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Rolling Waves - AIM 2021

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It's AIM time again, and boy did I enjoy this one too! Found a lovely piece by Kecek86 which I used for my inspiration this time. "Drowning Fantasia" it's called, and it presented various directions I could take the composition in. On one hand it painted an image of self reflection, growing up, things like that; on the other, a literal struggle akin to a darker take on Alice in Wonderland.

In the end I chose to go with a multistage composition focussing on transitioning between these various ideas. Unfortunately, unlike last year, I didn't have all that much time to actually sit down and produce a piece of music out of thin air, as school work is quickly piling up, and I don't expect it to calm down until after finals just before the AIM deadline. In the end, though I would have loved to sit down and do some more proper mixing on this piece (and maybe write an outro too), I'm quite satisfied with the end result, and I hope whomever listens to it will appreciate Kecek's art as much as I do now!

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I like the bright ambiance at the beginning and the jangly percussion. Very pensive mood, with a nice dramatic flair at times with the church bells and suspenseful section at 1:00 or so. The piano riff at 1:10 struck me as a tad cliche, at least with the progression, but the beat at 1:40 keeps moving the piece moving along nicely, and the reverb helps fill out the texture a little more. Your production has also improved a lot in the last year or two. The pace of progression is a little slow towards the middle of the piece, but I like the evocative solo at 3:00ish. The turn toward the dramatic at the end was a nice touch too. Overall, really strong work here as always, WolfgangMiakoda! Good luck in the AIM. ^_^

Best sounding AIM submission so far.

Careful with your impact FX. They clutter the low end.

Also, WHY is the coolest part of the piece the shortest at the end???

I wanted to hear at least 2 minutes more.

The breakdown chord progression is way too basic honestly for something like this. I’ve heard it many times before and skipped ahead to that epic last section. And while on topic, the breakdown does not fit with the last section of the piece.

The intro was super cool. If I were to remix this, I would keep the intro and outro and expand on those ideas.

The mix could tighten up just a tad more.

You got me to say more than two sentences so take it as a complement!

I absolutely love the sound design and the complexity of production of this song, it also really fits the art piece you chose. Really nice work!!!

Very atmospheric...

Definetly one of my favourites from this AIM so far. Good job! Loving the cinematic vibes

Credits & Info

4.42 / 5.00

Apr 23, 2021
11:06 AM EDT
File Info
5.5 MB
4 min 1 sec
  • Omnisphere
  • FL Studio
  • LABS
  • Sylenth1
  • Addictive Keys
Misc. Kit
  • Spitfire Audio - Albion One

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