Memories of a Forgotten Land

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A land ravaged by time and emptied of its people. A single soul remembers its history and passes on its story.

This is a collaborative piece I wrote with much help from my friend Jeremy Buzash, who plays the violin. We are competing as a team in the 2013 Newgrounds Audio Deathmatch.

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WOW! this is really cool! I'd love to use this in an animation at some point, if I could find a good setting for it. Gives off that vibe where its like explorers have found a new world and are amazed by all of the life and wonders there. LOVE IT

MichaelJ responds:

Thank you for the comment. I'm glad it got your imagination going! Feel free to use it in your animation.

this song is just beautiful!

MichaelJ responds:

Thank you!

This is an NGADM Round 2 Review.



What I liked:
-This is such a beautiful piece. It's organic, and that violin is used so well.
-This is a very romantic, emotion-invoking piece.
-Production quality is super high.
-I love the simplistic approach you take.\
-That ending is beautiful.

What could have been better:
-Some samples could have higher quality (like the horns). They aren't bad by any means, but the live violin juxtaposed against sampled instruments makes them really stand out.
-I would have liked to see more dynamics. While you do incorporate them in places, it's dynamically a little flat at times.

This is an absolutely amazing piece of music which I didn't expect to find on Newgrounds. I'm very impressed by your production quality and the great composition. Excellent job!

Score: 9.6/10

MichaelJ responds:

I couldn't agree more with your review. Thank you!

Why am I crying........ :'o
So beautiful.

MichaelJ responds:


NGADM Review:
That violin is just godly. In fact, overall, most of the instruments in this piece are just fantastic. You've got great instrumentation, and you know what to do with it. Melodic content is pretty great, as are harmonies and orchestration.

However, the piece lacks a certain recognizable and memorable theme that sticks in the mind and makes it re-playable. Despite it being quite emotional while your listening to it, it's not a feeling that sticks once it's over, as would be the case with a truly effective piece.

Overall, great piece, and lots of potential. I love what you did, but I still feel like it's missing that one small something that would truly make it fantastic.

Score: 7.8/10

MichaelJ responds:

I suppose it isn't catchy, if that is what you mean. I didn't want it to be repetitive, just expressive.

Credits & Info


4.73 / 5.00

Aug 23, 2013
3:39 AM EDT
File Info
6.7 MB
2 min 55 sec

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.