Entropic Skies - As This Realm Dies


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Composed specifically for NGBINGO, I may retain this track as an album opener in the future though. Take it as experimental haha. I still need to do quite a number of adjustments, but I've ran out of time. Submitted this less than an hour before deadline.

NGBINGO Thread: https://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1436712/1

Bingo Card: https://i.imgur.com/dN6PCJb.jpg
(EVERYTHING except 172BPM and Swing Used)
Full Notes List For Judges: https://i.imgur.com/DaqJ0Yk.jpg

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I like the punchy synths at the beginning. The snares that come in at :09 sound a tad indistinct, but the progression is strong. The pause at 1:35 was a bit too long imo. It has a nice dramatic effect that fits well with the rest of the piece, but at the same time its excessive length ruined the flow of the piece a bit. One of my main concerns here is that the piece sounds a bit muddy in the lower end at times, especially during the busier sections. I like the more legato elements of the texture at 1:41, though. Sounds like more of the aftermath of the battle that ensued during the first 1.5 minutes. This piece has a really engrossing atmosphere and mood, and the instrumentation helps support that mood very well. That said, I think the ending was a bit rushed and, more importantly, the piece lacks a distinct emotional height or melodic sequence to hit it home. The first 1.5 minutes sound pretty transient, while the latter half of the piece functions largely to wind down the energy. What’s missing is an arrival point in the middle that offers the listener some climactic resolution to the first half’s tensions. Overall, though, this piece is well-served by its cinematic style, sound design, and (for the most part) progression. I commend you for going above and beyond with the bingo requirements, too. Keep at it, Lich!

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?)
Satisfies bingo requirement?
Composite score

*prepares himself for some crazy industrial music*

*is not disappointed*

hmm.. I find the volume is a bit low and mixing is a bit muddy leading up to the :35 mark.. I am loving that part around the 1:02 mark though - things feel a bit confusing leading up to 1:35, you got a lot going on in there at once and its hard to know what to focus on.

the complete silence bridge was unique - the part that comes next sounds like something out of devil may cry - its a nice structured little part I can def. get behind. Loving the post-apocalyptic despair feeling around the 2:30 mark. I like where it was going - too bad you ran out of time and couldn't make all the necessary adjustments.

I give this a 4 out of 5. I generally take a half mark off for every little beef I find with a song hehe, so don't feel too bad.

-shawn (Chronamut)-

Lich responds:

Had to make-do with just slapping on a preset-master chain and rendering around 30 mins before deadline occurred. That's the problem with frame drums, toms and booms/braams, they peak hard and with little time remaining, I had to make the decision to have it abit on the quieter side as opposed to outright clipping.

This is epic. Really like the post-apocalyptic/futuristic vibes and it's surprising that you managed to use most of the bingo chart elements while making them sound fitting to the track.

Wow, I think this is one of your best songs :O

Credits & Info


4.34 / 5.00

Dec 31, 2018
6:32 PM EST
File Info
7.4 MB
3 min 14 sec

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