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AIM - Theme for the Keeper of the Reef

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Uploaded
Jul 13, 2016 | 10:46 PM EDT
File Info
Song
7.9 MB
4 min 19 sec
Score
3.82 / 5.00

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Score:
Rated 3.82 / 5 stars
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591 Plays | 13 Downloads
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Genres:
Other - Experimental
Tags:
aquatic
carrion
idm
aim2016

Author Comments

This contest has been a joy to be a part of, and I'm super grateful to everyone who helped create and execute this idea. I went through my fair share of struggles when creating this song (the worst of which involving one of the soft synth presets I created being deleted halfway through щ(ಥДಥщ)), but damn if I didn't finish it. And I managed to have a good time while doing it.
I owe a debt of gratitude to user Carrion for creating the artwork that inspired this piece. Check out their account if you want to see some other amazing pixel art. Also, big thanks to VST programmer Xoxos for building Phybes, the awesome, free mallet percussion synth you can hear throughout the song.
Tools used:
Acid Pro 7 (DAW)
Garritan Aria (VST)
T-Force Alpha Plus (VST)
Phybes (VST)
Stock Sony tambourine sample that I pitched down super low
Stock Sony clicking sound sample (might be a rim tap?)
Crisp Ocean Waves, a public domain field recording by Mike Koenig

Reviews


EctisityEctisity

Rated 5 / 5 stars

A.I.M Judging Review
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Really liked the atmospheric feel of this. The ocean samples are great, and very well recorded and mixed into the song. The entire song does a great job in creating a atmosphere and it really helps that the mixing is great. I wish there was a bit more rever on the lead synth to make it sound even more atmospheric.
This really is a minimalistic track done right. Shows that it's possible to make something without thousands of layers, but still having it sound great.Really don't have anything to deduct here.


Maverickmode responds:

Thanks a lot for the review! I was actually thinking I wanted a little more reverb on that synth too, but the mix ended up getting a little too muddy and it started to drown out everything else. I wanted everything to be mixed evenly so no part seemed more "important" to the ear than any other, even though that lead synth was essentially supposed to function as a background. So, in essence I ended up having to compromise between getting the mix I wanted and having the synth sound the way I wanted. Oh, and the reason I turned the reverb completely off during the atmospheric sections with the low tambourine was that I wanted the synth to function more as a melody instrument there and stick out, rather than blending in with everything else.


ZipZipperZipZipper

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Y'know...It has its own personality to it while still acting as an underline to the character itself. Interesting that you took a more cutesy route to embody the artwork, because to me the character looks more menacing lol. Also, ocean waves as ambience to any minimalist song makes me instant loves. The altered tambourine sample was a great idea as well. Nice work here!


Maverickmode responds:

Haha yeah I totally see what you mean about the character looking a little more menacing than the way it's portrayed in this song. I probably took the route I did because I found myself imagining this creature's surroundings along with the way it fits into them, and to me a reef is a place that's colorful and bright. I'm glad you liked the tambourine, I thought it sounded like the creature's claw snapping together deep under the water.


RealFactionRealFaction

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Wow, something really emotional from the start of this thing that really hooks me. Great atmosphere and use of notes. It definitely fits the artwork in a way but shows so much more. I like how you added a synth to kinda fit the retro style of the artwork. This is beautiful. I would've added more reverb on the strings at 57 seconds in, just slightly so they don't sound as dry.

I love how this is gradual and feels like this takes you on a journey. I haven't heard a track like this in any AIM contest before...really something special! :) I love everything in this song, it creates a real atmosphere. This would be great for a game. Amazing work.


Maverickmode responds:

Thank you so much for the kind review, it means a lot to me! I'm really glad that you appreciate my song.
For a while now I've wanted a chance to produce music for either films or games, but I didn't have any experience doing it and it didn't seem like anyone was interested in what I had to produce. This contest provided the perfect chance to try out those skills, and now I feel even more motivated to go out and try to pursue my goal of creating music to accompany films and games.