I'm immediately hooked right from the first ten seconds! the composition is very mature and lightyears ahead of lots of other orchestral composers here on NG. rhythmically unique and beautiful chord voicings, as well as the progressions. definitely has a Yasunori Mitsuda vibe, and even a touch of Joe Hisaishi. I'm surprised that you were able to make Edirol sound this good, which is a testament to the fact that you definitely deserve the need for better samples! ^_^
Why you aren't more popular I have no idea. You've got a really beautiful harmonic language in all of your pieces, and your sound is more sophisticated than most artists I hear on the portal. This piece in particular is gorgeous and reminds me of certain tracks from Final Fantasy XII.
My main complaint is that the mix is a little rough in some spots, mostly in terms of balance. Sometimes it feels like certain sounds should be more in the foreground.
Compositionally though, I love this soooooo much. It's really awesome how you seamlessly switch between 4/4, 6/8, 3/4, and so on. I especially love the pattern of 3+3+2+2 starting at about :27. Harmonically, I really dig all of the suspensions and resolutions you use. The cadence at :47 is so juicy. :)
The section starting at 1:13 has a distinctly Chrono Trigger sound for some reason. Perhaps it is the instrumentation?
Oh, and I adore the chord progression starting at 2:01! I use a similar one frequently when improvising. Really beautiful.
The end didn't sound very fitting, but I understand what it is like being rushed for contests. I hope you write more music like this.
5/5 and added you to my favorite artists.
I don't even know how to respond, hahah...this made my day, thanks a lot!
I started working on this just two days before uploading it for the contest, so it really did have some problems with mixing, a few irregular rhythms by the end and a lack of a real ending.But still, I'm so glad you liked it!
Yep, Chrono Trigger is my all time favorite game, and it kinda shows on my compositions. (it's soundtrack blew me away when I was just a little kid)
Anyways, thanks again.
This is an awesome change of pace! This certainly sounds like it has a lot of Far Eastern influence (aside from the theme being based around a Japanese swordsman), which in my opinion makes this tune really stand out amongst the other competitors' work!
I think this song has potential. I'm really sorry that you weren't able to finish the entire thing in time, but from what I'm hearing so far, this has become an easy fav in my books.
Keep it up! I don't know what you use, but I could easily imagine a live orchestra playing this for some sort of production.
Thank you very much, sadly I didn't win the contest but it was very fun to compose.
Since I've got a software upgrade, I may try extending the song soon.
Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.