The Portraits

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a short piece inspired by the following popular "creepypasta"

There was a hunter in the woods, who, after a long day hunting, was in the middle of an immense forest. It was getting dark, and having lost his bearings, he decided to head in one direction until he was clear of the increasingly oppressive foliage. After a what seemed like hours, he came across a cabin in a small clearing. Realizing how dark it had grown, he decided to see if he could stay there for the night. He approached, and found the door ajar. Nobody was inside. The hunter flopped down on the single bed, deciding to explain himself to the owner in the morning. As he looked around, he was surprised to see the walls adorned by many portraits, all painted in incredible detail. Without exception, they appeared to be staring down at him, their features twisted into looks of hatred. Staring back, he grew increasingly uncomfortable. Making a concerted effort to ignore the many hateful faces, he turned to face the wall, and exhausted, he fell into a restless sleep.

Face down in an unfamiliar bed, he turned blinking in unexpected sunlight. Looking up, he discovered that the cabin had no portraits, only windows.

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Very nice

I normally don't listen to much like this but this one in particular seemed to work well it was in the near with each new piece ahead of it it really had a nice beat to it and made for a nice vibe of things so very nice work here

No changes it was perfect


S3C responds:

thanks for the review! just curious, you say it's perfect, then why the sub-perfect score ;)

reading the story with your music makes it so much better. i love how you put this all together. i feel like if your a slow reader or a fast reader, it really doesnt matter. it doesnt make you feel rushed and if your fast it doesn't make you feel like you went ahead. it keeps it creepy regardless. great job and much love. i only gave you 4 stars because no one is perfect, but all in all very well done in my opinion.

S3C responds:

thanks for the review! glad to hear the story meshes with the music for you.

Oh hey, it's a perfect loop! I read the creeypasta at almost the same pace as the music the first time around, and it fit right in, the setting in the story really syncs with the sound even though there's no real finale in the music, it just keeps going in the same half-creepy half-ambient tone. I probably read the story differently because of the music too, since I didn't realize how creepy the ending really was first time around. :D

Anyway, it's a nice track, perfect background music for really any beautiful/tragic/strange/creative/ins piring story. The strings that rise up occasionally add a lot to the background melody. Is the background only piano btw, or is there something more? It sounds like it's more, but I can only hear a piano. Overall great piece!


S3C responds:

yo thanks for the review CyberBob! yeah it's just a piano...plus the strings of course.

This is great. It reminds me of the hospital in Super Meat Boy, without all the crazy percussion cluttering up the clever melodies. Not that crazy percussion's a bad thing. I like the discordant harmony at in the middle of the loop. I also really like what's going on at 1:12. Your sense of harmony is impressive. And it definitely matches the short story. Nicely done.

S3C responds:

Thanks bro. Super Meat Boy eh? Can't say I remember the hospital level. Maybe I never got that far.

I love you.

Seriously, this is nice. The way that the bass constantly shifts on the last sixteenth note of each measure paints a sonic picture of the hunter's discomfort in the cabin. Speaking of which, lovely story. It definitely helps contextualize and enhance the composition.

The harmonic progression is my favorite aspect of this piece. Your use of borrowed chords to create a chromatic bass-line is lovely. One of my favorite techniques actually. There is one change that I would love to hear though. The chord on bVI at :31, where the bass plays in ocatves? I really wanted to hear that instead as a french augmented sixth chord. So instead of going from bVI to bVI and octave up in the bass, it would go from bVI up to #IV, which would resolve up to the V in the next chord as the bVI resolves down to the V. It would have put more pressure on the dominant, which seems fitting with the string of pre-dominants you use.

The strings added a further layer of depth to this piece. That part at :38 to :41 in the strings was nice. Oh so very creepy. The piano is also very nice. I'm guessing it was sequenced based? Or was it just heavily quantized to keep with that sixteenth note pattern? If it was sequenced, the velocities were varied nicely.

For extra creepyness, a bowed waterphone sample would contribute significantly. A heavily reverbed, distant-sounding oboe line would also be awesome...Basically, an orchestral version of this would rock my face. :p

Excellent work. Your composition is simple and yet holds enough small harmonic and rhythmic complexities to make it accessibly sophisticated. Make more music. Now.

S3C responds:

hey man! nice hearing from you. we traded off reviews a while back....by that I mean like 4 years ago. Not sure if you remember. Your knowledge in music theory has grown immensely; I'm quite impressed with your sensibilities as your analysis of the bass rhythm and harmonic progression seems to be (almost) spot on.

the chord at :31 is actually in fact a Fr6+...(the #IV is already in an upper voice). It's functionality may be disguised somewhat because of how the chords are structured though.

yep, it's all sequenced based, like all but 3-4 songs I've posted on here.

I like your instrument suggestions. The waterphone was considered for added ambiance but I wanted the piece to have a more traditional approach and the fact that I've already overused waterphone samples a bit :P An oboe or bassoon would work wonders.

glad you like the story and piece. i've been in a music block more or less for 2 years now...not sure where my creativity and drive has gone. but receiving reviews like yours certainly inspires me to submit more content.

thanks a lot for the detailed review; it was helpful and I enjoyed reading it!

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4.14 / 5.00

May 19, 2012
9:40 PM EDT
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1 min 21 sec

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