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Jul 30, 2015 | 9:12 PM EDT
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8 MB
3 min 29 sec
4.69 / 5.00

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Rated 4.69 / 5 stars
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The victorious warrior returns to his village only to find it abandoned by the war. His home, his past, both fading away.

For this piece, I used the viking village Unity demo as a reference for character, setting, and feeling. I'm planning on later expanding this, making it interactive, and implementing it within the demo level.

But for now.....this is my entry into the Knock-Out Round of the NGAUC.




Rated 4 / 5 stars

== This is an NGAUC Knock-Out Round Review ==

First things first. Your composition is on point! The melodies are perfect for the scene that you’re trying to portray. The melody you open (and close) with is perfectly mournful. You later harmonize it with a vocal-sounding instrument at :59, which is a great decision. You then move into a separate section exactly when I hoped that you would, and the two sections work together perfectly! This kind of thing makes me happy.

Not only that, but the instrumentation is excellent too. I wish I knew what all these instruments were called, but sadly I barely do any orchestral music, so I really have no clue. :P Nonetheless, both the pluck and flute-like instrument at :22 are excellent, as is the reverb that you put on, and the very quiet background pad. It sounds to me like you also cut off some of the highs of the instruments here, which is, again, an awesome choice! It makes the piece sound distant in a way that really heightens the melancholy.

I really enjoy the stripped down arrangement here - it works perfectly for the mood. The gradual build at 2:05 is great, though I admit that I wish that you would have signaled it coming from a little earlier. I’m also not a huge fan of how the climax of the piece is just repeated twice - I think it should feel a little different the second time around, to maintain my interest.

I even hear a couple of really neat chords, like the brief appearance of a minor major seventh at 1:24.

A curious thing happens at 2:15, though. The bass is building and so I am expecting a more emotional section to come - and then suddenly right at 2:15, all the bass drops away. This was kind of disappointing - I was hoping for a fully fleshed out climax, but none came!

I also have a minor quibble with the end of the piece - it sounds like the song is stumbling around a little . For instance, is there a reason that the note at 2:38 is held an extra couple of beats? I hear this happen a couple of times towards the end of the track, and I’m left wondering why - it makes the song sound a little undirected.

Finally, although I do enjoy this piece, it could be improved, and if you really wanted to improve it - while still retaining the sparseness of the piece - I think you’d have to push your melodies a little harder. Yeah, they’re pretty darn good already, but if you really want to do a piece that doesn’t have much in the way of multiple instrument complexity or arrangement, the only real thing left to do is improve the melodies.

Overall Score: 8.5

Mini-Scores (see here:
* Composition: 4/4
* Arrangement: 3/4
* Mixing: 4/4

DSykMusic responds:

Thanks for the review and for staying happy :)
I admit I did get a little lazy with repeated the string part twice. I'll likely update it when I later come back to this project. Hopefully I'll also focus on the bass buildup part as well.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Hey there. Some general commentary on your song for NGAUC.

-That sound almost like an electric piano there at the start. I feel like it's a plucked instrument, but I'm really not sure. Or at least, I wasn't until after 30 seconds in.
-Excellent use of the flute. Very well-done.
-Fantastic background pad.
-The melody in this is extremely beautiful, and very expressive.
-The strings in the second half compliment the melody very well, and they don't sound fake like a lot of orchestral instruments seem to end up doing.
-Very nice, bringing it back to the flute. Only thing I can say here is that the transition from strings back to flute could have been much better than just having the strings cut out. Perhaps a string/flute duet here at the end would have been better.

Final score: 9.0/10, and I would have downloaded it if I could. :(

DSykMusic responds:

The plucked inst. off the top was a cimbalom. I wanted to use a renaissance lute.... but didn't have the samples!

Thanks for your comments, and suggestion about the transition.

My final NGAUC song will be downloadable! Stay tuned.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I wasn't aware that I like this sort of music, but now that I know I do, I want to listen to this on my phone.
Then I can't find the download button. That is the true sorrow here.

Kinda brings me a age of empires feel. Not really feeling the viking village, more like ancient Chinese?

DSykMusic responds:

Thanks for your review!

Re:Download Option I'll be using this a future game engine/audio implementation demo, so I'm keeping it exclusive.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Wow, this is very emotionally deep...
I can picture everything in my mind; the sorrow, the lost, the bitter reality, and the slight pieces of hope...

Good job!! And good luck for all of us, mighty warriors of NGAUC!! :D

DSykMusic responds:

Thanks so much!