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Fighting For That Which Is Treasured

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My submission for the NGAUC Knock-out Round. I had a really tough time trying to balance and mix this and it still hasn't turned out well. That's something I need to practice. I got some nice tips from a guide that @johnfn has up, but I need a little practice before it really kicks in. That and I was working with a deadline on this, so I didn't have time to take my time and experiment (I started a few days late, too xD). I'm a bit tired and stressed and need to rest.

Anyway, I think the composition is pretty nice, mixing and blance aside. There are some things that I would like to change/add/remove.
I'd like to come back to this and fix it up sometime in the near future.

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I like the drama and the cinematic vibe this piece has. Makes me think of some heroic adventure across the sea. :D I will say that I thought the production quality was not up to par, I'm afraid. The snares clearly get buried by the strings at around :15, and in general a lot of the instruments could've sounded much clearer. I would suggest using some more careful equalizing and panning, and then compressing the drums. I liked the progression of the piece as it was, but in no way was there any sort of structural completeness or conclusiveness in the piece by the end. It almost sounds like a short, un-mastered preview of a track that you plan on releasing on Bandcamp a few days later! This piece should be twice as long as it is, and tbh that was the thing that most bothered me about it. I love the mood here, and I really admire your sense of harmony and progression. However, you could've done a lot more with the progression, and limiting yourself to 1.5 minutes was not the way to do it. This piece has a lot of potential, so (despite my criticisms) please keep working on it! You simply need more content to capitalize on the emotional value of this piece, and some stronger mixing and mastering would help make sure that your listener can hear every last detail of it. Keep at it, man! ;)


LloydeSorrow responds:

Indeed. I wish I would have really thought things through and taken more time to flesh things out. It was a big undertaking and I had already started a few days late. I am inspired to improve though! Next year's NGAUC compositions will definitely be better! I won't release something that isn't 100% ready to be released. I've got a lot of time to improve overall.

Thank you for the review and I am glad you like the piece and think that it has a lot of potential. That helps me keep going! :)

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Jul 31, 2015
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