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Sep 23, 2012 | 6:59 PM EDT
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8.8 MB
3 min 52 sec
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4.48 / 5.00

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Rated 4.48 / 5 stars
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Other - World
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tribal
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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


stunkelstunkel

Rated 5 / 5 stars

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

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!


MetalRenardMetalRenard

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Well I think you've had all the constructive criticism you need so I'm just going to say you did a great job on this. Good luck with your school project.
I'm kinda jealous you have access to all those lovely instruments through school that I have to work hard to get. :P


Step responds:

Hey I don't learn music at school! :P

I wish I did but there aren't any decent music colleges here... not like Berklee, for example. Almost nobody here my age in Malta is a musician which is a shame; but yeah it meant I had to buy the lovely instruments too haha.

Thanks for the review; if you have any criticism I'd still love to hear it, the more the merrier.

Thanks again!


KrichotomyKrichotomy

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Wow. An ecosystem. I hear it.

"However, an ecosystem is also diverse, so you're going to hear plenty of different musical styles playing here." - I don't here a lot of variance in musical style. I feel Trinity far better showcases that design specification. But with that much variation it might begin to sound like /multiple/ ecosystems. :D

Very nice work. I'm not going to ask you to change anything. Grin.


Step responds:

Hehe thanks!

Yeah I agree it's not as diverse as Trinity. Rather than different styles it's probably a better idea to say different moods haha. Although the orchestral 'epic' part is a pretty drastic change in style. I just tried to make this diverse while still having it make sense musically.

Thanks again, I'm glad you liked it :3.


SkyeWintSkyeWint

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Hallo thar Step! Allow me to return your favor that did NOT happen.

The Good: There is too much good about this to fit in the character limit, so I'm going to try to get through these quickly and get to things I think could be improved.
-That intro is awesome, though I think I already told you that.
-Staccato woodwinds are surprisingly awesome, I really really liked them.
-That guitar has a really tasty sound to it, it's making me consider getting Ra again.
-Your main melodies are sweeeet.
-I particularly like the mallets, and the way they're used. Of course, I do play mallets, so I suppose I'd be a bit biased about that, but... the reverb on them is REALLY cool.
-The overall rise and fall of this song is very nicely done, as is the combination of the different melodies. The other small rises and falls within the overall action make it more entertaining to listen to.
-I personally really like how the overall sound just slowly goes down kinda like it opened up with. It's very satisfying to my ears.
-Mixing is clean, sweet, and pretty. I am very pleased with it.
-Gotta agree with Buoy, that little flutter at 2:52 is SO nice.

The Not-So-Good: It has to come sooner or later. I'm going to be nitpicking to an insane point here, so sorry in advance.
-As much as I really like the arpeggio at around 1:02, it REALLY does need some 'mouse-fucking' done to it to change the velocities and definitely the timing of the notes.
-At around 1:20-1:22, the strings sound obviously faked. The extremely quick, seemingly-staccato diminuendo right before the equally quick staccato could have been done a bit better. It's mainly the staccato-like diminuendo that's the problem, so what I'd do is lessen the volume right before it does down rather than building it up immediately prior to letting it go.
-This is more of an optional thing. I personally think the syncopation at 1:10-1:13 is slightly offputting, and since this is all about harmony, making things offputting is not the best. Rhythm can be 'dissonant', in a way, just like harmony.
-I can only think of one way to improve the guitar, and that is this: Slide notes every once in awhile.
-I like the little ritardando at 2:42-2:45. However, here's a little tip - make it slightly more pronounced. That will make it easier for the people without a musician's ear to be able to hear it better without going "wait why did the groove go all weird here".
-The last iteration of the melody at 3:03-3:24 deserves more than a few very small variations. Try adding a rainstick with delay on it in the background instead of the shaker (or with the shaker turned down). Also try perhaps shifting instruments from the foreground to the background and back, giving each one a little feature. As in: The flute has the main melody initially, but then push that to the background and bring out the mallets, then push that back and bring out the percussion, keeping the end of that little bit the same.

Overall: Wow, I love this. Downloaded, faved, 5'd, and here's that review I promised. Yeah tons of nitpicky stuff. Anyway, I'm off to tell Captain Planet who should make his new theme song.

-Your Mr. Friend from the RRC, Skye-


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Step responds:

"Hallo thar Step! Allow me to return your favor that did NOT happen."

Ohoho I see what you did there :3. Thanks for reviewing man!

"-That intro is awesome"

Sweet! I'm not usually very good at intros, or at least I don't think I am. I guess I got lucky!

"Staccato woodwinds are surprisingly awesome"

I love staccato woodwinds. And woodwinds in general. Of course I still prefer strings (because strings are so much more dynamic and powerful) and piano remains my favourite instrument, but yeah, those woodwinds are awesome! Flute and bassoon are my two favourites from the woodwind family.

"That guitar has a really tasty sound to it"

Yeah! It's the Washburn guitar; my favourite ever guitar sample ever. I love it and I'm so glad Ra includes it. Blackhole12 says it's too mono but my deaf ear is like "I BEG TO DIFFER" so yeah.

"Your main melodies are sweeeet."

Thank you :3.

"I particularly like the mallets"

This is actually one of my first times using mallets so much (before I just included little sections with them).

"The overall rise and fall of this song is very nicely done"

Yeah, rises and falls are awesome. I include them in like all of my orchestral songs now.

"I personally really like how the overall sound just slowly goes down kinda like it opened up with. It's very satisfying to my ears."

That's great to hear! Buoy seems to disagree but since you like it then it's probably moot and not worth changing haha.

"Mixing is clean, sweet, and pretty. I am very pleased with it."

Woo!

"that little flutter at 2:52 is SO nice."

Yeah I have to add more of that stuff in my next version of this. Details, details, details.

"As much as I really like the arpeggio at around 1:02, it REALLY does need some 'mouse-fucking' done to it "

I totally agree. I'll work on that! A pretty minor issue so it shouldn't take long.

"At around 1:20-1:22, the strings sound obviously faked."

Hm, what do you mean about the diminuendo? There's a quick crescendo there but no diminuendo... I think! Although yeah they do sound fake :3.

"I personally think the syncopation at 1:10-1:13 is slightly offputting"

Heh alright! I'll see if I can change that!

"Slide notes every once in awhile."

I did slide them a little in the guitar solo... well, sorta slide them. I wish I could slide them more but it's SO hard to make them sound realistic since Ra doesn't have a sliding articulation for this guitar, as far as I know.

"I like the little ritardando at 2:42-2:45. However, here's a little tip - make it slightly more pronounced.

Yes, I like this idea. I'll try that out!

"The last iteration of the melody at 3:03-3:24 deserves more than a few very small variations."

Well there are quite a few variations; the background mallets are entirely changed and I threw in quite a few new melodic changes. But yeah it needs something more to it to differentiate it from the first climax. I'll see what I can do!

"Overall: Wow, I love this. Downloaded, faved, 5'd, and here's that review I promised. Yeah tons of nitpicky stuff. Anyway, I'm off to tell Captain Planet who should make his new theme song."

I repeat for the third time. YOU'RE AWESOME.

Thanks so much for reviewing! I'm glad you liked it.