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Aug 24, 2013 | 11:26 PM EDT
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4.49 / 5.00

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Well, round 2 of the NGADM is coming to a close and this is my piece. It was started this afternoon.

I originally planned on doing an epic piece that involved recording a bunch of live performers. Piano, acoustic and electric guitar, bass, cello, vocals, drums, and violin. I even had the song mostly written up. Due to schedule conflicts though, I wasn't able to pull it off, and I had no fall back plan. Silly me.

I've learned an important lesson as a result of this: ALWAYS have a Plan B! This little piece is mostly improvisation and surely won't hold up against my competitor, Kor-Rune, who won the entire competition last year.

In the end, I'm just happy to have SOMETHING to submit.

The contest was fun while it lasted. :)



Rated 4 / 5 stars

I like how at 1:30 you make a little up beat. I hope to hear more music from you soon.

P.S It is ok to have a short song. :)

BlazingDragon responds:

Thank you very much. :D


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

NGADM Round 2 Reviewz0rz

What I liked:
- Quite well played and arranged. Effective in simplicity. I'm a big fan of this theory, that something doesn't have to be an epic score with hundreds of instruments all strutting their stuff just for a song to be good.
- I love your piano sound.
- The ending section was quite something to listen to.. in a good way.

What I didn't:
- First and foremost, too short. I would have loved to hear this fleshed out a bit more.
- There isn't really a conclusive ending. It just sort of... stops... just as it's getting interesting.

Great start to something that never really comes into its full potential. Still, I did really enjoy what was there.


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BlazingDragon responds:

Wow, I find this review incredibly ironic. I consider you to probably be the strictest judge and yet you gave me the highest score. Other people seemed to hate the ending section, but you really liked it. Funny how people can have such different opinions about the same piece, right? Haha. :)

Thank you so much the review and all your work on the NGADM. It really makes me happy that someone enjoyed this piece!


Rated 4 / 5 stars

NGADM Review:
The piano is just beautiful. You've got excellent melodies, excellent dynamics, and a piano that sounds entirely human and not robotic at all throughout. Unfortunately, the drumset just doesn't fit in with it and sounded kind of weird and abrupt when it came in.

Composition wise, the development of the piece is a bit lacking. You've essentially got one unchanging theme that doesn't really go anywhere, and the ending itself is a bit too abrupt and generic for my tastes. Could definitely use more work in this regard.

Overall, a decent piece, but not exactly your best.

Score: 7.6/10

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BlazingDragon responds:

Unfortunately, this ended up being a piano improv with some instruments thrown on top rather than a thoughtful composition. It was literally written in a couple of hours. Agreed that it is not my best. :-/

Thanks for the review and your work in the contest!


Rated 3 / 5 stars


The Good:
-Intro piano is quite well-played and beautiful.
-Actually, all the piano is well-played and pretty beautiful. The soloing in the final section is very good as well.

The Not-So-Good:
-Why the hell do you have a drumset in this? :v It feels so out-of-place.
-Disappointing lack of compositional technique, the piece is just one constant change without any particular theme.
-Ending is kinda boring and generic, not the worst though.

Overall: Score of 6/10. You can do better than this. Unfortunate that your other song didn't work out. :(

BlazingDragon responds:

Valid points that you've made. Thank you for sharing, and yes, I can do better than this. And I will next year.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

This is an NGADM Round 2 review.


Considering the issues you had, I expected a much worse track than this. This is actually quite fantastic. Alright sure, it's not as good as your Round 1 track (which I've decided has one of the best main themes of all of Round 1, by the way), but man, this track really has its moments. First and foremost, it hardly sounds like an improvisation; your chord changes are great (did you think of those spontaneously or did you have them in mind before you hit the record button?) and the melodies are gorgeous. I love your simple approach in the intro; it sounds beautiful, and as you slowly make everything sound more busy I was genuinely captivated and interested to hear what happens next. Then, at the very end, you introduce a jazzy, upbeat section with even more fantastic composition.

Considering the track is mostly piano, with a bit of strings, bass and drums at the end (and some super subtle strings in the first half), there's hardly a reason to give you lots of credit for the mixing, but nevertheless, it was a clear and very dynamic mix, and the instruments you use sound good. I love your piano sound so much - it's a real piano and not a sample right? Whatever the case, it sounds bright, well-balanced and expressive. All the other sounds were fine too - bass needs more presence, but otherwise, I enjoyed hearing your other instruments and how well they worked with the piano. Props on going the extra mile and adding more instrumentation to this track; most people just play it safe by having a piano playing for the whole track, but you added more instruments which made for a more satisfying listen.

The issues here are probably things you already know about. The transition to the upbeat part was rough and unexpected. A more thoughtful approach to that final section would have made more sense. The left-hand accompaniment from around 0:46 till 1:30 was a bit dull/bland. The track lacks a structure, and mostly progresses from melody to melody before bringing in that final section. The outro could use a little work. It makes the track feel unfinished, and even though this isn't the most polished and developed track out there, I was hoping for more of a conclusion. Lastly, the track is a little on the short side.

Still, what the heck, this is a lovely submission. The tracks you work hard on are brilliant, and even the ones that may have been a bit rushed are great. Nice work, can't wait to hear more of your music. P.S. Do you plan on making that track you had planned for this round anyway? pleasesayyespleasesayyespleasesayyes.

Score: 8.3/10

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BlazingDragon responds:

One of the best themes of round one? Aww, shucks! :')

I don't clearly remember if the beginning was a cold improvisation or if I had warmed up and played around with chord ideas for a few minutes. Probably the latter. Either way, those are chords that I use very often. There are certain things in here are are kind of signature for me. Pedal tones for building drama. Borrowed chords, especially the minor iv. Melodramatic use of the iii to IV progression which you don't hear too often these days. Of course, I also used those secondary dominants that I love so much to create chromatically moving inner parts. <3

The piano sound I use is most definitely not real. I wish I had a grand piano to play on and the knowledge of how to correctly mic it! I think that for this track I used the piano sound that comes in EW Goliath. I'm now using Alicia's Keys and The Giant from Komplete 9 which I like even better. I do play everything on an 88-key weighted MIDI controller. I think that the realism comes from the natural velocities and timings of an actual pianist as opposed to using a mouse to input rigid blocks of notes.

As for making the track I originally planned, I feel like it has been doomed to never be produced. I haven't touched it in forever and I have fallen out of touch with the drummer and bass player who do so much to make it great. :/ Maybe it'll come to fruition sometime in the next year or two, but I really can't say. It's definitely not high priority.

Thank you for the WONDERFUL review, and my apologies for taking so long to respond! Thank you for all your hard work on this contest. :)