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Sep 28, 2012 | 8:17 PM EDT
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3 min 13 sec
4.34 / 5.00

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Rated 4.34 / 5 stars
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This is my new song Stranded! It's somewhat of a film score. I made it for a friends outro on his youtube videos. I hope you all enjoy!



Rated 4 / 5 stars

Great song! :)

Good composition, effective basslines, and overall it's a catchy melody. I absolutely loved the flutes and bells, I thought they were a perfect touch. There is one thing that I would like to point out though. The strings at the beginning of the song go on a tad too long, and I know what you were going for, but perhaps some more variation would work well. Some variation on your brass would be a good idea too!

I would have to say my favorite part of the song would be from 2:02 onwards. :)

I think if you threw in some more chords and a nice flute melody that retained a higher octave than your other instruments, you would have something quite special here! Though that's only a suggestion.

Have a good one and keep it up, I'll be looking out for your stuff, and I hope you'll do the same for me! :)


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stunkel responds:

Thanks for reviewing so quickly after :P I love the flutes and bells in this song as well. And to the strings in the beginning, there was a soft piano melody, it's very hard to hear, but if you listen closely, it's there. But I do understand that it could be a little shorter.
Also thanks for the chords/flute melody suggestion, the flute thing never even crossed my mind. Partly because I was going for a totally different feel of the song, and I imagine the flute would be too high at that point DX

Thanks for the review though! And I will follow you as an author, let's review eachothers music and improve off of eachother to make us both better musicians!

5/5 stars for a great review :P


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Really nice!

At first, I thought is was going to be a little simple and boring because of the way you introduced the static chord progression, but as it gradually shifted towards other instruments, it grew on me. I really like the drums, they added a lot to the tune. the melody at 2:41 was great, maybe you could bring it in earlier and make it a little louder, because it feels like it should be the main tune.

Overall, I really liked it alot!

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stunkel responds:

Thanks! yeah that was the main melody, I never really thought about putting it in more throughout the song. I tried to put in a bit of what I call short term nostalgia. I added that melody with the flute in at the beginning, and it was a catchy melody. And I didn't bring it back until later in the song, it's a familiar sound, and it gives off an awesome vibe. It tends to work well for me :D

I'm glad you enjoyed though! I hope you come by to review some more of my future music!


Rated 4 / 5 stars

*WARNING, shitty english.*
That music was quite awesome.

I must say, I loved it! At the begining, just before 0:20, I instantly thought of Metroid other M. What I love about songs is when it makes me think of other songs that I love. Anyway, for the song itself. I really liked the build up in the whole music. However, the background bass (Not sure how to call it...) is getting quite repetitive near the end. I however, don't know how you could change it to make it sound better without ruining the song's impression.

Anyway, that's pretty much it! I really liked it! ^^

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stunkel responds:

Thank you! :D And yeah that's the biggest complaint about the song I get, it is a little repetitive. I actually made this for somebodies outro on youtube. But I appreciate you listening! I hope you come by to review some more of my music


Rated 3 / 5 stars

Hey, as promised here's that review :3. Pretty solid track overall, although upon analysis this has lots of room for improvement...

So, starting off with my favourite part of orchestral music; composition. I'm hearing some good ideas and potential here. I like your approach to the melodies and how you keep everything sounding so unified with a static chord progression, gradual progressions and the repetition of that pretty cool 0:39 motif at 2:02 and 2:41. Your composition is good and well-structured, and that's inarguably an important thing to have in this genre.

Unfortunately the bad news about the composition is that it's very repetitive and frankly it's quite bland. Most of the time you repeat the same eight notes in consecutive order. Even worse than that is that each note lasts for exactly the same amount of time. It just feels very linear. This is something you can fix with practice. Your melody is flowing but only because it does the same thing a lot of the time and there's not much diversity. The trick to strong composition is to make it diverse and non-linear but STILL flowing.

The number one solution; dynamics. I'm not hearing many dynamics here. And while I love your gradual introduction of different elements that you do in the intro... other than that there's nothing so dynamic about this, which is the main reason why this sounds so linear. I would've loved to hear crescendos, grace notes, diminuendos, tempo changes, etc... there's a whole range of articulations you can do here. For example I can imagine a gradual crescendo working wonderfully to build up to 2:09, and if you made the song die down more audibly rather than just remove elements from the track towards the end it would've sounded so much more intricate.

Your instrumentation is pretty typical but it works well! I like the fact that you used bells, they're pretty underrated (even I don't use them much haha) but if done right they can really add to a piece. And you added some pretty bassy instruments in there, which was a pleasant surprise. I'm talking about the guitar at 0:26 and the double bass (I might be wrong about the instrument names but whatever, I'm hearing bass and that's what matters! :P). These filled up the low end very nicely.

You've got a pretty pleasant mix but nothing out of the ordinary. Your instruments are unfortunately pretty low quality, but I suppose there's not much you can do about that. Still, they're not too shabby, and I bet that if you added those aforementioned dynamics to your instruments they would sound so much more realistic and intricate. You could have the most amazing samples in the world but without going the extra mile to make everything sound realistic and dynamic, your samples will end up sounding almost MIDI-like, so it's a good idea to make it a habit to add lots of dynamics. Volume automations work really well for me, I use them like crazy to do stuff like fade in instruments, highlight sections, etc...

The two things I liked the most about this would be the intro and the drums. Your intro is just fantastic man. Perhaps a more booming bell sound followed by the gradual fading in of the high strings would've worked a bit better but still, you managed to achieve that cinematic sound by throwing in new instruments gradually. Great idea to play that little melody on the piano at the beginning too. A subtle but very effective touch.

And the drums! In a way they're kinda low quality/unrealistic and a bit too snappy but they work so well regardless. Cool beat, and I love your drum fills, especially the one at 2:39. The drums aren't the best they could be, but pretty darn good nevertheless. They added a wonderful amount of intensity, and they were nicely varied with good rhythms too. Not much to complain about, percussion-wise.

So yeah, overall this is a nice little piece. There are quite a few aspects where it needs improving, others where it does really well in, but hey that's all what practice is for right? Good luck in your future works man, and thanks again for leaving a review on Ecosystem!

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stunkel responds:

Honestly, I don't know where to begin DX, that was an amazing review though. I think that I can definitely improve upon what you said if I make an effort to change those things. But amazing review, I hope you enjoy my future stuff and give reviews if you choose to do so :D. Again, thanks

5/5 stars for the review :3


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I like the bells. :) Good job with the song, but maybe change that chord progression a little bit? It gets a bit repetitive... just my opinion :P Besides that, The drums are wonderful, and the flute at the end was a nice touch. Good job! Hey, could you give my newest song a listen? I'm trying to get more opinions on my songs... :) Thanks! :D

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stunkel responds:

will do!