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Another Icelandic free-play assignment, another short song -- this one inspired by the folktale "White Cap", a version of which you can read here (it's short!):


Note: In the version I read, she dropped down dead at the end. MUCH more satisfying, hahaha.

The bass in this song is weird. To me, it's too much and not enough at the same time... Practice, practice, practice! I still very much enjoy opportunities like this to integrate my music with my education.

Hope you like it!

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First thought: "I like those pan drums".

Well, you did it, I don't have any immediate complaints about any of the instruments sounds. I'm going to need to get more creative about what to look for. I'm going to be listening to more music once I get my new headphones, so I guess I'll think about that then.

The wind in the background is nice, and I like the whole atmosphere you have going in the beginning.

If I had to pick out something to work on, then it'd be the organ that comes in when the drums drop out. I feel like you could have put more thought into variations on the spacing and velocity of the notes, either to make seem more natural or to give it a different feel. Right now when I listen to it it feels a bit mechanical, though I do appreciate the double notes (where it plays one note and immediately switches to another, what's it really called?).

I really liked the part from the organ section to the end on the first listen. However, on subsequent listens I didn't find it as interesting, though it still held up under close inspection.

Anyway, great job, deserving of five stars! I look forward to your next work.

Birdinator99 responds:

Pan drums?!?!?! There's an echo on them (which is called a delay, by the way), but maybe your name sounds cooler?

Glad you liked the wind ("steam sweeps")!

Organ melody isn't great, this is true. I believe the "double notes" are called grace notes (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grace_note) -- not 100% sure on that. Probably something I picked up from high school jazz band.

I love the pitch bends in the final section. They almost sound like an alarm, but, like, a slow and creepy one. Do you know what I mean, Mr. O-rent?

On to the next song! Cheers!

Credits & Info

4.76 / 5.00

Nov 19, 2015
7:47 PM EST
File Info
5.9 MB
2 min 35 sec

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