Sky Gardening

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Made this song for NGADM19 first round. In case I still got in even though I was in the tier 2 fill-in pool. I got in.

It's dedicated to my girlfriend Sara for all of her dreams that have not yet come to fruition.

It's inspired by a drawing I made with the same name:

There already was a game based on this drawing, that won Newgrounds gamejam 9:
2 games that were never finished and even another song made by someone else:

This however is my own interpretation, based on my own story I had in mind... At least part of it. Because the actual story I have in mind will take several pages to flesh out. I will hopefully create a short animation or art game about it someday. Instead I focused on the love story between the gardener in the sky and the woman down on earth. I heard the vocals are hard to understand as usual so I wrote them down for you:

Verse 1
-There is not a worry in this world.
-You may be wondering about why.
-The sun always shines above the clouds.
-Living in my garden up in the sky.
-Taking my mind off
-problems down on earth.
-Looking after sheep.
-Planting seeds in the ground .

-Why do birds appear
-although you are not even remotely near?
-Growing a garden here in the sky.
-Living life without fear.

Verse 2
-You want all the wonders of the world.
-Pick up all the shells from every beach.
-Reach out for the lights up in the sky,
-but the stars turn out to be out of reach.
-Watching from above.
-Seeing you through clouds.
-Won't you come up here?
-Plenty pie in the sky.

-Why do birds appear
-although you are not even remotely near?
-Growing a garden here in the sky.
-Living life without fear.

-Why do birds appear
-although you are not even remotely near?
-Growing a garden here in the sky.
-Living life without you here.

Some side notes. Since I made this song for NGADM19, I had to do something not only I liked, but the judges would hopefully like as well. That's why this time I was a little less experimental and I've listened a lot to the comments I received earlier, both the positive and the negative.

So my audition song Rising Star was a miss. I didn't make it into the main pool. Apparently not everyone like lo-fi chiptune pop songs. TaintedLogic actually gave me a 9.5. That means a lot to me, especially since he was the one who game me the lowest score out of all of the judges 2 years ago for my audition back then. Mostly because the song was too short I think, which I understand in retrospect, but I didn't think about when submitting the song. That's why I didn't make it to the main back then either and I only had a few days to complete a song when I had to fill in while on vacation. So at least I made up for that.

However the others gave me lower marks, not caring for the supposed to be catchy melodies and mistaking the bit-crushed drums for "clipping" because of bad mixing. I still think lo-fi sounds are my strength, so I used a lot of indie sounding old instruments (like a mellotron), but I did nothing radical like bitcrushing, chiptune or noises this time. All warm and pleasant sounds.

Spadezer mentioned he didn't like the vocoder because wanted to hear the lyrics better. I wanted to use my own voice this time, but it sounded just too terrible. So I used a vocoder once again, but instead of using a synth as carrier signal, I used an actual voice. That way you hear me singing the vowels with the timbre of the nice and pure singing voice. I used a de-esser set on reverse, to isolate my consonants, and layered that on top of the vocoder track. So this should sound more like ordinary vocals and be easier to hear what the lyrics are. The chord progression is much more straightforward than what I normally do, but I compensate that with an interesting rhythm and groove, and a melody for the chorus whose main notes actually clash with the chords to make it sound more dramatic and emotional.

Donjonneau's not a judge, but he also commented on Rising Star. He mentioned he didn't like the first chorus in that song was not as energetic as the first verse, because a choruses should always be more energetic than the verses. I don't agree with that, and I thought it worked fine in Rising Star the way it was, but I know generally speaking choruses are indeed more energetic than verses. This time I made sure that was the case. Not sure if Donjonneau will like this song, because it's probably more melody heavy than Rising Star and it doesn't have a solo as experimental as the one from Rising Star that he liked.

Don't know if this is a hit, or another miss, but at least I'm pleased with it myself. Hope you enjoy as well.

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This is so peaceful yet surprisingly epic, reminds me a bit of Zelda idk.

Great work!! And good luck on NGADM

SourJovis responds:

Thank you! I like your description of the song! I hadn't made the connection to Zelda yet, but that perhaps because I've only fully played 2 Zelda games. I like the mood of the games so I think it's a nice compliment.

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Aug 9, 2019
1:45 AM EDT
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11.6 MB
5 min 5 sec

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