Faceless Blue-Coat

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Hey, guys. There's something wrong with the player on this one. No Idea why it skips like that, but once it starts skipping go to the point right after it started skipping and it should play the rest of the song.

I composed and mixed this song in a few hours. It was another stroke of wizardy that was evoked by an old recording I found lying around in my computer. I decided to take that shit and compose it in TuxGuitar, which continued onward from that point into a full song.

I'm not sure what to label this piece, but I was influenced by my recent playing of Banjo Kazooie/Tooie and in the end it reminded me of Vivi from Final Fantasy 9 (hence the title).

I hope you enjoy this piece. It's nice and short.


I really like this one! My only gripe is the nearly inaudible bassline? It sounds like this weird low growl far into the background, and I don't really like all that much. I'd expect a more swingy, a tad bit more "in-your-face" bassline, a bit like the kind seen in old-timey jazz songs. But right now it's sortof implied rather than being there. I suppose that's really just a personal gripe though, since clearly the focus of the song is on the two leads.

Speaking of which, I really like how your two leads complement each other. It's sounds like the song was improvised live on a stage, with just an inkling of prep time. The two musicians look at each other, and each do their thing, but working with each other rather than against. The drummer slaps out a rhythm, paying attention to his fellow performers, making fills whenever his bandmates do something spectacular(The bit starting at :38 is quite nice because of that.)

My point is, it feels quite organic in spite of having been made with synths. And that's partly why I like it. It's an eclectic synth-jazz piece with that 3/4 time signature, and those aren't made much these days. It would have been nice if it had been a bit longer I suppose.

As an aside, newgrounds is making your audio skip very much. I don't get the problem when listening to the song on my computer, so I assume it's the websites fault.

that is all.

Rahmemhotep responds:

The bassline is quite audible if you play it through some nice speakers, like a stereo. It's hard to get synths to sound like a bass (which the song is actually written for a guitar, sax and a bass), because when they go into the low notes they usually drop the crisper mid, mid-hi and treble frequencies that make it easier to hear. In this case I used something that you can actually hear if you use speakers or a headset that can bring it out more, because the bass is actually just as loud (on a dB meter) as the sax (left synth). I could have gone for a more poppin' bass tune, but I wanted a driving bass run, because they're fun to play and I don't usually write runs.

I really wanted to focus on harmony with this one and in the midst of that, I dropped my usual melancholy sound and ended up with something that reminded me of the desert level in Banjo-Kazooie. I would've liked it to be longer as well, but it comes out so smoothly that I didn't want to try to add to it for fear of it losing it's magic.

Yeah, it skips for me, too. I have no idea why the player is doing that.

Thanks for the review!

The percussion got a little crazy there. Be sure it can fit in with the rest of the music.

Rahmemhotep responds:

What? You don't listen to jazz? The precussion fits the song, so I have no idea what you're trying to say. This isn't Youtube, write a real review next time.

is it just me or is this track skipping very very badly???

Rahmemhotep responds:

Don't make reviews to point out site errors.

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3.81 / 5.00

Jun 7, 2012
9:27 PM EDT
File Info
1.8 MB
1 min 33 sec

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