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Crest - VGM Challenge

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This is my Video Game Music Challenge entry for the Forgotten Journey group (https://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1459468).

I'm not 100% satisfied with the sound and how it's mixed but it's pretty much done. I'll need to polish it up later. Ending was a little rushed too.

This is my first attempt at making a full orchestral track and I had a lot of fun with it, despite rushing to complete it toward the end. Hopefully it doesn't sound too terrible. Open to all feedback.

Instrument libraries used:

Cinematic Studio Strings

Metropolis Ark 1

Joshua Bell Violin

Tina Guo Acoustic Cello

CineWinds Core



ERA II Medieval Legends

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Gonna split my thoughts into mixing and composition.

First, the mixing. You're doubtless aware of what needs to be done; I find that louder sections (especially with the percussion) are muddy. Otherwise, it's alright, the samples you picked were excellent.

Second, and more importantly to me, the composition. I am critiquing this in light of the challenge you picked.

If there's a part of this piece that has a good bit of character to it, it's the ending, which sounds like the playful and melancholic wanderings of a street boy. You might think it was rushed, but I felt like it could be the after-intro, a means of setting the scene. I wish I heard that more. I wish I heard the emotional literacy of someone telling me the story of wonder and awe of that silent moment with the dove choosing the boy for a very solemn mission. I want to hear the quivering of the boy's voice as he struggles to come to terms with it. I want to hear the undercurrent of strength through all that weakness.

Because I didn't feel like it was there. On its own it was okay — I would still be hard-pressed to hear *your sound,* set apart from someone else's, but it's decent. In that regard, I agree with @valdamaer. When I take into account the context of the challenge, it feels like this could pass as the music of any sombre journey scene, and not specifically to do with this boy being given a vision of a solemn undertaking.

I feel heartbroken, and I had to make sure that my feelings over this piece weren't playing tricks on me, that I wasn't somehow overlooking these shiny samples or the composition.

You have doubtless taken influence from so many other composers you have heard — I want to encourage you to find the influence that makes you truly feel like their story is being told differently, and then give that your own spin. I want to encourage you to consider the environment and the emotions running through people, and I want you to give them an experience they'll never forget.

Avrik responds:

Thanks so much for the in-depth review.

Mixing is something I’m still figuring out, especially with the percussion since I’m still learning what each instrument is supposed to do and how that sound would fit in my music. The percs sound really awkward here honestly.

For the ending, I do agree that it could have been fleshed out way more. I actually wanted to make that section much longer but I was only hours away from the deadline at that point. Didn’t really like how it sounded at first but after hearing it again, I do agree with you that it has an interesting tone to that could have been expanded on. As you’ve also said, it probably works better after the intro rather than the end (or the end could have a different variation of that section).

As for the overall sound, I think it did need a little more diversity in its tone. The piece was intended to just be one “dramatic” climax that you would probably hear near the end of a game but I forgot it’s called forgotten “journey” lol. Then again, there was still a lot more that was planned if it wasn’t rushed so it may have sounded more complete if I put more time in it.

Anyway, thanks again for the critique!

Excellent! But variations and different themes could make it stand out heaps! Really brilliant blends of sounds and use equal parts of space and density

Avrik responds:

Thanks for the feedback!

Credits & Info


4.31 / 5.00

Jan 31, 2021
7:19 PM EST
File Info
9.7 MB
4 min 15 sec
  • Kontakt
  • Spire
  • FL Studio 20

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