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Written for the Art-Inspired Music contest here on Newgrounds. This piece was inspired by 'The Pilgrimage' by ThePrisoner.
I put a strong focus on percussion and ethnic instruments in this piece. There is a deduk, didgeridoo, and more.
Check out the artwork! (remove spaces)
http://www.newgrounds.com /art/view/theprisoner/the -pilgrimage
Ill be writing the outline of my second book to this song. so keep the good work coming and Ill keep downloading and reviewing it.
Thank you! It was such a pleasure reading the short story that you set against my Mural OST: Drifting. I'm honored that you would gain inspiration from my music. :)
Great song! Fantastic melody. Quite a few places reminded me of DavidOrr's work, which is quite different from your usual (but ever-expanding) style. It just seems that every time you break out a song that's not of your previous styles it never fails, mostly because you always have the trump card of a great melody, which to me is really the backbone of a good song.
2:00-2:06 was particularly brilliant. I almost expected beforehand the section would transition to the next on that chord in 2:06, but the way you got there is quite surprising (to me), which was very refreshing.
So thanks for another fantasic song, and keep up the good work dragonman!
Gadogry, you are awesome. Many people on Newgrounds write reviews hoping to build connections and receive return reviews on their own works, but you don't even have any submissions up. You send out all these encouraging comments without any expectation of a return review, and that's pretty cool. Thank you for the numerous reviews you have given me. :)
My style is definitely evolving as I experiment in new genres, but you are right about my love for melody. I may never be remembered as a cutting edge, 'modern' composer (dare I say my music is too pleasant?), but at least my work is singable. Ha!
I'm glad you pointed out 2:00-2:06. I had come up with the immediately preceding material on a whim and wanted to get back to the main theme, but I found myself in this strange harmonic trap in which I couldn't reach a good sounding cadence to make the transition. It is a point such as this that theory REALLY comes in handy. Using an augmented sixth chord and some other things, I was able to sort of duct tape sections together. XD I was really concerned that it sounded too forced and contrived, so I'm glad you described it as 'brilliant'.
Thanks once again!
Very impressive. Sounds here like you're well on your way, but still have some room to grow. I didn't really like the little melody segment from around :58 to 1:30 the ? layered with the strings ... because whatever the ? is it cuts off notes pretty suddenly, which to me introduces choppiness that's completely absent in the whole rest of the song. It's a very flowy and yet march-y song, and to me that choppiness just sticks out, and not in a good way. What I'm maybe most impressed with is I think you really nailed the feel of the picture-- the desert feel, the "march-y"ness that all that percussion creates ... good good stuff.
Ah, the '?' instrument is called a deduk. I believe it is an Arminian wind instrument made from apricot wood, and it was used extensively for the soundtrack of the movie Gladiator. It is one of my favorite instruments for its haunting tone. I'm surprised you say it doesn't fit the rest of the song, because along with percussion, it is the element I built the entire piece around! XD I do agree that it contrasts other sections of the piece though, and I appreciate your opinion.
Thank you for the thoughtful review Skywood! It is much appreciated. :)
Wow....when I close my eyes it feels like I'm surrounded by drummers, fantastic job on the mixing, it sounds like I'm actually surrounded by instruments. This fits the artwork very well and gives a deep envisioning of the picture's landscape. I also like how it changed up, it's very melodic in structure and doesn't get boring. Very well done :)
Thanks for the review, RealFaction, and for running this awesome contest! This piece was my first to really explore heavy percussion, and it really helped me improve I think. :)
I'm grateful for anything that makes a song interesting in this contest. And this song has so much of that. (Not that the other entries are bad, but there are so many it gets a little boring listening to all of them). I actually played it twice. I like the unique instruments. They're used perfectly. Good memorable melodies. Excotic mysterious atmosphere. Good structure. Nice length. The mixing and all is good also, so perfect song.
Thanks Jovis! There were definitely some amazing entries in this contest. This one was definitely a step in a new direction for me compared to my usual work, and it was a lot of fun to make. I'll have to check out your submission!
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