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City of Secrets

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Every city has its secrets. Out in the open are the highways and byways with their endless stream of automobiles, the stoic edifices that loom overhead and swallow the sky, but...what lies beyond them? A world hidden in the shadows; a whole other city replete with shady deals, questionable motives, and back alley intrigue. Woe to any who find themselves hopelessly lost in this world without a clue of where they are or how they got there.


Ha ha, well done Chrono !
Nice ambient funky-jazzy loop !

The marimba in the very first measures made me laugh as it really sounds like a lift music, or a crash bandicoot level. Very nice mix of instruments you have here. I definitely love what you made with your drums, particularly with its apparition after an acceleration of the bass, which is so well done (0:12 and 1:11). And in a way only the bass itself would make this song a success. But you really bring wealth to the overall with the succession of instruments, solos, and emotions.

As I said, in my opinion, not only the construction of the bass and the drums is amazing, but their sounds suit the song to the perfection. I'm a bit less convinced by the violin that sounds sometimes very cheap, such as the trumpet despite the play with its straight mute, which is very interesting and constituting a plus. I'm also a bit frustrated by the shortness of the crash cymbal at 1:01, which would gain, to me, to be escorted with a little reverb ;)

Anyway, the composition and the structure of your track is amazing in my humble opinion, and I'm impressed at my little personal level :P
You managed to create a very homogeneous loop despite the diversity of feelings, instruments, the play on the panoramics, and the use of syncops (very nice, ha ha, I love using them myself !).
Good work my friend ! Original, interesting and made with talent !

Cheers !


ChronoNomad responds:

Many thanks to you, MadMath! I honestly wasn't expecting such an in-depth review and am very pleasantly surprised by it. Suffice to say, you have totally made my day.

Although I've never played any Crash Bandicoot games, I know what you mean when you say lift music. It does kind of sound like that, now that you mention it. But hey, everyone loves elevator music, right? ;) Thankfully it doesn't sound like that throughout the entire piece, though it still fits with the style in a weird way.

The bass really does carry this piece the most and everything else pretty much fell into place after it, which is a pretty rare direction for me to go. Some folks come up with bass or percussion first, then fill in the melodies. That's just not how my mind works...most of the time. ;) As for the drums, I'm quite fond of how that all turned out. All that fun syncopation really fits the overall style, I think. I'm also really glad that the trumpet works so well since it's a very interesting sample and adds a really film noir-esque touch.

I personally like this violin, and it's probably the best one I currently have, but trying to get it to sound natural is basically impossible no matter how hard I try. Then again, nothing else really seemed to fill the void quite as well, at least to my ears, and believe me--I tried quite a few different instrumental options. Ah, well. You also raise an excellent point about the crash cymbal, and I think I just may do something about that. A bit of additional reverb certainly couldn't hurt!

Thanks once again for all the great compliments and feedback. Your input is ever and always appreciated, and I look forward to repaying your kindness in the not-so-distant future. ^__^


Really awesome job! Definitely fits the description of a city's deepest darkest secluded affairs. Very 'film noir'- like

ChronoNomad responds:

Wow, thanks again! :D There are some interesting opposing elements in this one, and it was somewhat experimental, so it does my heart good to know that the experiment is a success! Film Noir is a great description and every time I go back and listen to this it conjures up a different image.

And I freaking love that bass...even though I'm totally biased! ;)

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4.51 / 5.00

Mar 17, 2014
5:25 PM EDT
File Info
3.8 MB
2 min 49 sec

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