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Moon City

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This is my entry for the Newgrounds Underdogs’ Audio Contest 2021 Final Round. Please leave a comment if you want and thanks for listening!

VSTs/Sample Libraries


IK Multimedia MODODrums

Modartt Pianoteq

Native-Instruments FM8

Native-Instruments Massive

EastWest Symphonic Orchestra

Audio-Modeling SWAM Soprano Sax

Audio-Modeling SWAM Flute

Korg Triton

Korg M1

Cinesamples Cineperc

Sonic-Charge Microtonic

Roland Sound Canvas


A.O.M. Invisible Limiter

Fabfilter Pro-R

Fabfilter Pro-Q3

Fabfilter Saturn 2

Valhalla Vintage Verb

Valhalla Delay

Cytomic The Glue

D16 Syntros

Also there's some guitar and me singing in there.


Here's a YouTube video of me walking through the whole song for anybody who is curious.


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please add to geometry dash!!!!!!!

Holy cow. I have to say, this is amazing! To my ears, it's like you somehow crammed the vibes of Pokemon, Wind-Waker-era Zelda, Thomas Dolby, 80's James Taylor, and Animal Crossing all in one song, and you did it very well.

You definitely deserve the spot you got in NGUAC. Congrats on winning! Downloaded! :D

What an evolution we have here from the past year: this piece is fantastic! Congrats btw

That's such a nice vibe!
Definitely could see it as part of a video game soundtrack ngl!

I like the smooth pads at the beginning and the cutesy sound design, especially the mallets and plucked strings. The saxophone solo at :17 is great, and the relaxed mood of the piece is awesome. The victorious mood at 1:03 is awesome, and I like how you cycle through the mallets/piano bit and the saxophone solos. The injection of energy at 2:16 was also a welcome change, and I appreciate how you varied the main melody the second time at 2:30 and layered on some additional vocals. You absolutely nailed the blissful mood, instrumentation, production quality, and melodies here. If I had to complain about one thing, it might be the sudden ending, or maybe the occasional slow pacing or thin texture. That said, this is easily one of my favorite pieces of the entire competition - of any round. You painted a clear picture in my head of what Moon City is like, all while showing off some killer melody-writing and orchestration skills. Congratulations, Michael, and best of luck with your future projects! ^_^

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

Michael-Flaherty responds:

I really appreciate this review. Thanks for including me in the contest!

Credits & Info

4.80 / 5.00

Sep 14, 2021
8:24 PM EDT
File Info
3.3 MB
3 min 36 sec

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