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Action Crusaders Theme V2

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Sep 25, 2014 | 1:22 AM EDT
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2.8 MB
2 min 26 sec
3.07 / 5.00

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Rated 3.07 / 5 stars
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I Hope this one Keeps you on the edge of your seat!
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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

One of the best qualities a musician can have is being willing to go back to their old work and improve it based on others’ ideas. Never stop being as good as you can. :)

So, the first thing I noticed about this version of the song is that it’s much longer and more complete than the first Action Crusaders (still loving the title, btw). The fact that it’s now more structured and sounds a lot more like a cohesive theme song makes it much more adventurous to listen to, and it’s making me question why you don’t have more followers. :D

Its structure seems to be ABCABDC(filter out). Definitely not bad, but a little bit heavy on the repetition. Of course, this is a theme song, so a bit of repetition would be expected. Still, I would have loved it if you’d maybe added in some sort of melodic solo or something. That might be a bit biased; one of the things I value most as a musician is progressiveness, and lots of people would disagree with me on that.

The instrumentation definitely got a lot better from your previous one. Now that you’re keeping the eighth note plucks all throughout the intro, it definitely gives it a much more connected feel to the song. I’m also glad you took the advice about the first melodic synth coming in too loudly. Now that it fades in, it transitions into the song much more smoothly every time it comes in. I also love the quavering it has. I know that was in your original draft, but they just sound so epic!

Speaking of transitions, the way you transition in and out of your song are pretty interesting. You don’t hear many fade-ins to a song without some sort of filter alongside them. The filters you did use to transition in the middle of the track (0:30, 1:45) were well done. I’m just a sucker for filter transitions, I guess. :D In fact, I think your transitions are where you improved the most. I enjoyed all of them (except for maybe 0:56, which sounded a bit abrupt). The anticlimactic buildup from 0:26 might be a bit polarizing to an audience, though. I personally like them, but there are some who’d say that the buildup leads to nothing and therefore ought to be changed. Just keep an eye out for that. Also, your ending was a bit iffy for me. The chorus was all energetic, but then it just felt like it trailed off. The filter didn’t really help either. :/ Another thing to watch out for - make a satisfying ending, especially for an action-packed song like this.

I mentioned repetition before. The melodies of the song itself are a bit repetitive as well, in my opinion (although maybe that’s because I’ve spent too much time listening them trying to analyze it :P ). I still really enjoy your chorus, although I miss the piano/high-pitched hits that you had in the original chorus. Where’d they go? It’s always good to have high mids/treble sounds in your most exciting and packed parts. Also in your chorus, your kicks are powerful and drive the song forward well, but the inclusion of snares on every 2 and 4 would be helpful in varying the sounds of the percussion. In your first version, the distinction between kicks and kicks with snares was somewhat noticeable, but in this one, I can’t even be sure if you have snares.

So in conclusion, better structure and instrumentation, great transitions, a bit repetitive and some chorus problems. Don't get me wrong, though - I still love the song! I’m really glad you completed it, and I hope I’ve been helpful. I doubt you’re going to upload a third version onto the site, but still, I hope you keep making music. You really deserve more fans. :D Keep up the great work!

kinggrinyov5 responds:

Once again, a great Response, it is quite likely that I wont post a third version, chances are because no one ever has and probably never will. But if I ever finish developing my actual game I may just tinker with the music once again. Thanks again Lunacy! Cheers :D