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Apr 28, 2012 | 9:19 AM EDT
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1 min 4 sec
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4.44 / 5.00

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Electronic - Dance
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ritual
morocco

Author Comments

This here is my first ever attempt at proper dance music, unless you count my track 'Dancing Flame' as dance music. It's Moroccan-themed but with a way more modernised take on it. Other than that, it's also for an obligatory school activity I'm part of. You can learn about the details of this project in the other Moroccan track I made which is more cinematic than this:
http://goo.gl/1GJqm
Basically this'll be used in a dance if all goes according to plan.

Now, firstly... I got the name from a North African/Middle-Eastern belief. The North Africans and people from Mid-Eastern countries (including Moroccans) used to believe that there existed a race born from smokeless fire pre-dating humans by two-thousand-odd years called the jnun (plural of jinn [male] or jinniya [female]). They were spirit beings by nature and they varied in personality - some were evil and wanted to bring disease and disaster while others were benevolent and brought good luck and happiness.

I think the concept is pretty badass so I decided to incorporate the name into this song title. I tried to go for a fairly varied structure but at the same time adding generic dance influences like the dance buildup and the UNCE UNCE UNCE UNCE :3. Also, first attempt at using the phrygian scale and I like the result! I never even knew there were modes other than the standard major and minor until camoshark told me about them. When I learn about them I felt like I discovered America.

Starting with percussion, this uses a few layered kicks/claps/snares from Vengeance Essential House Vol. 2, hats/cymbals from EZdrummer, Vietnamese shakers and Qahandar Dumbek from East/West Ra, some miscellaneous shakers and woodblocks from East/West Symphonic Orchestra and hard-hitting percussion and gongs/cymbals from Stormdrum. Then, it has an oud, gadulka, mid-eastern string section, santoor, duduk, didgeridoo and zourna from East/West Ra, and a double bass, trumpet, violin and string staccato sample from East/West Symphonic Orchestra. Lastly, I threw in a totally random sine bass I made in Sytrus.

I hope you enjoy this! Thanks a lot to Zero Flare, Darrenkerwin, camoshark and Echo for giving me as much feedback as a guy could ask for. Thanks for listening, and reviews are very much appreciated!

Reviews


Birdinator99Birdinator99

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Okay, seriously, the length of the song shouldn't really be an aspect to find negative or positive. If it's structured well, which in this case, it IS, then how long it lasts doesn't matter. If you like it, then just put it on loop!

Anyway, hey look, more cool stuff from SuperSte-- uh, I mean, Step. Man, I am so inclined to call you SuperSTEP now. Is that a problem?

The varying rhythms in the first 10 seconds are cool. The clarinet (I think) at 0:13 sounds so calm and pleasant -- really nice. The wavering didgeridoo at 0:07 and again at 0:16 is a great choice.

Transition at 0:27 is so natural, and the beat that follows is so groovy. Lots of good auxiliary percussion here.

0:40 -- the extra kick or two you put here varies up the rhythm just enough to keep me going. Smart move.

At 0:44, there is an absolute fraction of a second that is pure silence, and it kind of bugs me. You should keep some more reverb in there to fill up just a little bit.

This track builds, peaks, and falls all in the right places. It helps the looping to be less obvious, and this allows me to listen to it for longer without getting bored (as in for about 25 minutes while I type this). You've got some pretty addicting music here, sir.

Nice job as usual. I guess I'll see you around...

...SUPERSTEPH54.

*runs away quickly*


Step responds:

Oh thanks for reviewing dude! Nice to do some original music now and again after a lot of Metroid remixing :3.

"Okay, seriously, the length of the song shouldn't really be an aspect to find negative or positive. If it's structured well, which in this case, it IS, then how long it lasts doesn't matter. If you like it, then just put it on loop!"

Well, length can be a factor. If the song feels short and has potential to be longer, then it IS a kinda negative factor. Problem here is that I couldn't really make it any longer since this is just intended for a short dance.

