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The Laughing Sun (Remastered)

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Mar 6, 2016 | 2:44 AM EST
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5.5 MB
4 min 49 sec
5.00 / 5.00

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Fully remixed and remastered hopefully I got it right this time



Rated 4 / 5 stars

* This is an official 2017 NGUAC track review *

Ah yes, the cinematic choir. This one was interesting. As a side note, check out the soundtrack for Heroes of Might and Magic V; I think you'd really like it, based on this piece. On to specifics...

Mixing, mastering and production: Generally speaking, everything is pretty solid - no huge weaknesses. At some bits the virtual nature of the instruments came through (as in when I was listening I could tell I was listening to a virtual instrument and not a real one) but nothing severe there. Honestly, listening to this again I probably would have given you a bit of a higher score in the production section.
I can't really pinpoint other things to improve on, except that overall the mix and master didn't really 'wow' me. There was never any moment of production that was unexpected and added a lot, or a point where an effect or instrument really stood out. Naturally, with orchestral pieces this is less likely to occur, but here's something to consider: You've gotten the production well enough that all of your musical ideas are being conveyed. So now you can consider other steps to take with the mix - perhaps a creative effect here or there, perhaps a moment of extreme panning. This is a tricky zone as you don't want to undermine the power and tradition of orchestral instruments. But it's at least an avenue to consider. Even if you try these bits and don't end up using any of them, you'll be more for having tried them.

Composition: I really enjoyed it. Some excellent atmosphere, and good use of exploring each chord. Great use of the choir. My only real nitpicky elements here are structure and progression. Every section in The Laughing Sun is very good, but some of the transitions between them are pretty awkward. At 2:41 for example, we have the horns dying out, then 4 seconds of pause, then piano starts. It felt to me a little lazy, like you couldn't find a better way to weave the transition in.
There are a couple areas like that, where the orchestra stops, there's some pause, and then the piano begins. Or vice versa, where the piano stops, a few seconds of pause, and then the orchestra comes in. Having one, maybe two of these moments would work well, but I feel like there are too many of them - they break the flow of the piece, and although that can be a good dramatic tool, it feels like the momentum in The Laughing Sun gets stopped over and over again.
Otherwise, very good stuff. Good dynamic variety, good showcase of different instrument groups. The only reason I didn't give higher scores than 9s for most of the composition section is because I wasn't truly, completely blown away or flabbergasted. 9 is basically the highest score I'll give if I haven't fallen off my chair in my amazement.

I think it's a bummer you're not in the next round - kind of surprised at Samulis' low score for you. But don't let it faze you - keep on composing, my friend!

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

This kinda reminds me of game over music! xD But it sounds amazing! ^w^


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Respect ;D
Just no Word for this epic artwork :D


Rated 5 / 5 stars

woah, this is very top stuff. I'm stunned. Thank you.