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Date
02/01/2013
File Info
Song
13.4 MB
5 min 51 sec
Score
4.32 / 5.00

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Score:
Rated 4.32 / 5 stars
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Genres:
Other - Cinematic
Tags:
technological
epicorchestral
astralnation
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Author Comments

Okay, first of all... the full title of this is "Birth of an Astral Nation". It is a story told through music. I'll just name each section so you can know what they're called... the rest of the story I'll leave to your mind.

0:00 ==> Tribes Gather
0:40 ==> The Building Begins
1:40 ==> Kings and Queens
2:38 ==> Dawn of Technology
3:18 ==> Inventing New Realities
4:00 ==> Ages Past
4:34 ==> Preparing for Launch/LHC
4:52 ==> Into the Deep Void

If you don't feel like writing a technical review or want to get cookies, please please please write some kind of text story for the song! :D (also, you might want to be careful reading the reviews in case anyone DOES do that - don't ruin your own mental story :

Of course, if you want to leave a more technical review... I would absolutely adore that. I worked harder on mastering this time as well as having a more 'theatrical' feel (there might be mixing issues, but unless you have auto-EQing speakers, there should be absolutely no clipping whatsoever. I went into Audacity and edited every single bit of clipping out). There are plenty of weird and odd instruments, such as a tabla, tamboura, anvil, "clicky", tuvan throat singers, and bagpipes (thank you very much for the bagpipes, camoshark - he's awesome and you should listen to his stuff too). Also, thanks goes to Buoy for the awesome watery drumkit that starts to come in at about 3:14. I'm going to have so much fun with it in the future. If you don't know Buoy, DEFINITELY check him out.

As always, hope you enjoy!

Fun facts:
-This song has 38 different instruments (grouping percussion channels together).
-This song has 19 automations, most of which span the majority of the song.
-This song only has 2 audio clips for effects.
-This song uses 38 mixer channels (probably because that's how many instruments there are).
-Instrument VST used: Omnisphere, Edirol, Reason (yeah I know it's actually a DAW), PoiZone, Direct Wave, Midi Out, the default Fruity Sampler, Fruity Soundfont Player.
-Mixer VST used: Maximus, Fruity Parametric EQ2, Fruity Compressor, Fruity Fast LP, Fruity Delay 2, Fruity Filter, Fruity Reeverb 2, Fruity Reeverb, Guitar Rig 5.
-Both instances of Omnisphere use 8 different instruments.
-Time spent... 85 hours and 46 minutes... just in the program. More outside planning and showing it to people for feedback.

Thanks to the following for feedback: Chrausner, Buoy, camoshark, MaestroRage, Step, DivoFST, a mixing teacher from Boston, my piano teacher, and my jazz teacher! They've all been helpful in making this, particularly toward the end when I started looking at nitpicky stuff.

SUCCESS! This song achieved 2nd place in Bosa's Dreams of Splendor competition! Buoy won 1st place with his awesome 10-minute piece Salvation and you should totally go check it out too.

Reviews


LachiLachi

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars September 6, 2013

Part One - The Tribes
Well holy fuck. The drums and the percussion really makes this song great. Those were the first instruments ever used, you did some great work here. The little "flute" also works too, the volume is at the "most right point" lol.

Part Two - Building Begins
More instruments coming. More than a part, I'd count this as a big buildup for the next part, the most awesome one, coming in at 1.30 circa and on

Part Three - Kings and Queens
Medieval feeling, this is the greatest part. After the guitar instrument (liute?), the choirs are very gorgeous. The "piano" also fits in this entire part at the end, and it adds that little touch that makes the song "sweet".

Part Four - Dawn of Technology
Can't really say anything here. Not my sounds.

Part Five - Inventing New Realities
Same as above.

Part Six - Ages Past
A return to the past, and very well done. I didn't read the first time, but I was excepting that the introduction drums were going to come up again. Felt very satisfied :=)

Part Seven - Preparing for LHC
Intense and build up! Very well done, too bad that ->

Part Eight - Into the Deep Void
The ending lasts too long, and it obscured the big badass buildup you made in the part before. Don't know if you get what i mean.

OVERALL
Great song, would pirate it lol
Like that it is more as an adventure rather than a song, gratz.



CyberdevilCyberdevil

Rated 5 / 5 stars April 13, 2013

Man, the insight in how much work was involved in the making in this really raises the bar for how much feedback I should include in a review. My first impression, with regard only to the sound, is that's ambient and fresh. I like the first chunk of music best, even though it's simple. It feels that part conveys the astral voyage much more than the others, but it's an interesting mixture of different instruments and melodies all the way through. Something like this should get it's own animation. I'm all for imagining things myself, but it would be interesting to see this with a forced pictorial track synced to the music. Keep up the good work!

-cd-


SkyeWint responds:

Oh man, I'd LOVE to see an animation to this. I'd be curious about what people would think about it.

Glad you like the ambiance and freshness of the track, I was hoping to make something... different. All the different sections were originally intended to depict sections of the nation's development, the end is when they finally get to space.

Thanks a lot, I hope to put out a new piece in a few days which I've been working on for awhile!


IndigorainIndigorain

Rated 5 / 5 stars March 21, 2013

It's late, I'm not in the mood for a long review, so I'll keep it short.
Awesome instrumentation, great atmosphere, and I mean GREAT atmosphere. Loved it whole.
Oh, and AGE OF EMPIRES! :D


SkyeWint responds:

i am most glad that you love pretty much everything about this so yay AoE :D


RhoderRhoder

Rated 5 / 5 stars March 19, 2013

This sounds really good!

I wanna see you remix a track from Simcity 3000. That'll be awesome. :)


SkyeWint responds:

Hiya! I'm glad you like!

I don't know much of the soundtrack from Simcity 3000, but maybe I'll try that sometime. :)


SmithBASmithBA

Rated 5 / 5 stars February 20, 2013

I really enjoyed this song. My favorite part happened @ 2:52. You did a great job mixing this track. The sounds you picked were awesome. This might be my favorite track that I have listened to on newgrounds. just an all around awesome job. 5/5.


SkyeWint responds:

Hey, thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed this song. :)

The part at 2:52 was actually an idea from the soundtrack of a game called Grandia (which has an awesome soundtrack in general btw). Almost all the sounds on this are from one magnificent thing called Omnisphere.

I'm glad you think this is your favorite track - hopefully I can break that record with another track of mine! :D