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May 24, 2016 | 2:04 AM EDT
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10.5 MB
4 min 37 sec
3.57 / 5.00

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Made for Art Inspired Music 2016 contest (AIM).
Inspired by art: Before the darkness falls by Acrylla
Obviously, credit goes to him for the image used as the thumbnail.

Darkness descends, as we march on to the battlefield, hiding our despair. Gazing the dark landscape where we will give our lives, we bid the sun farewell.

0:00~2:07 is all about the darkness, the landscape, the sky, etc.
The second half (after 2:07 until before outtro) is about the anticipation for battle (I'm thinking of it as the battle would take place when the night comes which is just about to happen)
Outtro is saying one last goodbye to the sun.



Rated 5 / 5 stars

Dude this is so awesome right here

LeoGautama responds:

Thanks ^^


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

I understand what you're going for, although, it seems you're suffering from software lagging behind the creative ambition. Those MIDIs are killing me, especially the pipe organ in the high register and timpani -- as well as the attacks on the strings. Crashes are also written in a way that would be nearly impossible to perform. 2:52 is not too bad, but you're starting to get distortion in the mix.

There is certainly energy here, but I feel percussion and modulation suffered the most here. In 2006, this would be pretty par for the course, and I realize software for this sort of thing is often expensive even if it is sub-optimal.

Vibraphone wrapping up the end was a nice touch.

In short, you are a talented composer, but your instruments are dragging you down. You would have done better to simply have forgone the orchestral template and try deliberate synths, or added some reverb. Volume is also iffy at points. Lots of stabby high volume accents that stick out for just being suddenly loud, not really accented.

Could have done with a lot more percussion buildup, and I don't recall hearing a single snare or concert bass drum hits, which is a big thing in most cinematic music. Bangs and crashes. Lots of them. Cymbals were written weirdly as I mentioned already.

Could have done seriously with some double bass, cello, tuba, etc. It sounds like you wrote for a whole orchestra and sent the meat of them home. The sound pyramid should be a pyramid, not a lady Newt Gingrich silhouette. ;)

Keep writing, though. You'll get there!

LeoGautama responds:

Yes. Unfortunately the MIDI tool seems like the best that I have right now and I also don't know anything about playing drums so I can't really tell whether what I write is actually playable or not.

Thing is I like orchestral music, and not using them also means I might have to find samples that may also not be free to use. I think I'll keep using them, but also figure out how to use them better. (Volume control, work more on bass, etc.)

Thanks for review!


Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

I hear what you're going for. Your main role as a composer seemed to be primarily focused on story-telling. Unfortunately to do everything yourself means to write something compositionally interesting while also keeping a nice "sound design" and arrangement that could sound more appealing while not clashing with other instruments. The mixing suffers here along with the arrangement, but the energy and the note choices are fine. I admire your energy, and I can follow the melodic train-of-thought in this piece. Keep on writing. I do enjoy bits and pieces of it for what it is.

LeoGautama responds:

I appreciate the encouragement!

It's true that I've so far mostly focused on the notes of each part more than the mixing. I've still got some things to learn on how to better use the software I'm using (LMMS)


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

*Due to my almost-empty knowledge about classical music,please forgive if my something is technically wrong :)

Hey there! Personally i think you did a good job on your mix,your choice of instrument were amazing :) The only problem is that the track (probably) lacks
some kind of percussion.Otherwise everything's fine xD

LeoGautama responds:

Actually, the second half of the song have percussion. Though the first half doesn't have them because of the generally quieter atmosphere, though it doesn't mean that percussion can't be added. So I don't really understand what you mean by that it lacks some kind of percussion, except if what you mean is that you think the 1st part should have percussion as well.

Glad you like it, anyway!


Rated 3 / 5 stars

AIM Judge Review

The mixing is done decently. Your choice of volume levels are a bit wierd at points, especially the percussion. There are not many issues with the mixing except from some clipping issues, but this due to the fact that there is not any low-end to mess with the mixing. The track in general lack some decent low end. There are no form of bassy sound that really hits your soul if you know what I mean. It's like having a full orchestra, but without the tuba's, euphonium's and cello's. The best sections in an orchestral piece is probably even more important than the lead parts. The reason why orchestral music sound so epic is because the bass parts are done really well and builds up tension. Also a general lack of decent compression which RF already has explained.

That's another thing, building tension. This track lacks dynamiques. Even though you change the melodies and patterns around quite a bit, the song still sounds flat. This is due to the lack of a proper bass section as I mentioned earlier, but it's also because of a lack of good percussion.
I was really missing some drum-play throughout the track, and when you did introduce it at 1:30, I felt like it happend way to suddenly. You went directly from having no drums at all to having a powerful drumroll. I think the drumrolls in this track sounds good by themselves, but the way they way you build up to them could be done better.

The sound design is not too too bad, but the strings and percussion sounds very flat. The strings would have sounded much better if you tweaked it's stereo settings and maybe work a bit more on the reverb.

Most of the melodies were nice, but I think they could juse some more work. They are a bit uninteresting at times. Just experiment
The arrangement otherwise is done very nicely, and you make sure to keep the listeners interest up throughout the track, by varying the melodies.

When it comes to art relevance, I believe that the track does portray the art in some ways, and how you perceive art is up to the individual. Still, I don't think you caught the dark mood of the art as well as you could. This is mostly due to the lack of dynamics and bass sections.

Mixing - 3.5/5
Sound design - 2.5/5
Arrangement . 3.5/5
Art Relevance - 3.5/5

Overall - 3.25
The track had some decent melodies, the mixing wasn't too bad though this is mostly because of the lack of low-end. I believe this track could be really good with some extra work, but as it is now there are too many issues.

Ectisity, Judge

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LeoGautama responds:

Thanks for the review!

Clipping issues noted. I'll try to work more on transitions next time. (Including build-up) I'll pay more attention to the bass as well. I've actually included cello and viola here, but I'm guessing they are way too subtle (and they're extremely simple too)

I think I forgot to include enough darkness because the view is so beautiful. Also imma check out the review club whenever I finish another song.