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Date
09/23/2012
File Info
Song
8.8 MB
3 min 52 sec
Score
4.47 / 5.00

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Score:
Rated 4.47 / 5 stars
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Genres:
Other - World
Tags:
happy
native
tribal
ethnic

Author Comments

EDIT: Changed some stuff. I added two more instruments - a kalimba from Ra and a Chinese noisemaker from Stormdrum 2. I also fixed lots of things that the reviewers pointed out, such as the unrealistic strings at around 1:20, the lack of humanisation in one of the pan flute runs, the lack of new stuff in the second climax and the lack of extra percussion around 1:20 - 1:22. In addition to that you'll be hearing a lot more subtle details, including nature FX if you listen to it as hard as you can without hurting yourself. Thanks to everyone who posted criticism on this, it really helped! Oh and clear your cache if you've heard the older version of this so that you'll be able to hear the new one. These additions have increased the total time spent to 35 hours 35 minutes, and the total patterns to 372!

Phew. This is another really big piece of work! Made for a school project that required me to make a piece of music. Since it's not a personal project I worked very very hard on it to make sure it's the best quality I can possibly make it to be. Let me point out before I get to the details that this is not the final version! I'm stressing the importance of peer review in this project and therefore I'll take any criticism and improve the song based on suggestions.

So, basically with this track I wanted to reflect an ecosystem. The key feature of an ecosystem is harmony; a functioning habitat where different organisms and objects compliment each other and allow for progression and survival. That's pretty much what I tried to showcase. Everything is very harmonious and I tried to make all the instruments compliment each other. Furthermore, you'll hear lots of little melodic motifs integrated with each other and combined together, to really highlight the unity of an ecosystem. However, an ecosystem is also diverse, so you're going to hear plenty of different musical styles playing here.

I tried to go for an organic sound with probably the most woodwind usage you'll ever hear in any of my songs. It's very percussion-oriented with congas and bongos and all sorts of tribal percussion. I even added some mallets, but there's a heavy orchestral influence too, because orchestral is pretty much the only thing I'm good at haha.

Here's a list of all the VSTs I used and which instruments I used them for:

East/West Symphonic Orchestra Silver:
Violins/violas (legato, staccato and pizzicato), cellos (legato and staccato), double bass, trumpets, French horns (legato and clusters), trombones, flute (legato and staccato), oboe, clarinet (legato and staccato), bassoon, xylophone, glockenspiel, harp, men's choir, triangle, snare, timpani and orchestral cymbals.

East/West Ra:
Ney flute, pan flute, didgeridoo, guitar.

East/West Stormdrum 2:
Shaker, congas, djembe, earthquake ensemble, Godzilla hits, cymbal roll and gong.

Then I used random free drum samples for the wind chimes.

I used FL Studio 10 to make this. It took 318 patterns, 51 automation clips and a whopping 32 hours and 45 minutes to make. The only track of mine that took longer than that (roughly 36 hours) is Trinity and that's over twice as long as this track. So yeah you can imagine how much work I put into this.

I'd like to thank a few people for giving me tonnes of feedback. SkyeWintrest, camoshark, Buoy, Back-From-Purgatory, Blackhole12 and Echo all deserve my thanks for giving me so much valuable feedback. Zero-Flare, Darrenkerwin and snuitergup also deserve mentions for giving me feedback despite not being musicians themselves. Without their feedback, I can guarantee this track wouldn't be what it is today.

That's all I've got to say! Thanks a lot for listening, and like I said, reviews are very much appreciated!

Reviews


steampianiststeampianist

Rated 5 / 5 stars September 16, 2013

all i can say is.. this sounds wonderful :)


Step responds:

Steampianist! Yay. I'm really glad you think so. Thanks for the review!


Morteth9Morteth9

Rated 5 / 5 stars September 10, 2013

Great! Just great! I love your style a lot. I could see the jungle, animals, tribesmen. Percussion is fine, soothing. The flute melodies just fit right in the place. The slowdown break at 2:43 had a huge effect, cutting it away from any monotonous feeling.

Good job, 5 stars!


Step responds:

Sweet! I'm glad you liked the 2:43 ritardando thingy. I love adding little tempo changes here and there in my tracks, it can really beef up transitions and make parts sound more expressive than they would otherwise be.

Thanks for reviewing!


StaticBluStaticBlu

Rated 5 / 5 stars January 28, 2013

I love the thought behind this. I love the progression and subtle use of those mallet instruments. The guitar complements the melody really well.First thought that comes to mind while listening to it is being on a jungle safari. Great display of atmosphere.
It's great that you kept it simple and built upon what you already had going. After all, simplicity is key. A lot of thought seems to have gone in this track Keep at it man this is awesome!! It made me motivated.


Step responds:

Fantastic, these comments mean a lot. Thanks!

You know I'm quite surprised you think this is simple. I almost never make anything simple. I've always got to throw a bunch of instruments and accompaniment and stuff to make good music, and I never manage to nail that "simple but effective" feeling that work so well in other tracks.

But hey I'm glad you think it works here; thanks again for leaving a review!


SonicJSonicJ

Rated 5 / 5 stars January 25, 2013

This has a really good Andes feel. If you're not familiar, it's a region of people who make darn good pan flute, and other nice music. It makes me thing "perfect for a jungle scene". I would happily explore a 2D platformer to this song. 5/5!!


Step responds:

Awesome, thanks dude. I appreciate the feedback!


GolceaVladGolceaVlad

Rated 4 / 5 stars January 16, 2013

If this was the sountrack for a game : feels a lot like the type of music that someone would play while playing an arcade puzzle game. It has a good warm feel to it, somehow happy.

If this was in the soundtrack for a movie : it would be at the part where they travel through a part of the african jungle/visit temples and piramids, then meet some tribes and spend their night there.

If this was in my winamp : I'd let it be, it's interesting. It reminds me of the "sunburn" from ATB.

Feels nice and gives a nice tribal dancing mood :) .


Step responds:

That's great to hear! I like how you manage to think of a different scene for each scenario.

Glad you enjoyed it.