*JUDGE REVIEW - MAESTROSORROW*
NGSteve's One and Only
Originality : 18
Diversity : 17
Clarity : 18
Effort : 18
Melody : 19
Overall : 90
I've heard quite a few sad songs, afterall, I do nothing BUT make depressing military songs ^^. However this song still rings quite original in my ear, i've heard very few songs like this.
You have a good number of instruments going on here, and they all co-operate well together. They also play rather interesting pieces.
I felt there were some clarity issues. The strings you have going overpower the piano, and though the strings are playing a sad simple melody, the piano is the one telling the story, the strings should be the support.
The story is told remarkably well, and to pull that off, requires a rather large amount of effort. It is a good thing you did put in this much effort, it is effective.
Aah, Melodies. I love a good melody, and thats why I loved this so much. The beginning melody set the mood RIGHT away, which is a crucial part to a song. It must tell its story quickly, it must open the canvas and paint the image effectively. This melody does just that.
Overall Impression on me:
I am glad you did not put any percussional work into this piece, I feel that would have made it sound worse, or even ruin the mood entirely.
I really liked the toy box sounds? It gave it a very unique feel to it, I rather enjoyed that part.
The strings were good volume near the end, I feel it should be this volume throughout the whole song.
I would have liked to hear a solo violin/viola over the section. Why? Because I feel a solo instrument string would have given the image of loneliness a much more powerful stand. Almost as if there is only one who can play that melody, that one string. I hope you understand what I mean ^^.
Great stuff NGSteve, Thank you for joining the contest and giving us this piece!
It's a shame it is bad midi.
Were this using a good bit of software it would be lovely; you'd be able to express so much more. As it is the music seems very flat, and the way it plays the music could do with more dynamic variance. The music box sound is a nice touch for a variation, but overall it was somewhat, erm...I dont know but something was missing. Good job though.
Wow....midis never sound good
they always have that little pause, that randonly comes into the song. The composition wasn't bad at all, but I wouldnt really want to listen to it more than once. I liked how you switched from piano to acoustic guitar....but the steel drums....why? The strings sounded much better the second time around, not quite so overbearing