I'm agreeing with the review below this. Listen to Jeremy Soule's work. He did the music for Morrowind, Oblivion, Skyrim, Star Wars games, Warhammer, Guild wars, he is the master. If you want inspiration he's your man. You got that perfect Winter/Wilderness Ambience going on and I love it as it is, but you've definitely got the potential for loads more. Keep up the awesome work!
Thanks a lot for the review man!
Now that you mentioned Jeremy Soule also made the music for Guild Wars and Oblivion, I remember some of the ambient themes in those games were really to my liking. How awesome! I'll definitely check his work out.
If you want to check out more of my work you can head over to my YouTube channel (I'll send you a link by PM ;) )
So yeah, thanks again, and cheers :D
To be honest, it reminds me a lot of Skyrim's themes, mostly from wildreness exploration.
To start, You do not have any... well, violent clashing of instruments. Everything flows well together, nothing sounds out of place. You've got your main lines playing, which, to be honest, in itself would be a fantastic song still. But you've added a lot of ambience by adding (what appears to me as) a background wind/water effect, other sounds and pads that sort of ebb and flow around the whole piece.
And the fact that you've made a 7 minute song out of simple and smooth pads is amazing in itself. I've tried these things myself, and I can never get more than a few minutes without losing track or thinking the sounds are too boring. Would you mind telling me where you got a few of your pads? I'm always looking to expand on what I've got.
I'm really surprised I've never listened to your work before. I'm almost kicking myself for not doing so!
Wonderful song, by far.
Hey man, thanks a lot for your awesome review.
I'm not familiar with any of the Skyrim themes, but now that you mentioned it I should probably check it out for myself (might find some inspiration there! ;D)
The plug-in I'm using for the pad is U-He's ZebraCM, which you can probably download by searching for it on Google. I always use that plug-in for pads and whatnot that I include in ambient songs (lots of useful functions that can make a great ambient instrument).
The background ambience you mentioned isn't wind/water, but it's actually pink noise. The fact that the pink noise is in the background really makes it sound like wind/water. I also added a volume variation to it, which is one of the many functions ZebraCM offers you. Great stuff really, you should definitely try it out for yourself! :D
Making a 7 minute song out of only simple pads and pink noise is a challenging task which requires a lot of patience. Not only the 7 minutes of recording can get a little hectic and boring after a while, but there's the whole part of trying to find a good start to your song and an end as well, the mastering after the recording and the instrument creation before. It can be really nerve racking if you're starting with music but as you get more experienced it comes pretty naturally (though I do have about 100 failed ambient songs in my computer xD).
As you're recording the ambient song you should always keep an eye on the current length of the song. In most music applications I believe you can switch between measures and length, and as ambient songs don't (always) require measures then I usually keep it on length mode while I'm recording. If after two minutes you think your song is starting to sound monotone and boring you should try adding some variations to it (like the darker part of the song around 4-5 mins), as you can notice the start of the song is a little more brighter, happier, but as time goes by it progressively becomes darker.
One last thing I like doing in ambient songs is adding some little "easter eggs" (like really quiet footsteps at the end of a song, or in this song the really bright pad at 2:35).
If you use enough variations then you'll get a great song (if you make any be sure to send me some links, I'll be glad to check out what you can come up with! ;D)
So yeah, if you're making an ambient song like that you should definitely keep those few things in mind. I'll send you a PM with a few links to plug-ins and also my YouTube channel (I usually post a sh*tload of songs there haha ;D)
Anyways, that's about all I have to say about the creation of ambient songs (if there's anything else you want to know just send me a PM, I'll see if I can help you out)
pretty relaxing and superb, keep up the good work :D
Thanks man ;D
This is lovely, just lovely. Better than any lovely that any music can bring. This is officially, unofficially and sufficiently acceptance to be called heavenly.
Thank you very much for your kind review, it really brings joy to my heart :D
Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.