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A Light Reception

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I've had a few requests that I should write a lighter and happier piece. I originally came up with the melody of this piece on a harpsichord, but partially due to not being able to find the right sounding harpsichord, coupled with the fact that the piano made this song more appropriate as a stand-alone piece of music, I eventually decided to write the song with a piano lead.

I did a lot of experimenting in this piece, to try to get a warmer sound, I utilized a wider variety of strings and instruments, to not only accompany the backing chords, but to accompany the melody as well. And I think it added a lot more warmth to this particular piece.

The feeling I got while writing this song was that of an English ball, back centuries ago. Something like celebrating the victory of a war past, but the lingering feeling of penitence still remains.

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yeah kinda joe hisashi bruh! good job

Wow this is beautiful. I agree that this could be played at the end of a great anime or game. Well done!

CainRedfield responds:

I think anime composer might be my calling :D

Sorry for making you wait but because you mentioned the timbre of sound (harpsichord vs piano) and certain sonic aspects (warmth etc) I decided to wait until I could use my good speakers to write a review. :)

Well I must say, it's definitely a nice piece. To me it actually feels bitter-sweet, but that might just be me. Like at the end of an anime when you know the main character has to choose between two options, both will bring joy but also their own consequences. Slap me if I'm reading into this too much. I'd like to hear the Harpsichord version, for sure.
As for warmth I don't know, I associate that adjective with a low-mid frequencies (200 - 350hz) which are mostly exploited by cello and bass guitar or the low keys on a piano. Sure the piano is playing in that area at times but it doesn't feel "warm" to me, quite the opposite in fact, maybe because the piano is quite "bright". The strings playing the melody do make it fit nicely together though!
As much as I like the melody, I think the backing deserves a mention too, it works really well in this piece. Normally the simple rhythm of it (1 chord per bar, over and over) would be repetitive but it works surprisingly well here, the simplicity is welcome. I think I associate it with a kind of innocence.
Having listened about 6 times while writing this I can say it's a piece that grows on you the more you listen, rather than getting annoying. That's very positive. I've started to expect that melody on the piano to come in at a certain time and all that.

So, final verdict... Yes it's really good, I love it, but if your goal was "warmth" then maybe you need a little more going on in the low frequencies. I'd be glad to talk about this more if you need any pointers or help!

CainRedfield responds:

Thanks for taking the time to write such a detailed review! I really appreciate the criticism, I added a bit of reverb and filled in the lower frequencies a bit more, and I like the way the track sounds a lot more now! Again thanks for the criticism, it really helps to hear some other musician's takes, and get a few pointers :)

Wow this has such a clear and beatiful sound. Outstanding piano skills and I really love the flute xd
A fantastic creation :D

CainRedfield responds:

Thanks so much! The flute part was actually the final part that I wrote. The song almost got away with not having a flute part, but then I realized that I love flute way too much to not add a flute part :)

Credits & Info

4.87 / 5.00

Jan 20, 2014
1:06 AM EST
File Info
5.3 MB
2 min 19 sec

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