"Anyway, hey look, more cool stuff from SuperSte-- uh, I mean, Step. Man, I am so inclined to call you SuperSTEP now. Is that a problem?"

Don't even think about it!

"The varying rhythms in the first 10 seconds are cool."

Awesome. Like I said to SkyeWintrest I tried to make those rhythms pretty jumbled up.

"The clarinet (I think) at 0:13 sounds so calm and pleasant -- really nice."

That's a duduk! I really love its sound. I remember hearing it in Avatar: The Legend of Aang's soundtrack without knowing what it was called and when I bought East/West Ra I was desperately hoping that it would have the same sound that was used in Avatar. After a bit of searching, I was elated to find three amazing duduk instruments.

"The wavering didgeridoo at 0:07 and again at 0:16 is a great choice."

My mum says she thinks it sounds too aboriginal with that didgeridoo in there but I just think it fits so well...

"Transition at 0:27 is so natural, and the beat that follows is so groovy. Lots of good auxiliary percussion here."

Heh awesome! In all, in that part there are big hits/cymbal and gongs, bongos, shakers, cymbals and the kick/snare combo playing as percussion, with the odd woodblock here and there.

"0:40 -- the extra kick or two you put here varies up the rhythm just enough to keep me going. Smart move."

I like adding a few subtle variations in my percussion. I'm glad you noticed!

"At 0:44, there is an absolute fraction of a second that is pure silence, and it kind of bugs me. You should keep some more reverb in there to fill up just a little bit."

Aw man that silence was intentional. I actually went and automated the master volume to go down in that part so that the reverberation would be cancelled. I know it sounds pretty abrupt but I personally like that effect so I don't think I'll be changing it :P.

"This track builds, peaks, and falls all in the right places. It helps the looping to be less obvious, and this allows me to listen to it for longer without getting bored (as in for about 25 minutes while I type this). You've got some pretty addicting music here, sir."

That's great to hear. This track is totally out of my style so knowing that it's addictive is a good relief.

"Nice job as usual. I guess I'll see you around...
...SUPERSTEPH54.
*runs away quickly*"

Don't you mean "flies away quickly"...
...BIRDINATOR99


DroplifterDroplifter

Rated 5 / 5 stars

You have a literally incredible talent for this type of music. Things I don't like: It's too short. That's it.

You should carry on exploring. The command you have over composition is unreal, and considering you're still in school (from what I gather) that's really well done.

Really looking forward to what you do next.


Step responds:

Wow man, thanks for all the big compliments! Yeah I'm 16 so I'm still in school but I started music at an early age (nearly 13) so I do have a few years of experience.

And as I said to SkyeWintrest below me, I can't make it longer since this is for a school project and the leader of the team I'm in requested for it to be around this duration. Still, I have plenty of other longer songs like Sanctuary or the other Morocco track I have submitted if you're interested, although they're all in different styles from this one.

Still, thanks a lot for the support. I really appreciate it. You've got some awesome music submitted too!


SkyeWintSkyeWint

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Feedback? Sure thing, why not?

I only have a short amount of time, because I should totally be practicing my driving, but I'll give a short review in that time.

DA GOODZ:
-Great sounds and mixing as usual.
-Good tune once it gets into the song.
-I love how it's more ethnic-sounding while still being dance-like.

DA NOT-QUITE-AS-GOODZ-AND-COULD-BE-IMPRO VED-STUFFZ:
-The first 10 seconds seems a bit random, after that it picks up and sounds really cool.
-Could use a bit more variation in the tune, though this is just a minute long, so it's not too bad.
-Speaking of it being only a minute long, it needs to be longeeeer.
-And of course, there is the classic overuse of cymbal rolls that you always do. I detect one at 0:10, one at 0:30, and one at 0:50 (well, approximately those times). Interesting that you'd space them out at about 20 seconds apart. :>

Now, this is really good so far, and the main thing is - EXTEND THIS PLEASE. You'd have to put in some variation with the tune, but judging from your previous works, that shouldn't be a problem.

