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I'd like to present to you my Newgrounds Audio Death Match 2017 audition! I wrote this track especially for the cause. I'm super excited to enter this year as it feels like it's been quite a while! I came third in the first NGADM I entered in 2013 back when I was a NG newbie. That competition allowed me to meet so many great people on here and really helped me musically too. I wasn't really in the right place the second NGADM I took part in, but I'm looking forward to this one because I've got the time and the motivation to put everything into it! :)

Even if my audition doesn't make it through, it'll be so much fun following the NGADM!

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Cool folk piece! Very nice

etherealwinds responds:

Thank you very much Remile!

Absolutely fantastic! Lush vocal harmonies and excellent instrumentation throughout. I particularly like the passage around 2 minutes in; is that an Erhu I hear behind the vocals, some other string instrument, or did you duplicate the vocal track and use some filtering/eq/automation for effect? Or none of the above? Whatever you did there, it sounds awesome. Great job all around!

etherealwinds responds:

Well, it's interesting that you should mention that part! I had to go to the project file and look to see what I'd done myself. I don't think so much with my head when I'm putting together a song, I really go by ear and instinct so I've got a terrible memory.

With that midsection, I'll separate it into two parts.

The first part that starts at around the 2 minute point, I remember when I was recording, I sang to try and sound like an erhu funnily enough. I tried a few different vocal techniques to get this sound. Rather than keeping my vocals smooth, I allowed some raspiness to get that typical rasp of the bow on the strings that you hear with the erhu.
I also slid between some of the notes in a way that is typical of playing a stringed instrument, rather than traditional vocal singing.
With the vibrato, I tried to make it quite wide and slow, but also focused on the dynamics of the vibrato. Often on the erhu and other stringed instruments, much of the emotion of the performance seems to come from the dynamics of the vibrato, so they'll slow it down, speed it up, play quieter and louder on the same parts of vibrato, which I tried to do with my voice.

The relevant parts include a folk violin drone, my main "erhu styled" vocal shall we say, which simply has some reverb and a bit of light EQ on it, and one layer of overtone vocals, that I was surprised I actually managed to pull off. I remember learning to try and create overtones a few years back and it was very difficult and took a lot of practise! I'm not sure how great my technique is, but I managed to create a pretty clear sound and a melody with the overtone, so that's good enough for me. The hardest part about learning to sing overtones is actually making that adjustment in your brain and with your ears so that you can actually hear the higher tone, as its polyphonic. Once you start hearing it and your brain/ears isolate that higher whistle tone, then you can start practising on controlling that higher tone. Eventually, it will become more clear and more audible and it becomes easier to control it. Throat singing and polyphonic overtone singing is very common in Mongolia, Tuva, Altai, Tibet and those areas still, so I wanted to give it a go.

In that second part, I just leave out the overtone singing and the instrument you can hear is a Morin Ghuur, which is the Mongolian equivalent of an erhu (if you've ever seen any Mongolian performances or watched any Mongol films, it's the upright fiddle with the horses head carved onto the head.

I've isolated that section for you so you can hear it more clearly here:


Well, that was an essay. I'm really glad you enjoyed it Jeremy! Thanks for your kind comments :)

Oh crap I'm so sorry! I got careless with my mobile and voted a 1 and I can't change it!!!

Ugh. This is excellent

etherealwinds responds:

Well that's because you thought this track was #1 right? I got'cha ;)

Thanks Spadezer!

Marvelous work Jordi! I have really high hopes for you in the NGADM this year :D

etherealwinds responds:

ooooOOO no pressure! I think everyone has high hopes for everyone though. Each year sees more and more people audition, and more and more talent. I know I've definitely improved a lot since the last times I've entered and I'm guessing everyone else has too! Hope to see you there!

wow this is a lit track dude. GO JORDI GO!

etherealwinds responds:

I NEVER UNDERSTOOD WHAT LIT MEANT! I always thought it was just a lazy shortening of the word 'literally'... damn American slang. I'mma take it as a compliment though! I'm guessing it's like, dis track is lit bro lyk fire, ur on fire bro x0x0

anyway, yes, thanks! good luck with the audition process!

Credits & Info


4.55 / 5.00

May 27, 2017
6:44 PM EDT
File Info
8.8 MB
3 min 51 sec

Licensing Terms

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