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A Dream From the Past

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Now 2014 is finally coming to and end.

Tomorrow we'll all be experiencing a new year, for good or for bad. Hopefully, good.
Either way. This close to the end of the year, we're supposed to look back on what has been, no? Well, I guess I knida did.
This is a piece I began making sometime close to the end of the first half of this year. Well, I left the project unfinished, as I was enlisted into the army, and didn't have time nor motivation to finish it.

Well, now I'm back. I found this piece on my laptop, with only the harpsichord finished. Well, I decided to completely ruin the piece by using bad strings!

The composition is actually not too shabby imo, but the production sucks XD
Oh well, it doesn't really matter. Here is my last piece of 2014. Make of it what you will ;)


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i love it!

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thanks! It's always interesting to see that people somehow manage to find a bit older tracks as well :)

It's instruments like these that don't get used enough, at least from what I hear. Happy New Years btw! And I'll say not a bad piece. I really enjoy the harpsichord work in this, and I won't mention anything about the strings stuff, but they don't sound out of place.

Not looking to make in depth reviews at this point. I'm on a whole post-graduation-recovery state and I'm finally looking at Newgrounds again. But again.

Happy New Year!

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

I like harpsichords, in general. As long as they are not used too much, that is...
I really wished I had better vsti:s though, especially for the strings :/ Either way, the production of this track was pretty lazy :p

Don't worry! Any reviews are welcome, and I like your ones well enough, as I'm sure all other receivers do too :3

Happy New Year to you as well! :'D

Hmm...the moods are what really make this piece interesting IMO. Interesting instruments, too. Starts off kind of sad and longing, then gets more hopeful yet also long-suffering, like - GASP - a soldier returning from war! :O I thought you overdid the reverb a bit, to be honest, because it almost feels a little too busy with the frantic synths in the background at places like :16. Interesting progression...almost feels like (dare I say it?) it'd be good for a montage of some sort. Perhaps it's a recovering alcoholic reflecting on his darkest days. Anyway, solid work! Looking forward to 2015, and I hope you are too. ;)

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Interesting comparisons there!
I did overdo the reverb. Weird thing is, when I tried taking some away, this piece sounded worse in my humble opinion. If I would've done all the mixing anew, I'm sure I could've found a solution, but... Laziness :p
Those are actually not synths; just poor samples of strings XD
Hmm, I wonder what kind of montage this would fit in, as it sounds so harsh, somehow. If it'd be the memory of an alcoholic I'd figure it to be a more distant piece, while still having a lot of "darkness" in it.

AAANYWAY. Thanks for the last review of 2014 ;)
I'm definitely looking forward to this year :'D

Hey, cool! Really nice medieval-style ambience here. I really wish I could pull that off with my music. :D

Hm... I've noticed that a thing you do a lot is transitioning quickly to different note speeds. For example, at 0:15, you jump from eighth notes to sixteenth notes in 6/8 (I think - my music theory is far inferior to yours). Do you think there's a way of making that transition better? Right now, transitions like those feel a bit jarring to me.

That's about all the light criticism I can make about your composition. Everything else is great! The multi-tonality of the harpsichord makes ascending and descending notes like 0:58 sound so awesome. I can't imagine what you could do if you got your hands on some good samples. :)

Happy new year! May 2015 be even more productive for you than this one.

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

You wish you could pull that off? Well you could; easily. Just use a harpsichord, and place some notes ;)
You've already created a lot of great stuff, so the composing shouldn't be that difficult XD

I actually intended to make that transition pretty rough at 0:15, but maybe it didn't work as well as I wanted it to :p You could make it more smooth if you wanted to. And I am pretty darn sure that I have no music theory knowledge at all compared to you, and all the other musicians on this site :)

I'm glad you liked the rest! I'm not sure if you remember, but I actually sent you a version of this piece with only the harpsichord like half a year ago :'D

"The multi-tonality of the harpsichord makes ascending and descending notes like 0:58 sound so awesome"

=> I like that part too!! It's kinda unrealistic, but I dig the sound nonetheless :)

Oh I'd like to see what all musicians here could do with awesome samples :3

I hope you have a great 2015 as well >:D!!!

i really like this song i feel like if i was in a castle but not a ordinary castle there is something special in that castle

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thanks! Yeah, I wanted it to feel like you'd be in a castle setting. I used too much reverb for sure, but I think the idea was nice. Maybe I should use this in a small game some time :3

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4.59 / 5.00

Dec 31, 2014
11:52 AM EST
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1.1 MB
1 min 14 sec

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