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- Second Round submission for the 2013 Newgrounds Audio Deathmatch -

Edit: After listening to the original purely instrumental track of Tir na nOg, Jordi Francis (etherealwinds) suggested adding some vocals. I had already been thinking about this myself, and after listening to and reviewing his Round 1 submission, Blind Maiden I was thrilled at the thought of having his vocals accompany my music. Long story short, that's precisely what we did. If you've already listened to the song previously, you may need to clear your cache and restart your browser to hear the new and improved version.

Tir na nOg is an Otherworldly location of Celtic myth. The Old Irish, Tír inna n-Óc, quite literally translates to "Land of the Young." This is merely my own musical interpretation of this legendary realm, and is intended to be both energetic and mysterious as it tells the tale of the ageless ones, and the few mortals who ever dared set foot upon its hallowed shores.

The instruments and music are mostly in the vein of Traditional Celtic, plus a few more modern additions, mostly of the percussive variety on the instrument side. SoundFonts every one of them, since that is what I have to work with, but I feel that the quality is quite good regardless. I hope that you agree.



Rated 4 / 5 stars October 3, 2013

This is an NGADM Round 2 Review.


What an interesting piece!

Things that I liked:
-Unique choice of instruments.
-This takes me back to my gaming days!
-I really like the percussion you use. Very effective in making this feel medieval.
-You're not confined to any specific chord progressions, which is great.
-The panning harp sound is really cool.
-Those vocals are great!

What could have been better:
-While this is a unique track, there are a lot of generic elements to it.
-The samples you use work in this instance, but increasing your sample quality would really take this to the next level.
-The flute is nice, but overused.
-I would like to have seen a larger climax.

Overall this is a fantastic track and I greatly enjoyed listening to it. You make some great music, and the incorporation of etherealwinds' vocals was a good choice. Great job!

Score: 8/10

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ChronoNomad responds:

Don't you mean...8.3/10? xD Stuff happens; no harm, no foul. Thanks for the review, BFJ! You like a lot of aspects of this particular piece, and that makes me happy. It was certainly a lot of fun to make, and I think that manages to shine through. You also offer up some very solid points regarding what could have been better, though not much by way of suggestion. Of course that's part of the journey. Probably just needs more cowbell. ;)

I'm personally very content with the way this turned out, and EW's contribution is like the icing on the cake. I'll definitely view Tir Na Nog as my biggest accomplishment in this contest, and it seems primed to continue as my 'best of' submission throughout the remainder of 2013. ^_^


Rated 5 / 5 stars October 3, 2013

Beautiful. So energetic and elegant. Jordi's voice are beautiful.

ChronoNomad responds:

Thanks! I'm glad that you enjoy it, and really appreciate the quick review! :)


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars September 6, 2013

First off, I really dig the fact that you're using SoundFonts. So many people believe that SoundFonts don't have good quality, but your piece here just goes to prove otherwise, so awesome job!

Don't know how well you know your RPGs, but this sounds exactly like the game Wild Arms, it's got a nice cultural, celtic feeling going for it, and still keeps a sweet rhythm. Love it.

ChronoNomad responds:

Thanks, nUMBRA! I'm always happy to prove people wrong. ^_~ I have heard plenty of terrible SoundFonts in my hunt for good ones, so there can definitely be quite a disparity from one to the next.

I do indeed know my RPGs fairly well, and Wild ARMs is a series that I am well familiar with. Even though the difference in style from Western to Celtic is so distinct, guitar-like strums can still often sound very similar. You should check out my other songs: Gunslinger and The Gunslinger Returns! They're at least partially inspired by those games and classic Spaghetti Westerns. :D


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars August 30, 2013


The Good:
-I'm loving the cultural vibe, along with all the pitch-bent trills and sounds.
-Panning is well-done with the harp and other panned instruments. Try panning some a bit more subtly rather than have it always be fully panned. :)
-Harmonic lines are also very well-done, I like it.
-Vocals are good, of course.
-Great overall composition, I like the form.

The Not-So-Good:
-The section from about 0:30-1:16 is a tad long without too much variation, I think by this part the guitar should have changed from doing the chords to doing something else.
-Some transitions are a tad bit rough, though overall they're good.

Overall: Score of 8.5/10. This is a well-composed and awesome-sounding piece of music and I like it a lot. <3 Try having more variation within each section and letting instruments do different things.

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ChronoNomad responds:

Greetings, Skye! Thanks for the shiny new review; it is very much appreciated.

