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This song is written for the final round of the NGAUC. I'm actually playing some live instruments for once! The tin whistle (in D) is a Clarke, and I'm playing my Taylor acoustic as well. Thought I'd go for a different feel for this one.

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I really love the samples of nature in here, listening to this song is like walking through a forest and looking up to the canopy, seeing how high the trees have grown in disbelief.
The whistle sound feels like the wanderer, as they discover this place stone by stone.
Truly breathtaking

What a great track! (Except why is that amazing whistle so far back in the mix rarg.) Why don't you write more music? Well I guess there's NGADM coming up so I'm hyped for that but I mean other than competitions. Hehe.

bassfiddlejones responds:

Competitions are what get the blood moving for new music! It's hard to find time these days, so when I have a fire under my butt I get more done. Looking forward to seeing what you put out! Thanks for the review! (I will make the tin whistle more prominent next time!)

(Apologies for the very late review. Broken computer + moving into new apartment = QQ)

My oh my.

The subtle pad fade in and the guitar plucks. Love the whistle and guitar work meshing together. Immediately I get a very worldly, soaring, majestic feel from the sound. I almost thought the whistle was a flute at first! (I play the flute.) Mix is balanced, a bit on the quiet side which is good in this case. The drums introduced around 0:42 didn't cut through the bass end on your guitar that well, especially with that new mid string pad in the way. I do understand you meant to use the drums just to keep the rhythm in check and give the track a bit more of a push in terms of energy, but I do think the drums could use a volume boost and more precise eqing.

I like the change up in the chord progression around 1:43, I'm glad you didn't keep using the same from before. It helps to keep the feel of the majestic parts when they come back in around 2:04. In general, your track has a solid structure, great melodic variation and instrumental variation, and solid atmospheric feel. You did a great job, especially with this genre/style.

The reason I didn't give you a five was mainly because I feel that you could have done a lot more with the second chorus. It has a very similar feel to the first one with some slight changes in the mid string pad and the melodies, and I think if you had maybe even added some cool abrupt stops in the second iteration of the chord progression it would have given it such a nice change. What I mean is, after the chord progression goes through once and it starts again, each bar will play the drums and the synths through for three beats of the bar and the last one will stop on a drum, leaving the melody to push into the next bar on the fourth beat. I don't know if you exactly get it from here, but some thought into variation would have made this a five for me.

Great work, and keep it up. Cheers :)

NGAUC Finals review: 8/10

bassfiddlejones responds:

Thank you for the review! I appreciate the critique.

Yay tinwhistles! Your Clarke D sounds a little better than mine. Maybe because mine was unplayable when it came in the mail, and I beat on it with a pair of pliers to fix it. :D

I think this track does what it does very well. It feels very... uplifting.

The tinwhistle is kinda buried under all the other stuff, but that doesn't bother me.

Props for getting some live tinwhistle and acoustic guitar on Newgrounds!

bassfiddlejones responds:

Thank you good sir!

Sweet man !
This piece brings landscapes to my mind, It's practically flawless.
And congrats for your result on the NGAUC.

bassfiddlejones responds:

Thanks man - far from flawless, but I'm really glad you liked it! Thanks for the review!

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Sep 4, 2014
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3 min 8 sec
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