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A City Not Forsaken Part I


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While Part II is being remixed, this one will be remastered at a later date. I'm still debating in my mind whether to make this less dynamic, in particular the piano parts.

Inspired by the prophetic writings of Isaiah.

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I should really try to figure out how to do a username-blind judging process next time, because as soon as I saw that you were participating in this year’s NGADM I got rather excited. I like the atmosphere at the beginning, as well as the sound design. The choir is gorgeous, and the bass at :30 really helps fill out the atmosphere. The panning on the bass at 1:05 is a little too heavy imo, and also fades out a tad suddenly. I like the pensive piano line thereafter, and I like the climax into 1:40 and the subtle use of dissonance at 1:38. You’ve always been adept at combining orchestral and synthetic elements of the texture seamlessly, and this piece is no exception. The percussion gives the piece a distinct sense of drive towards the end, although I wish you had gotten a bit craftier with the ending. The fade-out seemed a tad underwhelming. Still, the sound design, atmosphere, production quality, and emotional appeal of this piece are all fantastic. Keep up the good work, Phonometrologist! ^_^

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

Phonometrologist responds:

I appreciate your comments on this one. Two thoughts I want to respond to. When you mention how combining synthetic elements and orchestral together tend to work out seamlessly in these pieces, I'm starting to embrace that idea. At first, I started incorporating that dynamic in my writing to compensate the lack of orchestral arranging knowledge and lack of quality sounds in traditional instrumentation. I figured since orchestral samples tend to sound fake anyway when we try to manipulate the original idea to fit our own, I might as well add mechanical devices such as synths into the mix. I don't know if I ever would be satisfied with orchestral libraries as a stand alone merely because it's difficult to simulate the quality that live musicians bring to the music when they listen to each other and how they tend to treat each phrase in the music. Anyway, my main point was that it started out as happenstance that the idea works for me better than if I were to do without. And works like the Tron OST really has been influential for me in that regard as well.
Secondly, you're quite a stickler for endings, and I get it. I think naturally we all enjoy a satisfying conclusion when it comes to movies, books, and music. However, I'll defend my idea here as it is meant to leave the listener hanging. The theme is about something that looks forward to the future as it has not arrived. Moreover as a Christian, our work is never done and we are not to be satisfied with our current state. A fade-out may seem underwhelming as would a flower fading and grass withering, but there's a philosophy in endings that I enjoy where the lack of a bombastic or satisfying conclusion has a purpose. A story thats missing in epic poetry that represents most humankind and that is, as it appears when it happens to others, a disappointing death. As underwhelming one might seem to live at their end, it is their own to experience and say. Just as an ice sculpture will no doubt reach its slow melt, and as sad or underwhelming it is, it shouldn't take away the beauty it once was. This is why I tend to enjoy the realistic endings of a fad-out or soft ending. As disappointing it may be, the reality/truth of the matter doesn't change to our perceptions.

Just legendary. Maybe you are one of the 10/10s by TaintedLogic!

Phonometrologist responds:

Thanks for the comment. Although TaintedLogic is generous with his praise, I don't expect a certain score one way or another, nor does it necessitate my enjoyment of it. If you like it, that's enough.

Oooh this is really pretty!

Phonometrologist responds:

It's really cool that you're spending time in the audio section to give comments. I have not met a better group of musicians anywhere else online that I now call friends thanks to you.

The soundscape here is amazing!

The combo of low droney synth with choir and chimey sparkles is very powerful and delightful.
The transition into that very earthly piano complements that fantastically.
And the reverse SFX into the new progression gave me chills.

Redundant words, but good luck in the competition!

Phonometrologist responds:

Thank you Alex for the reassurance.

Just awesome! I can imagine reeeeeeealy epic scene with this music

Phonometrologist responds:

Coming from Mr. epic himself, I appreciate that sentiment!

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4.69 / 5.00

Jul 17, 2019
2:33 PM EDT
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8.4 MB
3 min 40 sec

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