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Made for Bosa's Dreams of Splendor contest, where the only criterion is that you make your best song ever for the contest.
Very many thanks to SkyeWintrest and Step for large amounts of feedback.
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Hey. You forgot your classic ==()== around the title. D:
-Man, that intro is so powerful. It makes me immediately think "oh man, something epic is going to hit soon". For some reason, the synth line at 0:29 reminds me of Depths of Phendrana. Percussion at 0:38 is awesome too.
-Even with the weak transition after the intro, that melody in the guitar at about 1:36 is sooooo awesome. If you had made the song based around that rather than the melody coming in at around 1:04, I would have been sooooo happy. Maybe sometime in the future?
-Your percussion in general is really really awesome, except for one thing that I'll mention later.
-The flute melody at 2:30 is just really pretty. I like the chord progression there too. Seems a bit creepy and/or sad for a song called "Salvation", but whatever.
-Normally wouldn't mention this, but the transition at 3:12-3:34 is way better. The drums immediately afterward with that high-hat pattern is just awesome.
-Guitar harmonies at 5:53 are just awesome.
-I also love the part at about 7:18, the transition is fine, there's an almost emotional sound, and when the flute comes in it's really really pleasant to hear.
-The dying-down and coming back at 8:00-8:06 works fine there, and when the flute comes in it sounds soooooo sexy.
-Transition at about 0:45 on (mainly getting really boring at about 1:00) just doesn't work with the massive buildup intro. Everything just dies and something seemingly unrelated comes in. It seems extremely anticlimactic and destroys a lot of the interest and anticipation the intro built up. If you're going to have an intro that strong, make sure what comes next will deliver the epic that was just 'claimed' by the intro!
-Transition at about 2:02 is also pretty weak. It just flatlines into the next section without much for a transition effect except for the downward percussion.
-From about 4:00 to 4:46, the drums, lead, and bass just aren't cutting it on their own. They really need some thing more to back them up. If it's meant to be a drum solo, try having quick keyboard chords every once in awhile, possibly with some very light backwash pads as well. That'd fill up the empty space more, and still let the drums shine for the most part.
-Okay, this is probably one of the things that I'm the most disappointed about because it could have been fixed so easily. D: 5:43 and 5:49. Okay seriously. You have this great reverse cymbal and big meaty bass drum "thump", then this little "piff" to the side. It's totally anticlimac and pretty disappointing. :< I would even go so far as to say that the volume on it should be doubled, it should be centered, and it should have some kind of delay on it the second time like almost everything else seems to have.
-Some sections go on for a bit too long without enough to keep me interested - there's definitely enough content there for foreground, but it really needs more background stuff.
-Okay, the outro isn't bad by any means, but... did you really need a 35-second long fadeout and then 10 seconds of silence? You said it was for iTunes or something s the song doesn't randomly change, but 45 seconds of fadeout and silence is a bit... excessive.
Overall: This is really really nice. I'm not sure if I'd call it the best song you've made, but it has a lot of detail and if Bosa doesn't pick it as one of the top 3 (compared to all the other songs I've heard so far, no offense to those people), I may have to smack him with a wet haddock. To summarize my comments above, there's a lot of sexy stuff in it, but overall the song is a flatline. The climaxes and breakdowns are largely really subtle and basic. The intro is the best one, followed by the part at about 5:40 (yes, even with the disappointing piff), then the outro. Some parts drag on a little too long and/or don't have enough "stuff" filling up my ears with awesomeness.
...oh dear, I seem to have used up all but 10 characters. Looks like this review is over. Thanks for the ability to listen to one of the best songs on NG!
-Your friend, SkyeWintrest-
Yeah I'm ditching that thing, hopefully I'll be able to do the same for the other songs in not too long as well.
Most of the things you're mentioning in the not-so-good section are really things I've considered that I guess we just disagree on. Some things, like 0:45, are for the dynamics/contrast, 5:43/5:49 is for the suspense/tension (same with the chords before 3:30), 2:02 is supposed to be as smooth and unnoticeable as possible (I don't neccesarily want distinct parts as long is the song is morphed from the intro thing (dying or whatever) to the outro thing (salvation/harmony) in a way you can make up a story for. The last 10 seconds are not silent, though I guess the mp3 fills it with dithering noise, the fade part doesn't really start before the last note 15 seconds before the end. The long parts are there because I'm going for a psychedelic and atmospheric mood/state of mind without new and super exciting things all the time which would just be distracting really
Thanks for the thorough review!! Sorry I can't reply in any sort of detail, I'm on my phone out in the mountains
It is apparent, even without your touting, that this is the product of an immense amount of work. The sound design is fantastic, and it's got your trademark "chill" vibe. And it managed to stay interesting for the entire 9 minutes, which is no small feat, especially when you're dealing with a guy with an average post-80s attention span.
Personally I prefer music with a more definitive lead melody... so to me "Depths of Phendrana" or "Solace" would still be your best song. But still, I think this instantly becomes one of your milestone pieces here, just by its sheer sophistication and delicacy.
Hoity touty yeah sorry about that, gotta lil carried away and had to make a point I guess. Thanks for the review and especially your continued support, so good to know I have some actual regular listeners.
Ah man, this works out as one of the greatest BG tracks for work. I love how varied and almost progressive this is.
Great work, and good luck in the contest!
Heh yup, aaalmost progressive, still just prog I guess, it's progress but I digress! Thanks!!
Excellent song! It is just top quality. I can't find any faults, it just flows like a river.
The instruments are beautiful and clear. You're a great musician, thats all I can say.
Thankss. I appreciate it a lot!
Great song!! As you say this is really elaborated and the longest so far. Every sound fills perfect and every instrument sounds amazing!!
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