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The Path Not Taken- Ngadm13

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Aug 2, 2013 | 1:04 PM EDT
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3.8 MB
3 min 19 sec
3.83 / 5.00

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Please listen with headphones, makes it sound a bit better...
The Road not Taken is one of my favorite poems by a guy called Robert Frost. Cause I've never ever written a (good) original piece of music from scratch, as I do arrangements/covers/mashu ps, and words aren't my strong point, I put his words to an original song in a laid back almost reggae style
All parts sung by myself, enjoy!

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.



Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Hi! I was a replacement judge for NGADM round 1 and this is my review of your track!
I scored mixing and composition/arrangement separately so I'll explain here what score I gave you and why. 8/10 in my scoring scheme is "Great", 10/10 is exceptional. To get 10 the piece needed to go beyond expectations, to have a unique sonic quality and present an original aspect (or several) in terms of composition.
Production 7/10
Well the vocal mixing is pleasant to listen to but there are several occasions when the volume jumps about because of over-crowding (too loud for the mp3 or maybe a compressor is set too low...). Your voice also sounds a little thin at times because of this too. For a live performance these things don't come into consideration since each person's voice is different and therefore fills a different space in the mix or has a unique texture. Since all the voices here are your own you need to create these differences with EQ and reverb. An example would be to make the backing (far left and far right) sound further away by turning the reverb up a touch on them while keeping the lead vocals a little dryer. That's just one approach of course.
Composition 7/10
As much as I'd love to give you extra points just because this is A Cappella... I can't. That wouldn't be fair! So objectively speaking I think you have a really good, versatile voice but the song itself isn't anything "new". Sure, it's interesting, but it's doesn't do anything with the genre that I haven't heard before.

Over all that gives you a respectable 7/10. Congrats on this first round!

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Rated 4 / 5 stars

This is an NGADM Round 1 review.


I knew you'd have trouble doing an original song as opposed to a cover haha. It's one reason why I was worried to get you into the competition since all you had in your portfolio were covers, but I think you certainly managed to do just fine! Your composition is very suitable and well-structured, along with the lovely vocal harmonies that I knew you'd be able to pull off judging by your audition. I'm actually finding it pretty hard to judge this fairly among other submissions, since we've never quite had acapella tracks on the NGADM before, but in a track like this one of the most important things to judge is the singing quality. Your voice is just fantastic, and very versatile, making you a considerably good one-man acapella group, so you don't need to worry about that! Big notes like 2:12 really showcase the power of your voice.

I would've liked to hear some more melodies. You have that one descending riff that you repeat far too much, and then when you're singing the verses at times it sounds a bit like you were awkwardly trying to fit in the words (although I admit you did a good job with this most of the time). This all leads to the fact that the melodic content is lacking in substance, which is something you should work on. Also, a production-related complaint is that often the main vocal line was drowned out by the background harmonies, but this isn't such a big problem.

Anyhow, you've got a really well-meaning and enjoyable track here, only strengthened by your fantastic singing. Nice work!

Score: 7.9/10

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

A Cappella!!!!!! Exciting!!!!! I love vocalists on here!!!!! I think there's so many interpretations of this poem through song. I remember singing one in choir that sounded very dark, it's interesting to hear you take it the complete opposite direction in a lighthearted fancy. You have some nice subtle changes that keep it flowing forward. And what a voice! So versatile and viscous. The way you sung split up the lyrics through each verse seemed difficult and I think a slight messy perhaps since the poem itself is kind of written in a difficult parameter for you to interpret in a more verse chorus verse chorus structure , or maybe I'm just so used to the dark one I've heard before. So it is commendable to take these words in this style. I think this is some impressive work! Great job!

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