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May 11, 2012 | 2:32 PM EDT
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2.6 MB
1 min 8 sec
Score
4.41 / 5.00

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Rated 4.41 / 5 stars
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africa
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morocco
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Author Comments

This here is probably the last track I'll be doing for an obligatory school project that I'm in. I'm in a team of 10 and we're representing Morocco - you can find more info about the track in the Author's comments of this track:
http://goo.gl/1GJqm
This loop will probably be used in the background of a food stall we'll be setting up for the project and will loop throughout the duration of the whole thing.

I tried to give this a type of sound reminiscent of something played by a small band of musicians during a massive appetising feast. Therefore I tried to limit the amount of instruments playing at the same time but still giving it a busy feeling. I think I kinda succeeded but my little brother disagrees with me. Then again my little brother always disagrees with me.

This uses a zourna, dizi, santoor, gadulka, oud, djembe and eastern string section from East/West Ra, a flute, cello and double bass from East/West Symphonic Orchestra and then daikos, shakers, gongs and Vietnamese shakers from East/West Stormdrum.

Well yeah, that's about it. This is quite different from my usual style. It's purely background music so don't expect anything ground-breaking. This also took me around four hours so it is a little half-assed. Thanks to camoshark for the help! He's the one who suggested I use the Jewish scale in this track, and I delivered :3. I hope you enjoy it, thanks for the listen, reviews are very much appreciated and feel free to use this in a flash or something!

Reviews


pokeonimacpokeonimac

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

This is pretty good. It doesn't really have a good "small band" feel to it, but it still sounds good regardless. Has a very strong "Mid-East" feeling to it.


Step responds:

Hey, sorry for taking ages to respond! The staff haven't yet implemented the ability to know when you get a new review on a submission of yours.

Thanks a lot! Yeah you're not the first to say that it doesn't have a "small band" feel. I guess I did mess that up a little; I'm not very good at making stuff that's simple and likeable. If I want to make a decent-sounding song, I usually have to give it my all and make it super complex haha.

Thanks again!


BuoyBuoy

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

If you were going for the feel of a small band I think you failed a little bit, you can't just put an entire string section in there occasionally and keep that 'cozy small band feel'. And when the different instruments have completely different amounts of reverb, that takes away from the realism as well. Some of the percussion, the string section and oboe-like thing have a colossal reverb setting on them, while whatever it is that is introduced at 0:40 seems to have almost none at all, so in my head that instrument is playing right in front of me, pretty much up my face, while the rest of the band is playing in the distance.

Tune fucking rocks though.


Step responds:

"If you were going for the feel of a small band I think you failed a little bit, you can't just put an entire string section in there occasionally and keep that 'cozy small band feel'"

Haha I KNEW someone would point that out. I initially wanted to keep a small band feel but I honestly couldn't find any way to make the part towards the end sound interesting so I threw in like eight cellos in there. I'm obsessed with that big epic sound so much that I really can't make anything simple and likeable (like your Hammock song for example). I'll have to work on that sometime.

"And when the different instruments have completely different amounts of reverb, that takes away from the realism as well. Some of the percussion, the string section and oboe-like thing have a colossal reverb setting on them, while whatever it is that is introduced at 0:40 seems to have almost none at all, so in my head that instrument is playing right in front of me, pretty much up my face, while the rest of the band is playing in the distance."

My deaf ear impairs me from properly mixing so I'm not able to spot stuff like this myself :c. Still, you're probably right!

"Tune fucking rocks though."

Sweet :3.

Thanks a lot dude. Your reviews are fantastic.


neyus99neyus99

Rated 4 / 5 stars

This is good. Thank goodness for the loop button as well because I wanted to keep hearing it without stopping ha


Step responds:

Haha, made me smile :3. Thanks a bunch!


PoniiboiPoniiboi

Rated 5 / 5 stars

This is actually a really good representation of Morocco. I have relatives from there. They'd dance to this. You were right, not your little brother.


Step responds:

Yay :3. I'm glad I got that right then!

Thanks for reviewing mate.


SkyeWintSkyeWint

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

STEP. YOU HAVE MOAR MUSIC. I LIKE IT. I SHALL GIVE REVIEW.

'Da Good:
-Sweet tunes *usual*
-Sweet mixing *usual*
-Sweet instrumentation *usual*
-Sweet percussion *again, usual*
-I really liked the realism you tried to give it with the little slides and trills every once in awhile. Very nice.
-Loops perfectly. Sweeeet.
-OMG YOU KEPT THE WIND CHIMES AND CYMBAL ROLLS DOWN. HOLY CRAP.

