the song HA!
With over a 100 patterns you must have a Great System...^_^
Blah I'm rambling all over the place in this review anyhow GREAT JOB.


Step responds:

Thanks a million for reviewing!

"FL Studio is showing off its orchestral capabilities more and more, I use Fl Studio also myself.
(backtoreviewCough...)"

Oh yeah, I don't get why so many people think FL Studio can't make orchestral. I've been making orchestral for months with FL Studio. I admit it's not the best (Cubase and Sonar are probably better) but it's not as bad as people make it look like.

"Anyhow I couldn't spot anything wrong after listening to the song 5 times in a row. Its just that good."

Haha, thank you. I, on the other hand, can mention plenty of things that are wrong with it, but I don't have the musical capability to fix them :3.

"If the perfect vocals could be inserted I wouldn't be less amazed if some good female vocals in a jazz style 70-80's could somehow blend into the song HA!"

DAMMIT, what is this 70's vibe that everyone speaks of? I'm not hearing it, haha.

"With over a 100 patterns you must have a Great System...^_^"

Well, a large amount of patterns won't hog too much CPU I think. It's when loads of patterns (instruments) play together that the CPU hogging starts. But I have some pretty decent specs, yeah. Total opposite of my (now dead) old computer. That thing was a dinosaur.

"Blah I'm rambling all over the place in this review anyhow GREAT JOB"

Thanks again for the great review. I appreciate it a lot!


SyrenAraSyrenAra

Rated 5 / 5 stars October 17, 2011

Jesus

This song has such a mysterious and epic feel to it.
It's something I'll have to hear when I'm in a certain mood.
Add song to favorites?
.
Yes please.


Step responds:

Aw thanks!

Really glad you like it mate.