Credits & Info

Uploaded
Mar 20, 2017 | 10:42 PM EDT
File Info
Song
9 MB
3 min 57 sec
Score
3.94 / 5.00

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Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.

*Contains third-party samples.
Excercise caution when using it, refer to author comments / contact the author for details.

Score:
Rated 3.94 / 5 stars
Plays & Downloads:
593 Plays | 14 Downloads
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Genres:
Other - World
Tags:
catchy
sitar
blueoceans
aim2017

Author Comments

It's hard to believe that I composed such a complex song in less than 24 hours. I must have been capable of such a feat for a while; I just had to force myself to continue working hard despite my lack of inherent motivation.

Here is the art work: http://www.newgrounds.com/art/view/skyrisdesign/the-bad-and-the-ugly

While composing, I tried to establish a medieval sound while introducing elements of modernity, such as the synths and electronic drums, to represent the castle's modern-esque dome design.

Plugins and Samples:

Absynth 5
Good Flutes
Session Strings
India
West Africa
Etherealwinds Harp
Fluid R3 GM
Autogun
Fl Studio Drum Samples
Ambiance from http://www.freesfx.co.uk/

Reviews


SnowTeddySnowTeddy

Rated 5 / 5 stars

this track is cool and strange at the same time. you really make the best use out of the stuff here dude. original and solidly great, what i love. im interested in how you humanized the stuff in here. awesome work, blueoceans!


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BlueOceans responds:

I'm glad you like the originality!

It's good to know that the stuff in here sounds humanized, because I admittedly didn't know what I was doing regarding automating real instruments and varying their velocities. I tried to highlight certain notes and chords that I thought defined the mood of their respective section, and thus, other notes were automatically lowered in velocity. Furthermore, I made sure that no two adjacent notes had the same velocity, so there is some degree of randomness.

Thank you for the review! :D


LucidShadowDreamerLucidShadowDreamer

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Even though I know you were working on, I was surprised when I heard this! I didn't expect you to write in a world genre, especially since it seems this is your first one, on Newgrounds! I'm also glad to see you made it so well, and that it's a bit of a hybrid with electronic music! That's fairly rare (at least around here), and thus has a super refreshing sound :D

I like the melodies you used as well, as well as the fact that you chose a sitar as the main instrument. Together, the combination lays down a very interesting atmosphere, that I wouldn't have thought of creating myself. I love the bells, along with the breakdowns with strings (etc.) at 0:47 and 3:00.

And ofc, we have the refrain that plays twice, which is also a very nice part.
Catchy? Check.
Interesting sound/genre? Check.
Does it want to make you dance? Check.

So yeah. You did incredibly well for a first world track, imo. And I can notice you put a fair deal of work into this, which I'm sure you too notice in the result. The percussion at the beginning is really nice, btw.

As for the mix, I personally think it's pretty good. At a few points, maybe there is some room to fill, and you could've succeedeed in achieving a wider sound. But that's often a bit more difficult with these instruments than it is with electronic music. This is way better than most of my mixes already, which is why I don't really have anything to complain about, and the refrain definitely sounds full enough for me :D

So yeah. Wonderful job with this, and good luck in the competition! I'm excited to hear what else you can do, which is out of your comfort zone, since the result with this track is really cool!

P.S. My favorite melody is the one shot between 2:53 and 2:58 (it works so well because you only do it once, too) :O


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BlueOceans responds:

"Even though I know you were working on, I was surprised when I heard this! I didn't expect you to write in a world genre, especially since it seems this is your first one, on Newgrounds! I'm also glad to see you made it so well, and that it's a bit of a hybrid with electronic music! That's fairly rare (at least around here), and thus has a super refreshing sound :D"

It's not like I suddenly decided to write a world song. I've made several attempts, and I played along with Jordi's songs on my keyboard to get an idea of the typical melodic structures. But yeah, I haven't published any world songs on NG before. I'm not sure how familiar you are with Autogun, but it's basically a giant synth library that gives you a different synth with each click. It's an incredible source of inspiration because it gives you sounds that you couldn't have thought of otherwise. I used Autogun for the synthetic melodic instrument and the bass.

"And ofc, we have the refrain that plays twice, which is also a very nice part.
Catchy? Check.
Interesting sound/genre? Check.
Does it want to make you dance? Check."

I'm glad the song meets your criteria :) I'm not sure what you mean when you say that the refrain plays twice. If you're referring to the choruses, both of them have distinct melodies.

"So yeah. You did incredibly well for a first world track, imo. And I can notice you put a fair deal of work into this, which I'm sure you too notice in the result. The percussion at the beginning is really nice, btw."

I'm so glad to hear this because, as I told you on skype, I did most of the composing on autopilot and I mixed the song blindly. Most of the percussion in the beginning are from loops that I made many adjustments to. I didn't feel the need to make my own drum beats, not only because of the required effort, but also because if I fail to match the quality of the loop, which would be likely considering how good the loop is, then what's the point?

"As for the mix, I personally think it's pretty good. At a few points, maybe there is some room to fill, and you could've succeedeed in achieving a wider sound. But that's often a bit more difficult with these instruments than it is with electronic music. This is way better than most of my mixes already, which is why I don't really have anything to complain about, and the refrain definitely sounds full enough for me :D"

I agree that some instruments could sound wider. Next time I won't use more plugins than my computer can handle, so I'll be able to mix the song to the best of my ability. But anyway, I think the mix sounds pretty good as it is too! And it does become fully saturated at a couple points.

Thank you for the extensive review and your support (I probably wouldn't have composed this song otherwise) ! I'm excited to hear your submission :D


RealFactionRealFaction

Rated 4 / 5 stars

This is beautiful! But it's missing the low end on the drums for that impact, and needs some bass or low end strings to back it up. I like when the kick comes in, but it's lacking a bass synth or bassy strings. This reminds me a bit of Juno Reactor though, whom I'm a big fan of (if you've heard the 90's Mortal Kombat movie music, or music from The Matrix movies).

You've got some great mixing and it's a great start here, really the only thing I see missing is that bass synth or strings to back it up, it just leaves an empty layer of space that leaves too much open in my opinion. It feels it needs more to carry it than what it has, but like I said, this is pretty awesome for what it is presently. Good job!


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BlueOceans responds:

I was aware of the overall lack of a bass presence; however, I left the that aspect for last, and unfortunately, my 6GB laptop couldn't handle an additional high quality plug in at that point (I couldn't even play the song in the DAW. I had to mix the song blindly). So I thought it would be best to leave it out.

But since it seems to be such a prominent flaw, I decided to go back into the project to see what I could do, and I managed to add a simple sub bass using 3xOsc. I hope this improves the experience for future listeners :)

Thanks for the review! And, I haven't heard of Juno Reactor before, but I found his music on youtube and I like the style!