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WorldAnvil - NGUAC Final

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Holyyy congratulations to all! I got second place (and I think if I didn't have the 5% penalty for the late submission I'd have ended up first lol)

NGUAC Final's Submission

There might be a bunch of exporting issues because I ran out of time and didn't even get to listen to the final thing I hate me. This is what happens when you try to rush stuff lol

I've been struggling to make music lately (more like always) and I'm getting kinda tired of trying, I might just take a break from it.. still have to do the ngadm entry oh no

About this track

Not much to say really, I'm getting bored of the epic style so I wanted to do something a little different by trying to keep the epicness but introducing something else, I still don't know what that is hahaha. Now that I think about it, it reminds me of a theme I did for another project just about one year ago (Etrea theme if you want to check it out, it's pretty bad tho).

Harmony here is pretty common, most of this track is a mixture of Eolian and Dorian and the typical VI - VII - i progression that in this case is VI - v6 - i because it sounded better. It goes from D to A and at the end there are some pretty weird chord extensions that sound completely ridiculous out of context. I haven't even tried to see what that is, might be some polychord thing or smth related...

Btw, the amount of brass instruments and layering used here is absurd xD

Anyway, enough excuses. Hope you guys like it. I'll post an improved version when the judging period ends :)

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Honestly would love to see you go in a completely different orchestral direction with something more slow and less percussive.

eliasalija responds:

Yeah me too lol, but I do have different music tho. This one was conceived like it is so I wasn't going to radically change to a happy song in between I guess

Holy moly that orchestration is insane :o

eliasalija responds:


I like the dark atmosphere at the beginning and the dramatic orchestral/vocal hits at :25. The vocals at 1:04 are absolutely haunting, and you’ve certainly done an excellent job with the pacing here. The triumphant mood at 1:34 is thrilling, and I love how you implement the orchestral hits into the energetic Celtic melodies at 2:15. The bass slide at 2:28 (and again at 2:45) were nice touches as well. And you slide seamlessly into another beautiful, captivating atmosphere at 2:52. The bridge at 3:48 with the horn stabs had another strong progression with some excellent phrasing. The percussion during that section sounds a bit bottom-heavy and unnatural somehow. Also, the vocals seem to be “washing back” in the mix a bit at around 4:25, such that the body of the sound is just slightly behind the beat - and the same thing may be happening to the strings at 1:55, but it’s hard to tell with so much going on in the texture. Otherwise, the mixing here is really strong, though. The final climax at 5:25 totally earned its title, although you may have overused the bass slides a tad by the end. Overall, all of my complaints are tiny details. The progression of the piece is probably my favorite part. Seriously, let me call up George Lucas and ask him to make a movie based on this piece. :D Keep it up, Elias!

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

eliasalija responds:

Thank you very much tl, I agree to everything you said and I'm going to improve it and repost it! Thanks for the encouragement


Credits & Info


4.86 / 5.00

Sep 18, 2021
12:08 AM EDT
File Info
13.9 MB
6 min 6 sec
  • Kontakt
  • Logic Pro
  • Ozone
Misc. Kit
  • FabFilter Bundle

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