Thalia's Rhythm

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"She flicks her cigarette and strolls into the heady air of the nightclub. Is she dancing just for entertainment or for self-preservation?"


My entry for 2019's NGUAC Knock-Out Round! This was made entirely in Reason 10 and its soundbanks, including percussions, keyboards, synths, strings, vibraphone as well as effects (mainly filter gates, reverb, and echo).

Good luck everyone!

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Very dark and mysterious!

Like under age drinking and espionage.

shadow-ghost responds:

Or... underage espionage? :)

I want an indie game to be made just for this track!

shadow-ghost responds:

You should make one! ;P

Great work!

shadow-ghost responds:

Thank you! :)

I like the spacey pads and minimal drums. The sound design here is really good, although the progression is a bit slow-paced and there’s a bit too much reverb in the texture. The mood of the piece is very evocative, and this track has a really smooth flow. I think there could be a bit more variety in the instrumental hierarchy of the piece, but 1:22 served as a pleasant breakdown. The percussion sounds a bit harsh in my ears at 1:36, likely because of excessive panning. I think it’s usually a good idea to keep major rhythmic elements like that front-and-center in the mix. Still, the piece is really flowy and soothing, even if the chord progression was a bit cliche at times. The subtle climax at 2:46 with the strings is really nice - great way of hitting the piece home towards the end. The added bass riff at 3:39 was a bit bizarre; sounds like a combination of a traditional and fade-out ending. Overall, great job with the instrumentation, rhythmic content, melodies, and arrangement, though. This piece is a good reason why I often think my structural standards are too strict. Keep it up, shadow-ghost! ^_^

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

shadow-ghost responds:

Wait, I could've SWORN I posted a reply to your review already, but... it turns out I didn't? Terribly sorry about that. I just wanted to send a (belated) thank you for the in-depth analysis and commentary; I appreciate it immensely! :) I'm really glad to hear you liked the track, it means a lot.

Damn that's juicy. Love the whole thing, reminds me of music from some of the late areas in Secret of Mana, but it's been a long time since I've played that so idk if it's that similar , either way really good job, and good luck in the contest :)

edit: surprised my knockout round track has more views than yours :v I feel like your name alone would bring in more listeners than mine, lol

shadow-ghost responds:

Thank you so much for the kind words! :) I haven't actually played Secret of Mana (yet anyways), but now you have me intrigued - I'll definitely check out the music. Oh, and when it comes to views, I'm kinda used to not garnering too much attention with my stuff, so I'm just appreciative of anyone willing to listen. :)

Good luck in the contest to you too!

Credits & Info

4.83 / 5.00

Aug 3, 2019
6:52 AM EDT
File Info
7.3 MB
3 min 53 sec

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.