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Hey, all. I've had this idea in my head for a while, but haven't had the motivation to really work on it until the NGADM came around. I really like what I've done with it, but deadlines, man. Could have done so much more. Oh well, I can always get back to work on it at a later date.

This song serves as a conclusion to a series of songs I've made over the last year, starting with "Alone and Adrift." Hopefully, this song provides a more optimistic departure from the original's formula.

Alrighty, Retroman, out. Hope you enjoy my NGADM submission.

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For this piece, since it’s a little longer, I’d like to highlight bits here.
The intro (0:00 to 1:10) has some good technique behind it. I’m enjoying the way the piano is a little like a stream of consciousness. Very relaxed, although I’d like a little more variety in the way of basic chords and notes at random. It doesn’t seem to make much sense, and the transition made from the intro to the second part is a little clunky. I do love the little space-whistle that comes in! Threw me for a loop at first, but I think it’s a great addition and I think it’d be great to hear more tiny instrumental chirps like that peppered throughout the intro to liven it up.
1:10 reminds me a lot of Banjo-Kazooie. A little mystery, something ethereal, and nothing too conclusive. The bitcrushed synth sounds great and was a good choice to get the song chugging, and the transition works well when we cross over to 1:51 with the little shaker rhythm.
At 1:51, off the bat, the piano is too much. The lower portion needs to be toned down, maybe even muted a bit, and once again no discernible, memorable melody here. The reverb on the piano is slightly overkill, and the drums have barely any, so the piano is uncomfortably bright. Again, the notes aren’t too complex here, so this would work well in a montage, perhaps with a warmer piano.
I appreciate how you continued to use the synth that started at 1:10 throughout, but it was the only recognizable element I could continue to hold onto, and it felt by the end that you started just pulling random things off the shelves to finish the song/make it longer. I would probably argue, for the first time, that this song might be too long, actually – it felt like it was on repeat after 3:38.
You have some excellent instruments, and I won’t be one of those people that says “I’d love to hear you remake this/work on it” because you meant to make this as is, and for that I appreciate it. For what it’s worth, I enjoyed it, even after nitpicking; you provided many different atmospheres, as a conclusion to your past works, and it was evident you enjoyed working on it.

NGADM Round One Score: 7.3

I'm at a loss for words honestly.

I want to hate how good this sounds because of my last song's shortcomings in comparison... but it's impossible to. Great track.

This is an NGADM Round 1 Review.

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I can always trust you to create these fleshed out, unique-sounding tracks with beautiful melodic material. This is a gorgeous piece of work that doesn't try to sound like other music by using tried-and-true techniques, instead going for a unique blend of instrumentation to create something positively unforgettable. I'm not going to bother dissecting your sense of melody and harmony. I think it's just perfect the way it is, and have no desire for anything more. The progression of the piece is absolutely fantastic for 6 minutes and a half. You've made it interesting and structured till the end, which is no insignificant feat for a track of this length. Some of the little things which I really enjoyed in this track would be the gradualness of the intro (particularly the introductions at 1:11 and 2:00), the little bleeps that first come in at 3:41, the 1:31 flute motif and the amazing string passages at the end.

Instrumentation is another aspect that this submission excels in. Your blend of orchestral, chiptune and a drum kit is absolutely seamless, making it sound like the genres were made for each other. The only sound which I'm not too hyped about is 4:41's, which sounds simply obnoxious. I also feel like I don't understand the section at 5:00. The transition to it was fine enough, with some filter automation earcandy to seal the deal, but the transition back to the heavier section was simply nonsensical. Not to mention, the dynamic range between the section at 5:00 and the ones before/after it seemed too great, and I struggled to hear it without turning my volume up, only to have to turn it down again. Lastly, the ending was unsatisfying. Giving it a more significant ending with a longer note would have been a better idea in my opinion.

Anyway, wow, I thoroughly enjoyed this! Fantastic work.

SCORE: 9.3/10

Something about your style resonates with me in the way that very few musicians do. The swelling strings, the beautiful melodies, the chip elements... I feel like your music has FEELING behind it.

Heck I even gave a (very subtle) shout out to "alone and adrift" by starting my NGADM track off with little sine bloops. :-)

I don't think there's much more you can do to improve this. The development into the first "chorus" (lack of a better word), is as smooth as I've ever heard. Nice additions in the second "chorus" to add an even more interesting flavour. You've carried the theme well throughout the track and kept it interesting. Great job!

Such a beautiful track, would definitely give some of the big composer names on NG a run for their money.

RetromanOMG responds:

Woah, that's a crazy compliment, thanks! But I really do have tons of ideas I couldn't implement for this song before the deadline, so I'm definitely going to put out a more complete version of this song in the coming weeks. I'm glad you liked listening to it!

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