hamstercake - His Final Act
Composition was very inventive, but the whole thing felt a bit shaky, almost as if a bunch of stuff was attempted to be crammed in to make it sound as diverse as possible - I found the intro to be a bit.. squished in the stereo spectrum - depth was fine, it just could have been wider imo. And then the pirates of the carribeannish music came in - and this is where the percussion could have been a lot more defined - it feels muddy and not clear at all - I can barely even make it out as percussion as opposed to just rumbling. The strings have a wonderful classical feeling though - I just felt the embellishments weren't implemented very well - the whole piece seems to suffer from a lack of production, I expected more consdering all the resources used.
Still from a compositional standpoint it is rather nice, and apart from the percussion it is rather smooth so I have to credit you on that. Still I feel a lot of it was actual reliance on the sounds themselves. Still, not bad.
Mrmilkcarton - Lost But Not Forgotten
Epic but also a bit disappointing. Fortunately that only seemed to be the beginnig. The whole "lion king" slant on things was a nice refreshing change, but I found the percussion could have been raised a little and not been so muted. And then KRATOS COMES IN - the god of war music is rather interesting - however I still fail to see what non-orchestral elements you combined with this song for the contest - as the entire point of this was to take dominant orchestral elements and combine them with secondary non-orchestral elements - it just feels like you just made a pure orchestral song with different orchestral styles - There was a little bit of piano at the end, but admittedly it felt a bit.. forced.. so I will have to dock off points for not being more daring in the combinative dept.
Remember the point was to kinda go out there and combine other elements with your orchestral. I feel you stuck to the safe side.
Still, for what you have, compositionally it's solid on all fronts, but still, points taken off for being pure orchestral.
XayberOptix - Warped Galaxy
Refreshing! I love the whole retro space feel this piece gives, remidns me of the game star ocean, or one of the old star treks. With a bit of that cheesy feel. Yes definitely feels liek star ocean combined with andromeda or something. Short but sweet! You managed to combine a lot of different space elements - and while you didn't necessarily venture outside of the non-orchestral instruments to back your song, you still ventured out of the normal orchestral feel with this. I really like this song :) f compositional standpoint it's completely solid - and I expected no less from you Xay - a little more filtering to ad more realism couldn't hurt, but we aren't judging production here, unless it really makes the song suffer.
Cleverhill - Dream of being best
Nice - starts out sad, a nice change on newgroudns from all the ms to be "battlesque" - classical has tons of different feels and potentials to it. The little fwump was a little odd but moving on - nice choirs - and then the ethnic percussion comes in - which I think was a brilliant non-orchestral element to add to this piece - the violin adds that special militaristic funeral feel to it on the battlefield, along with the low voices - the 2 different percussive styles interwove with eath other quite nicely. Then it sort of turns into a dirge, a feeling of victory, of striving to be the best. Not sure about your choice of horn - I feel it may have been too heavy for a lead-ever - then the song just cuts off - and I feel this is the biggest loss to your song as it had so much momentum and then suddenly.. cut off. I would have liked to see it extended and perhaps either more epicly ended or trailed off.
Still so far out of the contestants I have judged you're the only one that actually added a non-orchestral element to your song - so you should be commended for that. Also your compositional skills are solid - as is your production - a pleasure to listen to :)
PeterSatera - The Superbugs Attack
To be honest.. I wasn't big on the beginning... but I realize it's there for suspense... and then it finally kicked in and was pretty epic.. that part is really written well , and goes for quite a long time changing up and diversifying, always keeping you on your toes - I can pitcure runnign away from hordes of bugs through tunnels big and small - however I felt the choir combined with the horns near the end to be a tad too much, and felt a bit cluttered. Overall very well produced. Not much to critique - you live up to your reputation :) good job.
SBB - Sunken City
Hmm.. right off the bat.. im noticing your bass is rather.. STRONG on those stabs - it's a bit distracting as it seems to be the prominant sound in the mix - I would have preferred to see it more resonant, echoey maybe and maybe a little farther back in the mix. But preferences, thats what that boils down to. It's very much your ambiant reflective style, very minimalistic. It has that nice creeping feeling, and I can faintly hear stuff in the bg but it gets downed out by the lingering bass sadly. *turns down bass volume knob* ahh that's better. Still, I shouldn't have to do that. Still you get props for actually fusing 2 different styles together. Still I don't feel it's your best work - maybe a few fixes here and there would help it along :)
MJTTOMB - Ballroom, 1899
Haha you are most spot on sir - this is by far the most enjoyable piece I have listened to so far - your description of it fits entirely with what I imgained - your composition, aside from a few slight clutterances, was stellar. Everything was pleasant for the msot part to listen to - with that nice parisian flair to it. And your combination of parisian style with orchestral is wonderful. Really I would feel bad if I didn't give tis the score I feel it deserves.
ProudAardvark - The False Memory
Overall I found this one to be a bit disappointing. I mean there was some complex melodies in parts, but It just seems to fail in combining other elements except for pieces here and there like the wailing strings - especially compared to some of the other pieces sumitted. The whole point of this contest was to incorporate other genres into the orchestral song but to make them secondary and the orchestral primary. Also I felt there was too heavy a reliance on chords to fill the majority of the song, which while sounds pretty, doesn't take a whole lot of effort to achieve. You're relying on the sound qualities of the samples as opposed to your compositional skills themselves it seems. Still for a slow mournful type piece it's not bad.. I just feel you fall short for the criteria of this contest - sorry. Still I did like the bell areas and use of harp and the almost lion-king feel to it.