I like that even in The Good you offer some nice suggestions to improve the panning. I lean more towards natural-sounding pans, such as where an instrument would be in an orchestra and so on, but I also love getting creative in this regard. There's a happy medium in there somewhere, and I'll keep trying to nail it down. I'm quite pleasantly surprised that the Celtic vibe has been so well received! This is also the first review I've gotten that specifically mentions the way that I used pitch bending for all those fun little trills, so thank you for that. :D

Aw, I love how you avoid the word bad and simply say The Not-So-Good. Unfortunately, that also precludes my ability to make a humorously relevant 'The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly' reference...but I digress. I can't say that I disagree with anything you've said here, and - in perfect 20/20 hindsight - I do rather wish that I had varied the cister strums with some other form of attack; possibly with slower arpeggiated chords to complement the faster harp arpeggios. Ah, well. Live and learn.

Thank you again for all the great feedback and suggestions, and I'm glad to have you aboard as a judge! Also, every single time I see your name it makes me think of Austin Wintory. Random factoid is random. Ta!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars August 30, 2013

This is an NGADM Round 2 review.


This song hits many of my soft spots. I have a soft spot for celtic music, a soft spot for sus4 chords (which you make really nice use of, especially in the intro) and a soft spot for etherealwinds' vocals. Well-played! Your atmosphere is exactly what you described it to be - mysterious. Something people know little about, but at the same time something exciting and heart-pumping. You highlight this well by throwing in so many different elements, and unlike in your Round 1 track, you've brought the production quality up a notch, so despite so many instruments playing together, it's not a game of Eeny, meeny, miny, moe to decide which to focus on!

Your transitions are almost all excellent. 1:16 was a bit abrupt during the initial listen, and perhaps you could've made 2:16 a bit more subtle, but otherwise, everything's smooth and well-made. 2:44 is just mind-blowingly well made, by the way. What an excellent way to heighten the melody and switch everything to overdrive, so to speak. Your progression and structure are also masterful. On the instrumentation section, I can tell you made an effort to give your instruments dynamics and realism, and your instruments are well-chosen, but they're still soundfonts, and some of them (0:07's instrument especially) sound very thin and MIDI-like. Again, I'm not reducing your score for it because you seem to have done everything in your power to give this good production value, but you're one of the people who I think really deserves some better sounds. It's an investment to consider. If you ever do consider it and would like some tips, feel free to hit me up.

Now, first impression; this track is very generic, even moreso than your first track (sorry for using that word again haha). When I think "celtic", this kind of track is exactly what I'd think of. This might be a good thing because it means you kept to your vision of making a celtic track, but it's also a bad thing because it feels like I've heard all these melodies a handful of times before. They're very typical for this genre, and I feel that it's important to make your work stand out. This is a more uphill struggle in EDM, since there are so many tracks in that genre that it becomes hard to give your music an edge over other EDM music, but you have no excuse! There's plenty of celtic music out there but there's still a lot of room to make your celtic track sound unique. Tiny mixing issue; at 2:49 the lower frequencies of etherealwinds' voice are too prominent.

Anyhow, good job improving on your Round 1 submission; the more I listen to this, the more I enjoy it. You need to work on making your music stand out from the crowd, because couple that with your compositional talent (and some better samples of course) and you've got a winning formula. P.S.: May I remind you how good 2:44's transition is. I keep going back to that transition because it is SO DAMN WELL-MADE. Bravo!

Score: 8.6/10

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ChronoNomad responds:

Huzzah! I pinpointed all your weaknesses systematically and violently zapped them with high-powered sound waves...without even knowing what they were! This pleases me greatly. I'm also glad to hear that the mysterious quality of the music is quantifiable. It's also a pleasure to hear that my production quality has improved despite the continued use of SoundFonts. :D

On to transitions! As for 1:16, that was intended to be strategically jarring in the hopes that it would feel nice and dramatic. A false ending as it were, and then...BAM! I was never (and still am not) quite happy with the cymbal crash at 2:16, but ditching them entirely felt too underwhelming, and nothing else I tried really seemed to work as well. I would have gone back at the end and continued experimenting, but it ended up just being forgotten in the general shuffle. Oh, but 2:44--YES! It would seem that you love that particular transition as much as I do. I really wanted the title of the land/song to appear vocally at least once, and Jordi proceeded to deliver beyond my fondest expectations. I would indeed love to acquire some robust EW suites one of these days, but as a person with bills and college tuition payments it's just not in the cards at current. Believe me, I'll be saving any birthday and Christmas money for precisely that! Until then, I can but do the best with what I have.

Generic!? Gah! Argh! It burns! It bites! It freezes! My Preciousssss~!

But seriously, I do know what you mean, and I accept my fate. It's not like Enya generic (not that Enya is generic; I just mean it's not like her style), but it does have that old time Celtic tavern sort of generic quality...a little. I can admit it. That doesn't mean that I love my marvelous little Irish rose any less, of course! Hopefully my Round 3 submission will blow your socks clean to Timbuktu.

Yay! Thanks a lot for everything, Step. I feel very honoured by such praise, and I hope to maintain this level of badassitude going forward. Hooray for the un-freaking-believably sweet transition that is 2:44! That will always be my favorite part, too. ^__^