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FD - Hope From Destruction

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"Tears of the Machine" available for iOS here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tears-of-the-machine-extended/id1157840414?ls=1&mt=8
Download it at the Play Store here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.totm.game.android
Get the entire soundtrack here: https://forgottendawn-vgm.bandcamp.com/album/tears-of-the-machine-episode-02-original-soundtrack

About this track:
Here we are with the final stage music. It has become a kind of tradition to make the final chapter of the episode sound more "realistic" in terms of orchestration, so there you have it. I still find it ironic and a bit scary how some of the themes surrounding the game along with the track titles reflect current real life events without meaning it... It's like an expression of everybody's hopes and fears. But anyways, I'm rambling, I hope you enjoy.

PS: I forgot to mention that this track is actually made of two distinct segments: an intro and a part that loops. In the game, these parts are supposed to be played almost seamlessly in order to give the impression that it's one big track.

PPS: Thanks for the frontpage feature! <3

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Hi hi. Review time! Two points of critique and one compliment. Also, can't say I was quite expecting this genre from you.

Points of critique:

- Man this feels heavy and reverby. This seems to be very common with orchestral music, but it does notably give the whole track a "boomy" feeling which fills up the L/R space with reverb rather than actual instruments, and causes less clarity in the fast runs, letting their detail almost completely vanish in some cases without specifically listening for them. Most of it is ok obviously, it's fairly stylistic even if I would prefer more clarity - but in particular, the bassy sections boom out and make this actually somewhat tiring to listen to because it saturates the bass for *so long* without much break or variation in the tone. It might be nice to reduce the reverb in the bass and pan the orchestral instruments more to widen the mix without relying so much on reverb overall.

- Secondly! I hate fadeout endi- okay, right it's a loop, fair enough! Thank you for clarifying that in the description, haha! That said, I want to look at the composition of this, because there are a few particular details that I think could make this track so much more engaging to listen to. First of all, somewhat because of all the bassy reverb, the constant steady banging of the low orchestral bass drum really starts getting grating after listening for awhile. Similarly, you have some really neat (albeit repetitive) glitchy percussion before the loop point. Having a bit more of a break without the drum and bringing in different percussion to really enjoy those higher frequency bits of "ear candy" and vary the loop some more would make the loop itself so much better - many loops do still have A and B sections with variation that helps reduce fatigue of listening for [some unspecified amount of time].


- Man, okay, where do I even begin. I might have said a lot for critique but simultaneously this is really really good. I absolutely *adore* the bits of glitch percussion and just want MORE of that kind of stuff. The little string runs at the start of the loop feel wonderful, and I do love the steady hits in the bass drum, I just want a bit of a break sometimes, haha! I look forward to hearing some of your modern stuff, nearly five YEARS (what) after this track was made!

Cheers, friend!

ForgottenDawn responds:

Man, look at this comment section! What is this, the Newgrounds Hall of Fame? You love to see it. Yeah, I agree with pretty much everything you said. It's pretty wild how it's been FIVE years, indeed. I was less experienced overall and without as many mastering tools as I now more or less habitually utilize. None of the fancy names like Ozone or Neutron, for starters.

This piece brings back some memories, back when I could still afford to compose entire soundtracks and mind school at the same time. This was actually one of the last gigs I was specifically directed towards an "all or nothing" sort of vibe, just very bombastic and intense. If there's such a thing as over-delivering, this might as well be a candidate though it's better than packing anything at all, haha.

About the percussion, fun trivia. I remember to have used 8Dio orchestral percussion from, I believe, the Majestica kit, and for some reason those samples were natively muddy. I couldn't really strip away that annoying reverb because it was embedded in the recorded samples. I still liked how the bass drum sounded, so I ended up adding a truckload of extra reverb in an attempt to boost some of its presence in the mix. Youth happy accidents, I suppose.

Either way, it was a fun project and I'm glad you took your good time to listen and dissect this old relic from way-back-when. Cheers!

Having both Sateras approving this track is an honor. You're probably somebody who could use Aeon without overusing them. Never get tired of listening to this one. The brass is dope. No such thing as bad for reviewing twice.

ForgottenDawn responds:

It is an honor, indeed, and a pleasant surprise. Thank you ;)

Shit son! :O Loving it! I really love the aggressive runs in this, really high octane piece. Great work FD!

ForgottenDawn responds:

Oh hey man, good to see you around! Thanks for the compliments :D
I need to check your own tracks from time to time, thanks for passing by

That Brass is spot on; and the strings pair nicely. I like how the technical elements are not over highs. Focusing on the orchestral set up. It has a real heavy atmosphere. Great work FD.
And congrats on the Frontpage!

ForgottenDawn responds:

Hey there, thank you so much! What a pleasant surprise hearing you here :)
We should get in touch! I'll PM you my contact :D

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4.39 / 5.00

Nov 15, 2016
5:09 PM EST
File Info
4.8 MB
4 min 14 sec

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