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Stand Up, Devil Kid!

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Character theme for a protagonist for a future game. His name is Harmon, and he is the son of a demon. Thus, he has the power to transform into one during dire situations. I was inspired by "Savior of the Waking World" from Homestuck and "You Say Run" from MHA.

Made in FL Studio 11 Demo on May 14, 2019.

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I like the smooth piano at the beginning. It really contrasts with that gritty synth bass, which I’m not sure I like at first, but the piece comes together quite well by :11. The melodic content here is really nice, and the sound design really reminds me of a retro animated action hero show or something. One thing that could be a bit smoother in this piece is the sudden mood change at around 30 seconds in. Maybe it’s meant to follow the arc of a story, but the sudden ominous mood at :35 and the different instruments present a jarring contrast to the beginning that might feel smoother with more of a gradual transition there. The melody at 1:22 served as a good transition back into the blissful refrain, though. I also like how you stacked up the notes of the chords in succession at the end. That painted a vivid picture in my mind of the clan of protagonists putting their hands into the middle of a table in a “go team!” kind of gesture. Anyway, mixing-wise things are pretty strong as well, although sometimes I wanted the drums to be a bit more prominent. Overall, this is a really strong piece with a lot of cool thematic content and variety. The pacing is a little on the fast side, but I commend you for covering a lot of compositional ground in a short 2.5 minutes, with good mixing and sound design to boot. Keep up the good work, aRho! ^_^

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

Nice beats! Nice melodies!This would be perfect for a RPG or a theme song, like you said.

Heyo, I don't really do anything on newgrounds but this was really amazing! I love the style and how the the intensity builds and then that rumbling that happens after like 20 seconds. My god what a gem.
I used it in a game jam and credited you :)
Message me if you wanna try it, I doubt I'm allowed to link it here.

aRho responds:

Hey, I'm glad to hear you liked it! I'd love to check out your game jam project, you should send me a link through the direct messaging (envelope icon on the top right)

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4.44 / 5.00

May 14, 2019
6:19 PM EDT
Video Game
File Info
2.7 MB
2 min 22 sec

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