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Wintertide Wishes - Long Edit

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Edit: Crap, I forgot to correctly initialize the frequency cut-off automation for one of the instruments, so now that rising arpeggio thing in the first section is total buried. Argh. Well, I guess I'll fix it, eventually (takes so much frikken time to bounce this crap).

Longer version of the original, with a few other changes here and there. Basically, I wanted to further emphasize the inability to change with the lengthening of the ending (and also to make it sound less like it's been cut off in the height of development). You can view this continuance as the character exploring the further depths of his limits if you want to look on the bright side; or conversely, you can also see this inability to escape from the basic progression as a pathological failure, never able to get out of this metaphorical cage, so to speak. I really like this chord progression for this sort of happy yet sad of ambiguous mood.

Also, here's the full summary posted from the previous version:

"As I've only had an abstract image of what I've wanted to achieve, I'll spare you the details of what I wanted to achieve. But the basic idea is the (Wintery) tale of a man's quest for change, to resolve himself anew with the coming of the new year. He tries to wipe the plate anew, takes on new aspects and such to himself, only to be quickly overburdened when he realizes that it doesn't work. That certain ideal character he wished for himself simply couldn't be sustained.

Not too long after, he returns to his old self, somewhat jaded. However, he soon comes to realize that perhaps it's better to simply to accept himself for what he is, and with that, he goes on living his same old life, but with a revitalized flair."


Wow ...

This is intelligent techno. So many ideas and transitions fill this piece and I really appreciate the amount of time you apparently spent on this track. It's very well thought out. Not necessarily something I can hum in my head, but a very deep, intricate listen. Great job! You've really impressed me.


shizeet responds:

Thanks for your thoughts! Actually, it didn't take as much time as you might think - the base of the music is rather static, but I tried to economically add variations - I did kind of like how it turned out for the most part though (the intro is kind of short/abrupt, but it was one of the concessions to the theme). I didn't really mean for it to be "intelligent", but ended up having to throw in a bunch of words to better rectify it with the theme. Next time, though, I hope I can make something interesting but also speak clearly without outside explanation.


Hehe, I was thinking the same thing as jared about the lead. Regardless, it sounds awesome!

I really like all the effects and pads used in this, it really gives the song atmosphere!

shizeet responds:

Thanks for the review. I'm glad you liked the sounds and all - so I guess that they weren't too..uhh... "out there" I guess haha.

VERY cool atmosphere to this track!

Ohhh I love those harmonies in the beginning, and OOH key changes!

The lead and the background pads, the way the rhythm literally bounces my head and up down, icicle synths chiming away and clawing at my brain, love love love the pads, ooh, the gated(?) synth's melody around 4:07 is what I was talking about, and now a distortion effect on the original sine-ish lead! A man after my own tastes. I like the diversity in this song man, I am a huge fan of making things sound new constantly throughout a song. Great work! Why isn't this in the MAC? (Unless it is, and I'm just dumb)


shizeet responds:

Thanks for the rave review, man! And yes, this is supposed to be a MAC-8 entry, though I didn't explicitly write it down in the description for this version. And yeah, I like the pad parts too :) - often when I do electronic music, it's either very bleak abstract stuff, or pad happy ones like this one (though it does also have a bit of abstractness in it). I'm glad you picked up on the diversity - I tried to keep the basic building blocks in this piece to a minimum, and just tried to play around with changing and arranging them in various small ways.

Oh, and best of luck in the MAC!

Retro MIDI

The searing lead thing, like a whistle, reminds me of a effect used for the Sonic 4 soundtrack, for that winter stage? Good stuff, I never dabbled much into MIDI. All my effects are guitar driven. Probably making it a lot harder for myself lol.

shizeet responds:

Heh, I don't think I've ever played Sonic 4, so I can't draw the comparison, but the lead is one of those somewhat generic electronica leads. I did actually throw in a guitar distortion effect on it for when it repeated though.

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Credits & Info


4.14 / 5.00

Dec 24, 2008
12:41 AM EST
File Info
7.2 MB
6 min 9 sec

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