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BRUCE: Audra's Theme

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Oh wow.

This is a track I've been postponing for so long (inexcusably long, tbh), as something always came in the way; life, studies, you name it. I made this for JayWEccent's BRUCE project.

This composition is pretty different from most of my other songs. And I really like that! Jay asked for some pretty interesting combinations and moods, and I wanted to do my best to actualize them, and to catch the feel of the character this theme is for. It's a bit weird, but I think that's great xD

What do you think?

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I like the drama and expressiveness of the strings. I'm not sure if you did this on purpose or not, but the note at :08 somehow sounded a bit unnatural, or maybe just off-key. I think you overused the portamentos a bit. At :39, you have some more soothing woodwind solos, but the dramatic drums and background strings continue, which I thought hurt your attempts to contrast the mood of the first section with the second. The transition into 1:11 was enjoyable. Again, the timing of the loop isn't perfect, but I still think it's conclusive enough without the loop. Overall good work! ;D

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

The note at 0:08 is definitely intentional. It's not off key per say, as it's played during a borrowed chord, but it is not in the original key, if this piece even really has one.

I don't have any woodwind at 0:39! I'm not sure if you're referring to the choir, or the lower quality saxophone sample though :D
It's a very unconventional intrument to use in a track like this, but the organizer of the project wanted there to be one xD

I didn't really try to contrast the mood either. The intention was to change the instrumentation a bit, without harming the overall mood. If anything, I only wanted to add another layer.

bear in mind, that this is background music, despite it's uniqueness! So I can't have it take over too much. The ending is already pushing it, most likely xD
But I wanted to do something like it anyway :'D

The loop should probably start just a bit earlier, I agree with you there. But the ending is surprisingly off tempo, so it was difficult to get perfect!

Thank you :D

I love this one. I can't wait for the others.

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Glad to hear you like this one, especially! It's the one I've worked the longest on, as I really liked the idea of the track. After a while, things should calm down ever so slightly for me (Still have some collaborations and there's always school). Which track do you want me to work on next (for BRUCE)?

Definitely not your usual fare, that's for sure. A very intriguing and wonderfully discordant tune, which is what I'm sure ultimately makes it a perfect fit for the BRUCE project. Ominous and creepy, but also fun in a really interesting way if you like eerie stuff--which I do!

It feels like just the right amount of time lapses before the intro crashes into existence once the final notes have are fading, so the loop sounds very clean. And man, you make that saxophone - which is a really hard instrument to use well from a VST perspective - sound quite good. I think the only song I've ever added sax to for release on Newgrounds was Echoes of Fading Dreams, which is of course a remix of your general MIDI track made for the NGDIC, Fading Dreams. Thought you might enjoy that fun little factoid. (;

I'm not entirely sure how many times I've listened to this now, to be honest. I just stop and listen for a bit, then go on writing my review some more. Audra must be a pretty bizarre and unique character to earn herself a theme like this, n'est-ce pas? :D

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Nope! A sound similar to what you hear here, is what was requested; that's why it's a bit different! But I'm glad it is, as it's always good to explore new areas :D
I did my very best to produce an interesting blend of sounds, in order to capture the creepines, a sense of "royalty", perhaps (with the timpani), and even some other feelings with the sax. Especially the choir, serves a certain purpose.

I could've made the loop even more smooth, but I like the idea of a short break for this one. Especially as the ending is a bit climactic. I'm pleased to hear that you find that to work well! I was a bit worried about the sax, as it isn't as good a sample as the rest of the intruments. I also wrote a pretty uncoventional melody for it :p
Apart from that, it's slightly drowned by the timpani, on some speakers. While this sax is okay in the end, I'm more fond of the way I managed to use a soundfont to write some okay melodies in another track:


And ahh yes, I remember your version of "Fading Dreams" very well. It's my favorite one (though there's another good one), so thank you once again for doing it! I did enjoy that facr for sure xD

Audra is definitely a bit of a special character. Out of all the tracks, I wanted her theme to stand out the most (more pieces of interesting music for BRUCE are still coming, eventually) [aka, "oui"].

Thank you for writing a nice review! :3
I'm really behind on all online stuff atm, as I'm too busy with studies >_>
I hope I'll have some more stuff to respond to people soon :p

That was actually pretty surprising

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Yeah, it's not like my usual stuff, but I'm glad you liked it nonetheless :D

oh man this scats me out. very eerie. violin sounds so natural. all the music and instrumentation gels together nicely. I like that you used.... shit samples for the saxophone, it gives it a really unearthly character which really enhances that unsettling feeling that the track gives me. Great job on this one mate

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Glad to hear you like it! I used a keyswitch in EWQLSO to be able to tweak the violin sound somewhat, as I wanted it to feel alive, in one way or another. It's also good that the piece works despite the saxophone sound :D I did my best to use it in a way that fits with the rest of the atmosphere. Your latest track is pretty cool! If I get the time, I'll review it later :)
Thanks for listening!

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4.79 / 5.00

Feb 23, 2016
3:00 PM EST
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3.7 MB
1 min 36 sec

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