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Finally! This is a track that I whipped up for the Harmony of Heroes project, and I've been dying (not literally, mind) to release it here on Newgrounds. The project in and of itself is massive, with over 100 fan-created tracks from the world of the Smash Bros. series. Has such a thing ever been done before? The answer is no. And that's why it's so unbelievably epic.

The track itself is a delightful conglomeration of Fourside (Held in the Skyscraper), Eight Melodies, and Pollyanna (I Believe in You), which were originally composed by Keiichi Suzuki & Hirokazu Tanaka. The main focus here, instrument-wise at least, is most definitely the piano. The percussion and bass are mostly secondary, though no less important to the overall integrity of the piece.

My own, admittedly substandard piano samples were replaced by Step, improving the quality. Thanks, Step! One day I will own those fantastic East/West pianos...

Oh, and hey! Be sure to check out the full Harmony of Heroes album here: http://www.harmonyofheroes.net

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I loved the transitions, very smooth but the drums didn't seem to fit for me-maybe it was the kind of drum used? IDK...the melody was awesome I liked the track!

ChronoNomad responds:

Hey, we've all got our personal tastes, and you're not the first one to find the drums a bit underwhelming. At least everyone seems to be enjoying the melodies, so that's pretty sweet. I wanted to make this simple, but in the end I may have made it a bit *too* simple in some respects. Still, it was very cool to be a part of this massive fan-made album, and I thank you for the critique!

I guess I have some small nitpicks. The drums are mostly underwhelming, like they could be more interesting. They mostly loop the same patterns, and are generally kind of quiet too. I almost feel like the song would be better without them.

I also felt like the song was very sparse. If you just would have had piano, that would have been fine (assuming you made the dynamics work to your advantage). But once you introduce rock drums, I start wanting other elements - particularly, I REALLY want a nice pad to fill out the song.

As a minor complaint, I felt like the call and response in the first half of the song e.g. :59 doesn't work, because the high piano is too quiet.

Alright, all complaints are now out of the way. I thought you did really good! Sorry as usual for grousing, but I really did enjoy this cover. The combination of the different themes was well done, and the transitions were nice. I almost didn't even notice them, heh. :)

Good job!

ChronoNomad responds:

Yeah, I do know what you mean in most cases here, but I ultimately set out to make a less-is-more track with just piano, bass, and percussion. Why did I do that? At this point, I'm not even really sure anymore, but that's what I did. I quite like the drums myself, so that's the only real area where I'll vehemently disagree, though a few more instruments could have served to make the track a bit more...robust.

The bit about the transitions is pretty awesome, though! And hey, I know by now that your constructive criticism often comes with a modicum of grousing. The fact is, you take the time to listen and leave a review of real substance, and that means a lot to me. I can put up with nitpicks and such all in the name of feedback. Heck, it's kind of a prerequisite.

Thanks again for sharing your time and insight; both are thoroughly appreciated! ^__^

Very nicely played arrangement. Very energetic for an easy listening piece, but I still liked it. This was both mellow and chipper at once. :)

ChronoNomad responds:

Thanks, SilverFoxJams! Very kind of you to say, and I'm glad to hear that the kind of Jazzy Rock vibe comes across so well. Loving the feedback. :D

Nice! This is awesome. This is an easy track to just listen to while chilling, which is really good for the headache I have right now :D
For every track I listen to in the Harmony of Heroes project I become more and more amazed by its greatness.

ChronoNomad responds:

Hey, Lucid! Thanks a bunch for the review, and the fact that you can enjoy the chillness even with a headache is amazing. It was such an honor to be a part of the Harmony of Heroes project, and I'm surrounded by so many artists that I feel are so much more talented than myself. Or at the very least, they have much better samples than I! xD Thanks again!

Sweet! Quite enjoyable. I love how it swings and sways into being and rollicks right through the transitions. Dance and move to the music! That ending is the bomb. Makes me want to hug somebody. :)

ChronoNomad responds:

Excellent to hear, shoKawa! I'm always down for a hug or two. ^__^ So glad that you enjoy the track, and I appreciate the review very much! I'm rather fond of the ending, as well. There's just nothing quite like a well-placed ritardando.

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4.49 / 5.00

Oct 4, 2014
11:08 PM EDT
Classic Rock
File Info
13.3 MB
4 min 17 sec

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