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§Arbiter§ - Aztec Ambition

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Aug 3, 2010 | 8:40 PM EDT
File Info
3.8 MB
2 min 45 sec
4.24 / 5.00

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Rated 4.24 / 5 stars
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Author Comments

This is a song completely based upon the percussion that I made as a base.
From there, I thought it would be interesting having a more ethnic feel to them, developed the drumtrack accordingly, and merged it with some voices - done with reverb added.

I present to you, at the duration of 2:45 sec, Aztec Ambition.



Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Very Nice.

I like how you were able to keep a tribal sense to the song while still utilizing string and brass instruments. You manged to make them work into the song quite well.

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Arbiter responds:

Thanks for the feedback, it was very important to me that the ethnic feelings remained intact, regardless of the instrumentation that I had for the song.

--Christian S.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Very artistic

I have heard so many songs here it is hard to find original stuff, but this does fit the bill. I think the main sounds were created by drums beating or something. You really knew how to create the atmosphere of an ancient Aztec civlization. I can just picture a might pyramid in my head and Aztec people going up to it. There was a nice job at how it was consistently played, and I liked the new violin introduced at 1:31. You certainly have talent and I am glad you could spend your time going to this website.


Rated 4 / 5 stars


the song sounded pretty cool but i must comment that those weird sounds in the beginning sounded almost identical to the ones in the fifth element. but those sounds are awesome :D

Arbiter responds:

It's been ages since last I saw that movie, must have been when it came out, actually -- irregardless, thank you for your comments, and your time spent writing it up and listening : )

--Christian S.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Great, but could be better!

This piece is an amazing success. The percussion section was great, and everything seemed well arranged. There are very few things that I dislike about this piece. However, I do think the brass section sounds a bit strange in a piece that is aiming for a tribal feel. It goes fine with the percussion, but brass instruments just don't, in this case, fit that "tribal" tone. They sound more reminiscent of the great mountains of Western Europe than the plains and valleys of Aztec-dominated Mexico.

Additionally, the piece seems to drag considerably in the second half (specifically after the 2:00), and everything begins to sound a bit flat and anti-climactic.

Overall, I really liked the piece. It's great as it is, but if you're willing to work on it some more, I'm sure it will be even better!

Good work and good luck!

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Arbiter responds:

I'm not going to try and defend my decisions, as I was rather unsure to add the brass in the first place -- and even more so the string sections of the song - however, I feel that though it might take away from the tribal feel of the song, I needed something to cover the instances where the song had some progression.

As for the 2:00 mark and above, I felt that I needed something to finish up the song, and as I really despise fade-outs, this was the best alternative I saw fit.

Thanks for your constructive criticism and thoughts on the piece, truly it means a lot : )

--Christian S.


Rated 4 / 5 stars


I love the drums!!! I like the complex rhythm.

I can't wait till your next submission.

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Arbiter responds:

I actually think you're among the first to mention the rhythm, which was the part of the song I prioritized - so I am glad to see that some people actually noticed and enjoyed the percussion as that was the idea I was trying to get across : )

--Christian S.