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You're the Same

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This is my composition for the first round of the NGADM, 2018.

If you want to see me play this on the piano (I wish I could play the violin too), here's a video for you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_ysx9DTdNU

Thank you for listening :)

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Congrats on the score. I have some catching up to do but I might as well start from the beginning and take my time. My first impression is that your production and mixing has finally gotten close to the prowess of your composition technique. But I care more about the writing itself.
Because your writing often involves progressing through harmonies without cadences that gives us pause to really reflect upon what was said before you already have established the next phrase, I shall focus on the relationship between the piano and violin. In the beginning, the violin in its high register is trying to allure the piano out of itself. The short, repetitive, descending two note motif in the piano hesitantly does end up heeding to the violins call to move from it's state of emptiness. The piano speaks and the violin sings along beautifully. I particularly like the passing tones the violin slides into from time to time.
This composition really is about the support of a friend. The stubborn friend needing the help of another to get them going. And the other friend needing the other to carry them through to the end once they do get moving. I can't help but think of this dynamic when the imagery I get is an ocean. The violin is the sail and the piano is the waves. The piano plays the secondary role, and although the violin will keep us moving, it is the weight of the piano that keeps us afloat.

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Hey there, it's nice to see you around again! I hope you're doing well :)
We should catch up a bit, at some point.

I was quite surprised by the score myself, for some reason. I didn't know how a piece like this would do in a competition, but apparently it did quite well.
I'm really glad to hear I'm slowly catching up with my mixing. My approach definitely could've been better if I had studied more actively. That said, I've thought that if I learn to mix in small steps, my production will fit my personal style better. Let's hope that's true, and not just an excuse!!

I really loved reading through this review. Your perspective on music is unique, while at the same time, it's striking in its accuracy. Now that I think of it, you improvised with just two notes as the base, at some point earlier this year. I think I did something similar here organically, but it's not impossible that your improv in some way inspired that idea.

As for the violin's expression, such as the slides, I just love how flexible the VST is. It's just so fun to write with, not to speak of simply improvising with a keyboard.

Your interpretation of the piece is pretty spot on! I think your analogy is brilliant and catchy; now I'll have difficulties listening to this without seeing the same imagery (I don't mind though)!

Thank you for the review, and of course, for listening ^____^

This is extremely good

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thank you :D!

--- === NGADM Round 1 Review === ---
Breath of fresh air! Brooding, contemplative and warm, I can listen to this over and over.

Wow this is lovely. Subtle and melancholic, the intro which chills you followed by the warmer piano and deeper violin. That was a stunning transition and you prepped the listener well. A very well written piece that had enough variation, rhythms, melodies and masterful playing to keep the listener engaged throughout. I really got into this one. Occasionally the violin is drowned out, especially in the louder sections where it plays lower notes but this is so minor I won't drop a point for it.

I can't fault this piece anywhere really. Congratulations!

Comp/Prod/Enjoyment 10/10.

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thank you for the review, as well as for the high score! It's nice to see that you along with others enjoyed my piece. I was a bit worried that the style wouldn't be fully appreciated.

I admit to having some difficulties balancing the piano and the violin, especially since both are so dynamic (and play across many registers). At the same time, I don't think perfecting that is the most important part of the piece, since the melody, progression and emotions are in focus. I definitely want to get better at these kinds of things in the future though!

Good luck judging the next round, and thanks for keeping the competition alive ^___^

Solid work LSD. Congrats on getting the highest score this round! Your production quality and musicianship has gone up significantly since the last time I've been around NG. You will be a force in this competition for sure!

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thank you! It means a fair deal coming from you :)
I'm glad that my progress is noticable, since I've kept on doing my best to improve in the musical field, alongside my studies. Who knows, perhaps we (along with someone else) will end up in the finals together. Best of luck to you and Josh!

Ayyy gg on getting into 2nd ngadm round

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thank you! Your track is really good, and would've deserved to make it too, as suggested by your high score. Hopefully there will be an opportunity again next year :)

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Jul 22, 2018
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