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My piece for the 2016 Art-Inspired Music Contest!

Inspired by the piece "Accursed Giant Slayer of the Silent Sea" from the immensely talented Xephio: http://www.newgrounds.com/art/view/xephio/accursed-giant-slayer-of-the-silent-sea


Love the intro, with belss ringing. Really atmospheric! It´s really nice how you build up a creepy atmosphere with all these chromatic ostinatos and the chromatic melody lines (feels nearly circussy sometimes and I love spooky circus music). You wrote as an answer to RealFactions review, that the missing layer is probably an operatic choir. I disagree here. Maybe a choir could help, but what really would fill out the track are some low strings. Cellos, Violas and Basses... I have the feeling the low end is a bit empty. And some flirring high woodwinds above everything are always good, too ;) Also I think some humanizing on the instruments would help a lot to give it a more "realistic" feeling. Randomize some velocities, work on attack and release of the sustained intruments and shift everything a tiny little bit in time to give it a bit more human inaccuracy. But not too much because then it will sound a bit off. Cool piece anyways and a good start if you didn´t do that much orchestral work, yet.

I like the opening, but the piano sounds too dry, needs more reverb in it. I like the progression of the song, it has an eerie melody. I feel the attack and release of the strings could be adjusted to sound more natural. Not bad though.

I feel theres maybe one layer missing from this but not sure what. Overall this reminds me of old PS1 music, and N64. Stuff like Conker's Bad Fur Day, Crash Bandicoot games, stuff like that. Though beyond that, i feel like the strings could be replaced with something a little better in quality.

I like when everything really comes in around 3 minutes in, doesn't sound as empty there. The rest of the song isn't so empty but just a little, before that point. Overall this is a nice piece. Well done.

TheOneAfromaster responds:

Thanks for the feedback! I'm guessing the missing layer could be the operatic vocals? Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed!

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Credits & Info

3.00 / 5.00

Jul 24, 2016
2:53 PM EDT
File Info
5.3 MB
4 min 40 sec

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.