[RAC5] Anansi Stories

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RAC5 Contest Entry
Country: Ghana

My first official Newgrounds/AudioPortal contest entry - inspired by the Anansi Stories and Ghanaian funk/highlife music. Please enjoy!

Research, backstory, and DAW screenshot can be found here:
http://jkap1.newgrounds.c om/news/post/550043

Thanks again to everyone involved with running this contest, I had a lot of fun with it. And good luck to the other contestants!

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i liked this track a lot. i can see what PS was saying when he said something about 1:15-2:00 bothering him. it was a good piece, but that was a pretty abrupt transition if you want my opinion. overall though, i really liked this, very cheery. nice work.

jkap1 responds:

Yep, it's the age old dilemma: do you keep things flowing smoothly through the entire song, or do you make a drastic change in order to keep the listener from getting bored? I tried to hit the middle ground on that solo part, but I guess I might have overshot it a bit. Either way, thanks a lot for the listen and for the review!


This just made me smile!! Such happy sounds a cheery melody!

Though I must say, that middle section from about 1:15 to 2:00 did seem a little off to me. Something about the melody there bugged me, and I'm not quite sure what.

But as an overall, it was a great piece! I thoroughly enjoyed it! Cool luck in RAC5!

4/5 8/10


jkap1 responds:

Thanks for the review! It was definitely a challenge for me to try to keep things happy and cheery. I'm also not used to trying to write real-ish, non-electronic-sounding music, and I almost always write beat-first instead of melody-first. So I'm really glad you used those words to describe the piece as that's exactly what I was going for!

Not sure what to say about the middle section. It started as an improvised keyboard solo which I then went back and tweaked a bit after recording it. But I wouldn't be surprised if the notes of the lead line don't make 100% sense theory-wise. Hopefully it was just maybe a bit too funky/bluesy, but not too "out" to the point that it would become a distraction. I just liked the way that synth sound fit in over the other sounds and had fun playing & re-playing over top of it. (Personally I like that part the most FWIW).

Thanks again for the review. I've been really impressed by the other entries I've heard so far, yours' especially. And when I hold my 'happy little ditty' up against these brilliant, majestic compositions, it makes me cross my fingers hoping to just make the final round. But good luck to you as well!

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Dec 22, 2010
5:37 PM EST
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3.5 MB
3 min 4 sec

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