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The Scent of Dew

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Here's my latest piano composition. Perhaps not so surprisingly, it has some very melodic parts. I also tried to focus on harmony and rich chords (and as always, atmosphere). I'm not sure how evident it is, but certain aspects of the piece are inspired by Joe Hiaishi's compositions from Hayao Miyazaki's animated movies.

This piece was easy to compose. The ideas just came to me one after another, which is always pleasant. The choice of which piano to use and how to mix it wasn't neearly as easy. I wanted a warm sound, but it just doesn't sound the same as on a real piano. Oh well, I suppose it sounds nice enough!

Sit back, relax and enjoy ^____^

Oh, and you can watch me play if you want:


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I like the emotion and slow pace at the beginning. You've implemented a lot of different characters into this one. There's a distinct sense of longing around 1:10, yet also some uplifting melodies around 1:35. The expressive part at 3:08 was great. I love how you then immediately launch into a dramatic tremolo at a low register, too. :) I think this piece also does a great job of introducing, developing, and then resolving its motivic ideas more so than many of your other pieces. Nice job coming full-circle with the contemplative emotional bit at the end, too. Probably my favorite piano compo from you in a long while, actually. Keep up the great work, Ale! ^^

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

I'm glad you liked this one! It's a very inspired piece. I still feel it could be a bit better on the production end, but I have no qualms about how the composition turned out. I agree that there are a lot of different emotions and expression in this piece, and it's nice to hear you enjoyed that :D

Even though I use the whole piano, I think the lower register is the one I use the least creatively. I think you just gave me an idea based on making a piece for the lower register xD
Thank you!!! :D

Hello, Lucid! I always kind of vanish for a while when I'm working on projects, and my schedule was fairly crazy during the beginning of Spring break, so my NG activity has been pretty sparse of late. Hoping to rectify that a bit, and this track seems like a great place to start! :D

This one instantly brought Clannad to my mind, and even as I was reminiscing, the tone shifted from the soft and delicate piano to something much bigger. Ultimately, this piece ended up reminding me of many familiar musical ideas, all wrapped up in one fantastically LSD-original package.

Some parts reminded me of Joe Hisaishi's style, a few different video game themes, and a couple of classic composers, but the music kept evolving and changing from moment to moment. I sat back, relaxed, and enjoyed my time spent here very much. I'll be watching you play this in just a moment, but I had to leave a review before getting lost in it all over again.

I think that my only real regret is that there doesn't seem to be as much variation to the velocities as there could be. A softer attack in the sparser sections, mostly at the front and back of the piece, would have had an even greater impact, I think. But the warmth is very nice, regardless. Oh! And I just noticed that you mentioned certain parts being inspired by Joe Hisaishi in your Author Comments. Guess I called that one. xD

An absolutely beautiful composition, overall. I may not be completely in love with the title, but that's more a personal preference than anything, and your ideas come across just fine through the music. Besides, coming up with a title that sums up the feel of an entire track is far from easy.

May you never stop composing from the heart, my friend. I hope that 2008 has been, and continues to be, very good to you.

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Hello Chrono!
I wasn't expecting this review, but it was a nice surprise!
I've been both busy, and not. Like, I thought I wouldn't be busy the past few weeks... But they've called me into work as a substitute teacher whenever I happened to have free time xD (I think they're psychic)!

I can certainly see some of the resemblance to Clannad in this, though it wasn't intentional! I agree that the whole piece is reminiscent of other tracks; I just don't know exactly which ones :D
I'm glad if you caught the Joe Hisaishi likeness without reading about it in the author comments first! His style is so magical!!
I think that most of what I compose almost automatically has elements inspired by video games, as I love so many game OSTs and composers :3

I agree with your note about the velocities! I was actually aware of that from the start, but I didn't have much time for producing this. I wanted the warm piano sound, while I also wanted to retain the power. It ended up making the higher register a bit harsh. I think my actual playing was softer, while the VST with my settings makde it sound less dynamic.

As for the title, it's multi-layered! I like it, and I wouldn't change it regardless. That's about all I have to say about that though :p

Thanks a lot for all the nice words! 2008 was a pretty good year, if I recall. What was I, 13? I must've started high school in the fall and all xD
May you have a good 2018 as well!!! ^________^

A lovely mix of emotion. It definitely helps my motivation to compose when I listen to your work.

Great job! :)

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

I'm glad it does! Thanks a lot for listening, and for leaving some nice thoughts :3
I hope your composing goes well!

Powerful, this is great! Good work

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thank you, glad ya like it :D!

A smooth and emotional piece) great work!

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Why thank you :)

Credits & Info

4.51 / 5.00

Mar 10, 2018
10:35 AM EST
File Info
11.3 MB
5 min 18 sec

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