'Da much-longer-not-as-good-improvement-s ection-that-I'm-going-to-get-very-nit picky-in-so-sorry:
-Ok, so you tried to make it realistic. Now I'm going to have to poke you for that. The stringy instrument from 0:39 to 0:49 seems to be somewhat unrealistic and harsh to my ears.
-I think the tunes were extremely similar throughout. This is particularly noticable from 0:29 to 0:39. I think that it could be improved by having a bit more of a solo on the long whole note - could work on the Zourna, but I think that part's fine. It's mainly the flute-ish instrument (which has a little whine that was a bit harsh, similar to the stringy instrument from 0:39 to 0:49) that could use some more solos other than the single one with the stringy instrument.
-I feel like there should be a little bit more variation in the background percussion, awesome as it is. It's mainly the same basic rhythm (though there are a lot of patterns, as I saw in the screenshot) throughout. A change to another type of rhythm would be nice, as well as keeping interest for longer. :D (not that it matters too much, it keeps interest pretty well anyway for a minute-long loop)
-The string slides, while awesome, feel a bit odd when they're going down at first. This doesn't really need to be changed, but I thought I should at least tell you that it's a bit jarring at first listen. ^_^`

Overall, you get a 4.5 star review, a 5 star vote, and my official stamp of awesome on this song, because honestly, all I had to criticize were little nitpicky things that don't really need improving - just a little tweaking.

...oh, also, for some reason I think that it would be really awesome if you added a guitar in. *blink*

-Swint-


Step responds:

"STEP. YOU HAVE MOAR MUSIC. I LIKE IT. I SHALL GIVE REVIEW."

You don't just radiate awesome. Awesome seeps out of every pore in your body. Man, I love your reviews, thanks so much!

"-Sweet tunes *usual*
-Sweet mixing *usual*
-Sweet instrumentation *usual*
-Sweet percussion *again, usual*"

Woo :3. Although I'm going to admit from now, I really didn't mix this much. This is just a loop that plays in the background so nobody will pay attention to the music much, therefore I did the mixing quite quickly and carelessly. To be honest, the whole loop is quite half-assed. Only took me four hours!

"-I really liked the realism you tried to give it with the little slides and trills every once in awhile. Very nice."

Haha great, and the awesome East/West sounds didn't fail to deliver either!

"-Loops perfectly. Sweeeet."

Awesome. That's a must since this'll be looping for an incredibly long amount of time so it's a good idea to make sure it flows smoothly when it loops.

"-OMG YOU KEPT THE WIND CHIMES AND CYMBAL ROLLS DOWN. HOLY CRAP."

YEAH. WHO AM I AND WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH STEP?

"-Ok, so you tried to make it realistic. Now I'm going to have to poke you for that. The stringy instrument from 0:39 to 0:49 seems to be somewhat unrealistic and harsh to my ears."

I thought you'd mention that. To be honest I didn't want the flute to play its second repetition on its own so I just kinda threw in a random instrument to help. It didn't really fit well in here (if you head over to my track 'Morocco' and go to 0:26, you'll find it fits a lot better here]. I think it's more of a problem of context rather than the actual sound itself. I might try and change it to a less harsh articulation in East/West.

"-I think the tunes were extremely similar throughout. This is particularly noticable from 0:29 to 0:39. I think that it could be improved by having a bit more of a solo on the long whole note - could work on the Zourna, but I think that part's fine. It's mainly the flute-ish instrument (which has a little whine that was a bit harsh, similar to the stringy instrument from 0:39 to 0:49) that could use some more solos other than the single one with the stringy instrument."

Like I said above, this is only background music so I really didn't focus much on intricacies. You're totally right though, but basically here I just wanted to establish a general sound rather than actually make a complex, changing melody. In fact, the leader originally thought I'd make this with just drums, so the fact that I added melodies on top is already a step above. I wish I could vary them all but a guy only has so much inspiration juice xD.

About the whiny sound of the flute, I see where you're getting at. Some EQing should do it.

"-I feel like there should be a little bit more variation in the background percussion, awesome as it is. It's mainly the same basic rhythm (though there are a lot of patterns, as I saw in the screenshot) throughout. A change to another type of rhythm would be nice, as well as keeping interest for longer. :D (not that it matters too much, it keeps interest pretty well anyway for a minute-long loop)"

Uh huh, I focused more on adding subtle fills here and there than actually changing the sound of the drums or the basic rhythms. I dunno, I might try varying them a little more but I wanted to this to have a certain consistency in the drums so that they can flow better, if you get what I mean. Changing the rhythm in the drums is pretty easy in a full-blown song, but it's harder in loops I find.

"-The string slides, while awesome, feel a bit odd when they're going down at first. This doesn't really need to be changed, but I thought I should at least tell you that it's a bit jarring at first listen. ^_^`"

Haha yep, they are a little jarring, it's true! I just hope it doesn't stand out too much in the stall.

Regarding the guitar, there is an oud which is similar to a guitar, but yeah an actual guitar might fit. Moroccan music is inspired by Spanish music after all!

Anyway, thanks a lot for the awesome review and, of course, the stamp!