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Still Alive (Portal)

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Feb 4, 2013 | 8:30 AM EST
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9.5 MB
4 min 10 sec
3.88 / 5.00

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Rated 3.88 / 5 stars
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Author Comments

SMES presents "Still Alive" from the amazing game Portal. This song was written by Jonathan Coulton and we planned to cover it! Recorded with two Zoom H4n's with 4 mics plugged into them and mixed with Logic.

Sax solo, Jarrod Brereton.
Piano solo, Harry Cook.

Thank you for our small fan base that has encouraged SMES and given so much support to us. It is truly incredible. And a big shout out to Camoshark for your support and wonderful help getting us out there. Thank you and I hope you enjoy.



Rated 4 / 5 stars

I quite liked it, I enjoyed the piano personally. =P Though it should slowly lower in volume as the song goes on up until its solo (or whenever it has variation).

However, 1:00 felt too jarring/off to me. You had these complicated layers of rhythm right before it, and suddenly all the instruments were sort of banging the same thing. Having one of the melodies counter with the main tune or having a background instrument play something that was off-beat would've made it transition better, I think. :]

Aside from that, the improv sections were all nice. The odd chords worked fine and really gave depth to the piece. The performances were pretty spot on. SO...4/5 for me. This must have taken a lot of time, and it shows.

SMES responds:

Thank you for your review! And thanks for taking the time to give some good suggestions. I do like the idea you actually suggested about an off beat counter melody. It would be very cool, might actually put it in.

Thanks again for your review =)


Rated 4 / 5 stars

A groovy take on such a great song. Well done guys, its nice to know Jazz is...still alive

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SMES responds:

I like your pun! And thank you for the comment!


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Grab your companion cube and swing,baby, cause this joint is happening.

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SMES responds:

Cake, anyone? And thank you =)


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Well composed, not a bad listen, just not my taste. When I think of Portal I look at the future and technology. This creates a bond between the way "Still Alive" was created and the idea of Portal. In my mind such a soothing and up beat style such as Jazz doesn't fit the song. The idea of a giant robot that controls your movements through a lab doesn't say Jazz to me.

Again, great piece... just an unexpected style and not as filled with synergy to the real game.

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SMES responds:

Fair enough. Good review so thank you for your input. I do appreciate it! =)


Rated 4 / 5 stars

This.......was a triumph!

SMES responds:

Haha, thank you. I love still alive puns :P