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Life Goes On

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This is my NGADM 2018 submission for round 2. I really had a hard time coming up with ideas this time, but I managed to get something done. I wanted to do something that was simple and powerful. Before writing this, I knew I wanted to make a feeling of loss, but also a feeling of hope. That even if you lose someone, life goes on.

Unfortunately I was pressed for time this round; I had plans to make the song longer, but some RL problems came up.

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Very nice

So there was some good mixture in this one I love how this has a progressive mixture of different sounds and really comes alive with each tone and frame I do think you could make this much longer though more build up even but honestly you have done well on this piece and made it flow nice with some nice sound work here just make it longer somehow keep at it

Could be longer


AceMantra responds:

Hey! Thanks for the review!
I would love to make this piece longer; I can even hear how it would continue in my head. I have a long list of short and/or unfinished works however. I can guarantee a longer version at this time.

Thanks again. :)

This track is lit af.

AceMantra responds:

Thanks buddy. I'm looking forward to that collab we're going to do (someday).

This is an Official NGADM '18 Round 2 Review

Beginning Comments: Congratulations on making it to round 2

Production / Mixing: For what you have, this is nice. I think you could have brought the volume up a little bit, but again this is nice.

Composition / Structure: Oh man this is emotional. Nice solo piano, and has a very delicate feel. The progression is easy to digest, but man this is short. I don't know if it's been stated in the rules this year, but previous years past made a requirement of 2:30-3:00 minimum since that gives enough opportunity to develop an idea completely into a full song, which I would say this isn't. I can see in the description that you didn't have as much time, but I don't think I can fairly add a buffer to the score in that respect. Aside from that note (haha) the melody does a fair job in annunciating the intimacy of the theme. There wasn't anything as special about it, but that is the beauty of music. The notes themselves don't have to be technical or difficult to play, but not everyone could replay this song and get that same emotion out of if, so I give you props for that. It's actually bold I think to have something so simple this late in a NGADM contest.

Sound Design: Nice piano.

Ending Comments: I think it suffers from being a little short, but it doesn't lack in impact.


Production - 1.75

Composition - 1.75

Structure - 1.25

Sound Design - 2

Replay - 2

Total - 9.25

*Disclaimer - There is no disclaimer

This is so warm and emotional even if it's only one instrument. Great job ace :D

I like the reserved, majestic mood at the beginning. The emotional appeal of the melody at :27 is great. The progression of the piece is also really lovely. Structurally, it's a bit of a simple piece, but the simplicity also highlights the beauty of the harmonic content. I like how the pace picks up a bit towards the end, although in a way I wanted it to come full-circle back to the spacious, emotional content like at the beginning. It's also mixed a bit quietly, but perhaps that fits the mood well. Overall, I'm glad you were able to push through your writer's block and make this piece. It came out well. Good luck in the ADM. ^_^

Credits & Info


4.77 / 5.00

Aug 19, 2018
8:02 PM EDT
File Info
4.5 MB
1 min 58 sec

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.