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Turning Of The Tide

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A sad, powerful piece utilizing a mix of synth, heavy guitar and orchestration, as well as some native Indian flute near the end (recorded live, not synth).

I should also mention that like almost all my work, the piece is progressive, starts off slow and builds upon its self to a heavy climax.

Hope you guys enjoy it.

~ Daniel

For those that are interested, this title has been submitted to F-777's "Feelings of music" contest.
http://www.newgrounds.com /bbs/topic/1030780/

There's lots of good entries if you like emotional music, it's a good thread to follow!


This sounds familiar

I finally found out. It's fairly close to a video made by Ringling College students of a game trailer called Epsilon.

http://d34t684h1ip60.cloudfront.net/p ortfolio/index.html?cover=GA

They aren't the same, but it sure does remind me of it. Love this song just due to the deep emotions one can feel or create for that matter from this.

Rottenbeard responds:

Checked out the trailer, I can see how you'd hear similarities, but honestly, the song in that trailer is much better than mine! haha.
Really cool trailer though, was well produced!

Anyways, glad you liked this older track from me.


Emotionally Rich Buildup & Release

Seeing as you reviewed my pieces, I thought it only common courtesy to return such kindness :)

First of all - I love the flute at the end. Oh it's gorgeous. I am speechlessly envious that you have one, and can play it. It has a very haunting feel to it, a brilliant way to end.

I gave a 9 out of 10 - so what can be improved, you might think? Well, when I listen to pieces like this, I sort of get a feel for what would give it more of a 'cutting edge' so-to-speak.

I think at the beginning, if you added in a low, 'wind-like' slightly distorted synth [that plays very low deep notes & fades in gradually] you would add this nice bass layer to the whole piece - it would add a very subtle feel that would work brilliantly I think. It would also set the tone of the piece nicely, since the beginning sort of feels like there is a 'gap' in the bed of sound.

In fact the sort of sound that I mean, is the one that you used from about 2:30 onwards :) [I just noticed that on the 3rd listen through.. xD]

All in all, well done. :)

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Rottenbeard responds:

Hi MrMusicalLion, i'm glad that you enjoyed one of my older pieces of music. I do understand what you mean about the intro, this piece was made when I first got into stringing together some orchestral stuff, I basically knew nothing at all about what I was doing and kinda just went with it haha, there are many things i'd change and improve if I were to ever revisit this short track, it was a fun learning experience though, and I appreciate the feedback on it!

As for the flute? Get one! Seriously, Native Indian flutes are incredibly easy to play and are also comparably cheap as far as instruments go (paid $40 for mine I believe off ebay, hand made by a fellow there who makes them for a hobby). They're absolutely beautiful (or) haunting sounding depending on how you play it and what key you buy one in. I believe mine is in the key of D if I recall correctly.
I know absolutely nothing about playing flutes (being primarily a guitarist & drummer) and within the first day of owning one, I was able to play it with relative ease. They're fun, too! :)

Anyways, thanks for the review!



I find that Millsapparatus review to be a bit dumb unfortunatly and all offence towards him because when I hear this song my mind instantly goes to visions of world war 2 seeing nazi troops arresting people and fighting allied troops I find this song to be very entrancing the way the song goes to me just says feel the pain of all who have suffered and from it rise to bring hope that last part being the native american flute anyways good song once again definatly a war movie peice.

Rottenbeard responds:

Thanks daygone! It's good to know my music conjures up imagery, it's a huge goal of mine!

Ignore mills, he's a known AP troll who tries overly hard to be funny but fails. miserably.


More work and it'll be nice

I don't know why you keep deleting my reviews, I'm only trying to help.

This song needs a lot of work. It's far too slow, and needs more speed for a better interpretation. There is no beat, and little to no bottom end so you need to add bass to balance your lead melodies. I try to help you and all you do is "oh noes, somebody didn't vote 10 so it must be abusive". Sorry buddy but if you can't handle constructive criticism you won't make it in the real world.

The pounding on the drum towards the middle is more distracting than it is adding to song, so a more consistent beat would be better. Using a distorted guitar is also not that effective considering the mood of the song, it's too modern. Using strings or a nice synth pad would be just as dramatic but far more suiting to the song, especially with the strings building up to the climax and the flute at the end, electric distorted guitar just seems out of place.

There is nothing abusive about this review. I am helping the best way I can. Marking it for deletion just for giving constructive criticism is corrupt.

Rottenbeard responds:

Marry me.

More nice music

You comming out with any more?

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Rottenbeard responds:

I have more stuff in the works in a similar style to this yes, I plan on releasing a full album based on orchestrated heavy rock. When it'll be out? Who knows! :)

Thanks for all the positive feedback.

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Credits & Info


4.08 / 5.00

Feb 20, 2009
3:21 PM EST
File Info
7 MB
3 min 5 sec

Licensing Terms

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