Annihilation: Overture

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This is the "Overture" for my new "Annihilation: A Space Opera" project. It has three parts: Annihilation Day, The Fall Of Xandar and The Last Nova. Annihilation Day is the day Annihilus brought his forces, known as the Annihilation Wave, to our universe from the Negative Zone. He targets major locations such as various Nova Corps (intergalactic police & peace keeping force) outposts and bases, the entire Skrull Empire, and even the homeworld of the Nova Corps, Xandar. The Skrull Empire falls, as well as Xandar. The destruction of Xandar is major blow to the forces that would oppose Annihilus. Nearly every single one of the thousands and thousands of Nova Centurions is killed in the assault... all except Richard Rider. Rider is awakened by the Xandarian computer mind known as Worldmind, and informed that he is the only one left. He learns that he houses the entire Nova Force, the massively powerful energy that gives Nova Centurions their abilties to police the universe. What was once a power spread amongst thousands, is now housed inside one man. Not only that, but the Worldmind is also housed within Richard's brain, adding an everpresent voice. This proves to be very useful, as the Worldmind is immensely intelligent and able to offer Richard an immeasurable tactical advantage. Alone, Richard Rider now has the power to conquer entire planets. Being the only "space cop" left in existence, he has one thing on his mind: stop Annihilus and his Annihilation Wave.

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Really great comp.

I agree with blazing dragon. He said everything I would say as well. But this is such a rarity to hear. There is still room for improvment though. Thats why I didnt give you a 10. Making it sound human is key to making it emotional and I think it's one of the hardest parts in composing music with samples.

Btw, the 6:00 mark = amazing.

Wonderful job and cant wait to hear the following parts.

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I am not the BlazingDragon

I didnt knew about a lot of things that he said... But one thing I am sure that he, T3 and Dan, are right, THIS IS EPIC!!!

It was longest that I've seen in Newgrounds too!

One more thing, I voted for 5 to you, this means... RESPECT!! :D

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good, long and epic.

This piece is perfect for background music, its absolutely lovely some parts and completely epic during others. its also the longest song I've ever heard of on newgrounds (so far) and overall amazing piece. Great job!

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You've got some great stuff going on here! Your orchestration leads to an epic sort of sound, especially with the choir toward the beginning, ostinato bass lines, and brass. I liked the change of pace when the drum set came in.

My constructive criticism:
You have a piece of music that is over nine minutes here. In the age of television and infinite 30 second commercials though, the average listener's attention span is going to be far below that. In order to not lose people's attentions, an important principle should be kept in mind- the longer a piece of music is, the more structured it needs to be in order to make logical sense and keep the attention of the listener. Musical form is a study in and of istelf, but this can mean developing a theme and bringing it back every so often to provide your audience with something familiar which to grab hold of. It also means creating variety- a lot of the texture in this is very similar throughout. Try using a bit of counterpoint, changing these range that the melody is being played in, etc.

My other constructive criticism would be to pay more attention to phrasing. You have logical notes and rhythms here, but you need to make it musical in order to really touch a person emotionally. Have you instruments crescendo up to the top of a phrase and decrescendo back down. Use some tempo changes to keep the music from being too rigid. Tweak velocities to make the instruments sound more human and realistic. All of these little details take a long time, but they add a heck of a lot in making an amazing result. They are what make a piece go beyond 'cool' and into 'emotionally powerful.'

I really dig what you have going here and hope that you keep creating music. Keep it up!

5/5 and 9/10
Trevor Crookston (BlazingDragon)

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OrphenFire responds:

Wow thanks for this extremely helpful insight. I'm working on phrasing. I'm learning how to make a computer generated "instrument" sound human, and it isn't easy lol. What you have to say is very helpful. The theme you hear beginning at about 1:17 is the main theme that I do come back to in several of the pieces after this. I use it again in Act 2 and Act 3, but those two compositions are not uploaded to NG as of yet... ;)



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4.37 / 5.00

Apr 4, 2011
4:38 PM EDT
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12.7 MB
9 min 15 sec

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