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The Shopkeeper

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This is my NGUAC KO submission! Whether I make it through, I found making this track very fun, was very happy with how it ended up.



Passing through, or on your way?

Might you stay, I implore,

shall I guide you through the door?

Not every day

Do folks come this way

Sometimes it gets too stuffy

Sometimes I'm all alone

Take a look around

Tell me what you see

I know this place has seen better days

But has anything caught your gaze?

Need anything?

I'll be here, nothing to fear

I'm always near

My dear patron take your time,

I thank you for stopping by

A mother's touch

means so much

Lost her many years ago

when I was five years old

She left this shop to me

And I think It's quite funny

How I'm looking after it

Like she looked after me

Bugs collecting dust

Keep piling up and up

Soon they'll reach the moon

I know one day I will too

People come, people go

I stay close, it's all I know

Take a look around, is there anything that you fancy?

Need anything? I'll be here, nothing to fear, I'm always near

My dear patron take your time,

I thank you for stopping by


Production Chronology - (Philippine Time, UTC+08:00)

~August 21 - wrote 1/3s of lyrics down

~Aug 25 - started song production

  • August 30 (Aug 29 EDT) - published



Software used -

FL Studio (for instrumental)

Synthesizer V (for vocals)



  • Spitfire Labs - Soft Piano, Amplified Cello Quartet, Percussion, Mandolin
  • SampleScience - French Violin, Pianotone, Room Piano
  • Fluffy Audio - Simple Flute, Xaxophone
  • Embertone - Intimate Strings LITE
  • Morphine
  • Shreddage Stratus Free
  • Sonatina Tuba
  • TalVerb 3

vocals, early build if you will


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I like the bouncy piano riff at the beginning. The mix is full, clean, and well-balanced, and the sound design is refreshing. This is one of the most authentic-sounding vocoders I’ve ever heard - I thought it was a real person singing for a full 6-8 seconds. The conversational tone of the lyrics is really nice, too. Feels like this song is right out of a musical. The layered string/guitar melody at :51 complements the vocal verse perfectly, and the exposed percussion line at 1:08 does a great job of pushing the “reset button” on the song. The layered vocal line at 2:15 was a great way of adding closure to the piece - it feels like the level of attention to detail and passion for her work the shopkeeper is demonstrating is increasing as the song goes on. Really strong work here, Vermeen! You told a convincing story with this one, right down to the vocaloid. Keep it up! ^_^

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vermeen responds:

thank you so much! i really did try to bring out a sense of playfulness with this track, i feel proud it shone through. while i don't quite expect to stack up against the veteran competitors in the finals, i'll come up with something i know i'll enjoy writing like i did with this.

Credits & Info


4.62 / 5.00

Aug 29, 2021
11:39 PM EDT
File Info
5.6 MB
2 min 28 sec

Licensing Terms

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