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New Mexico

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First song of 2022!

The idea for this song has been in the back of my mind for months, ever since Idaho first changed from New Mexico to Idaho. I wanted to create something that sounded Mexican instead of European. However, I changed my approach this time. Instead of making an original song based on what I thought was Mexican sounding, I just remixed a song by a Spanish composer named Pablo de Sarasate. I know he was born in Spain and I know that Mexico and Spain aren’t the same thing, but they do share a common history and this song specifically means a lot to me. Actually turning it from a 19th century almost-waltz to a modern rendition was quite difficult: I had to change almost everything besides the melodies. This is also the first use of trumpet in my songs. There is a harp in here at the beginning and end, but I think I may have used it in Washington layered on top of the main instrument in movement 2. The piece I remixed, by the way, is Spanish Dances No. 1. If you listen to the original, you may have noticed that I completely cut out the second half of the song. This is because I felt like the second half was a little incoherent and just less fun to listen to than the first. I instead added in a dramatic return to the main melody to finish off the song. Enjoy!

P.S. If anyone decides to leave a review, at this point, I don’t care if it sounds European or not. After all, New Mexico is more than just Mexico; it’s American, a nation with predominantly European roots. In fact, it’s a blend of the two, still sounding Spanish but not quite Mexican.

Edit: replaced thumbnail with the original one used for Idaho (formerly New Mexico).

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hZwOwhr1TPE

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I really like this! I love it when you take old songs and remix them with a sort of modern feeling to them. I agree with what Battermilk said, the change from a more acoustic feeling to a more electronic version was a really cool feature of the song. I feel like you executed the feeling of the song very well. I do have to say, there are some points in the song (usually the parts with the main melody) where the harmony gets a little too discordant; however, there is one point ( 2:25) where I think the discordance works really well with the elevation of the music. I really love the simplistic style of ending you decided to go for with this song. I feel like going into silence with echos really works well after this giant climactic section of the song. I do have to say, this song does fit the state (I'm assuming it's like Mexico) much better than the previous version of it. I think remixing a song from a Spanish composer was a really good idea. I really like the song and I think you did a really good job on this.

I'd also like to add that I apologize for not being as active on Newgrounds as I usually am. I've been really busy and haven't had as much time as I would have wanted. For the past month, the only real-time I've had was late at night when I was tired. Things are starting to clear up and I'm going to continue being active on Newgrounds.

50Steaks responds:

Well I just awoke to 15 notifications, all of which were reviews from you. I find this ironic since I feel like I already put too much value on your reviews specifically (they tend to be more fleshed out than anyone else’s, and I think I have taken most of your feedback into consideration). Yeah this time, the dissonant harmony was done intentionally to elevate feelings of tension until the final moment, with the key change right at the end. I’m very happy to hear that this song fits its Mexican roots, and I have begun to vary my outros in my more recent music, rather than just yet another fade out.

The acoustic instrumentation in the beginning is catchy and fluid. The second half where it turns more synthetic is a nice change of pace with an electric melody.

50Steaks responds:

Yeah this a change of pace from what I normally post. I knew in order to capture the essence of this song properly I was going to have to incorporate real instruments of some kind instead of the normal synthesizers. I think I pulled it off pretty well, as I also had piano going on and brought back the trumpet and harp for the final part.

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Score
4.55 / 5.00

Uploaded
Jan 9, 2022
12:29 AM EST
File Info
Song
3.8 MB
2 min 45 sec
Software
  • FL Studio Mobile

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