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[AIM] creepy-crawly concerto

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The inspired image: https://www.newgrounds.com/art/view/antonm/bug-show

This piece is fully explained by the image I hope, but the mini-story is this person goes into a bug zone in the middle of the night and starts playing and the bugs join in alongside the music for a magical moment.

It is a wonderful picture from @AntonM and I hope he likes this inspired track!

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When it comes to the effectiveness of the inspiration, I think this piece does a wonderful job at setting up the scene and playing it out as a fleeting moment. The instruments evoke a mysterious, naturistic feeling that develops into something whimsical as they presumably take on the roles of the person with their instrument alongside the numerous critters.

One issue that held me back from fully enjoying this piece was that as the section from the 1:00 mark builds, the mix starts to get a bit muddy and I start to lose a sense of the scale of the picture. Like narratively, this person is presumably playing to a multitude of bugs, but the way the instruments are mixed make it seem like the bugs are yelling into this person's face. That lead instrument entering at around the 1:08 mark (distorted flute?) also feels like it would have benefitted from some phrasing to enhance the sense of musical narrative in the melody and not make it come across as though every note were hitting the same. A more minor nitpick - the bluesy note in the melody at 1:46 seems out of place in regards to the atmosphere of the composition and comes across as jarring.

Overall, this entry does a great job of setting the scene as depicted in the picture, and I think the instrument choice suitably alludes to the nighttime tones and the amusing concept of bugs "singing" along with the individual. The piece does feel very short-lived, however, and I think there was a lot more room for development that could have been explored. It’s a great atmosphere that leaves as soon as the stage is set.

Reminds me of Skinny Puppy!

This is awesome. I keep coming back to this after two weeks of it being stuck in my head. Really great job and I can hear this when I look at the original image! Is the stringed instrument some kind of mandolin or stringed instrument? :)

Ketyri responds:

weeks of being stuck in your head????

The organs eerie yet beautiful. Fantastic mixing, love the verb it is just the right amount, and some filters. Wow, candy to the ears. Love it!

Ketyri responds:

there is no organ in this track lol, tricked you

ahh I love that creepy intro and the lead up to the big ensemble!! thanks again for making this, I'm really into the instrument and sound choices you used in this :))

Ketyri responds:

Bugs are aliens and you can't convince me otherwise, they had to have a creepy theme

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4.61 / 5.00

Jun 19, 2021
10:50 AM EDT
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3.1 MB
2 min 41 sec

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