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Helios Rio

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Ripping Helios and Tycho here. Music for the scene where the tears of the Loony Tunes bring LeBron back after being turned to stone.

more tunes at: grahamf.bandcamp.com

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I like the tranquil mood at the beginning and the cute instruments. The piece is a tad slow to progress, but I like the crisp beats at :55. In fact, the drums might even be a bit too loud and sharp-sounding compared to the pads and ambiance, as is the bass at 1:21. At some point, some stronger melodic content would’ve been welcome. I also think it would’ve been nice to create some variety in this piece in more ways than just by adding and subtracting instruments over time - phrasing, dynamics, automation, filtering, etc. all pull more emotional weight than just creating a new instrument track after every 4 or 8 bars. In that way, the arrangement felt pretty generic and predictable. Still, the compositional details here - like the way the secondary snare echoes at 2:47 (and other places) and the slight pitch bend at the very end - do help keep me engaged. My favorite elements of the piece by far are the sound design and the mood, although the production quality is pretty clean at the end of the day, despite the balance issues I mentioned earlier. Overall, it’s a solid piece, but it could’ve been a lot more compositionally adventurous. Keep at it, GrahamFr! :)

Mixing, mastering, and balance
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
Instrumentation and sound design
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
Originality and uniqueness
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
Composite score

GrahamFr responds:

Very thorough and helpful :)

enjoying the naturalistic vibe in this and having a very big chill to this. slow build, but worth it in the end. the structure is very basic and there's not really much in the way of fills or cutaways to grease the transitions, you kind of just drop elements in one at a time until the end. the changeup and melody at 2:14 is a nice break from the relative monotony of the piece. not that it's a bad monotony - the sound design and mixing are pretty great actually! would like to hear this developed and refined a bit more though. good stuff overall!

important notes on my NGUAC review process: https://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1476427/18#bbspost26965604_post_text

So good!!

this is vibey i can totally get down to this while working or playing a game.

fellow tycho enjoyer

Credits & Info


4.67 / 5.00

Jul 25, 2021
10:02 PM EDT
File Info
8.1 MB
3 min 32 sec

Licensing Terms

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