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Orchestral Theme 2

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This is something commissioned for a game that will be released on the Xbox 360 as downloadable content. It's doubling over as a contest submission for the Newgrounds Audio Death Match. Hopefully it passes the test.

The idea behind this loop is that it swells and contracts. If you notice there are a number of buildups that lead into sections that start with just a few instruments. This helped keep the loop progressing while not really having a true climax in the song, which was what was wanted. So there isn't one major climax, but rather a lot of "mini" climaxes as I like to call them.

Hope you enjoy this little loopy. :-)




While a lot of people are mistakenly saying this song sounds like Gears of War, the only reason it does is because Gears of War music happens to be the most recent very popular generic soundtrack. This song is very good - however, it is not particularly original. For me, the beginning reminds me of a Babylon 5 soundtrack. I'm sure to others it will sound like any song that happens to use this extremely popular tension motif. Thus, while the production in this song is very good, and the atmospherics and transitions superbly crafted, the melody is not a strong point.

Also, as Nick said below me, the amount of reverb used in this is extremely excessive and goes so far as to blur the mix. It might work better to remove some of the reverb and try to bring out the instruments in a stronger performance. FL studio 9.1 just came out and it FINALLY has some good convolution reverb, which helps create nice sounding reverb without requiring abhorrent amounts of it, so you might want to give that a shot.


But hey, at least I didn't give you a zero like that guy trying so desperately hard to sound intelligent (and failing miserably).

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Gravey responds:

It's what the client asked for. As for being unoriginal, this was a sound I came up with all on my own. I've never even played the games this has been associated with, so to say I simply went out and tried to emulate someone else's sound is faulty.

Maybe this sound isn't unique to the rest of the world. But for myself its something I came up with without outside intervention. Therefore its unique to me, and people are paying me to make it. So I think it stands to say that its obviously not just another Newgrounds hack job.


sounds like...

it sounds like you just ripped this out of the DAH! series

Gravey responds:

I don't know what that even means.


So thin :-/

I'm no orchestral master, not really a composer (yet*) but you've got a song hidden under some high quality instruments. So why the 7? It's your use of reverb. I'm not saying you do it in every song you've made but a fair share of them have this similar style of mixing/mastering/reverb.

You are hiding some very powerful elements in your song. Just because you have great instruments doesn't mean they don't need work of their own. Your drums are covered in so much reverb they lose all the power they had stored up. Its not a bad idea to use one reverb for all the instruments (using a send channel) but how much you let the instruments have is a matter of preference and taste. Honestly I give my drums little reverb and if I do I make sure the reverb doesn't mask their low end and power.

In my honest opinion you have too much reverb on the Staccato Strings. I never felt Staccato strings should have alot if they are a big portion of the driving force. As of right now I feel like I'm sitting back and listening to it as if I were in an audience rather then being engulfed in the music. Could just be another preference of mine but, completely up to you. If people like it/buy it you are obviously doing something right.

So in short, in the future I'd like to hope that you would take into consideration how much reverb you give each instrument. Their placement in the song and how they can bring the listener to a more tense or emotional feel.

Good luck in the future.

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Gravey responds:

Good information here. I've been playing around with things trying to figure out what I need to work on in order to improve my sound. I'll definitely keep your suggestions in mind in the future. Good stuff here for sure.

Thanks for the review.



This is a brillant piece of music. It creates so much drama and atmopshere. I think that this tune would be perfect in an alien invasion film. The build up is just so good. I even beliveSteven Spielberg would use this music as it has a really strong climax.

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Gravey responds:



This is amazing!

Mind if i use it as my theme for my youtube account? I've already asked a few artists and im going to hold vote by some friends.if it gets chosen, you'lll recieve full credit. please!

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Gravey responds:

Sure, as long as it adheres to the creative commons license this was released under through Newgrounds.


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Credits & Info


4.42 / 5.00

Apr 14, 2010
5:18 PM EDT
File Info
7.1 MB
3 min 6 sec

Licensing Terms

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