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The Great Loss

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Looking back at casualties of wars, people who have died from incurable diseases and historical events where people might have had to sacrifice themselves.

Not only looking at the sadness and misfortune of such events, but also remembering the people, who they were and what they stood for.

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Still one of my favorite tunes on Newgrounds.

DanJohansen responds:

Glad it is still appreciated 4 years later

Well done. You definitely caught the feel that you intended.
The ending notes were perfect, simply coming to a stop. While it didn't cut anything off in a technical view, it ends the song wonderfully after establishing a pattern, the breaking that pattern on the final note. It feels very definitive and abrupt, especially after the strong reverb throughout. I can see the main character in this reminiscence walking away into a field of dull, ash-grey as the camera pans down to see an item of personal significance resting on the ground.
The strings felt a little strong when they first enter the piece. The rhythm that leads us through the entire piece are almost drowned out for a couple of seconds. But that's the only criticism I can really make. A fine piece of work and a beautiful piece of art.

DanJohansen responds:

Awesome in depth review man, appreciate that a ton.
Glad you enjoyed it :)


This is a stunning composition. The instrumentation is so uncomplicated, but its so gripping.
Very nice work.

DanJohansen responds:

Thanks a lot, I thought simplicity would benefit this track.

A really nice piece, it has definite emotional depth thanks to the different layers - sometimes just high notes, sometimes all the part together etc. The piano is lovely too.
Though... it doesn't need to be so drowned in reverb to achieve this, that just makes it harder to understand.

DanJohansen responds:

Glad you enjoyed it, the reverb was a self-preference kind of choice I will admit, and also the want of doing something different as a composer, I've used Piano in a lot of my classical pieces and never had this much reverb, I thought it was both interesting and sounded sweet, I can understand if someone doesn't prefer it though.

Thanks for the review!

I really like this song and without even reading the desc I could tell what it was for. I love it. Would you mind messaging me. I would like to ask you about somethings.

DanJohansen responds:

Nice and thanks! I sent you a PM regarding your request about me sending you a PM hehe

Credits & Info


4.25 / 5.00

Jan 25, 2015
3:36 AM EST
File Info
5.8 MB
2 min 33 sec

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.