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EDIT 12.07.2019: This piece, as of yesterday, has come in first place in AIM 2019!


The artwork by which this was inspired was a creation of Wuggynaut's, titled "Chromatic Storm":

The lyrics, and translations where appropriate, are here, along with a more detailed background behind the song, its production, and the credits / making of:


Be forewarned, the document is long, but it is as thorough as I can get with this song and everything about it.

Let me just say that this song has taken me on quite the journey of its own, to make, to record and to produce. I hope you all enjoy it!

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I'm always a sucker for that soft triangle type lead. Very nice feel to this. Very understated but powerful. Nice palettes. Good percussion. Great melodies. Fantastic work. I LOVE how you give breathing space!

Diggin' this track! Very original. I like how it builds momentum into the bigger sections and then relaxes again. The Enya-esq vocal layering sounds awesome! The change at around 3:10 to what sounds like a phygrian dominant scale is a really cool use of parallel tonality.

I think the production is solid, perhaps could do with some cleaning here and there but overall is on point. Were the drums recorded live?

Really cool composition.

Troisnyx responds:

Yes, the drums were recorded live 💓 I still get frissons from how it turned out. Glad you enjoyed this one, thank you~

Congrats winning first place in the AIM. Well deserved I think. I must say I haven't heard all of the other entries, but this song is very good.

That document you liked to about the production of the song is indeed very long. You can hear you thought a lot about how to compose this song and that it means a lot to you.

I'm happy this artwork has rekindled your inspiration to write music. I think you make great things, and I want to hear more from you in the future. I'm sure your music writing days are far from over.

You can hear clearly the Enya influences. It reminds me of Clannad as well, which is an older group and one Enya herself was a few years member of at the beginning of her career. Those drums and nasal chorals are very nice. Nasal chorals always sound very mysterious to me.

Thoese those " “oooohs” that get progressively louder and then abruptly end" in combination with the drums that get stronger and the end hit are very good. You say you achieved the progressive loudness by volume automation. That's much better than reversing indeed, because reversing makes the sound spooky. I have a little tip for you. Rather than only volume automation, you can filter out some of the high frequencies at the softer parts, and then bring them back in for the louder parts. That way not only the volume increases, but also the colour of the sound gets stronger and that makes it more realistic. Alternatively, you can also cross fade between a sample with low velocity, and one with high velocity, or a combination of all of the above. I think it's really a matter of trial and error what works for what sample/synth.

You can really hear the different colours of the art piece in your song, because of all of the different segments that have different moods. Some are desperate, others carry and there's also the hopeful and happier parts. I like that diversity, and the parts flow smoothly into each other. The song never feels disjointed. It feels like a journey.

Those sound effects you use at the beginning are very nice. Those things that sound like droplets (although I also think they sound a little like birds to me). I think they're a little bit too defined for my taste. I'd prefer it if they're more washed out and part of a pad, so you hear the effects, but you don't hear them as individual sounds.

I like the choirs. I'm a sucker for synthetic choirs. I'm always searching for new ones. For each occasion a different one works. These blend very well with your song. Very atmospheric and they compliment your vocals. I like how you put a lot of reverb on your vocals to blend them with the rest of the song.

Very nice you often use vocals. You don't hear that enough on NG. It really ads depth to ad lyrics. However, I must add your singing is often the main thing that puts me off about your songs. I think your voice often isn't that strong, and your notes are too fluttery like you don't have enough control over your singing. In this song however it doesn't bother me that much, because your singing is somehow much stronger during the more hopeful parts and for the more doubtful parts it fits. I haven't heard all of your songs, but I think your singing might have improved.

Nothing else to comment really. I know there's a lot more you put into this song that I'm not able to pick up in just a few times listening. It's a (near) perfect song. I'm looking forward to hearing more from you.

Beautiful song!
Very intricate and delicate progression. Lots of production elements. The vocals are very imaginative and fresh.

i gotta say i love the production and vocals to this although there were some parts that sounded quite or too low but besides that!
This was pretty good track!

Troisnyx responds:

Thank you~
Some parts, like the end with that soft background Hymmnos hint, were meant to be just that, background hints. It appears we've lost what it means to just have hints and overtones, we expect to hear the fullest of everything...

Credits & Info


4.57 / 5.00

Jun 14, 2019
7:27 PM EDT
File Info
7.9 MB
6 min 1 sec
  • Audacity
  • Sytrus
  • DirectWave
  • Fruity Love Philter
  • Soundgoodizer
  • FL Studio 20
  • Fruity Reverb 2
  • Fruity Parametric EQ 2

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