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Mio/Homura (澪/炎) EXTEND Ver.

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May 15, 2017 | 1:13 AM EDT
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8.4 MB
7 min 21 sec
4.71 / 5.00

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Rated 4.71 / 5 stars
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For context behind this piece:

The original, to your left, is what originally resulted from having that idea and being ambitious enough to try. This, here, is the culmination of that idea. No one could ever take that away from me back in 2012 with their reviews. And now, no one can ever take that away from me in any other form. I mean, in my current ability, notwithstanding years of breaks because my mind wrestling with heavy psychological damage, Mio took two days, and Homura took nine. Then, of course, there was the updated section in between the two phases, which took me much longer because that was one thing which wasn't even in the original vision of the song, and yet, I feel it needs a grandiose buildup into the second phase.

This song is me. It reconciles the two sides of my musical ability that I am strongest at -- electronic, dreamy ambiences, and frenetic dance-like tunes accompanied by "stupidly traditional" drums, as Jeroen Tel affectionately puts it, heheheh. It doubles as a prayer, by virtue of its lyrics. It also shows the kind of influence I've had over the past five, six years -- Enya and Akiko Shikata, to be precise.

The title, Mio / Homura, was a poetic translation of synonyms of Water / Flame from Japanese, a direct pun on Waterflame's username and my two compositional phases, as Waterflame was my opponent for the semifinal of the 2012 Audio Deathmatch, to which this song was originally submitted. Bear in mind that Mio and Homura are almost exclusively used as given names in Japanese today.

I sequenced everything but most percussion -- a headless tambourine and a medieval long drum, which I recorded. Also recorded probably 70 vocal tracks on this thing, the most I've ever done to date.

With the completion of this piece, the circle is now complete.


Enough waffle now. For those who are curious about the lyrics, here they are.

And I have also enabled external API on this song. Let's see what becomes of it.



Rated 5 / 5 stars

time to use this in a travel level!

Troisnyx responds:

Let's see what you come up with.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

This version is absolutely a lot better. Now it kinda sounds like a song from the opening to a James Bond movie! I think one of the things that makes it sound better is that you don't have so many discordant layers going off at once anymore. It also helps that a lot more of those layers are in the lower register, so it doesn't come off as shrill.

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Troisnyx responds:

The last version, as you remarked, was rushed. It only took two weeks -- but this one kinda did, it's strange. Regardless, I am glad you enjoy it -- and I am glad it turned out a lot better than version 1.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Composition and arrangement-wise this song is phenomenal!
A good variety of melodies and chord movements keep it interesting all throughout the track.

The transitional part is probably my favourite. I felt a bit of Kingdom Hearts vibes in there, which I dig a lot. I know it can be difficult to glue together a song that comprises of multiple parts that each portray different feelings but you did it perfectly.

I still have to deduct half a point though because I think your vocals are not ideal for such a composition. The singing in the lower registers seemed a bit weak. The part at 4:22 sounded shaky at first but I really love how you ended it at 4:39 with this short rise in pitch.
I generally had the feeling that your vocals could've used a bit more processing, but that might just be my taste. However, I respect the amount of effort it must have taken you - 70 vocal tracks sounds like an awful lot.

Overall great work, with lots of great ideas and visions. Keep it up!

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Please bear in mind, at time of writing I have a cold and the pressure in my ears is uneven, so I'm really bad at registering panning. I don't think there are any big panning issues, but I'm registering a lot of the main instruments and vocals a bit to the left. I'm chalking that up to my ears tho, so I wouldn't worry.

I really like the structure of this piece. It evolves really well, stays interesting for it's runtime, without changing drastically or straying from its central motif. The good mixing helps that our as well, as each instrument is given adequate space to do what it needs to do. I do kinda wish the outro returned to the beginning "style" for a brief bit to give the piece that nice circular feel, as if it's arriving at a similar place to where it began.

The only real criticism I have is the lone vocals at the beginning sound the smallest bit muffled? I don't know if that's the ears thing again, but on the lower end of your range it appears to sound the smallest bit covered. Not a big deal, especially since later in the piece that problem isn't even there.

Really nice job, I love the almost narrative quality it has and your choice of instruments was impeccable. I hope I get to hear more of this stuff from you.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

This song is beyond beautiful! I love hearing that drum of yours in your music, and your voice itself is such a stunning instrument! :O It takes courage to compose outside the box, and I'm glad you dared to do so. :)

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