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Tragedy at Dawn

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Author Comments

This is my first orchestrated song, so please vote and leave a review so I know what I need to improve.


Dark to light

all of the start to about 1:30 was good but seems like random chords, not very well peiced. Every thing after 1:30 was like a shining ray of hope peiceing the chaos. I really enjoyed after 1:30, i wish you would have started it there. the chords from that point on flowed naturally and build apon a positive mood. your finish was awesome. Just work on the beggining. I am not an expert on classical music, but that is my opinion. Overall a good listen, keep up the fine work bro!

jxl180 responds:

Thanks, man. I'll keep this in mind. I don't own a midi keyboard and its hard for me to hear any flow or to piece different chords together by clicking in the piano roll, so a few songs back I started using my computer keyboard as a midi keyboard. As i have a basis for which keys are generally higher, lower, etc. it's still hard for me. So i just keep pressing and trying new things until I get something decent that I can work upon and adjust the notes manually in the piano roll.


Eerie vibe

Overall, this definitely got the 'eerie' sound right, thanks to the bg noises and key choice. A few things niggled at me though - in the wrong way.

The 2nd phrase - starting at 0:13 - seems to be played slower than the 1st and generally there seemed a slight lack of rhythmical unity here.

Maybe that adds to the eerie atmosphere though.

The notes starting at 1:27 seem like they're in a major key and kinda uplifting. Though you throw in a minor chord here and there, the song definitely ends on a more positive note than it began.

Throughout the song, though I could hear lots going on in the background, it seemed kinda cluttered and I could only really make out the main melody, which was kinda simplistic for the first minute or so. Maybe throw in countermelodies, confuse us as to which one - if any - are the lead and disorientate us. Maybe check out Tim Follin's work for Equinox (SNES) - it's very different, but has a couple of similar aspects.

I liked the background clutter and the pacing itself.

jxl180 responds:

You are very contradictive. You make it seem like a bad thing: "Throughout the song, though I could hear lots going on in the background, it seemed kinda cluttered and I could only really make out the main melody" and then you say "I liked the background clutter and the pacing itself."

but thank you,


The song sounds very much like the songs that are used in the Resident Evil games. Sinister and creepy.

The orchestral sound of the instrument creates a very dense atmosphere.

You should work a bit on the end, though. Right now it just fades out... that doesn't sound right there. Maybe it would be better if you'd just stop, without any hold notes.

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jxl180 responds:

I don't play resident Evil (I don't like horror games) but thank you for the suggestion,


Seems like you're trying to put two vastly different emotions across here - the high notes seem to be trying to portray a joyous event, while the lower start puts me in the mind of deep forboding and sinister activities.

Some dark things are going on in the pre-dawn light and the sounds of the higher pitched keyboards just seem to send the wrong message to me. Perhaps you need something that is a little quieter, perhaps building the suspense from whatever is transpiring within the shadows of the pre-dawn.

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jxl180 responds:

I guess that's one way to put it.
thank you,

Creepy tune

This is a sound l like its very dark and creepy to hear.

The introduction is somber the sound ,has a feeling of great misery. Hence the title i love the style of. The sound is very spooky the mellow sounds ,around 32 seconds are haunting but subtle. They sound in torment and get to you. The tune is very atomosheric is that a word?. Iam very impressed this is a stunning track ,and better with second viewing.

No real problems although its one better with repeated viewing.

Overeal a masterpiece.

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jxl180 responds:

Wow, thank you! As this was my first classical piece, I will definitely make more.

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Credits & Info


4.12 / 5.00

Aug 8, 2008
1:38 PM EDT
File Info
2.1 MB
2 min 16 sec

Licensing Terms

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