No Hope in the Horizon

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Sometimes escape isn't an option.

Followup to my track "A New Future"

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Hello, I'll like you to know that I used this song as the background music in a video. Of couse that I'm giving you the credits and I left the link in the description. Thanks

NyxTheShield responds:

Can you send me a link?

I always wanted to learn to play piano, this was nice, and it is short but i can tell a lot of work went into this. Nice shit i genuinely liked that

=== This is an NGADM Round 2 Review ===

Dang. Here's the thing. This piece is really nice, but it's so darn short that there almost isn't that much that I can say about it. Of what I heard, I liked it quite a bit, but there just isn't enough content here for me to feel totally satisfied - I feel like this isn't a total song. It needs more in the way of arrangement to really get there, and 1:30 is almost never enough.

But I do want to take a little bit to talk about what I liked here. First of all, you have a pretty darn good grip on composition. You kick off the song with some really nice ideas. For instance: That diminished chord at :25! Ah, it's rare to hear diminished chords, and this one works very well. And then the way that the major turns into a minor around :30. That's another thing I almost never hear (with the exception of IV -> iv). This whole section has a really nice progression. It has this sort of inevitable feel to it, like I'm gradually proceeding to my death and I have no choice in the matter. In that respect, I think that your choice of title pretty much nails the mood here.

After this section, which lasts a bit more than a minute, we go into a quick second section with another nice progression: vi -> V -> IV -> iii. This progression always stands out to me because it's the Greensleeves progression :) but it almost always sounds nice (especially if you were to change that iii into an III). The melodic content at this section is alright, but nothing spectacular or particularly gripping. I'd say that most of the emotional weight of this song is being carried by the chords. This is alright, since the chords are solid, but it's something you should be aware of.

If there's anything that I do want to complain about (outside the length, argh!), it would be that at points it seems like the velocities on the notes are unnatural. The big offender is the 3 note descending phrase that crops up a lot in the initial section. It often sounds a bit too hard and stands out to me.

I'm also not totally certain about the transition at 1:14. I think that there's probably a more graceful way to move into the second section rather than loud chords.

All in all, this is a really nice song, and it's clear that you have compositional chops and know how to use them. On the other hand, it's obvious that it's a bit of a rushed piece, simply because it's just begging for more development. I still gave you a good score, though, because I felt like your compositional abilities were strong, and I have a soft spot for that.

Score: 7.5

NyxTheShield responds:

I feel kinda bad to dissapoint you because i have no background in music theory, i do everything by ear hahaha (I don't get that notation either :ccc i ofteen see it but i am not able to understand it hahaha)

I am planning to expand it in the future!!! Life is harsh and i am not able to compose for the time being, but as soon as i am free again i will tackle this piece again i am glad you liked it!

This is a NGADM Round 2 Review.


- Very pretty, bright piece.
- Excellent mood and atmosphere.
- Memorable.

Definitely a memorable piece due to the moody, yet ultimately bright keys that are played in a very fluid-like fashion. The overall atmosphere and mood are well developed, and I think this is due to the
nature pace that you set, and of the dynamics that you've incorporated in order to bring this track to life!

What to consider:
- A little too short.
- I feel as if this piece could have been a tad slower.

Okay, it's already been said, but this is just way too short based on the ideas that you've implemented here. I can only imagine where you would have gone with this, which is a shame because I think there are further chapters to this story to tell. Now, this is a REAL nitpick, and I say that because it's just my opinion on how the track could have sounded better, but I think that if the tempo was just a little slower, this entire track would have far more emotional impact. With a piano piece like this, emotional depth is really quite important! Anyway, not a huge issue and it's definitely a taste thing. :)

Wonderful track, I'd love to hear more in this style. Keep it up!

Score: 8.6/10

This is an NGADM 2015 review.

This is a lovely solo piece, I love the dark way it starts and how it moves into a more bittersweet major feel toward the end. The reverb really shines in the higher notes, they're god damn beautiful and probably my favorite part of this song. Others have mentioned pretty much everything else, namely that your rhythm is a bit limited throughout and that the song doesn't really change pace much. This isn't necessarily bad but it does make it a lot less interesting over time, and given that it's already a solo piece I think this becomes a little detrimental, especially given the short length.

That said, really nice listening experience, I enjoyed this a lot. Technically near flawless in its simplicity :P

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4.79 / 5.00

Sep 8, 2015
11:22 PM EDT
File Info
2.8 MB
1 min 45 sec

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