Yötön Yö

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Hey NG :)

Here's my submission for this year's final of the NGADM. After spending a month from August-September in Finland, my desire to still be there became my motivation to write my first song in Finnish. The title, Yötön Yö, translates to 'nightless night'. My FL Studio, headphones and laptop were all collaborating to hinder my progress on this song, but it turned out nice enough.

Hope you enjoy it! ^_^

Kuinka aika on
Kulunut näin?

Kuinka säteilevä
Maailmani muuttui

Ilman Toivoa
Tulin taivailta
Silti keskiyön aurinko otti minut vastaan

En nähnyt kuin pimeyttä
Loistava aurinko odotti minua

Tunsin tomua
Jalkojein alla
Kun vaelsin pitkin tuntemattomia maita

Aion luoda kohtaloni
Olla oma luojani

Erittäin hento
Katoaa ja totuus paljastuu
Menetin kaikki haaveeni pimennossa


How has the time passed like this?
Oh how my radiant world has changed

Without hope, I descended from the skies
Only to be greeted by the midnight sun

I saw but darkness around me...
The shining sun was waiting for me

I felt dust beneath my feet
As I wandered along these unfamiliar lands

I will create my own destiny,
Be my own creator

Acutely fragile, the sunlight disappears
and the truth is revealed -
I lost all my dreams in the dark

(A huge thanks to Alex (LucidShadowDreamer), his sister Lotta and his mum for helping me out with the translations and the pronunciation... damn Finnish is a hard language to write in)

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This is so moving and beautiful. Finnish is a sexy language!!

First time I hear a finnish music, I really like it :)
The instruments are pretty good but your voice sounds amazing !

etherealwinds responds:

Hey! I'd definitely recommend listening to more Finnish music. The language is very beautiful! Thank you very much X3LL3N :)

Very nice! Glad to hear some Finnish in music here on newgrounds.

etherealwinds responds:

Sorry for the late reply and thanks so much <3

I like the organ at the beginning. The progression gets brighter as the intro moves along, and the percussion at 1:03 was a great touch. The mix is a bit quiet, but otherwise quite clear and crisp. Your lyrics are always so spiritual, Jordi. I commend you for taking on an immense challenge with the linguistic requirements here. ;) One instrumental choice that caught me off guard was the plinkish sound at 2:35 - is that from the organ too? Somehow it didn't quite fit the rich chordal atmosphere of the song in my mind. Excellent work with the sense of emotional height by around 3:35, though. This piece comes together very well, and I thought your choice of a rather melancholy final chord was strangely refreshing.

Sorry for not reviewing this sooner, and congratulations again on all your hard work over the course of the ADM! ^_^

etherealwinds responds:

Sorry I'm replying so late TL! Thanks so much for the review :) some really kind words!

If everything was as good as your voice this would be perfect :D

[Ignorable nitpick coming up]: What kinda broke my immersion for a second is the breathy clicks on the organ in the beginning and the computer perfect timing on some of the real-sounding instruments.

Composition, flow and attention to detail very good overall. Harmonies just yasss. Also cannot help but love people who utilize good dynamics instead of just going "compressors yay!"

Keep it up :D

etherealwinds responds:

Well thank you very much for taking the time to review :D It's good to know what your experience was listening to it for the first time. I did manually go through and humanise each of the harp notes and also the strings, so none of those notes at least should be computer perfect but perhaps there was room to do push that even further!

Yeah, I find that the dynamics of a piece really help each part shine in its own space. No point cluttering up everything at the higher end of the gain just for the sake of loudness IMO! :)

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4.24 / 5.00

Sep 17, 2018
7:48 PM EDT
File Info
10.7 MB
4 min 40 sec

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