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Osman - "The Mountain And The Sky"

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Hello again. Today, I bring you "The Mountain And The Sky," a song whose title came to me while on a fishing trip. I'm not much for deep thought, but I was struck by the idea of a mountain, towering high above all that exists around it in an attempt to be one with the sky, but never "really" achieving that goal.

I'd had tons of ideas to have this song be a marriage of sharply contrasting themes and instrumentation, in keeping with the title, but those ideas drained from me as I continued my work on it; as it is, this doesn't have the sound I wanted it to. I'm sure there's an irony relating to the title in there, but I won't be digging it up.

In any event, I sincerely hope you dig it.

Edit (8/13/2017): After reviewing feedback, I've made some minor changes to the song. Added a reverse piano effect to smooth out a few transitions, I've changed some of the piano layers around to clear up the mix, and I've changed to bass pattern in the middle section to not sound as harsh. The original issue with the bass was the result of me applying the entire sequence to the wrong sub bass channel, resulting in an inconsistent sound.

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I like the atmospheric vibe at the beginning. It certainly has an emotional appeal, and I like the piano melodies at around :40. The progression is a little slow, but the sound design is really strong. I really like the combination of the quirky, ambient vibes with the hip-hop-inspired beats. The section at 2:50 offers some nice structural relief, too, although I think you could’ve maximized the emotional appeal of this piece with more moments of climax and catharsis. All the reverb you put on the low piano parts was a bit of a risky move mixing-wise, but overall I think the mix is really clean. I really wish you developed the melodies a bit more during the last minute or so of the piece. You add very little new material to the last ⅓ of the piece, and that’s a huge problem IMO. The ending was also a bit lazily done. Overall, I really like the mood, instruments, and atmosphere. The composition could use a bit more effort, though. Keep at it, Osman! ;)


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3.82 / 5.00

Jul 31, 2017
12:29 AM EDT
File Info
6.7 MB
5 min 51 sec

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