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Date
09/23/2012
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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


LionzNTiggerzLionzNTiggerz

Rated 4 / 5 stars

The beginning makes me think of a disney film or something, where all the animals are starting to come out of hiding, and they are all displaying their colours, like peacocks, etc.

At first it's all fun and easy and inviting, and then it's a bit mystical, like "there might be more to this than you think."

It's kind of making fun of them too, like pointing out how silly some of them look, but beautiful at the same time.

Then at about 1:39 it gets mystical and trippy. It's like the mystical stuff really comes out and it's completely unfathomable to the human mind. Like some backwards dance or like 50% of it is in a non-visible spectrum or a different dimension.

The guitar after the heavy strings is kind of like a gentle, wise, compassionate overview on the whole thing. Then when the drum starts again, it is like you're trying to start the heart beat again by pounding on the chest, and then it starts.

Some of it is cheeky, too, lol. Like the little melodies that come in 3:30.

It's amazing because it all sort of works together, and the way it is right now all works and you can see how everything fits together. But there are loads of little things that are blatantly trying to change the order of things, too (sometimes despite seemingly overwhelming odds). So it isn't static, it's dynamic.

And there are some parts that are just enjoying the beauty of the thing, like the chimes at 3:39. They don't really have an agenda.


Step responds:

Wow, great review! Thanks for going in so much detail!

"The beginning makes me think of a disney film or something, where all the animals are starting to come out of hiding, and they are all displaying their colours, like peacocks, etc."

That's a really cool comparison. I can definitely see where you're getting at. It's the kind of intro I always strive to perfect, where I build everything up, develop rhythms, introduce motifs and then let the song progress from there. It certainly helps to 'open up' the track.

"At first it's all fun and easy and inviting, and then it's a bit mystical, like "there might be more to this than you think.""

Haha yeah. That's good because there's always more than we think in an ecosystem :3.

"It's kind of making fun of them too, like pointing out how silly some of them look, but beautiful at the same time."

Yeah a kind of playful mood right? I definitely tried to go for that. Some parts around the track are intentionally playful and 'cute'. Other parts are exciting and intense. Others are just plain happy. And others like the climax at the end is where everything really gets together :P.

"Then at about 1:39 it gets mystical and trippy. It's like the mystical stuff really comes out and it's completely unfathomable to the human mind. Like some backwards dance or like 50% of it is in a non-visible spectrum or a different dimension."

Wow, I basically added that part to showcase what I can do in orchestral since that's the genre I'm strongest at. Never had any of that in mind; but hey, every piece of music communicates uniquely to different people :P. I see it more of an intense and almost dangerous part (like a predator going after its prey or something) rather than a mystical part, but I do see where you're coming from.

"The guitar after the heavy strings is kind of like a gentle, wise, compassionate overview on the whole thing. Then when the drum starts again, it is like you're trying to start the heart beat again by pounding on the chest, and then it starts."

Yeah I can't really make a climax without throwing in a soft part right after haha.

"Some of it is cheeky, too, lol. Like the little melodies that come in 3:30."

Yeah that's some of the 'playful' composition I was referring to!

"It's amazing because it all sort of works together, and the way it is right now all works and you can see how everything fits together. But there are loads of little things that are blatantly trying to change the order of things, too (sometimes despite seemingly overwhelming odds). So it isn't static, it's dynamic."

That's a wonderful compliment, I'm really glad you think so. Diversity is something I consider very important, but the flow and having everything work together is also vital, so learning that I've achieved a great balance between the two makes me get a "MISSION ACCOMPLISHED" feeling inside :3.

"And there are some parts that are just enjoying the beauty of the thing, like the chimes at 3:39. They don't really have an agenda."

Mhmm, some of the stuff in there isn't entirely unique. The hints of brass around the song, the chimes, and the strings are probably pretty generic. Although I tried to make most of the sounds have their own personality, if you get what I mean.

Anyway, hope some of that mumbo jumbo I wrote made an inkling of sense, heh. Thanks a million for reviewing, I'm very grateful for it!


ZipZipperZipZipper

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I definitely agree with more percussion at that 1:22 point. Amazing melodies and integration of instruments and styles. Definitely has the sound one thinks of when they hear the word ecosystem; a tropical plate with mallets and congas. The piece remained around that idea of like...the Amazon rainforest predominantly. It broke away a bit with the little soloing of the guitar, the bassoon standing out sometimes, and a very faint didgeridoo. I mean, there's more than one kind of ecosystem that isn't the typical tropical scene. I think it would have been very interesting to have a huge, obvious mood change to swamps, deserts, polar regions, or whatever. Then again, you do also note the harmony of things, which is perfectly implemented here. So in a creative sense, I think things could have been different; perhaps an unharmony in terms of moods. But musically, there's nothing really upsetting. Great work!


Step responds:

Wow, thanks for such a detailed review! It's so great to get constructive criticism.

"I definitely agree with more percussion at that 1:22 point."

Good. Considering you agree with it as well, it's clearly something I should definitely consider.

"Amazing melodies and integration of instruments and styles."

That's really great to know. Before this I was doing lots of remixes. I made a whole 8-minute medley of Monster Hunter Tri remixes, an Okami remix and four Metroid remixes so I was afraid that I lost my ability to make entirely original melodies haha. Good to know I can still make good-sounding original stuff after doing so many remixes.

"Definitely has the sound one thinks of when they hear the word ecosystem; a tropical plate with mallets and congas. The piece remained around that idea of like...the Amazon rainforest predominantly."

That's certainly what I was going for!

"It broke away a bit with the little soloing of the guitar, the bassoon standing out sometimes, and a very faint didgeridoo. I mean, there's more than one kind of ecosystem that isn't the typical tropical scene."

Yeah, as I said I wanted to make it diverse, so I threw in stuff like the guitar... and the bassoon to an extent. You almost never hear bassoons in orchestral music here on Newgrounds. It's such a shame, it has a lovely sound. Although I admit, with it being my first time using a bassoon in one of my tracks, I found it pretty hard to get it to fit right.

"I think it would have been very interesting to have a huge, obvious mood change to swamps, deserts, polar regions, or whatever. Then again, you do also note the harmony of things, which is perfectly implemented here. So in a creative sense, I think things could have been different; perhaps an unharmony in terms of moods. But musically, there's nothing really upsetting. Great work!"

Thanks! Yeah I thought of adding a mood change... but the thing about that is that adding mood changes require lots and lots of development and hard work, and this is for a project where I might not have time to take on such an ambitious task of throwing in a mood change.

Although believe it or not I did try and add a mood change in one of my earlier versions of this track. Download this:
http://www.mediafire.com/?9n72tamktmy2umf

It's basically the same up till 1:10 but at 1:10 I threw in a more eerie, mystical mood change. However, I didn't like how it was coming along and almost everyone who heard it said it just doesn't fit and broke the momentum of the track, so I scrapped the whole thing haha. I am a fan of mood changes though; looking back I wish I had more time to make one.

Thanks again for the fantastic review dude!


HipnikDragomirHipnikDragomir

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Oh my God

This is an incredible piece. Everything flows very well. Sounds like a mishmash of jungle, outback, and medieval adventure. Really great and memorable tunes. The transitions work just as well. Good job, you. Looking forward to the final song.

Oh, around 1:22 when it starts up again, I was thinking of adding a bit more percussion or something more frenetic sounding.


Step responds:

Hm, interesting idea! At that part I just wanted to repeat the melody that played right before it except developing it a bit more and adding tonnes of background elements and a percussive rhythm. I might try and make it a bit more exciting though, I'll see how that goes!

Thanks a lot for reviewing dude.