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Axolotl Land

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This piece was totally inspired by one of my favorite animals ever! An axolotl! If you are wondering what the heck an axolotl is well... I highly recommend you to look it up! They are so amazing and are endemic to Mexico, my country of origin :)

Anyway, this was represented as some kind of underwater scene, where the axolotl explores its surroundings, discovering the beauty of nature... This is the first time I try to develop a theme throughout the composition, but still has some improvised stuff going on there.
It starts with an electric piano harmonizing the chords, while the electric guitar (drowned in reverb and delay) plays the triads in the same fashion as the piano, then other instruments are introduced giving it a little bit of motion, adding up to the sensation of mystery.
A bright sounding cymbal marks the chord progression change and this time we hear a new arrangement using strings, some woodwind instruments, such as oboe and bassoon, and also a church organ holding the chords to emphasize the atmosphere... Then the grand finale is marked by a powerful sounding orchestra, some instruments I used for the first part (electric piano, plucked string instrument, slide guitar) and a snare which kinda adds a "marching" sound, which in my opinion highlights the triumphal tone and that's it
(I'm not that good at describing stuff haha).

Hope you like it :)

https://youtu.be/12rkq9WtvSA

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Ooh, 0:18 and this sounds pretty promising. I'm not sure if it sounds underwater, but I am feeling the exploration. (Later on, I do get a sort of sunken ship with water dripping)

I would probably recommend a bit less reverb in places, or at least cutting the low end on it because it's kind of muddy when you've got sustains. Those drowned triads are a particular offender. I also probably would not pan all of your instruments quite as hard as that guitar in the left channel.

I don't really have much else to say other than agreeing with Kwing; despite the change of instrumentation later on, which is nice, the theme itself does not seem to progress throughout. It sort of feels like a credit theme rather than a journey in and of itself.

I will say you've chosen great chords to convey mood. I would probably recommend a key change or phrygian mode for a bridge just to switch things up before the final push. Nevertheless, I do see massive potential in you as a composer from this piece alone. Good work!

Thanks for coming out to NGUAC! :)

Eviladrianin responds:

Thanks for your input, ADR3-N! :D I know all these points you've just stated are going to be important for my next compositions! I will especially consider mixing the instruments with less reverb, and of course, improve my orchestration (•u•)

I'm not sure if this sounds more like it's underwater or psychedelic - it kind of sounds like both. This is a really pleasant piece, though despite having lots of different instruments and sounds, it kind of stays in one place musically and doesn't play with too many different themes.

Eviladrianin responds:

Thanks for your feedback! Yeah... I tend to struggle a lot with theme development lol, but I really appreciate that you pointed out, I'll work on that ;)

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