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The Alignment

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Hello again, this here is my newest song, made during and for the NGUAC knockout round. Imagine a world where left is right, up is down, and there is night. Until every million years the solar bodies align and bestow power upon dark creatures from underneath as the sky turns grey. Go forth on your journey this ghastly day. To discover what happens when there is no light. Run or die, never look back, and always keep the horizon in sight.

I was working on this one for the past almost two weeks. Kind of an orchestral/marching band combo with a little electronics. This was really fun to make and i feel like it just keeps getting better.

Artwork was done by me as well. took too long touching it up as well as thinking of a fricking name.

VST's used:
DSK overture
DSK Brass
Direct Wave
FPC - used to load percussion samples

Samples i used are non-royalty, majority just being orchestral and drumline percussion so that i could write the percussion parts. i composed the parts by playing along to the piano because percussion for the win, so i can play the whole snare part haha which is so fun lol.


== This is an official NGUAC Review ==

Right off the bat, I have to praise you for putting the work into the arrangement. This song has many many different parts - it moves through all sorts of moods and energy levels rarely if ever sounds dull. The song has lots of tricks up its sleeve, and yet it always sounds like a coherent whole rather than multiple sections glued together. Nice work there.

However, there are a few things about this track that need additional work. The mix is a definite pain point, with a number of instruments and channels sticking out, especially during climaxes. (3:13 is a big offender, with crazy dry percussion far too loud over everything else. To be honest, a drum solo section would be great, but right now it just sounds far too dry! Reverb and compression is good.). Also, there's a melodic whistley thing around 1:15 that's so quiet I almost missed it entirely. Furthermore, your composition could use more work as well - while it's not bad, it never really catches or surprises me either.

Mini-scores (not used to calculate final score in any way - just so you know what needs improvement):

Arrangement: 4/4
Composition: 2+/4
Sound Design: 2/4
Production: 2/4

Overall: 7.4

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ColinMuir responds:

Thank you, that really helps. I found it difficult to mix during the week with everything going on, so i'll have to work on that. I loved arranging everything and all the instruments. Probably so much that i passed some parts i could have made better in the composition. Right before i submitted it i still felt something missing but couldn't find it, this helped me analyse it better.

Thanks again johnfn :)

- Colin

Gotta be one of my favorites, the way the piece leads to resolution is kinda interesting, and besides, the meaning behind the song gives it a whole sense to the melody in general. I actually enjoyed it from start to end, the percussion gives it a cool sense of rhythm even though it evolves from time to time. Keep it going, ColinMuir! :D

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4.45 / 5.00

Jul 25, 2017
9:30 PM EDT
File Info
8.7 MB
3 min 48 sec

Licensing Terms

You are free to copy, distribute and transmit this work under the following conditions:

You must give credit to the artist.
You may not use this work for commercial purposes. *
No Derivative Works:
You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.

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