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Feb 11, 2012 | 6:49 AM EST
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9.4 MB
4 min 7 sec
Score
4.37 / 5.00

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Rated 4.37 / 5 stars
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Genres:
Easy Listening - Classical
Tags:
dragon
orchestral
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Name: Eye of the Dragon || Composer: Echo || Status: SONG
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Patterns: 267
Automations: 128
Length: 4:07
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Plugins Used:
---- East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra Platinum Plus Edition
---- East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Choirs
---- East West Quantum Leap Wordbuilder
---- East West Quantum Leap Stormdrum
---- East West Quantum Leap Stormdrum 2
---- East West Quantum Leap Ministry of Rock
---- East West Quantum Leap Ra
---- East West Quantum Leap Silk
---- East West Quantum Leap Pianos Gold
---- East West Quantum Leap Voices of Passion
---- Parametric EQ 2
---- Some Reeverb Plugins
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Comments:
---- So here I am again after a long absence from Newgrounds. I've decided to return with a bang and as a result, I'm uploading a song which I believe is honestly one of my best tracks, and also the one which I worked hardest and longest on.

This track will serve 2 purposes, It will first and foremost serve as my submission to the Orchestral MAC 2012, hosted by BrokenDeck. It's a pretty large competition with some of the greatest names on Newgrounds regards Orchestral music (such as PeterSatera, Bosa, Supersteph54, samulis, etc), so I doubt I'll make it that far, but I can honestly say I gave it my all.

The song's second purpose will be as the Title track of my new album (Eye of the Dragon) which I will be uploading on my Bandcamp Account (erikscerri.bandcamp.com)
. I am uploading this Title track on Newgrounds as a preview of this album, which will be available soon.

Regards the song's production, this track is a result of 41 hours, 38 minutes of work. It is also my longest track to date, and definitely my most detailed. I spent a lot of time humanizing, desyncing, harmonizing and EQing to attain as much perfection as I could. I know quality isn't such a high factor in this MAC, but I still tried to give as much realism as I could.

Regards instruments and orchestration, I used: violins, violas, cellos, double basses, flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, french horns, trumpets, trombones, tubas, harp, piano, alto singers, bass singers, tenor singers, 2 solo singers, a range of percussions (cymbals, timpanis, godzilla hits, djembe, etc), koto, accoustic guitar, xiao, dizi, electric bass, clean electric guitar, glockenspiel and probably some others which I'm forgetting.

As for credits, I can't list all the people who helped me with this here, because I'd never finish, but I'd primarily like to thank Supersteph54 for giving me a shit-tonne of criticism and tips and Logical-Defiance for his help.

So that's it I guess. 267 Patterns, 128 Automations, 67 Play Instances, 164 Bars and 41 hours of work spread over 2 months. I sure hope you enjoy listening to this as much as I enjoyed making it. Feedback is very much appreciated!

Enjoy!!!

Echo

Reviews


varrin7varrin7

Rated 4 / 5 stars

First of all, REALLY impressed by this. The overall quality is great, and the melody you used is very memorable. I love the percussion writing too, those ethnic drums really add to the thrill of the piece.

There are a couple things that I would suggest:

2:00 The percussion are here like I said is great, but to me it's too far in the foreground. It's hard for me to pay attention to the melodic parts because the small, ethnic rhythm is so "close" to the "mics". Maybe take the close mics back a bit (if you have them on) and turn up the surrounds.

2:40 It feels like you're about to go into this grand melodic line with the strings, but you don't. The cymbal kind of creates this feel of something being revealed, to which the strings would be the grand beauty of it, if you get what I'm saying. But you put the strings (violins) back and opt for the guitar again. Personally I'd bring the strings out here, and have them be very lush and "sweeping" to aid the "grandiose" feel of the piece.

~2:50 is where I'd like to hear more of the choir. With the ethnic drums, you have a very "African" vibe to the piece, and I think the choral aspect of African music would compliment this nicely. The choir doesn't have to be by itself, but I feel like if it was brought more into the foreground, it would aid in this "flying over the jungle" feel you have created.

Obviously those are just my opinions, so you are of course welcome to disagree. Just friendly suggestions ;)

I'm curious, what sample did you use for the "flute" sound at from ~2:15 to ~2:30?


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Echo responds:

"First of all, REALLY impressed by this. The overall quality is great, and the melody you used is very memorable. I love the percussion writing too, those ethnic drums really add to the thrill of the piece."

Thank you for the compliments. Coming from a great composer like yourself, they really mean a lot :)

"2:00 The percussion are here like I said is great, but to me it's too far in the foreground. It's hard for me to pay attention to the melodic parts because the small, ethnic rhythm is so "close" to the "mics". Maybe take the close mics back a bit (if you have them on) and turn up the surrounds."

Yes that particular set of drums has been a problem from the start and I've spent a lot of time tweaking them to get them to sound right. I'll try your suggestion and see what happens.

"2:40 It feels like you're about to go into this grand melodic line with the strings, but you don't. The cymbal kind of creates this feel of something being revealed, to which the strings would be the grand beauty of it, if you get what I'm saying. But you put the strings (violins) back and opt for the guitar again. Personally I'd bring the strings out here, and have them be very lush and "sweeping" to aid the "grandiose" feel of the piece."

Again I wasn't too sure what I should go for here. I wanted the re entrance of the melody to be familiar and yet new at the same time so I opted for a layering of the guitar and the strings. Its possible I may have misjudged the importance I could've given to the strings. I'll try and tweak that around.

"2:50 is where I'd like to hear more of the choir. With the ethnic drums, you have a very "African" vibe to the piece, and I think the choral aspect of African music would compliment this nicely. The choir doesn't have to be by itself, but I feel like if it was brought more into the foreground, it would aid in this "flying over the jungle" feel you have created."

I didn't want to bring the choirs too much into the foreground because strictly speaking they aren't part of the orchestra so I shouldn't give them too much importance to fit into the MAC rules. I'll try and tweak their depth level around a bit see what I get.

"Obviously those are just my opinions, so you are of course welcome to disagree. Just friendly suggestions ;)"

It's these types of suggestions that I enjoy getting, because they help me improve my style and give me the knowledge of composers more experienced than I am :)

"I'm curious, what sample did you use for the "flute" sound at from ~2:15 to ~2:30?"

Its the QLEG patch for the 3 Flutes in the Platinum Plus Library, layered with the STAC RR patch (also 3 Flutes) and a XIAO Live patch (from Silk) for the trills. Lots of layering and confusion but it sounds nice i guess :P

All in all, thanks a heap for the review. I appreciate the criticism :)

Thanks,

Erik Scerri
- Echo Productions


searcher1searcher1

Rated 5 / 5 stars

It's a nice song, with the feeling of discovery to it, then it transitions into an epic old-time quest background theme, and finally back to "discovery"

5/5 :)


Echo responds:

Thanks for the review and the vote :D

Erik Scerri
- Echo Productions


decoyultimatumdecoyultimatum

Rated 5 / 5 stars

this is just beautiful
you are very creative
i expect to hear this quality of music in movies
if you have ever heard of hans zimmer this is a lot like his style and insainly beautiful


Echo responds:

Thank you very much! :D

Erik Scerri
- Echo Productions


RebelLouizRebelLouiz

Rated 5 / 5 stars

HOLYFUCK!

This shit is awesome!


Echo responds:

Haha tks ;)

Erik Scerri
- Echo Productions


CalamaistrCalamaistr

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Thinking about movies like ressurection of the dragon and red cliff when i listened to this, that should tell you enough.

-cal.


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Echo responds:

Haha tks I guess :)

Erik Scerri
- Echo Productions