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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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Rated 4.47 / 5 stars
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Genres:
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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


EmidEmid

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Maann!!
318 patterns + 51 automation clips + 36 hours + tiresome efforts + brilliant thoughts and imaginations+ skilled hands = Outstanding Ecosystem + Step = Magnum Opus
I can't do any maths anymore :(


Step responds:

Hahaha you're awesome. Thanks for yet another review!


bassfiddlejonesbassfiddlejones

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I can tell that you put a ton of work into this.

Once again, your percussion work is fantastic. Rhythmically this song is very appealing. I like that it's a consistent piece, even in the quieter section you make sure to reintroduce the main melodic structure in a new way, keeping the song coherent but interesting. The snare drum was a great idea. From what I've heard of your stuff, this piece seems to capture a lot of your style as a composer, which is great.

I also like the introduction for the strings. It changes things up, and adds a really cool counter melody to the main theme you have in the background. It's something very out of place, but works very organically with the rest of the piece.

What I like most about this piece is that it paints a picture for me. This song tells a story, and really does embody the idea of being an "Ecosystem" in the sense that there's a lot going on, but it works together to form something harmonious and pleasant to listen to. The ending is good, but I would have liked it to be a little bigger instead of beginning to fade. Endings are very difficult once you're in a groove.

This is great. Make more music.


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Step responds:

Oh man, another review. Thanks a million! I need to repay you with a review myself, I just wish I had time.

"I can tell that you put a ton of work into this."

I did! Glad it shows.

"Once again, your percussion work is fantastic. Rhythmically this song is very appealing."

I worked more on rhythms here than I did on any other song, I think. Well I mean I've got some other similarly-styled songs that have rhythms I worked hard on but here I really tried to go all-out.

"I like that it's a consistent piece, even in the quieter section you make sure to reintroduce the main melodic structure in a new way, keeping the song coherent but interesting."

Heh, I like to think that it's consistent in its structure but at the same time diverse :P. I wish I threw in more styles in here though... in fact in an earlier version I had a soft orchestral part at around 1:11, but upon giving it to everyone else for feedback, most said that it killed the song's momentum so I decided to scrap it and went for the part that you can hear now at 1:11.

"The snare drum was a great idea. From what I've heard of your stuff, this piece seems to capture a lot of your style as a composer, which is great."

Cool. I think this is a bit more different than my other tracks, but lots of people tell me that they can easily hear my style in it. I guess I can't help it haha.

"I also like the introduction for the strings. It changes things up, and adds a really cool counter melody to the main theme you have in the background. It's something very out of place, but works very organically with the rest of the piece."

That's great to hear; it is out of place but at the same time I wanted it to transition well and sound sorta related since orchestral is my strongest genre and for this school project I wanted to showcase what I could do, even if it's just for a few seconds.

"What I like most about this piece is that it paints a picture for me. This song tells a story, and really does embody the idea of being an "Ecosystem" in the sense that there's a lot going on, but it works together to form something harmonious and pleasant to listen to."

Precisely what I was going for, thanks!

"The ending is good, but I would have liked it to be a little bigger instead of beginning to fade. Endings are very difficult once you're in a groove."

Exaaactly. At first I thought I should just end it at 3:23 but then I thought it'd be a bit abrupt so I continued and died down till the end. It's a bit anti-climatic but at the same time I thought that for a song like this, ending in a similar way that I started in would be a sensible idea.

"This is great. Make more music."

With pleasure, man. And you don't stop making music either or I'll hunt you down.

Anyway THANKS AGAIN for such a detailed review; I owe you one and hopefully I'll find time to return the favour soon!


SoulofTSoulofT

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Well, I thought I would begin by reviewing your work :p.
I must say I was amazed by this work!
You skilfully incorporate the different instruments towards each other. Seems like the perfect music to go along with a game. Ever heard of Zoo Tycoon? =) This sounds like a track which would be played in that game :D
Perhaps the only drawback is the lack of a clear-cut structure, but then again I'm not very familiar with classical music!
Skilfully executed, you have my admiration!!

SoulofT


Step responds:

"Well, I thought I would begin by reviewing your work :p. "

Aw that's nice, thank you :3.

"I must say I was amazed by this work! "

Great to hear, I'm glad you liked it!

"You skilfully incorporate the different instruments towards each other. Seems like the perfect music to go along with a game. Ever heard of Zoo Tycoon? =) This sounds like a track which would be played in that game :D "

I haven't heard of that game but I checked some of its music on YouTube and yeah it has a reeaally similar style to this song. It sounds a lot better than my song though haha.

"Perhaps the only drawback is the lack of a clear-cut structure, but then again I'm not very familiar with classical music!"

Hm, well this has a pretty weird structure, in that it's more of a constant flow of melodic and harmonic motifs rather than clear-cut and well-defined distinguishable sections, although I think that my repetition of the main melody at the end did make it a bit more structured. I dunno.

"Skilfully executed, you have my admiration!!"

Awesome, great review, thanks! You know when I saw your thread in the forum I shamefully had you pinned down as one of those people who just cares about getting views without giving back to the community, since we get so many people like that in the forums, but it seems like I might've been wrong, and I'm not saying that because you liked my song :P.

Thanks again, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Good luck getting more exposure!


Tanadrine-StudiosTanadrine-Studios

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Masterfully done. A very refreshing and airy feeling to this piece along with a catchy tune.

Thank you for a great song of rare quality.


Step responds:

Hey thanks! I'm glad you liked it.


8bitNinjaMusic8bitNinjaMusic

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Pretty organic and earthy, i really enjoined listening to this tune, it doesn't have a strong melody line but i guess thats the way of the tune. the mix is sooo good also.


Step responds:

Thanks a lot man! Usually my music has a strong melody line so I'm surprised that you think otherwise in this.

Regardless, I'm glad you liked it.