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Jun 4, 2015 | 11:32 PM EDT
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4.39 / 5.00

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So in a music class I've been in this week, I've been working with two friends (whose Newgrounds handles are WXblackplane and transfordete). This song was written for a friend in a Game Design activity, who asked for a 'desert theme'. Thanks for listening and hope you enjoyed!



Rated 4 / 5 stars

Haha, I like the desert theme. I'm not sure I liked a lot of the samples, but compositionally it's a cool piece. Good use of harmonies and whatnot. The loop isn't bad, but I don't think this is a structurally complete piece as it is. Cool melodies and drums, though, and the mixing is pretty good. I think I recognized a number of Garageband presets in there. ;P Hmm...yeah, not much more to add. It has some potential, but I think it needs some more progression. 1:01 could function as a neat sort of breakdown, but as it is now it's more of a coda. I would look for some melodic development and other climaxes in the 2nd half of this piece (if it was there, haha). Otherwise, keep up the good work, you guys! ^_~

LunacyEcho responds:

Yikes, sorry this took so long to respond to! I've been... busy, to say the least. :P

=> mixing is pretty good =>

Yay! I'm getting faster at it, too!

=> some more progression =>

Well, it's just a minute-long loop. :P Is progression really that necessary?

=> melodic development =>

I love the Phrygian scale, and you'll definitely see me explore it in further depth in later music.

Thanks a lot! Sorry for the lateness!


Rated 4 / 5 stars

I feel that this could use a lot more balancing, since everything feels too in-your-face and there's little subtlety at the moment :P The main tune does feel very desertish, though.

The main problem, besides the volume of everything, would be that somewhat obnoxious reed thing - it's too repetitive. It began to get grating after a while.

//but this has a lot of potential so nj

LunacyEcho responds:

=> too in-your-face =>

Solution: turn the volume down! :D But yeah, I agree with the balancing thing.

=> obnoxious reed thing =>

Well, we were too lazy to write more than two melodies. :P

Thanks for the review! Glad you think it has potential!


Rated 4 / 5 stars

This track reminds me of both Desert (not Darude) Sandstorm, and "The Tomb Shaker", the latter one composed by Step. It definitely captures that vibe of a desert, more specifially an Arabic desert. Of course, it's to be expected when using that scale.

The intruments aren't of the best quality, but I think they are well mixed. That said, I think that the main melody intrument (starts at 0:16) sounds a bit boring, especially as this is a loop :(
It's a bit too repetitive, but I also feel like the intrument iself sounds a bit dry and bland. I don't know if more reverb would fix this either; it's probably just the intrument. I hope you didn't want to use something as "dry" as the desert XD

Apart from the repetitiveness, I like the melody. The strings and dynamics are nice. The loop is also smooth. The percussion is nice, to say the least.

All in all, a pretty decent track!

LunacyEcho responds:

=> scale =>

Phrygian dominant scale! That's so fun to say. Phrygian. Phrygian.

=> repetitive =>

It's an annoying loop. What else could you ask for? :P

=> reverb =>

The thing is, after my NGADM/NGAUC submissions, I've become REALLY wary of using reverb in my music, for fear that i'll become as reverb-heavy as those.

Thanks for the review!