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Actually part of a bigger thematic project I was working on a while ago, this is a thematic rendering of the idea of survival even if that would mean a deal with the devil, in the context of war. A solemn mood, with snare drums in the background and a heavy tribal drum-like rythm combined to sustain the primality and solitude of losing your humanity for the most basic of instincts : survival.


Great work.

Given the sad tone and the respectful tempo, I think you show a lot of your inner feelings about the whole problem of war. You seem to believe that it takes a lot of one's humanity. We become animals when our will of survival surpasses everything, even our basic principles. Wanting to live no matter what can turn the most decent of beings into a monster. I love that it begins soft, industrial and that it grows, showing the gradual atrocity of being over your head in something that you don't understand and did not choose, but that you are forced to live. So you have to become somebody else in order to stay alive, you do things you never thought you'd do, you see the devil that you never belived in, and you have to befriend him. Not because there is no other way, but because you don't see anyone else there. The organ goes as the self loathing increases.
The end is calm and cold because you find out at the end of the journey that your choice was to life at all costs but your soul died just like your body would have.
The bells and the ritmic patting in the back are a nice touch, they drive one mad. So are the cvasi echoes that underline loneliness. Because in an army you are on your own. Like in life and like in death.

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popraz responds:

Thank you !

very well constructed

nice classical tune with a hint of wartime ambience.

=The Good=
-Excellent sequencing and building
-Great ambience sound in the beginning-lots of good nacking textures
-Love the dynamics on the higher end percussion. same as the log drums-excellent rhythms with realistic dynamics to reflect the wilderness of survival.
-Love the whole quietness of the lower tones/strings
-The chord progression is great and really brings out a grim foreecast or so
-The layered part at 1:43ish sounds really nice
-Very visual, good job with working with themes once again

=The Bad=
-Some horns would go great with the battle theme, and maybe eventually some clearer triplet snare rolls, as well as a filtered choir in the background...then again all these instruments might ruin the feel of the song, which is already superb

Ideas: 9.5/10 Diversity: 8.5/10 Clarity: 9/10

Enjoyable tune. Thanks for sharing with us! This is definetly favorite worthy.

also, what libraries/plugins/soundfonts did you use for the percussion themes and ambient "creaking" sounds in the beginning?

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popraz responds:

Thank you for the review ! I used the basic FL libraries. Snare drums for the military sound and some Tom drum samples distorted into the tribal-like sound + some Sytrus background effects. For the creaking sounds I also tweaked some percussion samples and mixed them into a more ambiental feel.

Thrilling experinece...

... I mean: I imagined the images - soldiers give up all of their humanity in order to survive and to be alive...

With this music it was a thrilling experience and I had a shiver. Even though you havent used the flute you used to in the other tracks. I think the flute would fit here wonderfully.

But without it this song was great. The percussion sets were greatz again - you are really good seting up your percs.

So I loved this song too:

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popraz responds:

Thank you !

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4.31 / 5.00

May 5, 2008
5:49 AM EDT
File Info
4.9 MB
2 min 10 sec

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