Shady Operations

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I don't have that much time to make music nowadays but I had to give this a shot. This is my submission to the NATA audio competition in which we have to make a song that has a particular mood. My mood is sneaky/suspicious.

This uses Omnisphere for everything melodic except the muted trumpet which is from Sorohampler, the rhodes which is from a free VST called mda ePiano, and the Bansuri flute which is from East/West Ra. Oh and the drums are from Vengeance.

I'm aware that there are a tonne of problems in this, including the abysmal transition halfway through, and some harmony issues, but I really don't have time to perfect this :(. I also know it's kinda short; the contest isn't expecting long submissions and I can't really find the time to make this any longer.

By the way, it's the first time I'm using the Lydian mode (for the first half of the song and at the very end). Thanks to camoshark for helping me out with a chord at the beginning by the way.

Hope you enjoy it... it may not be perfect but hopefully it gets me somewhere in the competition!

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Nice atmosphere, cute melody, great composition. A cool track. Nothing more.

PD: Can I remix the song? :'D

Good composition? Indeed. (Like usual... :3) Not necessarily all that sneaky-sounding to me though. In my opinion, the major key signature kind of kills the sneaky mood in a way. You know, it sounds a little too happy... mostly in the end. It worked for the intro, but ending it, well, I'm not sure. That's just me though. Still nice-sounding. :D

Step responds:

Rather than major, this is in lydian, which is kinda like major except with the fourth note sounding a semitone higher. Yeah I see what you mean, although I mainly wanted to add that major chord at the end to signify that whatever sneaky operation went on, it has been done. Yes I have no idea from where I come up with this stuff either :3.

I'm glad you like it! Hope it does well in the contest. I'm not very happy with it but my other contest entry has a messed-up ending and frankly I don't think I'm even going to place since there are only four spots and at least 1001 talented participants, give or take.

Thanks for reviewing dude.

Unlike some people, I like the flute in your songs. It adds a unique touch.

Step responds:

That's great to hear!

this is amazing, pretty misterious and relaxing

Step responds:

Why thank you :3.

I enjoyed it greatly, but up until the flute part. Then it lost its unique sneaky mood to the cliche mission impossible sounding flute and baseline. There is something to cherish in a piece of music which with sweet chimes can send chills down your spine and you achieved that in the first 30 seconds and at the very end of this piece. I'd like to hear more of that and good luck in the competition :)

Step responds:

Never thought of it that way! Personally I thought the chimes/rhodes part is a tad more cliche than the flute/bassline part, but the thing is they're both quite different from each other so it's very much possible for someone to like one but not the other. Thinking about it I should've perhaps tried to integrate them together more.

Thanks for the review, and for giving a me another perspective of the piece!

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4.74 / 5.00

Mar 25, 2013
7:07 AM EDT
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2.5 MB
1 min 7 sec

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