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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


LazyBucksLazyBucks

Rated 5 / 5 stars October 1, 2012

Big fan of your work.

Great piece, very upbeat.
Good job man, look forward to your future works.


Step responds:

Thanks a lot! Very happy you like my stuff.


LachiLachi

Rated 5 / 5 stars October 1, 2012

Holy shit. I just followed your sig on the forum.
I had to vote 5 on this, no way I couldn't. It DOES deserve 5.

I really like ethnic music. What you did here was a great job. Percussions are awesome! And generally love the "happy" feel this gave me.

Downloaded for sure.


Step responds:

Aw thanks haha. I guess linking to a song in all-caps in my sig wasn't a bad idea after all!

I like ethnic music too! Thankfully the VSTs I have cater very well for ethnic music so I'm pretty free to make ethnic music with ease whenever I want.

So glad you liked this, thanks again!


Neon-BardNeon-Bard

Rated 5 / 5 stars September 30, 2012

Step, this is a very catchy song you've got here. I find myself listening to it over and over again just to carefully catch all of the instruments you have used (and more importantly to appreciate the entirety of the song itself). To be quite honest, the song you have created here is something that I believe I will use for inspiration in some of my future songs.

I really love how you have incorporated the vast array of instruments which just seamlessly compliment each other. How long have you been making music anyway? It seems to me that you have had extensive experience, or you're simply full of natural talent (or both)! I'm really not a technical artist, and I honestly don't care for picking apart a song or its sounds. I just like the creative process, and this song certainly boasts creativity! I hope that one day I will be able to create something as full and lively as this. If you ever have the time, could you check out some of my stuff and give me some tips and advice? I would really appreciate it! :)

Keep up the amazing work! Have a good one! :D


Step responds:

Wow, nice review. Thank you!

"Step, this is a very catchy song you've got here."

I am in the belief that 'catchy' is one of the most awesome compliments a musician can ever receive :3.

"I find myself listening to it over and over again just to carefully catch all of the instruments you have used (and more importantly to appreciate the entirety of the song itself)."

Hehe yeah I've been making my music more and more complex. While this can be good in a way, I still wish I'm able to make tracks that are simple but likeable. I've got to really strain myself and throw in all sorts of CPU-eating VSTs and instruments just to make a decent-sounding track.

"To be quite honest, the song you have created here is something that I believe I will use for inspiration in some of my future songs."

That's really great to hear!

"I really love how you have incorporated the vast array of instruments which just seamlessly compliment each other."

Thanks, I'm relieved to hear that it worked.

"How long have you been making music anyway? It seems to me that you have had extensive experience, or you're simply full of natural talent (or both)!"

Well I've been composing for like four years now. I've been playing piano for around six. Before then, I found music kinda boring. Now I find it one of the most awesome things on this planet haha.

"I'm really not a technical artist, and I honestly don't care for picking apart a song or its sounds. I just like the creative process, and this song certainly boasts creativity! I hope that one day I will be able to create something as full and lively as this."

Thanks, this means a lot! IMO if an artist isn't creative then s/he isn't a true artist so yeah it's pretty awesome knowing that other people think your music is creative.

"If you ever have the time, could you check out some of my stuff and give me some tips and advice? I would really appreciate it! :)"

I'd love to! As evident by my late reply I've got lots to do though so I might take a while. If I don't get at least one review on one of your recent songs by next week, I demand that you remind me about it via PM :3.

"Keep up the amazing work! Have a good one! :D"

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it.


stunkelstunkel

Rated 5 / 5 stars September 29, 2012

How did you learn to make such legit music? This is very film scorey, and you did a good job of it. I've listened to your other stuff and they are all really impressive. I read in some comments below that you don't go to school for music. But how did you learn to make such professional sounding music? It honestly is extremely impressive. It all is mixed extremely well and you have a ton of variety in melodies! But I'm mainly curious about this because I want to improve on myself better. But amazing work, I would love your opinion on one of my newest original tracks, preferably "Stranded". Again, amazing work dude. I honestly can't think of anything that is wrong with this. 5 Stars


Step responds:

Wow man thanks! This support is awesome, I appreciate it. Of course I'll review your track; just give me some time because I'm absolutely packed with stuff to do!

Regarding how I got to this level of music... it's just experience basically. I've been making music for nearly four years. One of the things that I think helped me the most is that I always accept constructive criticism. That really got me on the right path. I also looked through a few specific tutorials (not many though, most of it was learning by discovery).

I think the most important thing I did is review lots of music. I was part of the Review Request Club for a very long time and I used to review up to 15 - 20 audio submissions a week with large reviews. It gave me my ability to analyse other people's music and be able appreciate what they did and point out issues regardless of the genre. It also extended to my own music; I was able to analyse what I make and figure out ways to make it better.

I also believe it's important to listen to varied styles of music, not just one genre/style. I know of people who literally just listen to film-score music exclusively, and as a result their music sounds super professional but heavily influenced by film-scores and generic. If you listen to different styles of music you'll open your mind so much to new possibilities.

Anyway, I'm no professional. Just my two cents :P. Thanks again for the great review.


eatmeatleeteatmeatleet

Rated 5 / 5 stars September 25, 2012

are you the best of your class? Just wondering.. These exercises are pretty damn complicated.
Also you didn't mention me for giving feedback but no worries, I forgive you


Step responds:

Telepathic feedback isn't accepted.

Also I don't learn music at school officially (or anywhere officially except from a very slow moving elderly woman down the street).

This is a school project that requires all students to take on a subject from Responsible Citizenship, Environmental Values or Aesthetics, and make a project out of it that includes either activities such as community work, interviews, etc... or an 'artefact' which is basically something you've produced yourself. Obviously I took Aesthetics and chose to make a piece of music :3.

It's a lot more complex than that. I still have to do loads of interviews, write journal entries, etc... but at least I've got this over and done with haha.

Thanks for reviewing dude!