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AIM - Ichor Valley

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Made for Art Inspired Music Contest 2018 (AIM)
Inspired by art- "Dragon"

***Story I Made Up***

----[[[ A Valley full Of Ichor Wyverns.. As Ichor is a bloodlike fluid flowing in the veins of Gods, such fluid contains such power.]]]----

----[[[ Ichor Valley, part of a plagued kingdom named "Ilidor", use to be an area inhabited by regular Wyverns. It was just a regular valley, until one day an unknown god dropped from the skies crashing down into the valley. The god was engulfed by the Wyverns giving them uncontrollable power, but the power was too much so it corrupted the Wyverns giving them a bloodlust for more ichor or blood. The consumed Ichor also morphed the Wyverns characteristics.]]]----
----[[[ Eventually overtime the Valley was vacant and full of nothing but Ichor Wyverns, A term coined to them by a God. Early on, the remaining Wyverns that were not affected migrated to a different location. Ichor Wyverns populated the Valley earning its name " Ichor Valley".]]]----

----[[[ Ichor Wyverns are very feral anddangerous as they have a thirst for regular human blood. They also pose a threat to gods as Ichor Wyverns themselves have god blood running through them. Due to this and the fall of Ilidor to a plaguing ichor, by the decision of the GODS they Sealed away the entire Kingdom from the rest of the world…Until many years later when gods yielded to exist the seal was broken…]]]----

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Official AIM Review!

Nice work crafting a desolate sounding 'scape. Reminds me of some of the more unsettling Dark Souls tracks, particularly of a scaly/scaleless nature. Texture at 1:15 is especially eargasmic. Would have been nice to have some lyrics to understand what is being said, and if it relates to our dragon story at all, or if you simply chose those phonemes because they sounded appropriate.

I appreciate the panning play after from the perspective that you're trying to draw out those choir lines without them getting stale. May have been panned a little too hard though. Those basses sound fantastic though. I'm actually curious as to your library/VST, as I have a few vocal Kontakt libraries.

I agree with TL that this piece feels somewhat incomplete, neither progressing, nor regressing. I will say, fantastic use of horns and atonal elements. Overall, kept my attention right on the razor edge. Though I probably ought to get my head checked. I found it (and all those queasy string textures) soothing, hahahaha.

Thanks for turning out to this year's competition!

SmokeAvery responds:

Hey thanks alot for the review! These contest are what makes me better each year

---Official AIM review---

I like the ominous beginning and the sound design. The textures are somewhat indistinct, with few discernable notes besides the creepy violins in the first minute. There’s little in the way of progression besides a few swells until 1:15, in fact. I really like the vocals, even if they sound a tad robotic in their low register (probably because of the sample, I’m guessing). You certainly nailed the mood and atmosphere. This piece has a lot of suspense, but at some point I wanted to see that suspense released. The song doesn’t quite feel structurally complete otherwise. Similarly, the ending feels a bit sudden. It’s neither a dramatic flourish nor a gradual taming of the Wyverns. Instead, it’s quite ambiguous. Overall, though, this piece is truly captivating. Engrossing mood, haunting vocals, and easily vivid scenery. Piece really puts an image in my head. That’s a good sign. Keep up the good work, SmokeAvery!


SmokeAvery responds:

Hey thanks alot for the review, every year you guys help me improve and i'm thankful for that!

Ooh, gives me chills, really creepy and interesting music and story! I can see how it relates to the art it was inspired by. I liked how you used different scary sounds and effects to create tension. I also liked the panning you did for the vocals, it was really interesting to have a soundscape that sounded all around me from all directions! Good job, I really enjoyed it! :)

SmokeAvery responds:

Thanks, looking at that picture I fell in love with it. As i'm talking courses on Unity3d I look forward to bringing it to life in the future!

Credits & Info


4.63 / 5.00

Jul 3, 2018
4:38 PM EDT
File Info
8.2 MB
3 min 35 sec

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