Be a Supporter!

Credits & Info

Jul 1, 2017 | 11:13 PM EDT
File Info
10.2 MB
4 min 27 sec
4.86 / 5.00

Related Content

Licensing Terms

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

Rated 4.86 / 5 stars
Plays & Downloads:
891 Plays | 24 Downloads
Share Links:
Other - Cinematic

Author Comments

Well it's that time of year again. The NGADM is in full force once again. It's my fifth year participating in the contest, and yet again I'm paired up with someone insurmountably better than myself.

I put a lot of work into this one, but I had to stop myself and call it done before I drove myself insane from minuscule tweaking that made no significant or noticeable difference.

Oh well. At least music is fun to write. Most of the time.



Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Hello! Time for your review of a few points I think could be improved.

Points of Goodness:
-Very nice subtlety throughout this.
-You always have really good gradual buildups. I'd love to see you try to make ambient music slowly layering it - I think that actually would fit your style a lot.
-Excellent little touch at 2:20.

Points of Improvement:
-This piece is very... step-by-step. I know it's meant to be about time, and ticking and stuff, but. In all seriousness, you really need to play around with less lock-stepped melodies. Syncopation is a wonderful tool for complexity and for gaining interest. A suggestion for this piece - try leaving the ticking 'timepiece' noise as keeping the solid metronome feel going, and use the strings and other background with more syncopation for a more interesting background.
-Shockingly, there's a fair amount of mud around 3 minutes in when the climax happens. I'm sure you're surprised that I'm commenting on this. Too much choir and strings, too loud, too layered making mud.


People find this review helpful!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I like the atmosphere you provided at the beginning and the tranquil piano that fades in shortly thereafter. Nice use of reverb on the piano and the subtle percussion in the background. The pace of the piece is very slow, and the crash at 1:04 seemed a little exaggerated. I did like the sense of climax, though. At around the 2-minute mark, I’m really itching for some more melodic content. I do like how you wove the theme of clocks into the piece, and the emotional outro at 3:57 really hits this piece home. The string riff at 1:37 is melodic, but it’s made to blend in with the vocals, and the way you phrased it made it feel transitional more than cathartic as an emotional height. You have a habit of saving all of the resolve in your pieces until the very end, which might not be a bad thing right now, but it’s certainly something to keep in mind if your pieces are much longer than this. The one-climax model is risky in that it relies on keeping the listener engaged for a long period of time in which not much is going on. That said, the compositional risks you took here largely paid off IMO. The mix seems a tiny bit strained at around 3:30 - I’d encourage you to go easy on the reverb - but otherwise I didn’t notice any major problems there. Overall, this is a really enjoyable piece with a strong atmosphere, theme, and sound design. Keep it up, Papkee!


People find this review helpful!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

So uplifting and beautiful. I love how you've integrated the ticking clock into the piece. Fantastic work. Orchestration is unbelievably hard and you've created such a full, well mixed piece of music. I love the subtle electronic element too, but overall this is wonderful.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

The subtle little touches you put on the mix really impressed me, and that swell around 1:40 was beautiful. The clocks are a great touch too, quite a sad track, but 100% my style.

Good luck!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Never heard your stuff, but thought I should check you out since I might meet you (if I make it that far), next round :).

The composition starts real slow and manages to grasp the full attention of the listener. Slowly you progress into a more active piece, starting with the violin/strings. Then at around 1:40 you manage to instantly satisfy at least me with the main melody, which I really adore! Good job. Then you break it down and build it up to 2:54 with more melody stuff in contrast to the build up before, which was more a build up into something more climactic. The end is really clever :)

I had to relisten on this on my headphones instead of my speakers to hear all the little details going around 3:40 and I must say this track works a lot better for me on headphones.

Some minor things you could've done differently:
-The ambient sounds in the beginning (the chirpy cricket sound, not the "highway in the distance) sound) feel like they are a bit too frequent, especcially when the first few instruments start to develop.
-I didn't really like the gong sound at 2:54, but I am not really able to get my head around why it is I don't like it. Feel free to skip this point since I am not even able to give any proper reason for not liking it.
-The choir at 3:23 mix nicely into the rest of the mix, but seem to lack a bit of power/warmth compared to the rest of the instruments. This is nothing track breaking tho.

Okay I have totally nitpicked there, and overal I think this is very good, I honestly hope you will make it to next round!

People find this review helpful!
papkee responds:

Chalk it up to my still-developing mastering ability, but I do notice that speakers don't tend to do it as much justice as a good pair of headphones. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