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This is a sort of old song from a band I was the drummer in. I made a score of the song and put it into an 8bit thing. Credits go out to my friends/ the band members, Andrew, James, and Adam.

I don't know how well it translates into 8bit/ midi, because the vocals sound weird when they're not actually being played by a voice, but that's what I got. Not sure how it'll be received here, so tell me what you think.


8-bit rock? Nice experiment you got here. :)

-Alright, I do like how this is put into 8-bit. It sounds just fine to me.
-If I were to imagine this as part of a video game, I'd have to say I agree with Haggard - if placed right, this would go awesome in some sort of retro game.
-The main melodies of this are really nice and soothing, I like that a lot.

-Remember how I said that I agreed with Haggard about how it would go well in a video game? Well, unfortunately, I agreed with the rest of that as well - there's no particular climax of the song, it doesn't really 'go' anywhere. Also looking at your response to what Haggard said, I'd have to say that I doubt it would have sounded much more climactic with a band (though it would have probably sounded a little bit more climactic, since, you know, real instruments and all) - the main reason for this is due to the velocities. I don't know if they're the same that you played it at or if you even varied the velocities at all, but even assuming you played the notes more powerfully, the notes that are there are a lot calmer than the notes that came before. Also, there's a lot less 'movement' in the notes and drums. In case it wasn't clear, I'm talking about the part after the break at 1:08-1:11.
-If this weren't specifically made in a "8-bit thing", I'd have said that your instrument quality needs to be improved, notably the drums. I know that this is fully 8-bit so you can't fix this, but it would have been nice to have even 16-bit drums.

I really don't have too much to say about this (yeah right, I don't have much to say about this with a massive wall of text about velocities and the climax of the piece). It's nice. The rising and falling action of it could be improved quite a bit. Other than that, cool.

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N-Szewski responds:

Ooh, this is a big one. Okay, so you're saying it should have climaxed after the 1:11 part? Personally, I don't really see that. It was intended to be a soft section to switch is up being that the parts before that are more energetic. The last riff of the song was about the heaviest part, so that's what I was thinking of as at least being somewhat climactic. But maybe something stronger could go in that place; I'm not trying to say I don't care about your opinion. I may brainstorm on it.
I'm not even sure what 16-bit is. I'll look into that and see if I can work that in with the drums. The velocities are something I haven't really taken time with on my notation program, so there's something I'll think about adding. I did vary the dynamics as far as volume, but it probably wasn't particularly 'dynamic' overall, so maybe I should go back and make some changes there too.
You gave some good suggestions and I really appreciate that you took the time to review this. Thanks!

The song does sound nice. I really like the main melody here. But the song doesn't seem to have any climax. It keeps itself very much in the background all the time. This may be useful, depening on what game you put this in (I just try to imagine hearing this song in a video game, since it's in the video game category). But I would like it much better if this song would really take off after the small pause during the middle of the song.

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N-Szewski responds:

Hey, thanks for the review. I get what your saying about the lack of climax, though it may have sounded a bit more powerful with the band. I'd say the thing about this song is, it ended up being so short which I think leaves it as a nice pop-rock-ish tune, but I guess that's about as far as it'll go without another more elevating section. I'm glad you enjoyed it though, and thanks again for taking the time to share your thoughts!

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3.02 / 5.00

Jul 21, 2012
11:26 PM EDT
Video Game
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2.3 MB
2 min 29 sec

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