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Feb 8, 2012 | 9:08 AM EST
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11.7 MB
5 min 8 sec
4.30 / 5.00

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Rated 4.30 / 5 stars
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This is for the Orchestra Mac12 Jan/Feb -

So this is my first track of 2012! Yay! So I thought to myself since the year 2012 is so popular for being our last year, then why not make my first track all about that.

For this I was looking for a sort of disaster sound, which was one of the hardest things I stupidly decided to do. However, although the entire track was to represent megasized chaos I did want to dive into a sort of survival sound, because that's what it's all about, surviving the entity which causes the threat. What that threat is, I'll leave to your imagination. Because of the nature of genre, I wanted things to twist, turn, stun and clash, yet then be able to come together. It proved troublesome, but so much fun ( I can say that now that's done!" lol)

Theres a full orchestra running here with aggressive percussion to cause a bit more drama and some choirs here and there to emphasise scale of events which take place illustrating the impending doom. You may find that you need to turn up your volume, my mastering is a bit poor and I can't seem to get things loud without distorting the sound.

I've heard some excellent tracks in the OrchMac12 so far, with some stunning compositions from great artists, and as I've read more to come! If you haven't heard about the OrcMac then there's still time to enter! The final date is Feb 15th. All the best to all the involved artists!

Thanks for listening!
P.S. My computer hated me for this project.

So some people are messaging me via PM and reviews asking what are you hearing being here is a quick list. Keep in mind, EVERYTHING is layered, so anytime you hear something it's no doubt sharing the spot with something else, even if its like two trombones from different packages, etc. I feel like it widens the sound, even if it puts insane stress on RAM and CPU (which both were maxed). But that's just my opinion, ive heard some amazing things withour layering, and it might be the reason why i have mastering problems.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Wow. Just wow. I'll be surprised if this doesn't win the entire competition. I say that before checking out all of the competition, because I doubt much can trump this piece, it's well done from beginning to end, and I can't find any flaws with it. It just sounds so majestic, so professionally done, nothing like anything I'd expect from the AP.

It really fits the title. It certainly would fit in well with scenes of destruction, the desperate last minutes, the struggle to survive, and so on.

I'm listening to it for a second time now, just wanting to get the feel of it while writing this down. I especially notice that your entire range of samples are amazing, and the composition is simply amazing. The percussion really drives the track forward and provides a real good ground for the song. That, and they add to this grandiose feel I get from it, it really feels absolutely huge.

This one's going straight to my favorites.

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EvilRaccoon responds:

Thanks SoapBubble really glad you enjoyed it, i think there could be a better buildup in areas, so it's something I should consider. I think with the competition so full throttle this time, I actually think there are other tracks that are just far more intricate than mine, and so much more than what I did easily deserving higher places. However I really am really pleased that you enjoy my tracks. :)

Thanks again! :D


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

The production is amazing, and verges on the professional. The track just feels like it goes on and on, which is fine if there's five minutes on action happening on-screen, but for this kind of generic-y action music, succinct is usually better.

Unfortunately, the only real change in tone is the few seconds around 1:50, where it gets mellow. The rest of the track is just bang-bang-bang, cymbal crash, tom-tom-tom. A little more variation in tone would have made the track more enjoyable, in my opinion, especially for a piece that's over 5 minutes in length.

EvilRaccoon responds:

Thanks very much RampantM. You always help me out with your reviews and make me think in new directions. Im always trying to improve and your comments really help me consider what else I could do, really appreciate it.



Rated 5 / 5 stars

I am getting all these VSTs, no doubt in my mind, because this is just mind blowing. I can't wait to see what you'd do if you decided to put some metal in there like a guitar or drums. You could easily match against Two Steps to Hell.

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EvilRaccoon responds:

OOoo Guitar and a drumkit.... I like that idea! ;)

Thanks for the score and comments!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I rarely write reviews but this honestly blew me away because when I write orchestral pieces I try to make them sound as realistic as possible but listening this made me think I'm not doing a good enough job because this sounds absolutely brilliant. The composition is flawless and it builds so well. I applaud you good sir for creating a piece of orchestra gold.

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Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

I feel like you should have started it a little mellower, in order to make the more intense parts seem....well more intense. The second half, from maybe about 3:00 on felt a lot more "together" than the first half. I guess the main problem I have is that it felt too "busy". Maybe you could have had a section where most of the instruments drop out, and maybe go into a quick percussion solo.

But overall, a great track, and you got the "disaster" feel down pretty well. Good luck in the contest!

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