I'm posting a few comments on some of the NGADM auditions that particularly stuck out to me, and this is one of them!
Felt the need to drop by and let you know that I think that both your singing and mixing/recording thereof have improved tenfold since my last encounter with your music. This is the first thing that stuck out to me when hearing this track while sifting through the 200 auditions! On the one hand, it's not perfect. Things like 1:12's clipping on that high note, and some lack of clarity at 2:38 with all those vocal harmonies, indicate that there is still room for improvement. On the other hand, former problems I had with your singing (bad recording/mixing quality, iffy higher register) have all but disappeared! The singing in this is mixed tastefully and sounds crisp, and your higher notes sound absolutely wonderful now, complementing your strong lower register, instead of falling behind it.
Of course, the other things that you've usually nailed in your music have once again been nailed right on the head. The composition is beautiful, both in melody and harmony. I especially love how subtly you introduced the other instruments with the prolonged note on "autre", and how the song effortlessly transports itself from one mood to another, from a solemn, solitary and intimate mood to a truly uplifting turnaround at 1:44. Oh, not to mention the divine atmospheres you've created at the very beginning and at the very end!
I feel like the main things holding you back are your instrument samples and mixing/levelling. My advice for the contest is for you to hold on to your signature weapon - your command over real instruments (primarily your voice). They elevate the expression of your music in a way that mere soundfonts unfortunately can't do. In any case, no matter how far you make it in this contest, let me just say I think you've already come an insanely long way since the first track I've heard from you (Propter Te). Best of luck in Round 1!
Very well done indeed my dear. BEAUTIFUL. I have no criticism, only support.
Eee, thank you! ^_^
Link's Awakening is my favorite followed only by Majora's mask and the recent A Link between Worlds. That being said, I feel like you've captured the feeling of both the hope, courage and despair in that that theme really carries both musically and lyrically. It really did have one of the most depressing endings of any Zelda game.
I'll say (for the ending). Watching it made me feel as though my heart was being wrenched! By the time I did this version, Chuggaaconroy was about to tackle the final boss in the Wind Fish's Egg, so I doubt this cover actually did get to his attention -- but no matter. Because I learned of a beautiful story, I wanted to put it into song, and here it is.
Thanks for listening though -- glad you liked it. ^_^
Is it you singing? if so you're splendid. Found myself drifting into a special place as the song went on, seemed as though the song went through 3 phases, the beginning being a state of loss and uncertainty, the middle being joy and the ending acting as some form of acceptance and relief. Put a smile on my face when it kicked into the second phase around 1:50
Yes, that is my voice. ^_^ It's uncanny how you described the beginning as uncertainty, the middle as joy and the end as acceptance -- the lyrics kinda suggest that, and it's only because you told me that I noticed.
Thanks for listening, as always. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Wonderful, just simply wonderful... *wipes tears*
Troisnyx, you have praised us with your graceful music.
I will follow you to the quest of time!
Eh, I'm just glad I could share it with you. <3 Thanks for listening and standing by me!
Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.