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This here is my entry for the Dreams of Splendor contest being run by Bosa over on the Audio Forum.
A little different than my usual, also the most complicated (and hard to play) piano part I've done yet.
Piano Only version can be found here (Remove spaces):
FL Studio 10
I love songs like these.
They're easier to appreciate. Usually it's like; "Heheh, good song".
But this is like; "Jesus, I need to download this."
You flatter me!
I can't wait for the piano solo version. It'll be tremendous! Really really enjoyed this.
The piano only version is already up... all I had to do was turn off the other tracks and export again. ;3
Glad you liked it!
5 stars, easy. I dunno bout all the comments man. I think what they are trying to say is this track is ... freaking epic! Period. Most of your stuff is, btw. I find your music very moving and inspirational. I've been thiking for sometime to maybe write some ultra cool guitar solo and add it upon one of your pieces. Maybe this one? With your permission, of course.
Glad to hear. And go for it, be sure to let me know if you do so, I'd love to hear it!
Firstly I want to ask: What feeling/emotion/story/thing were you specifically trying to portray? There is what I'm about to write about, and then there is your original intention. I'd like to know the latter before I actually vote on this piece. (As it turns out I can't not vote, but that doesn't really matter in the end, does it?)
Secondly, I liked it. It was very well thought out and detailed. There wasn't an instrument or not unnecessarily used. That is a hard thing to accomplish. What this means is that it's very well polished, and for all intents and purposes in this composition you've submitted it to, that's also a very well earned thing since there was a time limit.
Now, what I felt:
This song was very contemporary; very pop-like. I feel a -sense- of standing alone, but the reality being that the character described is the type of person who in reality doesn't realize they aren't alone. People are there for them.
The song progression I think is that realization. Less specifically, in a universal sense, a coming-of-age epiphany about one's real surroundings.
The first impression with music is unlike the first impression between people.
Listening the first time around, I felt that the chord progression took a little too long to begin advancing, but as I write this review I'm listening again. Now I think maybe that was an intentional thing. This just proves my point, the more you listen to a piece, the more you understand it; something that is harder to do with people, especially during poor first impressions.
It's short and sweet. I feel that's a benefit and a downfall. This doesn't seem like the type of song that could be preceded or precede something. Standing alone it is nice, and intense at some times during the epiphany stage. But I still am left with a feeling of lacking. Something is missing.
Now, remember, I don't know your original intentions (and it might not be your intention to reveal those intentions ever). So you might have purposefully made the ending that way.
It's good, it isn't great, and I think why that is might be because, especially for this competition you're in, humans have more than one emotion (duh!). This couldn't really be a part of a multi-movement piece. It could be a single piece of an album style set up though.
I think if you build up more pieces, in this style which you say is unusual for you, in different emotions, that feeling that something is lacking will be filled.
Again, I don't know your intentions, so this might all be on purpose. If so, bravo, you met your goal and that is the most important thing!
I am very much intrigued by your interpretation.
As for what I was trying to portray... It's complicated, not really something I can put into words.
Regardless... as with all my other music, it is completely open to interpretation, and I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Beautiful entry, very captivating. Great theme too if I might add. When I think about traveling home after being away for months, this is what I imagine myself listening to.
I love how you gently build the song with the piano and the soft hats until the rest of the instruments come in. Speaking of which, at 1:54 the song really picks up and it gives me this really uplifting sensation. Just enough to put a smile on my face! Awesome. :)
I just wish you had used that synth that picks up around 2:20 a little more. It was a fantastic addition to the piece overall, and it dies off much too quickly..and when it does, it leaves a strange resonance, perhaps due to reverb? I'm not sure. I thought it interrupted the song just for a split second though. But hey, that might have just been me! Either way, perhaps your intention was to carefully end the synth when you did. If that is the case, then I'm guessing you meant for it to capture the moment of arriving 'home' after a long tiresome journey. That's just my take on it at least.
Great job on this piece, it really struck a chord with me. I think that's because you were able to capture the essence and the importance of having a place to call home. Good luck in the contest! :)
Good to know it put a smile on your face. It's funny, cause most of my music is spawned from despair (Not necessarily this one), but most people interpret it as uplifting, but hey, I won't complain, people are free to interpret as they wish.
Although I will admit this is one of my more uplifting sounding songs.
As for the "strange resonance", I'm assuming you mean the quiet scratching as the synth starts to fade out? That's actually part of the reason I chose to use that sound, you can't hear it very well, but the entire time it's playing during the "uplifting section", it's putting out that scratching sound. Why did I use it? It added a fair bit of texture to the song... even if you can't immediately hear it... believe me, it made a difference.
Glad you liked it, thanks for the review!
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