The Guardians


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The Adventures of Merrick Kuei OST Mock-up

"The Guardians"

The noble melody starts at :17 seconds into the song, and I envision it representing a noble caste of warriors that the deuteragonist belongs to. Throughout the story, he teaches the protagonist about his order and what they stand for. I leave the rest of the story details to you, the listener, to use your imagination in order to fill in.

The "Merrick's Theme" leitmotif can be briefly heard at 1:17.

I hope you enjoy.

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god this is phenomenal.

BrokenDeck responds:

Thanks. Glad that you like my old stuff :)


You do not know how much I love this track: 10/10 & 5,000 characters just isn't enough to contain it.

First off, you just have an absolutely phenomenal theme to start the piece with. In fact, I'd say bolloks to the rest of the piece - take this theme and extend it to hell! If you took the time to do so, I'd say you could probably use it as the basis of a movement in a symphony, or a string quartet, or some other such concert piece.

Your variations and use of different instrumentation throughout the piece shows your maturity as a composer, and your ability to write well for different sections. (That harp writing is textbook perfect, for example.)

The only thing that's a little disappointing is the brass hits around 1:04-1:11; and 1:26 to the end - compared to the rest of the piece, they sound rather synthetic, which is pretty much the only thing that detracts from the piece.

Well, other than that. Make it longer! (Please?)

You certainly know how to write great themes and, presumably, work them into your future compositions as leitmotifs :)

- James

BrokenDeck responds:

Thanks for the lengthy review! The brass is EWQL Orchestral Gold. And I do admit that the arrangement at the parts you mentioned for them was a bit lacking. Thanx!


Incredibly cinematic

Hey, this is your Round 1 review of the NGADM competition. Enjoy!


Like I said to LogicalDefiance, orchestral is by far one of my favourite genres, and again I have a very hard time trying to be unbiased. I just enjoyed this piece so much.

The atmosphere is fantastic. You've got an incredibly good amount of depth, which makes for a very warm and cinematic-sounding submission. Your sparse but extremely effective use of percussion added a lot to the submission, and the instruments themselves are so well-chosen and sound sublime. Compositionally, I really can't expect it to get any better. The melody is just amazing, and it flows *brilliantly*. This honestly sounds like it came straight out of a movie, and I'm thoroughly impressed by it.

My only complaint is personal preference. If I were you I would've incorporated more woodwinds in the song, especially to answer to the main theme in certain parts of the song, but it sounds great as it is and this minor issue certaintly isn't enough to put your score down.

I'm trying hard not to give out 10's, especially for songs which go under my favourite genre, to avoid bias, but despite my efforts I can't find anything that this song is lacking in (except length. I want MORE). Keep up the amazing work.

-Review Request Club-

BrokenDeck responds:

Oh thank-you kind sir!


I see SolusLunes already told you this, but I'm just gonna repeat it, this sounds so much like Braveheart. That movie's score is epic, and so is this song.
One thing I love about this song is the fact that you use those deep hits every now and then to fill up the lower freq ranges (if you don't know what I mean, you can hear them at 0:17 and 0:25). Lately I've been listening to some classical music here and I've noticed that most songs are missing that bass you add here. It really fills up the whole song. :)
There's one thing this song misses: CYMBALS! Seriously, where are they? There are several places where I was expecting a splash on a crash cymbal, or a roll on a ride cymbal fading in to create a build-up, but I didn't hear any cymbals :(
Also, small detail: the part from 1:25 to 1:29 sounds like it doesn't belong to the song at all, the instruments seem to differ from the rest there.

Awesome song, dude. I was gonna ask you to review my latest song in return but since you're a classical artist and I'm an electronic producer I'm not sure if you should. ;)

5/5, 9/10

- LiquidOoze

BrokenDeck responds:

Glad you liked this better than my fake bagpipes entry lol :P

Man it's been a while.

Since I reviewed anything, that is.

This is sublime, and while I can't really speak for Avatar (every time I've watched it I've been p. drunk), it does remind me of Braveheart. Which is pretty awesome.

Where did you get your choral bits from? I am interested in acquiring this, for it sounds awesome.

Finally, I suppose I'll wish you the best in this competition :D

BrokenDeck responds:

The choral bits are actually.... yep, EWQL Choirs. I had to mess with the attack and release settings (a lot!) for them to sound just about right. Good luck to you too man.


Credits & Info


1.73 / 5.00

Aug 13, 2011
5:03 AM EDT
File Info
4 MB
1 min 45 sec

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