The Proud Orchestra of Many Origins

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This is my submission for the first annual NGAP BINGO contest!

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I like the warm strings and atmosphere at the beginning. The progression is a tad slow, and I think the bells at :26 were a little overused. They kinda rammed the chords down the listener’s throat in a way that didn’t fit the mysterious mood of the rest of the piece. I also think that once the texture gets a little thicker, some of the background elements of the piece (notably the timpani) get a bit lost in the mix. The sound design itself is rather enjoyable, though. I commend you for your realistic orchestral samples and good use of blending. My main problem with the piece is that it’s harmonically quite underwhelming. Much of the piece is pretty minimalistic, and simply has several layers of instruments playing the same chord progression at a time. The piece flows nicely, but needed more melodic content and harmonic fill to truly capture my attention. Most of the harmonies are just extended descending sequences. You do a good job of varying the dynamics and energy levels, which maintains the cinematic style of the piece. That said, the composition is seriously lack-luster in most other regards. I think working with harmonies should be your major focus going forward. Most of the other elements of the piece are quite strong, especially the instrumentation, atmosphere, and flow. I also see you went above and beyond with the bingo requirement, which is great to see. Keep at it, JordanKyser!

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seriously I agree with the people below - either filter your stuff so it has a much better presence or get better samples man - the volume on all of this is much too low and everything is too far away..

upon saying that, it's a cute little tune, but as you know mastering plays a huuge role in how I judge a track.

I do like your use of those toms though - your song has this odd feeling of having a melancholic but at the same time intense driving feel to it. The guitar feel adds another vibe to it - it's a lot of different vibes going on at once.

I love the crash sound around 2:40 - I find its a good transition sound for sure, almost gives it an oriental feel somehow. The melody at this point starts to feel a bit tiresome though, but thankfully this is where it finally ends and changes up a bit, although at this point it just sorta feels like you are deconstructing parts in order to elongate the song. Imo this song length could have been cut in half, it's starting to feel too dragged out.

Upon saying that, I do like the slowed down epilogue type ending part you tagged on at the end. I question the bringing back the intensity part though. The key up was a nice touch though. I just feel this part may have been a bit out of place.

Still interesting composition. I give it a 3 though because of all the little things I found that I had issues with.

-shawn (Chronamut)-

I agree with what I've read below: get better samples ASAP. Seriously. Your music is great! And it will sound even better. The intro took me back to when I was playing Twilight Princess for the first time and the last couple of minutes sounded like a modern take on the Zelda sound.

Your composition skills have improved a lot, and you're clearly putting a lot of effort into your work. I seriously think you should consider purchasing a a good orchestral library. Once you have that, improving your orchestration skills will be much easier, and obviously, listening to your music will be much more pleasant. If you want I can recommend some products, though I admit I'm not the best person to ask.

This was epic Jordan. Reminded me of that old Legend of Zelda vibe. I can practically hear Navi telling me to listen over and over again. Then later I get the vibe that the Deku tree is telling epic stories. Hey, how was the Deku tree so wise when he's basically stuck in one place his whole life? That tree knew way too many things about the world :/

I kind of felt like the last minute was redundant copy and paste but congrats on writing almost seven minutes of dope material :)

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3.82 / 5.00

Dec 20, 2018
7:48 AM EST
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12.4 MB
6 min 48 sec

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