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S.P.A.C.E EX plus Alpha

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So here's my entry for NAC Feb 2011!

I initially wanted to do something that sounded oldskool 8-bit (and I actually thought that was one of the rules) but decided to go in with synths galore to capture the soul of epic oldskool action/space games. Hopefully you'll think so too :)

Being a super fan of megaman and oldskool plane shooters, the music is (not surprisingly) laden with crazy synthy melodies and a pumping beats to re-create those epic rushes that you get when you do HYPER COMBO FINISHES on those annoying cannon fodder. PEW PEW PEW!!!

I tried to make the melodies as original as possible but if they still sound familiar, then it probably means that I've played too many megaman games for my own good :p

Alrighty, enjoy S.P.A.C.E EX plus Alpha.

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S.P.A.C.E EX plus Alpha

Ahhhhhhh the reverb!!!!!!! Where does one note start, and the other one finish? It almost has the right feeling of space, ALMOST. But that reverb is far too long!
I truthfully don't know what to say about this song. It's very grey in that it has some of those legendary space notes, but it feels like they're all DEAD! Yes,
DEAD. If you slowed this song down by say 20BPM, it'd totally be a funeral song! On the other hand, the drumline is perfect! Great potential, consider keeping within
this genre!

8.7, Reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeveeeee eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrr rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb

F-Meister responds:

Thanks for the review. I used a factory preset for the main melody - the REVERB came with it. I'll keep that in mind the next time i use it :)

NAC Judge

Not a big fan of the overall sound of this one. It does sound like space travelling but it failed to transport me back in my childhood and what those oldschool space games were about. The composition was good though. Props for the bridge at 0:14 :)

F-Meister responds:

Thanks for the review. I guess you just can't please everyone :)

I love the melodies :D

Awesome melodies, eventho drums could have been better.

Yarr, just can't get enough of these melodies...

F-Meister responds:


true story: right after I posted this song, I listened back to it and went "damn! I forgot to vary the drums! THE HIHATS SOUND THE SAME THROUGH THE ENTIRE SONG!!!"

you'll hear that it's true :p

NAC Judge

S.P.A.C.E. EX Plus Alpha (F-Meister)

I felt as though this theme could not decide on it's purpose. The pace of the tempo was good, the samples and sounds used were fine. However, the main initial theme has moments of major chord usage, then shifts abruptly into minor resolutions. I was very confused if I should have been happy or sad about this space trip.
The secondary theme is much easier to understand and I love it!

To add to the confusion, there is a phase effect and compression that is making me feel like my head is in a vice.

If the submission were without the muddy phasing effect and the theme had a decisive major or minor feel of the initial theme, it would be complete. I also didn't feel that I was brought back to the old days so much with this entry.

The sounds are crisp, the quality of your patches and samples are not in question. Lose the phasing and compression.

You have a real talent for grace notes and rolls, I really enjoyed listening to the complexity of these.

Bottom line: This entry met the criteria of the contest and deserves a score of 7.5. With an additional .2 bonus for complexity. Overall 7.7

F-Meister responds:

Thanks for the review.

Hmm, I really don't understand what you mean with the whole major/minor feel - the song as a whole is in a minor key (with 2 key changes but always in a minor key) with the chords almost strictly adhering to the progression of the key, with the bV as the exception.

As for the phasing I guess its not for everybody. I'll work on the whole compression thing that's for sure!

I'm zooming past the stars

while sitting in the comfort of my armchair. Beautiful, and although it does loop sorta funny, I can't think of any other criticisms for you that you haven't already pointed out in your own comments.

Could listen to this all day long. Is S.P.A.C.E. an acronym for something in your title?

F-Meister responds:

Thanks! I didn't really mean it to be an acronym for anything but I guess I could make something up... how about:



Credits & Info


4.39 / 5.00

Feb 18, 2011
11:06 PM EST
Video Game
File Info
3.3 MB
1 min 44 sec

Licensing Terms

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