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Sea of Love Tears 「恋水の海」

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I combined Japanese traditional music, orchestra and a bit of EDM to make this song. Originally, I intended to make a dubstep out of this but the time is too limited. It is highly probable that I make a dubstep VIP of this in a very imminent future.

Used resources:

Kontakt (all the orchestra)
Sytrus (for the intro and the koto. Yes the koto)
Sampler (no shit)

The melody of this song was sticking in my head for at least 1 and a half year.

The alien characters next to the title means literally “Sea of Love Tears” in Japanese.

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This was lovely :)

Tennon responds:

Thanks! Your track was also a head-banger!

Hauntingly beautiful melody and sounds so awe inspiring. The mastering sounds pretty solid and I am not hearing anything that could be improved on. I look forward to hearing the dubstep variant of this as well.

Tennon responds:

Yeah the VIP will be released soon

This brings me goosebumps. Awesome. :)

Tennon responds:

Stay tuned for the VIP!

Well written! This has a really cinematic feel to it, and it sits in a really delicate place between forlorn longing, love, mystery, and excitement.

The mix sounds pretty good. The viola (violin?) at 0:34 sounds a little synthetic, but for some reason it doesn't bother me much in the context of the genre. Adding a tiny bit of room reverb to this might help cover up some of the software feel of this, but in general the performance is good.
1:01 - the percussive hit on the 2 and 4 is a bit bright. I'd pull that back a touch. It's not overtly loud, but its just enough over what I'd expect for this genre that it pulls away a lot of attention after the 4 bar or so.
You've done a really good job of getting realistic performances out of your MIDI instruments which is incredibly hard. I feel like this took a ton of work.
I'd love to have heard some dubstep elements in this. As is, it sits very neatly as a genre piece. You've done everything you set out to do, and the piece evokes some strong imagery and colors in my head. That said, I really want to hear a unique twist on this. If you continue to work on this, I'd love to hear how you make it uniquely yours.

Tennon responds:


I like the atmosphere at the beginning. The gradual fade-in could’ve been more creative, but the sound design is absolutely gorgeous. The emotional appeal of the piano riff at :35 is great. The climax into 1:02 is nice. I think the low percussion there could’ve sounded a lot more distinct in the mix, and the piano at 1:19 sounds strangely dry. The string cut-off at 1:28 is a bit sudden, although I did thoroughly enjoy the lush breakdown section. You’re great at creating textures and giving shape to a piece within phrases. I would’ve liked to hear a bit more variety in the refrain the second time around, but overall the piece comes together well. Strong effort all around, Tennon. My complaints are minimal, and I think the sound design and atmosphere are particularly enjoyable here. Congratulations on all your hard work over the course of the competition! ^_^

Mixing, mastering, and balance
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
Instrumentation and sound design
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
Originality and uniqueness
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
Composite score

Tennon responds:

TL’s review never lacks any detail

Credits & Info


4.16 / 5.00

Aug 26, 2018
11:20 PM EDT
File Info
6.4 MB
2 min 48 sec

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