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Date
02/08/2012
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Song
3.7 MB
4 min 1 sec
Score
4.32 / 5.00

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Genres:
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Tags:
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orchestral
mac
orchestra

Author Comments

EDIT (19/5/12) - Tomppaah was awesome enough to master this so I've uploaded his mastered version. Please go check out his music - a lot of his tracks are in a similar style to this and he has some really amazing stuff.

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Wow, this took me ages. I started it on the 15th of January and now, on the 8th of February, I can finally call it done! Be prepared for a long-ass description

Right then, this here is my fourth ever full orchestral song, for the Orchestral MAC BrokenDeck is organising. I think it's my best too - Land of Kings isn't even comparable to this, and I don't think Journey to the Afterlife and Legend are better either. I tried focusing on three main things - composition, realism and instrumentation.

This song probably has some of the best composition I've ever done. It explores six different keys and two time signatures, and I've also worked very hard on the harmony and transitions. It has loads of mood changes too, since I wanted the song to tell a story. Basically *my* idea was of a person who constantly kept getting into danger and worked desperately to find a sanctuary, which he does find at the end. I'd write a scene but I guess the story should be left to the interpretation of the listener.

As for realism, I know it's not such a high factor the MAC judges take into consideration but I still worked a lot on it. I gave woodwinds occasional pauses, as if the players are stopping for breath, pretty much every note has a different velocity and doesn't start exactly at the right time (for humanising purposes), I tried loads of new orchestral effects such as flute trills and grace notes, and I played the harp intro and piano solo myself on my synth. The first part of the harp intro is actually improvised. The massive amount of volume and tempo automations helped too... And so did the realistic East/West samples :P.

And lastly I worked on arrangement and instrumentation. I've got 49 East/West instruments loaded (it was a KILLER for my CPU) and I tried to touch every part of the standard orchestra (Woodwind, Brass, Strings, Percussion and Choir). I even added things like guitars and pianos which aren't part of the standard orchestra.

So, as for the instruments, I used violins, violas, cellos, double basses, trombones, French horns, trumpets, flutes, oboes, a subtle choir, bass drums, taikos, shakers, tambourines, gongs, cymbals, snares, timpanis, bongos (djembe), a guitar, a mandolin, a harp, a piano, and some subtle drone effects to add to the atmosphere. Everything's from East/West - snare/timpani and the standard orchestra instruments are from Symphonic Orchestra, all other percussion's from Stormdrum and the guitar and mandolin are from Ra.

Also, as for the credits, I've got too many to name since so many people gave me feedback on this one which I improved on, although camoshark certainly deserves a mention for helping me IMMENSELY with many chords in the song (like those brass chords after the harp intro - those took like an hour, haha) and giving me all the feedback a guy could ask for.

Echo deserves a mention too for also giving me tonnes of feedback! And lastly thanks to samulis for giving me ideas for the 3/4 to 4/4 change. I didn't use the ideas though even though I planned to. I just decided to go for a more generic transition since the project file was lagging like crazy.

So, after 49 instruments, 45 automation clips, 200 patterns, 93 bars and nearly a month of work, here's Sanctuary. Fun fact: there used to be 199 patterns but due to OCD I wanted 200 so I added a timpani roll at the very end :3.

Wish me luck in the competition. I probably won't win because there are some geniuses like PeterSatera, Bosa, Echo, Computer112, blackattackbitch, samulis, etc... taking part, but I'm aiming to get in the Top 8 at least! Enjoy, and feedback is very much appreciated.

Reviews


DemonMooseDemonMoose

Rated 5 / 5 stars October 19, 2013

Some really beautiful, high-quality stuff. I rated 5 on the other scale so there is no way I could have rated it anything else here. There isn't enough of this type of stirring music on Newgrounds - most attempts at it fall flat because they're slow and boring in attempt to sound "moving." This foregoes unnecessary subtleties and directs our emotions into a natural flow with perfectly timed spikes in the intensity and subsequent gentle falls. Really wonderful.


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Step responds:

Wow, thanks a million. This review means a lot! Happy you liked it.


elizamoonlightelizamoonlight

Rated 5 / 5 stars July 2, 2013

gives me goosebumps...in a good way ;D


Step responds:

That's what I like to hear :3.

Thank you!


PascalPalominoPascalPalomino

Rated 5 / 5 stars May 13, 2013

I love the music. I also appreciate reading your composition process for the piece. Well done!


Step responds:

Haha, it's quite long-winded so I'm surprised you took the time to read it all :P.

Thanks for yet another review!


chrisyrulzchrisyrulz

Rated 5 / 5 stars March 31, 2013

Is it safe to assume that some of your inspiration for this piece was from the animated short "The Snowman"? 0:58-1:08 especially. Keep up the great work!


Step responds:

Nope, I've never watched that before actually.

Thanks for reviewing :3.


PhantomwolfXPhantomwolfX

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars March 1, 2013

this is rather organized, and the large assortment of instrument sounds used makes it close to a masterpiece.

however i am going to be biased, for it is not fast paced enough for my ears.

nice piano slow down finish!

keep up the hard work!


Step responds:

Thanks for another review! Yeah I'm afraid Polargeist is one of my few quick songs, because most of them, like this one, are MUCH slower.