This track reminds me of wasting time on youtube by watching some harmless cat video... and at the end of it I click on some related video and keep watching... and then it goes on and on and 10 minutes later I somehow end up watching something that's really creepy and definitely not related to cat videos.
My favourite section is that starting at 1:05, and (seriously) the troll ending. It just warms my heart that despite being in a competition and trying to win, you still prioritize personal growth (by doing something out of your comfort zone) and having fun (by making such an ending). Adding that to the great work you consistently put out, it's just hard not to root for you.
Good luck in the finals!
The analogy to youtube videos seriously cracks me up.
But honestly I appreciate the second part of your review a lot, because you expressed exactly how I view NGADM (and music as a whole really). It's all in a long process to get better. :)
This is an NGADM Round 3 Review.
What I liked:
-I love the melody and chords you use in the beginning! The orchestration brings me right back to Final Fantasy for some reason, which is great.
-Love that bass around 3:30. (in fact that whole section is awesome).
-It was really cool that you switched to DnB halfway through, didn't expect that!
What could have been better:
-The initial chord progression was a used a little too long.
-It feels like after a really cool opening that things sort of die down in the midsection. It felt incomplete to me.
-I didn't much like the ending, but you trolled skye, so it's ok.
Overall this is a really interesting piece, and I very much enjoyed listening to it. You always put out great work!
Yeah the whole song should have just been that bit at 3:30, that was really the best part. The section after that was quite boring :D
IDK if it's possible to use a chord progression too long, I think what you mean is that it lacks sufficient variation to make it continue to be interesting? I could understand that.
Thanks for the review.
This is such a happy track, I just love the feeling it gives me! Every section of the song sounds delightful and thoughtfully written (my favourite being the travelling section, especially at 1:14...so peaceful and slightly reminiscent of Pokemon). There are so many instruments to listen to that you never get bored! I like the level of variety in this track, it enables you to tell a full story with lots of imaginative detail. Each section has its own special charm and catchy quality. In fact, I think if you were to split up each section, you would have a full soundtrack to a video game...no joke (I love it). Though I felt it was a bit silly (I actually laughed), the little guitar lick at the end was great! Also, not sure if this was your intention, but I loved how the woodwind sounded like a train whistle.
There are some mixing issues, mostly with percussion though. The drums after 4:00 are just a tad loud. While I loved each section, and I think they are connected quite nicely, each transition could use some work in order for the listening experience to sound seamless. Now, there is one last thing that needs to be addressed: the cymbal! Unfortunately, the cymbal is not mixed appropriately and it is used a bit too much. Other than these things, this song is a gem.
You have successfully called me out. My goal was actually to write an entire video game soundtrack, then condense it down to 6 minutes and submit it to NGADM. Alright, that might not be true, but it is true that I was taking a lot of inspiration from vg tunes, which is all very apparent in the song. Also that I wasn't able to focus in on a single idea and instead combined a ton of ideas.
DRUMS CAN NEVER BE TOO LOUD! Alright they may be too loud. :v
I am definitely taking your criticism into account on future tracks!
Contrary to what you might think, this was actually a really really great effort at orchestral, particularly considering it's not your normal genre. You've got great ideas and really good instrumentation, and the overall structure was pretty well-worked, albeit a bit bland at points.
My chief complaint with this was probably the lack of depth. For an orchestral piece, it lacked a certain texture to it that's normally necessary. Chords, alternate melodies, backing instruments, etc would have gone a long way to solve this, instead of just front-side instruments and percussion. That being said, I love how you managed to mix in your normal style into something which is experimental for you, as I know that's not an easy thing to pull off.
Overall, great piece, with a lot of potential. You've definitely got some good ideas, and you put them to great use, so keep up the good work!
Hey Echo, thanks for the review!
I want to ask for clarification on one point though - what do you mean by "chords, alternate melodies, backing instruments"? Like, at 2:20 you're in the middle of a 16 bar chord progression (that's a lot of chords) and there are like 3 melodies going on. Do you mean I should have had a break in that section?
I also don't totally understand the difference between front and backside instruments. This is just because I'm an orchestral noob. Could you PM me or something? Thanks!
I really like this. the primary reason why I don't leave reviews often is because I'm not picky with music. I know when something sounds great, and this definitely sounds great. though to be a judge is one thing, so Im not talking about them haha
Thank you! Yeah, I think you'll find in general that people are less picky about music when being critical - notice how no one ever gives reviews that are lower than like 6 stars, for instance. But people are more picky about really great music - I think a lot of music that people listen to falls in the "good but not great" category.
That was kind of a random insight I had, but oh well. Thank you for the review!
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