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Aug 12, 2017 | 10:53 PM EDT
File Info
Song
4.7 MB
4 min 9 sec
Score
4.38 / 5.00

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Score:
Rated 4.38 / 5 stars
Plays & Downloads:
527 Plays | 12 Downloads
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Genres:
Electronic - Drum N Bass
Tags:
finals
nguac
miyolophone
astrenfant

Author Comments

Final round submission (!!!) for NGUAC 2017, here goes nothing

How did this strange DnB-orchestral-rock hybrid end up with such a pretentious name, you ask? As I wrote the introduction (which, uncharacteristically, I actually didn't start with), I felt that the piece was developing both a sense of hope and doom, like "oh my god something awesome is going to happen" and "oh my god something terrible is about to kill us all," which may or may not have been me projecting my own emotions about the competition onto the track. Along with that, I felt my drop at the time was lacking power, but ultimately I decided that I liked the sort of semi-ambience it had that lent it a dreamy/astral quality, which fit in well with my aforementioned thoughts. With that and the idea of not-fully-developed but enormous power in mind, I thought of the name "Star Child." But that's not artsy enough, right? So a quick Google Translate run told me that a viable equivalent in French (the most aesthetic of languages, as everyone knows) would be "Astre Enfant," but that still wasn't satisfactorily obnoxious for me, so I messed with the capital letters and smashed the two halves together, and voilá: "astrEnfant."

So no giant story time for this one, but while I was writing I liked to picture a boy living in a small forest village, feeling on a deep emotional level but not yet *knowing* that his destiny lies up above. Maybe that resonates with you, maybe not, whatever floats your boat. I tried to have a more coherent structure and obvious main melody this round since those were the main criticisms last time from the judges (thanks to all of them by the way!).

Hope I do well and good luck to everyone else! Enjoy!
-Miyo

Stats and specs for NGUAC (just in case you want to see them):
Key: Em - Gm - Abm
BPM: 192
Time signature: 4/4 - 3/4 - 4/4
DAW: Logic Pro X
Plugins: The Grandeur, Massive, Kontakt 5 Factory Library, Session Strings Pro, Rise and Hit, Damage, Battery 4, and two free sound effects for the crows at the beginning: https://freesound.org/people/tigersound/sounds/9329/ and https://freesound.org/people/blimp66/sounds/256485/
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Reviews


koalakamikazekoalakamikaze

Rated 5 / 5 stars

I'M in love <3


Miyolophone responds:

<33


KaitoGFXKaitoGFX

Rated 5 / 5 stars

"Hello? Rayark Studios? This is Kaito Listhbausche Rhoschuveldt speaking. I think I found the guy you were looking for. Yes, THE guy! Alright I'll call you back as soon as possible, I just need my bear trap and net ready. I won't let you down Deemo 4.0."

Fantastic track! This one has to be my favourite. I agree with what Taikeb says about the lack of story in this one, but it leaves it to my imagination.

5/5 I will now go to sleep while blasting this on repeat.

(also if you don't mind, I'm enticed by this nondescript "Star Child," so if you wouldn't mind, I'd love to make artwork for the little kid.)


Miyolophone responds:

Oh god not the bear trap please
Thank you Kaito! And free art is always highly desirable so please go for it haha


TaintedLogicTaintedLogic

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I like the ominous vibe at :05 and the atmospheric flair. The piece has a really engaging cinematic vibe. The sound design is great, and the part at :42 feels really climactic. The guitar entrance at 1:02 caught me off guard a bit (not because it was a rough transition, but because the guitar wasn’t really an obvious choice given the instrumentation up to that point). I also thought the drums were a bit generic, and the pacing of the piece is very fast. You don’t have to change up the texture every 10-15 seconds in order to generate enough variety. Also, the mini-bridges with the high-pitched bells (like at 2:11) got a bit overused after a while. There are a lot of good ideas here. The melodies are fantastic. The mixing is super clean and clear. You’ve varied the energy levels a lot, and I appreciate it. BUT the composition feels extremely patched-together and incoherent. I’d highly encourage you to put more effort in the future into keeping the listener grounded in a (slightly) more predictable and repetitive structure. All these rapid changes in the texture is jarring for the listener, and consolidating your ideas and slowing down the pacing would help a lot. Don’t be afraid of a little more repetition! That said, overall I enjoyed the piece a lot. Keep at it, Miyolophone. ;)   

Mixing, mastering, and balance
2/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
1/2
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
2/2
Instrumentation and sound design
1/1
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
1/1
Originality and uniqueness
1/1
Overall (how do the above elements interact?)
.75/1
Composite score
8.75/10


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Miyolophone responds:

Thanks for the review TL! I admit your criticism about coherence comes as a surprise to me, since I actually worked super hard this time on making my melodies repeat as frequently as some might in more typical electronic genres, but this time it seems texture was my downfall, so definitely a fair point. Perhaps I went a little crazy on generating new material— funny how writing more music can actually make it less enjoyable— as is typical for me in my quest to never be boring, so in the future I'll try not to go overboard on that sort of thing.
(also I will regret the electric guitar until the day I die)
Thanks again!


Taikeb0Taikeb0

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Usually I read the story first, then read the story as the song goes on.. This time there is no big story.. I'm feeling lost.. Other than that not so relevant thing, it's already a great song, probably just need some minor fixes here and there.


Miyolophone responds:

Sorry about the lacking story time, contests make it hard to consider that sort of thing in depth :( but glad you enjoyed overall!


amateurreamateurre

Rated 5 / 5 stars

When i heard this it instantly inspired me to build a level.

One that matches your description of the track.
Man i must say, this thing deserves 5*, it's really good.

Also good luck on the NGUAC. Hope you win.

-Rico :3


Miyolophone responds:

Thanks a lot Rico, glad it inspired you!