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届かない (todokanai)


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Today's prompt is "distance" -- and since I already have a song with the same name as the prompt, I decided to interpret it differently.

What if you have something in your sights, but you can't reach it? The distance is too great, and you look longingly at it as you attempt to grasp it, and fail.

The title simply means 'cannot reach,' a simple enough phrase to describe the feeling of longing I poured into this piece.


Fragment of this piece as shared on Twitter in April:


Visualiser with full song on YouTube:


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I notice the music starts out with sad sort of sound. (Obviously, right?) Those secondary piano notes are more spaced out, so it does start off with a feeling of distance. Steady tempo, the notes begin to get a bit more dramatic as it goes which is interesting. Then there’s slight burst with strong backing melody. Maybe that represents some sort of hope? It begins to quiet again, but there is a tenderness to that segment, and it sounds nice. It returns to something more like what we had initially, but with this more “echo” effect to it. It seamlessly segues into the actual beginning which I think is an appealing effect.

From what I can tell, you’re quite the fan of Yoko Shimomura’s work. It shows throughout this piece and I think you did quite a good job emulating her work while still putting a slight twist into your own composition.

Got to admit that I am not a musician at all, but I think what you’ve done sounds fairly pleasant despite the bittersweet tone you’ve gone for. I suppose I should study sound mixing and music theory to give you a better critique next time.

Overall, a nice sounding composition. Keep up the good work.

Troisnyx responds:

Thank you for the thought you put into this review! ^_^

I don't know if I'd necessarily say I'm enamoured by Shimomura's work, but hearing her work (among others) was certainly formative to me as a teenager writing loops of my own.

The common thread that runs through a lot of my work is the interlacing of sadness with hope. Even in things that depict bleak subjects, there's still that undercurrent of hope that many listeners pick up on, and I'm grateful that you picked up on that. ^_^


Very pretty track! Love the dynamic arc that it takes, it adds a lot of interest. I had a different interpretation but I definitely can hear how each section corresponds to the intended interpretation.

Wow the feels, I got serious goosebumps when the climax came. I think you're one of the few people who have the skill to use BBCSO Discover to its fullest power. The mix is also super clear, I played it on both headphone and speaker, there's no muddy feel and it's so smooth. The climax is pretty ear-candy, I kept going back to that part haha. The interesting part is that I barely notice the synth, I thought they were all orchestral until I saw the software description.

Super impressive and intimate work. :) I should really check out your work more often. There's a lot to learn from your production and especially composition.

Have a great weekend and stay safe!

The ambiance & the vibes is just awesome <333

Credits & Info


4.62 / 5.00

Feb 27, 2021
4:15 PM EST
Video Game
File Info
2.9 MB
2 min 36 sec
  • Sytrus
  • Flex
  • BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • FL Studio 20

Licensing Terms

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