FD - The World You See

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This is a preview track from the "Tears of the Machine: Prologue" soundtrack album available here on Bandcamp: https://forgottendawn-vgm.bandcamp.com/album/tears-of-the-machine-prologue-original-soundtrack

The related game is available on iTunes here instead: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tears-of-the-machine-prologue/id822481914?mt=8

This album includes all the music heard in the iOS game "Tears of the Machine: Prologue" by X App Studio Group, which I composed over the course of six months starting from late October 2013. Special thanks to the work team for the great opportunity and fun we had, and many thanks to every single listener and supporter for their boundless interest and affection.
01. Tears of the Machine ~ Main Theme (2:18)
02. X42 ~ Awakening (2:06)
03. First Light (4:18)
04. Decisive Strife (2:24)
05. The World You See (2:54)
06. Neverending Battle (3:46)
07. Brace Yourself ~ Teaser Theme (1:09)
08. Tomorrow Will Be Better ~ TOTM Trailer Mix (1:40)
Total time (20:35)

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I love the ominous, apprehensive mood at the beginning. Perhaps it’s a little slow to develop, but you establish the atmosphere extremely well here. The stop-start transition at :54 threw me off a bit. It seemed like it was this subtle, melodramatic build, but then the section after it is very reserved and mellow, with nothing to release the tension of the build-up (crash, pads, etc.). That said, you launch into this beautiful cinematic section that tugs at my emotions. The quality of your samples is quite impressively high, and the vocal section at 1:26 was quite the emotional height. You transitioned well into the breakdown section, leaving yourself plenty of room for contrast and climax once again. However, I wish you had made an attempt to develop the themes you presented during the first chorus (1:26) further. Otherwise, the piece lacks a sense of overarching development and finality, and the end result of the emotional input is a rather unconventional bell-curve. Perhaps these structural details are extremely picky, though, and I’ll admit I have very specific preferences in that area. The mixing and mastering are fantastic. I simply couldn’t find any flaws. As I’ve touched upon before, the instrumentation and atmosphere are fantastic, and you also did a great job with the texture, dynamic contrast, and the like. Overall great work! I simply would’ve loved to see you flesh out the choral part over multiple refrains next time because I’m the biggest structural fuss in Newgrounds history! :D Keep at it, man. ;)


ForgottenDawn responds:

Hey, thanks for the long and detailed review :)
Well, in my defense this track is part of a soundtrack I scored for a video game, specifically an epilogue theme. Since it was supposed to blend three different scenes from the same narrative, I had to fit that vision accordingly. Long story short, it wasn't envisioned as a standalone piece but rather a part of the greater picture. Anyways, glad you enjoyed it. I'll see you in the knock-out round. ;)

Holy crap, this is really heavy. It carries this despondent, hopeless tone throughout, and in a way I haven't quite heard before.

And I can't give enough praise to the way you chose to bring in the piano. The harsh cut was a very nice decision, considering the rest of the song.

ForgottenDawn responds:

Thank you :) The game that uses this as a soundtrack has some pretty heavy themes going on, so I tried to reflect that in the music. Pretty post-apocalyptic/dystopian.

Great stuff! Very nicely composed and recorded. It painted a really clear picture. What software (particularly sound libraries) did you use?

ForgottenDawn responds:

Thank you! I used a combination of Omnisphere and various 8Dio libraries. I think the piano was Alicia's Keys if I don't remember wrong.

Excellent Ambience! I wish I could make orchestrated sounds as great as those with my music making software.

ForgottenDawn responds:


Very impressive piece indeed, don't forget to advertise in your blog as it this certainly deserves attention.

Outstanding work.

ForgottenDawn responds:

Thanks for your kind words :)
Well, I did during the time I released the soundtrack, that is... two years ago, wow. I had less followers back then, hehe. I do release updates from time to time, however :)

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Jan 22, 2016
3:25 PM EST
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2 min 55 sec

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