Also, trying out new scales, eh? Fun fun. :) Hope you enjoy it - I highly suggest using jazz scales, they can produce some really interesting results, especially when it's classical orchestral jazz. :D 7th and 9th chords are pretty!

8 stars because it needs to be extended. Desperately. Oh, and the little weird intro bit. But that's not as important.

Keep up the good work!

-Swint-


Step responds:

Whoa man, I haven't seen you in ages! Thanks a lot for reviewing, your reviews are AWESOME.

"Feedback? Sure thing, why not?

I only have a short amount of time, because I should totally be practicing my driving, but I'll give a short review in that time."

You rock :3.

"-Great sounds and mixing as usual."

That's great! People have often told me my mixing is good and I honestly don't know why. I know VERY little about mixing and when it comes to EQing I just go with whatever sounds good. I guess I'm just lucky! As for the sounds, East/West of course :P.

"-Good tune once it gets into the song."

Good to hear. I had had that tune in my head for nearly a week.

"-I love how it's more ethnic-sounding while still being dance-like."

Really relieved that you said that because that was precisely the one thing that I was worried about when I set off to making this track. I've got to thank East/West Ra's wide variety of ethnic instruments and the awesome phrygian scale for making me achieve that ethnic sound.

"-The first 10 seconds seems a bit random, after that it picks up and sounds really cool."

Ah, that was intentional. I wanted to achieve a similar effect to the intro of this song.
http://goo.gl/iRpyY

The song had originally began at 0:10, but the team leader of the school project I made this for asked me to add around 10 seconds before the track starts which are softer and slower than the rest of the track and will play while the dancers are getting on stage. I thought that I should try and achieve an effect where the intro is a sort of jumble of instruments and then the track gradually starts making more sense, if you get what I mean... you probably don't, haha.

"-Could use a bit more variation in the tune, though this is just a minute long, so it's not too bad."

I agree with you on that. My simple answer to that is... I was lazy :3. I didn't really have any bright ideas on different melodies to use in this track (I wanted to add a new melody after 0:45 and then re-introduce the main melody for the ending, in fact). So instead of doing that, I did something else.

I'm sure you noticed that despite having roughly the same melody throughout, there's a lot more variation in background elements. Alternating melodies supporting the main melody and drums are much more varied than the actual lead melodies themselves, so I think that sorta kinda maybe makes up for the same melody used for a whole minute.

"-Speaking of it being only a minute long, it needs to be longeeeer."

True dat! Still, the team leader asked for around three-quarters of a minute for song duration, so I'm already pushing it a little. This is for a dance that will be used to support a play that we'll be making for the project, so even though I want to make it longer, that'll be stretching the dance out for too long I think.

"-And of course, there is the classic overuse of cymbal rolls that you always do."

ARGH you noticed!

Dammit man, I swear I'm trying to use them less. I really am trying xD.

"Now, this is really good so far, and the main thing is - EXTEND THIS PLEASE. You'd have to put in some variation with the tune, but judging from your previous works, that shouldn't be a problem."

I might revisit this sometime but it'll be in the distant future. I still have three more Moroccan tracks to make before mid-May, so it's going to be tough!

"Also, trying out new scales, eh? Fun fun. :) Hope you enjoy it - I highly suggest using jazz scales, they can produce some really interesting results, especially when it's classical orchestral jazz. :D 7th and 9th chords are pretty!"

Oh man I LOVE 7th chords. I swear sometime I'm going to make a chill-out ambient/experimental track with heavy use of piano and fill it with awesome 7th chords.

As for jazz scales, I'll have to ask camoshark about those. He knows jazz more than the back of his hand.

"8 stars because it needs to be extended. Desperately. Oh, and the little weird intro bit. But that's not as important.

Keep up the good work!"

Thanks a lot for the review dude. I really love your reviews.