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Author Comments

An experiment. I forgot the inspiration, but there are hints to a primary inspiration in both descriptions of the piece. I doubt anyone will get it, though - it's one of my super-obscure puzzles that aren't really practical to figure out, nor do they have any decent reward for doing so.

In any case, two actual challenges.
1. What time signature is this in?
2. Where are the 4/4 bars?

More interesting things about this: Finished in around 22 and a half hours. Again.
Nothing sequentially generated. The arpeggios you hear at the end are what repeat constantly to give the little synth bits coming in first at around 0:09, and they're entirely manually sequenced. <3 Ever managed to randomly generate 13 32nd notes in a row in a way that actually works?
There are precisely 8 instrument channels, all of which (aside from three) perform multiple functions in this.
There are no one-shots to speak of.
There are only three percussive instruments in total.
I used precisely three non-FL Native plugins: Omnisphere for pitched instruments (which are basically all straight sines and similar), 3rd bass for bass amping, and oZone for mastering. That's it. That's all, folks.

This piece was insane and amazing to make.

Downloads officially closed with the release of Reflection! Go check that out. :)


Oh yes, I nearly forgot - LISTEN TO THIS ON HEADPHONES OR STEREO SPEAKERS. It's still fairly clear on mono, but you will miss out on a *huge* amount of atmosphere. I went totally bananas on the panning and stereo effects in this one.


So chill.

SkyeWint responds:

Chill to the core.

I can't get over how much I love this track. SUPERB job on everything. The pitched high hats following the flow of the bass were a nice touch. The rotating cog sound was also awesome, hauntingly slide-like melodies that floated in and out so perfectly. Your mixing has gotten crazy good over the years, serious props Skye. It was built so well!

SkyeWint responds:

Hey, frootza! Awesome to see your review here!

The pitched high hats were a royal pain in the ass. There are actually some half-time pitch edits in the fine pitch parameter to make them match half-steps in the bass (because you know, imprecise pitches of the hats).
The "rotating cog sound" that you're talking about, is probably the pitched snare drums going around in the high pitches, I think. That was fun to do. :D

The melodies were probably the hardest to do. Melodies in alternative time sigs are HARD.

Mixing... Also a bit of a pain in this tbh, but I really appreciate the compliment there! I've worked hard and I want to do it as my actual primary job, so that's great to hear. :)

Good luck in your round!

get fucked! this is really fantastic. rockin that 7/4 so hard

SkyeWint responds:

<3 7/4 dnb for the win, friend

Dude, this is awesome. The extra time with the panning really paid off. Really cool melodies, and I also enjoy the smooth glass pads that carry through the piece. Kinda gives it a stealth game feeling. I feel bad for whoever's up against you!

SkyeWint responds:

That panning took so goddamn long. ;_; I hope the judges appreciate that.

The smooth glass pads are *literally* nothing but FX-covered sine waves. Like, nothing in this isn't basic waveforms with editing or one of the three drum samples I used.

I'm up against the also excellent EliteFerrex, whose piece can be heard here: http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/642213

I feel fairly confident in this piece, but we'll see how things go!

Hey dude, this is quite a piece of work you've put together. Excellent, slick use of automation gives it a nice edgy feel. It sounds really high tech and you've done it seemlessly, great sound that takes quite a bit of effort! I'm jealous of you for having Omnisphere ;). It reminds me a little bit of the music for The Binding of Isaac and Super Meat Boy, just in a more futuristic setting.

5stars from me, I didn't really expect any less to be honest but you've been progressing quite a bit for a long time.

Keep it up.

SkyeWint responds:

Hey, spikel!

Interesting thing, there's actually barely any automation, almost *all* of this is automatic effects or raw note parameters.

Omnisphere is sweet. If you can, you should totally save for Omnisphere 2. It's worth it. Trust me. :D

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Credits & Info


4.43 / 5.00

Sep 8, 2015
2:50 AM EDT
Drum N Bass
File Info
8.1 MB
3 min 32 sec

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