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Apr 10, 2014 | 1:51 PM EDT
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11.4 MB
4 min 58 sec
4.06 / 5.00

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Rated 4.06 / 5 stars
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My entry for the NG 2014 art-inspired music contest.

Artist: Scottr5680


Rather than talk about my track specifically, I'd like to talk about the art that inspired it. When I first read about the art contest, I thought 'hey, may as will give it a bash, bit of fun' what have you. A couple of days later I'm browsing Newgrounds, watching some videos and I find myself on Scott's art page. I'm sure by now a lot of people know how dazzling his artwork is, but this particular piece struck me personally. I loved all the different colours and flavours, from the slightly foreboding forests below to the blue, almost magical skies above, the juxtaposition of this natural splendour against technological achievement. I pictured myself as a kind of, lone traveller creeping up through those forests and then seeing all these things emerge before me. So I came up with these two little ideas and eventually, as I explored the picture more, and went on a journey it evolved into a longer suite.

It became a labour of love for me. It's been a blast working on it, and I'm grateful to have found something so genuinely inspiring.

Thanks for listening, hope you enjoy and maybe have a little journey of your own!


Main Software:
FL Studio Producer, Finale, EWQL sound libraries



Rated 0.5 / 5 stars

they all sound the same


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

It's a very good effort, I must say, and very expressive composition-wise. The way it progresses sounds more than professional and every instrument it's in exactly its place where it should be, not an extra note or less. It also paints quite vividly a canvas that is pretty much inspired by film score as far as claiming I could easily see this in a Disney Fantasia movie if it were made exclusively of Newgrounds pieces.

While there's quite a lot going on in this brilliant piece, I think your instruments could have needed some more ambiance and reverb, as to give them a soul for them to truly breathe a life of their own. Right now, while I deem the whole structure to exceed my expectations, it feels a bit stiff and dry to my ears. It might have been intentional and I'm not entirely sure, but given how much you did spend your time on this, I think it's quite a shame to not give your orchestra a huge, hall sound since you've already got a very cinematic sound.

You may even consider this as mere nitpicking if you wish, as it doesn't really detract from the experience at all and I think nobody should be concerned by the "fakeness" of the orchestra as well. This piece stands tall and it's a great soundtrack for your artwork of choice. I say great job, mate.


MrBellington responds:

Hiya, thanks for your considered response. I'm certainly aware of what you're talking about, I broadly agree and I'm remiss to give excuses because it's the artist's responsibility to produce as professional-sounding a track as possible.

Unfortunately, I'm really milking the 'gold' version of the software at this point and in fairness, while I could've mixed the reverb in more aggressively and probably should've done, ultimately reverb is of course a function of spacial-position, and the way you truly solve that is obviously by having samples recorded in their right position. You can only compensate so much. So it was a bit of a compromise, between having a 'bigger sound' and having clarity. I think 'dry' is a fair description.

On the composition/arrangement-side. Thanks for the compliments. It's a bit frustrating I suppose, when you don't have, perhaps, quite the quality of software you'd like to render your ideas as well as you hear them in your head, but when composing as opposed to producing, I tend not to get hung up on it. I write with the most basic, crappy sounds I can find, and try to write something that stands up first and foremost as a composition. It's more important to me, that my ideas are decent, that I have a hook, that I'm telling a story, that the sensibility of my music is cinematic, than presenting something empty in a superficially 'nice-sounding' way.

Thanks for the review, any bit of criticism no matter how 'nitpicky' is always welcome!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

This piece is really impressive! It has such a flowing essence about it, it is very beautiful. There's so much colour in the music, and so many dynamic edges to it. The music matches the artwork and conveys the notion of adventure and discovery.

MrBellington responds:

Thanks for the compliments. I really wanted to do justice the artwork because it really is such a wonderful piece and I feel like any compliment I get for this track should almost be deflected there, because it was such an inspiration.

The 'flowing essence' you mention, well, hah, I think at the moment we're kind of in a time where, when it comes to cinematic music, the faux-Zimmer 'power' sound is prominent and very much in vogue. And there's examples of that in this contest, a couple of pretty good ones too! But I wanted to do something I guess, I wouldn't say more traditional, but more, well in the spirit of the 'natural' sound an orchestra produces. Less about repeated figures, booming bass, rock percs and strong minor key whole note horn lines, and more 'dynamic' writing, trying to write some meaty parts for each instrument to get stuck into. I love the orchestra, I love each instrument, so I try and treat it like I'm writing for real musicians, that I want to give them something worth playing. I want to be able to listen back to the section stems, and say 'yeah those woodwinds actually have something worth doing, I haven't just written rubbish'!

I think sometimes with modern cinematic music, particularly among amateurs/semi-pros, we can be a little guilty of forgetting the honest emotions that music is meant to represent and bring out of us. Well at least I have been at times! And the artwork was so great, because unlike a lot of modern views of the future, it wasn't cynical, it wasn't grim, it wasn't dystopian. And that really made me want to write something honest, the honest feelings that I got by placing myself in the art, the awe, the sense of uncertainty, the loneliness, all of that, rather than something more cynical or 'post-modern'. I hope I was able to do that. I'm glad you enjoyed it and thanks a lot for your thoughts!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Very nice! Very beautiful and describes it very well. Makes me think of MMORPG music, as well as music from an animation or a movie full of adventure. Full of great dynamics and gives you that wondering feeling of adventure and the instruments are just lovely, and how they are arranged. Describes the art piece well. Great work. Very beautiful.

MrBellington responds:

Cheers for the review! It was nice to write a bit of good old-fashioned 'wow, isn't space amazing' stuff. I'm glad you appreciate the dynamics, I spent an age orchestrating this track. Thanks again.