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Pierce the Darkness

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This is for the final round of the NGMT contest. I took a somewhat radically different approach than I normally do, which I think turned out well. For some reason, I thought of digging, and out came a waltz!

We had two weeks to complete it, and the theme was "Lost Underground Civilization" - "As a surface-dweller, you've dug deeply and found a giant network of cities. It appears to have been built by your civilization's ancestors. Are they still alive, or are they all gone, with nothing but the remains of their technology (or lack thereof)?"

This is supposed to musically depict a team of people digging away, deep into the earth, only to find a huge cavern riddled with ancient technology. The bewilderment at this finding is cut short by a looming evil that has lurked there for centuries undisturbed. The diggers eventually retreat, falling over themselves as they run back up their tunnel.

I ended up placing 3rd in the contest overall, which I'm quite happy about! Please let me know what you think, I'd love to hear what imagery comes to mind!


great melody, i imagine hearing this in an Studio Ghibli movie, would really fit in n__n
good job.
- Pandasticality

bassfiddlejones responds:

A great compliment indeed - thank you very much!

this sounds pretty good good job

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bassfiddlejones responds:


Wow and wow only!
Best thing is tempo shift apart from it being musically excellent keeping listener haunted in its beauty. I have listened it twice and best interpretation is of yours very own imagination. However an era of war also came into my mind where initially a preparation and then an outburst of war is going on.
Your music has always been a type learning session to me by carefully listening all parts, thinking what is where, and trying to implement. Your cello playing is amazing as well and I was thinking all my way that its coming now, and now :) Thank you very much for sharing. Last but not least, congrats on taking third place in the contest and.......its is easy for you anyway!!!

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bassfiddlejones responds:

Thanks for the review Emid! I always appreciate your feedback. I'll have to head over and leave some thoughts on your work!

This is so awesome

bassfiddlejones responds:

Many thanks!

I remember listening to this when deciding which person to vote for. I rather liked this piece, it was definitely an interesting take on the theme. The waltz is really fun and you managed to combine that with some cinematic-esque sounds to it. The song seems to flow pretty well too, only compliant I have is that the ending feels a tad underwhelming. Very good job.

bassfiddlejones responds:

Thanks for the review man. I definitely took a non-traditional approach this time around... glad you liked the piece!

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4.18 / 5.00

Jun 29, 2013
2:04 AM EDT
File Info
6.7 MB
2 min 56 sec

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