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This track is for the NGMT contest that's currently going on. It's split into three rounds, and each round has a different theme and challenge. I couldn't take part in Round 1 since I had A-Levels but after I finished them I just had to take a shot at this round. I even asked Echo to help out, so this was a pretty ambitious project, especially since the challenge of this round was to make a track in 3 days! The theme which our tracks had to follow was:
"Biodome - On a new planet or future earth where the surrounding environment is hostile, a biodome is a place where normal life can still exist."

And we had this awesome artwork to inspire us:
http://goo.gl/FwwXa
http://goo.gl/GF4jo

The contest runs on a system of votes; whoever takes part is allowed to give in one vote. 16 people took part, 13 people gave in their votes, and this got a total of 4 votes, which was enough to win Round 2! There were plenty of other tracks who deserved to win though, and to be honest I'm surprised this actually came out on top!

For this track, I used:
East/West Symphonic Orchestra Silver
Omnisphere
Sytrus
Vengeance

And Echo used:
East/West Symphonic Orchestra Platinum
East/West Symphonic Choirs
VOXOS
Cinebrass

We worked like crazy on this track. It was started a day late, so we only had two days. Over the course of those two days I worked on the track for a total of about 15 hours, and that's not even factoring in the amount of hours Echo worked on it as well!

Props to whoever got the object-oriented programming reference in the title by the way :3.

Hope you enjoy it!

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Wow...I really like this track. Love it, even.

Great intro into the track, and I love the strings used (of course I do, it's East/West). The mixing is amazing, making me jealous as I still have a long way to go. I also love the melodies that pop in during the breadowns and choruses. Around 2:30 onwards is my favorite part of the track and it just fills my headphones with beautiful sound. I also really love the outro starting at 3:40-ish. Don't know why, I just do.

One thing I did notice though, is that from 0:36-0:46, there's a weird popping noise. It at least goes with the rhythm of the track, so it might be intentional, but it is pretty much the only thing I dislike. I do like the effect you have before it starts, which makes me believe the popping's intentional, but I prefer the way you use it at 1:50 better than keeping the effect going for 10 seconds after it's done. Just a nitpick though.

Other than that, I really like the track. I've listened to it 4 times during writing this review and I like it more each time. You guys did a really great job on it.
Dylnmatrix


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Step responds:

Heyyy thanks for reviewing!

"Wow...I really like this track. Love it, even."

Yay. c:

"Great intro into the track, and I love the strings used (of course I do, it's East/West)."

You know what, those strings actually aren't East/West! Those are from Omnisphere. Omnisphere has some absolutely lovely sustain string patches. I don't think they're sampled (but they might be). Whatever the case, I love their warm silky sound and I had to use them. The legato strings at 2:50, however, are East/West.

"The mixing is amazing, making me jealous as I still have a long way to go."

It's all due to experience. I never actually read anything on mixing or followed any tutorials (apart from one small one just to figure out what stuff does). I think it's something that a musician will just pick up naturally after a while so don't fret too much about it.

"I also love the melodies that pop in during the breadowns and choruses."

It's funny, the melodies I just jot into the piano roll casually (such as the ones featured in this track) come out nicely, and when I try and spend ages thinking about a good melody and trying to perfect it, it isn't nearly as good.

"Around 2:30 onwards is my favorite part of the track and it just fills my headphones with beautiful sound."

That's so great to hear. I worked crazy hard on 2:50... after such a massive buildup that Echo gave me, I had to throw all I had at the climax.

"One thing I did notice though, is that from 0:36-0:46, there's a weird popping noise. It at least goes with the rhythm of the track, so it might be intentional, but it is pretty much the only thing I dislike. I do like the effect you have before it starts, which makes me believe the popping's intentional, but I prefer the way you use it at 1:50 better than keeping the effect going for 10 seconds after it's done. Just a nitpick though."

You know, I think I know which pops you're talking about. Certain pops are intentional, but other pops are just unintentional... I have no idea what they are. I had to export this quickly to make the deadline and these must've been artefacts from the export (I sometimes get glitchy exports from using East/West because the VSTs are so CPU-intensive). Weird.

"Other than that, I really like the track. I've listened to it 4 times during writing this review and I like it more each time. You guys did a really great job on it."

Thanks a lot for such a great review! I'm glad you liked it.


it provides a lax yet awing feel to it while still soothing it realy sounds like it was a more longterm project than what was said keep up the great work


Step responds:

Yeah, Echo and I went further than I had originally expected with this. I don't usually take just a few days to make a song!

Thank you for leaving such positive feedback.


Without a shadow of a doubt, this was the most touching, impressive piece I have heard yet, here on Newgrounds.
Tremendous job.


Step responds:

That's massive praise man. Thank you!


Oh wow, this is super atmospheric. Found this just through browsing in the 'Greatest' list, then wondered. 'Why is this so good?' Didn't even see who it was by at first. Then it hit me, 'Oh right, it's Step AND Echo, duh! Of course it's good!'

Super good job on this, it's really good, especially that build up around 2:50.


Step responds:

Wow, haha. Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it; the build up at around 2:50 is the one music thing I've done in the last few months that I'm most proud of!

Thanks again.


I dislike object-oriented programming. (It's a personal thing.) This track, however, is great.

All hail the mighty GOTO.


Step responds:

Praise be to System.out.println!

Thanks for reviewing!

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Step
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4 min 17 sec
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