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Hey guys! This piece is my first time trying to implement synthetic sounds with organics. Nothing to crazy with the synths. I'd thought I should start small so I just made it serve as a good bass line and cool textures.

Dark/sad moods aren't really my strong suit, (unless I know a scale).
But this one I really liked how well all the timbres played out.
Also it was an assignment, so I was kinda forced to stick with it.

Hope you all enjoy it!

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It has an interesting modal sound to it... are you familiar with modal harmony? If not, it might be something interesting to explore around with. It almost has this non-western tone, like one of the Hurrian Hymns, such as the one utilized (with no relevance) for the theme of Charlemagne for Civilization IV (https://youtu.be/wqjgPBITiX4?t=83 or https://youtu.be/wqjgPBITiX4?t=183). Notice how the non-western non-standard scale steps and substitutions really color the sound of the piece. (if you're interested in learning more about the Hurrian Hymns, check out this: http://individual.utoronto.ca/seadogdriftwood/Hurrian/Website_article_on_Hurrian_Hymn_No._6.html - scroll down a bit for the musicy part).

I felt the use of effects and synthetic tones made the hybrid sound quite pleasant. I would recommend perhaps a bit more reverb on the choir and putting a bit more distance between the choir and the listener; right now it just feels a little close in the mix.

Compositionally it is quite nice. You have some good use of contrast. For even more, you may even want to consider some modulation or temporary tonicization in the middle... some tonal wandering is never a bad thing for audience retention.

NicholasCabraja responds:

Thanks man. I will certainly check out those links! I'm quite shy on the reverb on most of my tracks, but I'm trying not to hold back on it. The tone your hearing is from Logics Pros modal synth sculpture. :)

Credits & Info

4.10 / 5.00

Feb 9, 2015
9:18 PM EST
File Info
2.7 MB
2 min 22 sec

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