Flying Spider Colony <(FTA)>
Christopher Shaird (FaeryTaleAdventurer)
I was surprised at the initial quality of some of the sounds used in this piece. Some of the instruments later used however, seemed as if they were of lesser quality and it began to distract me when listening. This sounded as though it were a score to an actual clip of video footage. I could almost envision what was happening along to this music. Many different emotions were played out and illustrated. It definitely had some creepy moments to it, mischief and evil were in the air. Nice bank of sounds and your understanding of music theory shows. Excellent work and good job fitting this month's easy contest criteria. 9.0
Thanks for the review, Realmguys!
Thanks for noticing the quality at the beginning. Even before I mixed and mastered I actually felt like I was at the helm of a live orchestra. Unfortunately there is perhaps an instrument or two that I kind of want to kick myself for not using instead. I thought about using individual tracks for the plucking, but got lazy about that and instead used a string ensemble pluck, which was perhaps actually lower quality, I didn't even bother to confirm.
I kid you not I "envisioned" waking up to a spider like Itsy for some time, with some music like this, but the flying spider idea, came up just this year, while I was cleaning the pool one day, I kid you not!
I have never scored music for a live video, but in the past, I guess I attribute this kind of work to the fact that I did a lot of AMVs on Youtube, ranging from music synching to pictures, and growing up watching a lot of cartoons.
If I was originally completing this song without hearing about te contest, it most likely would have been a lot less scary.
Don't know a lot about music theory, but I guess I do tend to surprise myself through ear training or piano playing. An honest mix of John Williams, Danny Elfman, and the composers of loads of those classic WB cartoons I watched in the 90s, and many more!
Again, thanks for your review!
hehe.. you may have overused that critter giggle sound just a tad, but I still lvoe it. Volume is a tad inconsistant in this piece - but I still love the work that went in this as well as the storyline you tossed up for it. Also your bass could have been a bit more present. 3:45 wasn't my most favourite part I will admit hehehe
Stereo issues aside, I did like the almost danny elfman like quality of this, and is probably one of the best done of all the submissions. So good job!
Thanks you for your review, Chronamut!
Lol, overused the giggle? I only used it twice in the whole piece! Ah well, it was there to symbolize a beginning and ending; nice to know you like it though.
Yeah, I guess in terms of volume, it could've been mixed a bit better to maximize the hearing of all the instruments, as well as managing the loudness of instruments in some parts. Still learning!
I tried quite hard to bring the bass up more, though I feared that I might overpower the other ranges when I was doing the EQ'ing.
Like AudioVision had said, the 3:45 area was something I made on the spot, feeling that using a stock monster sound, at least the ones I heard might do the song more hurt than not (on a side note: this did spook the kids a bit when I had the part play in synch when I opened my front door during Halloween!).
Funny you'd compare this tune with Danny Elfman, as that was indeed one of my biggest influences behind this song, along with people like John Williams too! I really like the seemingly humourous style that Elfman demonstrates in a lot of his work.
I really had more things I wanted to do with this, and you know me, essentially cranking out my music at the last minute. Hopefully, I'll be able to make better time for my future works. I try my best to bring out as much quality sound as I can in the limited time I may have, and there are people that just are in love with what I make with its flaws and all, which actually amazes me.
I know I may lack consistence in terms of what I make and/or upload to NewGrounds AP, but it personally feels good to kind of be seen as the "classical" genre hero in NACs, though I'm not always the ONLY one, lol.
Again thanks for your awesome review!
NAC Creepy Chronnies Judge
I certainly took enjoyment in the fact that this is much more orchestrated than your average newgrounds track. I like the title as well, found it quite fitting. I could imagine such floating spiders throughout the track.
I was a fan of the orchestration the whole way through the song. Great classical styling, no "soundtrack" style orchestral. I enjoy the "falling"/"floating" feeling your melody exhibited in the beginning.
Good choice of instruments as well, except for one thing, which i'll address later. As for the organ, as you say, it could have been ironed out a bit more, but overall it was a good bit.
I found some of the transitions in your piece a bit lacking. I would have liked to see a bit better fluidity through your transitioning. Also wasn't too big a fan of your rugrats-esque bit from 3:42 to 3:48. The piece could have used a bit more polishing mixing-wise, to make everything a bit more crisp and full sounding, but that didn't much detract from your song. I found that the harmonies you would make in the song sometimes wouldn't fit quite right. Occasionally I'd find a pairing of notes less "creepy" and more "awkward". But this was the minority.
Overall, a great piece, and I'm looking forward to following some more of your work. Simple but enticing orchestration with a minority of flaws, and a welcome break from the usual BZZZZ BZZZZ BWAWAWAWAWAWAWA of dubstep on the 'grounds. Keep up the classical!
Thank you for reviewing, AudioVision!
It's nice to know someone notices the direction I tend to take on my classical pieces. I assume by "soundtrack", you mean the over-dramatic and/or with-technopop style music, not to say that's all bad, but I guess you could say I am a "traditionalist" in this case (I have experimented with more modern styles, myself sometimes).
About the instruments, I did want to maybe throw a choir in there (actually thought about using a more natural form of the AMG mTRONMix choir, instead of always trying to tweak it in my songs to make it sound more realistic; the natural sound has a more creepy electronic feel to it). Chronamut did emphasize that vocals should be included. I actually thought about putting my voice in the track, to perhaps interact with Itsy and the environment (though I don't think I have a good Itsy voice!).
Transitions are definitely something that I have heard in the past works of mine that need some build-up fixing, and I have imagined recently some things I would've love to have tossed into the mix (i.e. a harp gliss to the front door opening).
The "Rugrats-esque" part was actually the roar of the queen (if you guessed that the Mellow Organ was used, you were right!) *goes to add another line to Author Comments*. I had thought about using one of the monster roars from WavePad, but I think any of them would've come off as just plain cheesy. Speaking of Rugrats, I will definitely say that my biggest influence(s) for this song was cartoons I grew up watching in the 90s, namely the ones by Warner Bros.
I always try to aim for quality sound in my songs, but I literally finished making the song on the due day, with just a few hours left to mix/master (very busy guy), so that's definitely something I'd like to focus on the next time I decide to commit to another NAC. Personally, I thought I was already listening to a live orchestra (something I didn't think was possible with GarageBand) in most of the song, before I even did mixing/mastering! But I attempted to do it anyway.
I agree with you whole-heartedly about some parts of the song, I just want to kick myself about not deciding to fix, when it came to harmonizing. In a number of cases, I didn't really know what to do. I'm actually not too happy about some of the minor changes I made to the trumpet lead when you and the queen are lifting off.
Again, thanks very much for your judging. It's nice to know that the classic classical isn't dead just yet. Though I can make a wobble bass, I'd probably just use it in a classical beat, as my electronica skill isn't all that good. Dub'n'Classical, sounds scary, but who knows?
Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.