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Winding Canyons

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It gets cinematic later in the song, I swear.

Here we have a song where I have no idea what I was thinking during production. As you can OBVIOUSLY tell, I did it under completely different moods. When I wrote the first half, I was feeling more chipper and joyful, and while on the second half, I was feeling more morose and sentimental. The first thing you might think of saying is "That's not a transition, that's a whole different track!" Creative license. Shut up. :)

Well, I take that back. Instead, my excuse'll be that it tells a story. In the first few seconds, two adventurers hear about a legendary canyon and decide to go find it. As they adventure, they have lots of fun, doing really cool stuff along the way and having a great time. Once they reach the canyon, however, they get blown away by its majesty and undergo a sort of immediate maturity, learning sudden respect for nature and its beauty. Or something like that. Interpret it however you want.

Yeah, I've never been that good at orchestral stuff, or just stuff with orchestral instruments, as you can hear at the beginning of the song. I guess that's another goal of my project. I'll try to improve!

Anyways, I can't really make a news post, so I'll take this time to plug a new artist, <a href="http://adieuwinter.newgrounds.com">adieuwinter</a>. I know his music isn't as well produced as some other stuff, but I do know him personally and also know how awesome the stuff he can make can turn out. He's good at improv, but I suppose he uploads to Newgrounds some more production--based stuff. So, if you got a bit of time, check him out! He says he'll upload more, better stuff soon, and I know he's a guy who keeps his word.


That sounds great! Can i use a part of your song in my short movie?

LunacyEcho responds:


Anyone can use my song in anything they do. If you finish it, I'd love to have a link to it, but the important thing is that new content is being made and I'm happy to contribute in any way possible.

I'm not sure I liked the sample you used for the brass at the beginning, and I think the pauses there didn't make it very climactic. I really liked the riff at :20, though, as well as the harmonies thereafter. I admire your ability to combine a lot of very different instruments into a very concise whole. It was sufficiently varied, and I really like the structure overall. The transition at 1:48 was very sudden, though. I love the melodies at 2:17, as well as the harmonies with the cello, which I thought was very well done! :D The chorus at 3:00 was also a highlight. It does have a cinematic feel to it by the end, but overall I could picture it as a sort of organic-sounding VGM track. I could picture it in a sort of action/adventure sort of format. I also think you could've led into the end better. Overall, though, nice work, LunacyEcho! If you stick to this 2.5-track-a-month thing, you'll get far very quickly! :D

LunacyEcho responds:

=> brass at the beginning =>

I think I layered a french horn, a trilling violin, and a cymbal roll together. I guess it didn't work that well. :P

=> sufficiently varied, structured =>

Well, at least I'm getting better in those parts. I can feel the project working...

=> sudden transition =>


=> harmonies with the cello =>

You know, I actually had a cello on legato later in the song, but I think the harmonies you were talking about were the ones on staccato. I'm not entirely sure why, but when I was writing it, I wasn't able to do both in one track; i.e., have one part of the track be legato and another staccato. It usually works, but this time, it didn't. I'm scared of what's happening to my software. :D

=> VGM track =>

Nuuuuu wai u do dis

I was actually trying to gravitate away from video game music, which is one of the reasons my mind used to justify the different parts. :)

=> could've led into the end better =>

Yeah... After spending around half my time on the transitions in the last song, I guess I subconsciously wanted to take a break for this one and didn't try that hard. :P

Thanks for the review, TheDoor!

I can see this being inside Disney cartoon like Lion King XD

"Hakonna newgroudns , what a wonderful site" o eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

I like it . Yea that begging was like farting honestly

LunacyEcho responds:

Hakuna Ma-Newgrounds! What a wonderful site!
Hakuna Ma-Newgrounds! Oh, so full of delight!
It's full of fun and games, for the rest of your days!
Let's all celebrate! And procrastinate!
Hakuna Ma-Newgrounds!

Begging like farting? Huh?

Or do you mean that the beginning of the song had a semi-flatulent timbre? (Yeah, that's probably what you meant.)

Ahahha :D To be honest, in the beggining, or well, after the first five seconds, I was like... "Wtf is this?" Especially since I saw that the genre is "cinematic".
It's difficult finding good orchestral VSTi:s, at least for free, isn't it ;D?

I still liked this track once it got going. It's also good to hear something so different, coming from you :D I think you're genre quest is a very good idea :3

And well, that transition is pretty sudden indeed, but whatever... Kind of... I personally like the second part better, it sounds like something that could be in Final Fantasy X (it actually sounds a little bit like "Someday the Dream will End" [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xRCjjiTR7I]).

That second part actually sounds pretty well produced to me, and the first isn't bad.

Anyhow, this is still a far better cinematic track than anything I could make in the near future :)
Good job, and I'm looking forward to your next track. Do you know which genre you'll try out next time?

LunacyEcho responds:

=> Wtf is this? =>

Yeah. I realized I wanted to do cinematic pretty early on, so I made that intro, then completely butchered the genre until about 1:48. :)

=> something so different =>

If you think this is different, just wait until you see what I've got planned. :D

=> transition =>

Someone commenting on the transition was pretty much inevitable. Sigh. I could've led into it better, but... Bleh.

=> Final Fantasy X =>

Wait, specific to Final Fantasy X? And not the fifty million other ones?

=> pretty well produced =>

Just layer a bunch of strings together and you'll go places. :P

=> Do you know which genre you'll try out next time? =>

Most likely. I'll give you a few hints to the one I'm working on now.

1. It's something neither you, I, or TheDoor6 have ever done before.

2. It was inspired by a TED Talk.

Thanks for the review, LSD!

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Mar 24, 2014
11:38 AM EDT
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3 min 30 sec

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