A Long Way Home

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I present to you my composition for Round 2 of the NGADM 2013, 'A Long Way Home'.

Firstly, I want to mention just how thankful I am for the response my Round 1 submission 'Blind Maiden' received. I'm really humbled, so thank you everyone! In Step's review, he mentioned that perhaps I focused too much on my vocals so that the instrumental parts didn't shine as much as they could have. With that in mind, I moved on to compose submission #2.

This composition in all technicality is split into three parts. My aim was to have the first part, singing the story of the feelings of the girl's journey ahead, with the piano composition representing the start of the journey itself. The build up in that whole piano part is there to symbolise the journey but the incohesion and interruption after the build up with this last part is my attempt to symbolise becoming lost along the way, hence tying in the title 'A Long Way Home'. It's almost ironic hopelessness despite the words that are sang in the beginning.

The female singer here is my lovely friend Joy, also known as JoyDreamer whom you can find with a quick search on YouTube. It would have been much easier for myself to perform the vocal parts indeed, but she has the perfect voice for the feeling I wanted to capture with the vocals in this composition.

A huge thank you to Joy for performing vocal parts alongside me and helping out with the Danish lyrics! She's a talent indeed.

Yet another huge thank you goes out to the wonderful BlazingDragon (best of luck in your Round 2 submission!) for performing the piano in this piece. I sent him the parts I'd composed using soundfonts and how he learned it so perfectly and sent it back to me is beyond me, yet another huge talent and an amazing composer in his own right. It's an honour to have him play the piano in my composition and by that I'm also humbled.

My music is still very much a learning process and I'd still definitely say I'm amateur at very best, but I'm still very early on in my life. I wanted to branch out in my Round 2 submission and working with others is something beautiful indeed. Sadly I don't have any expensive software like EWQL, I'm working with free soundfonts and my own imagination, but it's the best quality I can produce at this moment in time! ^ ^

Lyrics & Translation:
Et sted hvor solens stråler er fortabt
Hvor din styrke er din foragt
Hun daller ned og hør hvad du taler
Og hun ved du drives af en magt

Du følger kun dit hjerte og dit sind
Og de ved hvor du må gå hen
Et enkelt mål men så mange fjender
Det' den enste vej hvis du vil hjem

A place where the rays of the sun are lost
Where your strength is your contempt
She falls down and hears what you speak
And she knows you're driven by a power

You follow only your heart and your mind
And they know where you have to travel
One simple goal but so many fiends
It's the only path if you want to return home


This is beautiful man. Enough said.

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etherealwinds responds:

Thank you so much :)

Incredible! A truly epic composition: I was taken aback by the way those soothing Danish vocals were introduced. I'm always attracted to different pieces that display diversity in cultures and languages,and Joy has an exceptional voice indeed. The background vocals/humming that accompanies her is also wonderful on the ears and there's a brilliant balance evident in the piece.
Overall I consider this an inspirational piece that would merge well with a storyline of some sort or a story-driven game, film or otherwise. A unanimous five rating from me for this harmonious creation. Keep it up and the best of luck in Round 2!

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etherealwinds responds:

Gosh, thank you kind stranger. Originally I came over from YouTube and I'd usually have a video to accompany my compositions that nearly always have some sort of story to really tie it all together for the audience. However, it's much harder to display with simply audio, so perhaps not everybody will follow it or understand it in a chronological sense. Such a kind review, thank you!

This piece gives me chills. I feel bad that I don't have a lot to say, but what is there to say? It's an exceptionally beautiful song filled with emotion. It yanks violently at my heart strings, and that's before reading the English translation of the Danish lyrics. I love it because it sounds like something that simply didn't even exist here on Newgrounds...until now. Thank you for bringing something wholly new to not only this site, but to this incredible competition. Chills, I tell you.

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etherealwinds responds:

That is extremely kind of you to say so, thank you so much! That really means a lot. I try to bring something new with each composition I make and it's actually quite refreshing being out of the performer limelight. Often I feel as if I'm more in the spotlight for my own performances, but I wanted to bring out the composer in me. For this composition, the best suiting vocalist that I immediately wanted was Joy. I've been a huge fan of BlazingDragon's work for many many years, actually, long before Newgrounds. There are quite a few who could have played the piano in this piece, but none who would have meant as much playing my composition as Trevor. For that reason, this composition will remain close to my heart no matter what the outcome! ^ ^ once again, thank you!

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4.27 / 5.00

Aug 18, 2013
6:44 PM EDT
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5.2 MB
3 min 35 sec

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