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Hello there, this here is my entry to NG's RAC 7.

DAW: FL Studio 10.
Instruments (VSTs/samples) used: Flute and violins (Sytrus), piano (FL Keys), acoustic guitar (Plucked String 4), gamelans (bonang barung, kempul, peking, saron).

Samples of the gamelans can be found here: http://www.marsudiraras.o rg/gamelan/

I'm representing my own country, which is Malaysia. When I made this piece, I didn't have anything planned for it (as in, I didn't expect it to evoke anything), like I do with most of my work. Listening back to it, it kinda reminds me of taking a stroll in the woods/a village of some sort. IT SOUNDS RELAXING OKAY I DON'T KNOW HOW TO DESCRIBE IT

I rarely listen to my country's traditional (and modern) music, mainly because I'm a city boy (trololol), traditional musicians are nowhere to be found (besides at government-funded cultural events), and the modern stuff is full of the same faces from 30 years ago .

From what I've gathered in my research in making a piece in the traditional sense that I hardly knew, Malayan folk music originates from the Kelantan-Pattani region, which draws influence from India, China and Indonesia. Most of the music is based around percussion instruments, mainly the gendang (a type of drum), gamelan, seruling (flute), and in some parts, strings such as violins and acoustic guitars are used. Back then, this music is used for story-telling (shadow puppets, theater, and such), celebrating life-cycle events such as births, marriages and the like, and for the natives, during times like harvest. At some point, it was even used as a form of long-distance communication.

The people from Kelantan and Terengganu use this music differently from the West Coast of Malaya, which is for the martial art of silat Melayu. It is a mix of martial arts, dance and music accompanied by gongs, drums and Indian oboes.

The natives of the Malay Peninsula, on the other hand, played in small ensembles called kertok, which performed swift and rhythmic music using xylophones, which may have led to the development of dikir barat. In recent years, the Malaysian government has promoted this Kelantanese music form as a national cultural icon.

Source of the block of text? Wikipedia. *giggle*



Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

should have added some variations.. Its missing the punch...

Yoshiii343 responds:

I think the term you're looking for is "repetitive". Punch would be a better term if it's an energetic piece, like to accompany a silat demonstration or an epic story. It's (supposed to be) a slow piece, and putting in large-sounding tribal/native drums would be out of place.

Also, I'm not exactly good at making traditional music. Which kinda puts a nail in the coffin.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Review time. Having been raised there for 19 years and having been force-fed traditional forms, here's what I have to say on the matter--

The general soft feeling sounds like it can either accompany a really slow dance section, a wayang kulit scene or a commercial.

Admittedly though:

1) The repeating gamelan motif repeats too quickly, and doesn't sound like the actual gamelan ensemble... If you're doing something in D (which this sounds like), then you'd have a five-note scale of F-G-A-C-D. And full songs have been done with these five notes, just by making full melodic patterns like we do.

2) The music could've gained a bit more of a climax. It sounds okay as an ambient piece I guess, with some kinks that need to be knocked out, but imagine adding one single, deep, traditional drum to punctuate a particular section. You could end soft like you did (I like that the piece has an ending ^_^), but a little bit of tension-building and tension release would do some good for the piece.

I guess I've addressed the things that need addressing. If you do remake this piece out of your own leisure, please, do be sure to knock out the kinks. All the best with the RAC! x

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Yoshiii343 responds:


1) I know next to nothing about traditional music (I don't consider ones with a "modern twist" as traditional), which is why it doesn't sound like an actual gamelan ensemble. And I found out that most Malay music are made in the pentatonic scale quite late, and remaking the whole song is just too much for me to take then. :/

2) Making build-ups/climaxes was never really my thing (don't know why, they just don't sound right to my ears).

Remaking this would be unlikely because I really don't know where to go from here. :C
Also, thank you very much for your constructive criticism.


Rated 3 / 5 stars

I like the feeling the song has, i just think you should had built a little more around it, it is mostly the thing over and over. A few more hours developing the song can give it some strength and you still have some days to do it buddy.
Good luck with RAC7!

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Yoshiii343 responds:

I'd love to add more structure to it, but I really don't know what else can I do to improve it. And I really hate working at the eleventh hour, so I'll rework it later, when I have some ideas on the table.

Thank you. Good luck to you too.