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Jul 29, 2012 | 7:55 PM EDT
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1.7 MB
1 min 16 sec
2.18 / 5.00

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The Last Ship - short version

This is the original version of my song The Last Ship. It features less instruments and more pronounced choirs.



Rated 5 / 5 stars

wow, it's like the music is telling a "short story". That was real pleasure for my ears! Keep up your great work.

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BrokenDeck responds:

Thanks! :D


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I love the classical/film stuff you got going on. This is really an excellent example. The reverb you're using is shit but a classier reverb (maybe like a good Lexicon Hall or something from the native series) would just put this over the top. Fantastic chord modulations. Gorgeous stuff (DO MORE).


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Great song! really, i'm sorry i don't have time to write a review about how amazingly fluent and beautiful and emotional it is, but i was wondering what program you used to create it. Logic? Cubase? :)

BrokenDeck responds:

I used Cubase as my DAW, and EWQL as my orchestral sounds. The choir used is EWQL Symphonic Choirs. There's a also a bit of Project SAM Symphobia as well.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Short, but wonderfully sweet. The production is excellent, the timbre of the strings and brass is marvellous. The others pretty much covered all the awesomeness of it.

Some things I reflected over:

I would've kind of liked a slightly more fluid melody - the note-against-note chorale style gets somewhat old with time.

Some light percussion, cymbals perhaps, would've been neat but it does stand on its own as it is.

The harmonic palette used is great, but when listening pointedly to the arrangement, I really found myself wanting more contrary motion (though 0:42-0:43 is great!) in certain places.

Disregarding all that crap, this is the best I've heard on NG in a long, long while.

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Yeah there's a reason why you're one of my favourite orchestral composers in this whole site. This just sounds so dynamic and melodically it's beautiful. Other than the short length (which is understandable considering this is the SHORT version) I'm finding it hard to actually criticise anything. Also why does your music always remind me of the Skyrim soundtrack?

The chords were wonderful. You're especially good at chords IMO. All your chords suit the melody so well but each one has a unique feel to it. The progression's all fantastic, despite your varied usage of chords. I can't stress how good your chords are, seriously.

Dynamically, this track really shines. Those little rises in intensity on certain chords made all the difference, even if they were subtle. The little pauses at parts like 0:21 and 0:36 are so quaint and you've managed to integrate them without sacrificing the progression of the track. I find that really hard to do. Then again a lot of my music is rhythm based with drums and whatnot so I can't really perform those little fluctuations in tempo and pauses as seamlessly as you're doing over here.

The instrumentation is out of this world. The strings have a lovely warm sound and the low brass (not sure if there is any low brass, could just be low strings) sounds great without sounding too menacing or rough. The choirs, despite being an almost unnoticeable addition, are fantastically soothing. What choirs library did you use? Sounds like VOXOS, although I could be wrong. Not very versed on choir libraries myself.

The mixing is great. I don't really have anything to complain about here. I'd imagine a track like this wouldn't be very hard to mix so you don't get many kudos but still, the mixing is great. Like I said, the strings sound very warm. Everything sounds warm and cinematic and whatnot. I can't really find anything to complain about mixing wise. Any more changes in the mixing will probably make it sound worse haha. It just sounds perfect.

My main complaint with this is something that I doubt you'll be able to change without changing the whole concept of the track. It's that it doesn't sound very memorable. Sure, you've got wonderful chords, a great progression, awesome instrumentation... but in the end this sounds more like something you'd hear as a background to a game or movie (probably movie) rather than something I'd listen to casually.

Other than chords, you don't really have a main melody, and I don't think I can hear any leitmotifs in there either. This needs something to make it memorable. A particularly defining aspect of it that makes it unforgettable. This is, of course, a stylistic complaint and I doubt it's something worth working on considering the amazing atmosphere and composition you've done already. It's probably more personal preference than anything. But yeah, I do feel that this isn't something that I can remember very easily. The typical instrumentation you'd hear in a film score doesn't help much either.

Looks like I'm not reaching the character limit this time! Overall, this is incredible. Like I said, I regard you as one of the top orchestral composers here on Newgrounds, and this track just screams professionalism and talent. Other than that one issue I have regarding it lacking a defining aspect that makes it memorable, this is seriously amazing. Keep it up dude.

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BrokenDeck responds:

TL;DR ;P Just kidding! Holy sh*t you really wrote an essay on this one! I really appreciate the feedback provided here.