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Abyssal Reflection

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Thought I'd join in on the Halloween festivities by making a bit of aural spookiness. I decided to go with a nice mixture of creepily ambient and musical since that seemed uniquely appropriate.

I highly suggest listening with the lights turned off and your eyes closed. Or while walking down a blind alley in the middle of the night...

Happy Halloween!

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Ugh, I've been really lagging behind on reviews lately. I think I'm just going to pull the "I was so late no one will notice I never showed up" card for most of them.

But you have made three awesome pieces that are not yet reviewed by me, so I'll write some short things here.
Your latest three tracks have the honor of having been part of my hangover recovery this morning :p

Essentially, I just listened to like 20+ relatively recent Newgrounds tracks while lying in my bed. It was a good recovery :3
Of course, I heard all the tracks when they came out, but didn't review them at the time for whatever reason :p

Right, to the track:

We all know it. I love them music boxes, and other bright stuff like the celesta, glocks etc. (lest forget the piano). And the other eery stuff is neat too! Especially the theremin sounding thing is awesome beyond my comprehension XD

The melodies and chords you picked are wonderful, and creepy. If I had to complain about anything, I guess the sfx at around 1:15 were a bit loud imo, but it doesn't distract too much from the piece.

I hope to hear more stuff like this in the future, as it's really in my style, so to say :D

Have a good day :)

ChronoNomad responds:

Well, there has been an awful lot going on of late, and I know that you're already quite busy even without anything else getting added to your plate. This past week has been rather long and unexpectedly Sisyphusian, so I can fully understand. No apologies necessary. :)

That said, it's a pleasure to receive another update-slash-review from you, my friend! I am honoured to have been a part of your hangover cure regimen. Much better than the offer of a greasy pork sandwich served up in a dirty ashtray, that's for sure! (obscure references ftw) Suffice to say, I am happy to hear that you're feeling somewhat less hungover. Newgrounds was originally developed specifically for that purpose, but hardly anyone remembers because they were all completely sloshed at the time.

Music boxes, man. Dem music boxes are da bes! And they can work so very well when crafting a spooky ambient track like this. I really don't make stuff like this as often as I could (or should), but it's always hellaciously fun. That other instrument, the one that sounds a bit like a theremin, is actually the Angelic Whistle instrument in the Sytrus library, though at a rather low octave. I'm quite a fan of this particular sound, and it also features quite predominantly in the first track I released this year, 'Wind Requiem - Chill Mix.' Come to think of it, I got a very nice review from you on that track, as well! ^__^

Yeah, some of the effects get kinda loud, I will grant you that. I was actually hoping to have a wider variety of SFX, but whenever I tried to add other types to the mix it would thoroughly misbehave. I'm pretty sure the whole thing was quite haunted by a mischievous little poltergeist...

Incidentally, I hope that you very much enjoyed your Friday the 13th! It rather sounds like you did if that hangover was any kind of indication. It was quite dark and stormy hereabouts, so that was appropriate.

I'm not sure just how often I'll be making stuff like this, but I do think you'll like what I'm working on now. It does sort of fall into a similar category, perhaps.

Thank you again for yet another fantastic review, Lucid! I always appreciate it. May you also have an excellent day. :D

Pretty creepy, but pretty cool. Keep up the awesome. :)

- V

ChronoNomad responds:

Creepiness was indeed the goal, so--nailed it! Thanks for stopping by. :D

This was really cool! I enjoyed it. You've got talent! please check out my submission for the Halloween spooktacular too please. =) have a Happy Halloween!

ChronoNomad responds:

Aw, thanks spyderbrd! I'm glad that you enjoyed it and thanks for letting me know with a short review. I'd be happy to check out your submission. Happy Halloween! ^___^

Beautiful and haunting! I love musicboxes! The theremin like whisteling is also awesome. ZipZipper is right, the chord progression is really cool. I think it loops quite well, at least I didn´t realize the looping point while writing this review :) The melodies are really beautiful and I love the eerie atmosphere of this piece. I was a bit confused from the "laser-like" glitch sounds, since they didn´t really serve the rest of the atmosphere. At the beginning I thought the music box could be a bit louder but at the end it´s cool that it feels like the music is coming from far far away. I have the feeling that the knocking impacts are a bit too loud compared to the rest of the sounds washing them a bit out. But that´s really just minor issues :) That´s a really lovely piece and definitely one of my favorites from the spooktacular so far!

ChronoNomad responds:

Thanks a bunch for the review, Azhthar! Who doesn't love a nice, creeptastic music box for Halloween, am I right? Happy to hear that the spooky whistling sounds so awesome, too! Also really jazzed to get so many comments on the chord progression, and I had a blast making the track on the whole, so...bonus!

The sounds that you hear as being laser-like glitches are actually springy, metallic twangs. I do get how laser effects would seem wildly inappropriate unless I were adding a weird Sci-Fi twist to the whole thing, haha! It seems like the overall plan of making the music box sound like it's coming from pretty far off has worked quite well, and while I can agree that the knocking effects are pretty loud, I rather like them like that! xD

Thanks so much for taking the time to review, and I promise to write one up on your Spooktacular track soon! Youdaman.

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Love it ! x3

ChronoNomad responds:

Heh heh, now that's a whole lotta nice. Glad to hear that you love it so much! Thanks a bunch for the quick review, leogenial. :D

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4.14 / 5.00

Oct 23, 2015
5:02 PM EDT
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2 min 30 sec

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