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This is my round 1 submission to the NGADM '13.
The few people I showed this to didn't like the intro but I do and at the end of the day I am writing for myself.

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This is an NGADM Round 1 review.

Nice intro, really sets the mood. However, it is a bit long. The build in the middle section is pretty good! I would have liked to see more variation in general though. The entire middle 1/3 of the song is the same violin riff played over and over. While I see what you’re trying to do, I would have liked to hear another riff or counter melody. It’s a good riff, but you sort of beat it to death. I like the atmosphere you’re producing, good job incorporating the choirs as well as the percussion. The ending is a bit abrupt, I felt as if it should have built more. Overall a very enjoyable piece to listen to!

Score: 7/10

TitanMusic responds:

Thanks for the review.
I am in agreement with all the points you raise and will look out for excessive repetition in my next song submission. I really did beat the staccato string riff to death haha!

This is an NGADM Round 1 review.


Ah, the explosive power of trailer music. You've certainly done a lovely job at creating something that sounds an announcement trailer for the latest Hollywood blockbuster. Not only do the instruments sound excellent, but are mixed well too. Other than some very minor clutter/muddiness that's very hard to avoid when you've got such thick instrumentation, this sounds clear and devastatingly powerful, which I really need to commend you on. I actually enjoyed the sound of the intro too but it felt a bit detached from the rest of the track and I agree with SoundChris that it was a bit long (maybe add some more film-scorey elements/sound FX to keep it interesting?). The outro was a bit expected/predictable, but perfectly fine. Oh, and let me add that your use of the screaming choir and percussion was absolutely flawless.

The issue with this track is that it's fairly forgettable. The composition is a bit plain/uninspired. For instance, the tension you create at around the one minute marker is just really typical usage of dissonant chords, and it's followed by a repetitive and generic passage of staccato strings. I understand that while you keep that same string pattern going, you layer it with different harmonies throughout the track, but unfortunately that doesn't stop it from getting repetitive. In general, the track is pretty typical trailer music fare apart from the intro (maybe because you have assignments due?), which is a shame because you're an excellent musician who certainly has the skill of making something less generic.

Really though, other than the fact that it's a bit typical/predictable, and the mix is a little muddy, this is a very well-produced track with plenty of professional touches and a devastating, mighty sound overall. Great work.

Score: 8.3/10

TitanMusic responds:

Thank you for the kind words and for the honest criticism.
I shall definitely look over the points you have made when working on my next submission(And for song writing in general).
I think it started to get fairly generic when tunnel vision set in and the only thing that was happening in my mind was those staccato strings repeating over and over. Haha, I shall definitely be working on an entirely different approach for my next song.
Thanks again!

The composition here is very good, but like the others I'm hearing some serious clipping at the climax. The way to fix this is very simple: take any limiters off your master, and then turn all your volume levels down until you're no longer going into the red. Easy, right? :P (I think half of the problem is being able to hear the clipping in the first place. I hear it around 1:44, and then again around 2:23). Seriously, if you just follow this one simple step you will solve like 80% of your mixing issues.

Composition was very good, as was sound choices. The piece sounds epic in the true sense of the word. I would only like a little bit more melodic variation to make the piece complete.

Good luck in the NGADM!

TitanMusic responds:

Thanks for the review.
Haha that does sound very simple but I think you are right about the "not hearing it' thing. I am going to have to change the way I listen to my tracks.
I have a fixed version of this which I will upload after the NGADM.
I think I will work the melodic variation too.
Thanks again!

Really powerful! Maybe the intro is a little bit long - but in fact the guitar with reverb sounds very well its not really disturbing. The drum - choir - combination works very weel, also the background strings. Maybe you should insert more reverb to the strings - they sound a little bit dry compared with the other instruments which seem to have a lot of more reverb.

Overall a very hollywood -style and epic piece. Keep it on!

TitanMusic responds:

Thanks for the review!
I will definitely be working on my mixing before I attempt songs in the future!

Nice atmosphere. I actually like the intro. The things I like a little less are that the strings sound a bit too sampled. Maybe you should've used better, more organic samples. Also it becomes a bit too compressed or starts clipping when it gets loud. From 1:30 onward. Some people do that to create more dramatic effect, but i personally don't like it much. I do like the choir and the percussion and the leitmotif used throughout the song. It sounds very dangerous, ominous and also epic.

TitanMusic responds:

Thanks for the review!
Yeah, I really like it too. I guess it depends on what mood you are in when you listen to it.
I'm pretty sad about the strings. I think I could have made this song a lot better but I had the misfortune of losing my "go to" string package. It just stopped working and no amount of "fiddling" could get it back. I think my pc is cracking up again. Despite that, no excuses. I didn't do a great job with the mixing and mastering. Partly due to my inexperience and partly due to time constraints. (Both of the competition and my own personal responsibilities.)
If I get through to the next round I think I will do a better job.
The "clipping" might be a symphobian percussive element? Or just a mistake on my part. I did add a few more distorted sounds to give it a bigger sound but perhaps I should not have.
Thanks for the review!

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4.65 / 5.00

Aug 2, 2013
4:20 AM EDT
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4.2 MB
3 min 5 sec

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