Chemicals [NGADM]

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This is my entry for round 1 of NGDAM! I'm glad this competition had me writing music. I may add a few more vocal parts later, but deadlines. teehee~

Edit: Wow, thanks for the frontpage exposure NG!

Edit 2: Updated mix! No more bass drum problems <:

From the doubt in our cortex
Rationale is attained;

Repose keeps us afraid
But fear is the chemical gluing our vigilance together

Reason lets us thrive
Use the spectrum in your eyes

From a callow soul comes courage
Naive courage

No God to guide me through this, my nerves quiver steadily, but that means I am free
Now, no longer hollow, but still, I'm just a formula

Oh, our hearts are led astray, but that's okay, for we are just chemicals
Our souls may stay as shallow ponds, but nothing's wrong; we are the universe


I could sit here and listen to this for hours, and I'm being literal. I honestly don't know what else to say... I'm just too amazed by this song.

Kor-Rune responds:

Thank you! I really appreciate that you can stand more than one listen! I will polish this more in time, but I'm glad you like it now!

Thanks again for the review!

This is one of the only songs I've heard on Newgrounds that uses vocals well. This is outstanding.

Kor-Rune responds:

Thank you! I'm glad even these scratch takes are received okay! It's difficult when you decide you're going to have stacked harmonies -and- change key every 4 bars, why do I do this to myself.

Thanks for the review, and good luck to you as well!

Very nice. Not sure where the influence could come from, but its got a classic vibe to it, but fresh at the same time. The guitar playing is awesome throughout, very nice leadwork. I like how it kinda goes into a Dream Theater sound around 4:00, nice progressive fell all the way through.
The vocals sounded really clear, and well sang, and a bit strange in some places haha.
Lots of different sounds throughout too which is nice, very creative work here I must say.
Keep it up man, this will be a hard tune to beat!

Kor-Rune responds:

A lot of this song was influenced by Guthrie Govan and other fusion players, but I was originally inspired to write because of Dream Theater, so some of their proggy bits show up occasionally c:

Yeah, I don't do well with deadlines and vocal takes. I'm redoing these in the future. I just got to a point where I was happy so I could submit in time. I'm glad it's still presentable though, thanks for the review man, and good luck to you again!

fresh as, man
really lush mix! sounds like between the buried and me having an orgy with the mars volta or something haha... maybe needs more understated reverb and less compressed-sounding drums - they're still really nice and dynamic though so maybe its not the compression that's bugging me... i think the snares just kinda SLAP too much for my liking. the kicks definitely need more light and shade, bit less click in the soft parts, nahmeen? anyway those are my only gripes, this is properly fantastic and i wish you the best of luck in the competition!

Kor-Rune responds:

Thanks for the review! Yeah, I was pretty unsatisfied with the kick sound for the soft parts, and that I didn't take the time to nudge some of the key hits off time to humanize it up a little bit. I think you're right about the snare sound too, it's stiff and not as loose. I like my ghost notes to be wishy washy.

Also yeah, the compression doesn't work great with the robotic perfect timing drum hands, but deadlines and mixing, lol. Luckily I can still move it around to my liking, recording real drums has to be a -bitch-.

Thanks again for the review and constructive thoughts! It helps a lot man.

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Credits & Info


4.38 / 5.00

Aug 15, 2012
8:05 AM EDT
General Rock
File Info
12.1 MB
6 min 38 sec

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