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Feb 11, 2012 | 6:49 AM EST
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9.4 MB
4 min 7 sec
4.37 / 5.00

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Name: Eye of the Dragon || Composer: Echo || Status: SONG
Patterns: 267
Automations: 128
Length: 4:07
Plugins Used:
---- East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Orchestra Platinum Plus Edition
---- East West Quantum Leap Symphonic Choirs
---- East West Quantum Leap Wordbuilder
---- East West Quantum Leap Stormdrum
---- East West Quantum Leap Stormdrum 2
---- East West Quantum Leap Ministry of Rock
---- East West Quantum Leap Ra
---- East West Quantum Leap Silk
---- East West Quantum Leap Pianos Gold
---- East West Quantum Leap Voices of Passion
---- Parametric EQ 2
---- Some Reeverb Plugins

---- So here I am again after a long absence from Newgrounds. I've decided to return with a bang and as a result, I'm uploading a song which I believe is honestly one of my best tracks, and also the one which I worked hardest and longest on.

This track will serve 2 purposes, It will first and foremost serve as my submission to the Orchestral MAC 2012, hosted by BrokenDeck. It's a pretty large competition with some of the greatest names on Newgrounds regards Orchestral music (such as PeterSatera, Bosa, Supersteph54, samulis, etc), so I doubt I'll make it that far, but I can honestly say I gave it my all.

The song's second purpose will be as the Title track of my new album (Eye of the Dragon) which I will be uploading on my Bandcamp Account (
. I am uploading this Title track on Newgrounds as a preview of this album, which will be available soon.

Regards the song's production, this track is a result of 41 hours, 38 minutes of work. It is also my longest track to date, and definitely my most detailed. I spent a lot of time humanizing, desyncing, harmonizing and EQing to attain as much perfection as I could. I know quality isn't such a high factor in this MAC, but I still tried to give as much realism as I could.

Regards instruments and orchestration, I used: violins, violas, cellos, double basses, flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, french horns, trumpets, trombones, tubas, harp, piano, alto singers, bass singers, tenor singers, 2 solo singers, a range of percussions (cymbals, timpanis, godzilla hits, djembe, etc), koto, accoustic guitar, xiao, dizi, electric bass, clean electric guitar, glockenspiel and probably some others which I'm forgetting.

As for credits, I can't list all the people who helped me with this here, because I'd never finish, but I'd primarily like to thank Supersteph54 for giving me a shit-tonne of criticism and tips and Logical-Defiance for his help.

So that's it I guess. 267 Patterns, 128 Automations, 67 Play Instances, 164 Bars and 41 hours of work spread over 2 months. I sure hope you enjoy listening to this as much as I enjoyed making it. Feedback is very much appreciated!





Rated 5 / 5 stars

I listen to this song on a regular and every time I listen to it I get that feeling that I am going on the most amazing journey ever, a journey through the unknown...I love it and much respect to you. The song never gets old.

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Wow, this was really impressive.

Really all I can do criticism-wise is to wish that there was a little more variety in the instrument choice in regards to woodwinds. I don't really know how that would work, but the song ended with me wanting more oboe or clarinet (then again I have bias because that's my instrument XD)

I really enjoyed the build up to the more dramatic part, especially the slow crescendo you placed in the french horn (? I think that was the timbre I heard. Correct me if I'm wrong :E). Once the crescendo finished you could have made the melody a little...harsher? I think that's the word I'm looking for... Anyways by putting it in not only the french horns(?) but also a strong trumpet and trombone (or if your feeling really gutsy and German a tuba as well :D) and really had that melody cut. The horn has a wonderful melancholic sound, but that could have been more active. But then again, plenty of composers have used just horn for something like that. Jeremy Soule used solely french horn for his iconic theme in "Reign of the Septims" from TES: Oblivion. I guess it's personal preference.

Anyways, enough from me. I didn't write this, so I should stop talking (typing?).

Awesome piece. I'll be watching your submissions in the future for sure.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I highly enjoy this, but I am giving you a 4.5, cause it feels slightly scattered about. But besides that, its amazing.

Echo responds:

Thanks for the criticism!

Erik Scerri
- Echo Productions


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

It's a fantastic piece for sure, but I think it should have been tad more dynamic. I'm not too sure how to say this in English, but the overall emotional output of the song ranged from epic and heroic to gentle and heroic, and that's it. It tells a story, but it's a one-sided and therefore less interesting story, in my opinion.

I hope that even made sense :/

Echo responds:

Yeah it kinda made sense. I tried to make the piece as emotional as possible and it might not work out with everyone, which is entirely fine.

Thanks for the review! :)

Erik Scerri
- Echo Productions


Rated 5 / 5 stars

This is amazing! its beautiful on so many levels, the drums work so well with the rest of the instruments! :D would you mind if I use this for a video? I will credit you of course :D

Echo responds:

Sure go ahead :) Thanks!

Erik Scerri
- Echo Productions