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Frailty and Hope

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Hello Newgrounds, I have entered my piece for the round of 32 in the 2017 NGADM contest.

I don't have much to say I want to say about this one but I'll give some details about what I used

Made in Fl Studio
Using Kontakt strings
Kontakt Brass

Hope you enjoy it

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I like the dreamy vibe at the beginning. It’s a little slow to progress, but I like the somber tone the strings add at around :30. I wasn’t a huge fan of the instrument at :58. It sounded very synthetic, which may have been intentional, but either way I don’t think it fits the texture of the piece very well. The percussion at 1:29 is interesting. I think there was just a bit too much of an attack on the offbeat, though - the piece is a little too smooth and pensive for such a crisp hat IMO (even if that criticism sounds a bit absurdly specific). I like the re-intro at 2:35, but the additional extended pause at 3:16 was a little much. The structural and transitional elements of the piece are strong, and I didn’t notice any problems with the mixing or mastering. Overall strong work! Keep it up, Spadezer. ;)


Spadezer responds:

Thanks TaintedLogic. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Really great and interesting piece, Spadezer. I enjoy the melody of the music box and the way it builds into something bigger and more orchestral. You've created a great atmospheric piece and I really like sparse, but slightly driving percussive section that appears in the chorus.

I see what BlueOceans was saying about the pad's fade-outs being a bit abrupt - I think you could slightly increase the release, or possibly extend the notation so that it overlaps the next section, but then fade it out with automation to achieve the desired break that you're going for. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it also sounds like you played it on a keyboard and didn't release all the notes simultaneously (totally normal for live performances), but the pad thins out as different fingers pull off the keys, and because of the short release time, it makes it sound a little clunky. Luckily this is a tiny discrepancy that can be fixed in five minutes!

But yeah, overall, great work! I hope you do well in this round :)

Spadezer responds:

Thanks for the review. You know what it's obvious what you guys are saying now and now I can point a finger at one part that sounds awkward.

You mention the release times of the pad. It's funny because any sort of recording that I did was edited or placed with a mouse. But either way the pad timing wasn't intentional.

Unfortunately I'm boarding a plane right now so I won't be able to edit it before judging. Thanks for the feedback. It's always appreciated

The track has a very chilling yet pleasant atmosphere. I love the music box and piano's melodies and arrangement.

The only thing I really dislike here is that the song seems to build up too quickly after becoming quiet. The pad and lead don't get a chance to fully fade out, and it sounds like their current fade outs aren't automated at all. It seems awkward to me. There are several aspects of the track that I become accustomed to after a few more listens, but this isn't one of them.

I would have liked to hear the snare increase in power as the climax progressed.

I'm not fond of the melodic lead. The base sound is okay, but I think it could benefit from having more release as opposed to being played continuously.

Overall, this is quite an interesting and enjoyable song that has a high level of originality.

Spadezer responds:

It sounds like for the most part you enjoyed it. I'm a little confused on which section you're speaking of in terms of fading out the lead and pad. The idea about the bass is interesting, but I wish I would have thought about your idea about the snare. I like that.

We'll see how far I go with personal tastes with the judges because hopefully if my song aligns with their tastes I'll likely get higher scores. Especially for originality, your words there are comforting. Although it's been hard to get an average score above 8 so again we'll see.

Thanks for your thoughts and kind words

Credits & Info


4.90 / 5.00

Jul 23, 2017
1:50 PM EDT
File Info
4 MB
3 min 31 sec

Licensing Terms

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