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I wish I had more time to flesh this out, but my partner and I have been sick all week. Nonetheless, this song is about "tenera" and the memory of the life of a wolf. I don't have many words for what tenera is aside from saying that it is a very intimate form of love that's very important to me. This image describes some of what it is: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ux7abvo3rclss91/Tenera.png?dl=0

Good luck to everyone else participating in the NGADM! I'm going to go dissolve into a tissue box now.

Edit: The file was updated at 8:39 PM PST on 12/1/19.
Edit 2: The file was updated at 6:50 PM EST on 12/18/19. It has been mastered post-competition.

Tenera was originally supposed to be a comic about a telepathic wolf searching for friendship in a post-apocalyptic world. I commissioned an artist, Flemaly, to create the images for the story, and then made an hour-long soundtrack for it that is currently on my Bandcamp. Unfortunately due to my mistake, the project fell through as the artist was under 18 and decided to focus on going to college instead, after making the intro to the story. There was a Kickstarter planned, and short of press coverage, all of the images, videos, and songs were ready for the campaign to launch. I will have to start from scratch next time I approach this project, but I hope it sees the light of day again someday.

Also, check out this wonderful poster by @Troisnyx!

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1 Word, 2 numbers and a symbol- Amazing. 4.5/5.

This sounds incredible. 5/5 for you.

Oh dude so nice

I like the mellow guitar at the beginning. The mood of the piece is really reflective and calming. The meditative wind instrument at :25 has an amazingly expansive atmosphere. The progression is a bit slow-paced, but the mood of the piece is haunting. The pause at 1:41 threw me off a bit, but I appreciate the added element of energy and drive to the piece at 1:43, even though the instrumentation doesn’t change that much. I love these soulful melodic phrases and rich ambient elements here, and the texture finally has a stronger sense of climax at around 2:45. There might be a tad too much reverb in the texture, though, as the string line there sounds a bit indistinct. Still, you’ve crafted another thought-provoking composition here, Syamori. I especially like the harmonic shifts at 3:40 and the tranquil atmosphere of this one. It was also a nice touch that you brought back the guitar towards the end. The composition could’ve felt a bit more dynamic at times, especially in the first half, but that’s my only major complaint here. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed listening to your work throughout this competition. Congratulations on your efforts, and I look forward to hearing more from you soon! ^_^

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

This is an official Judge Review for the Final Round of the NGADM.

I like the beginning of this piece. It sets up this really gentle atmosphere that I enjoy and want to invest in. Once it picks up speed, it's also so much more lively and worthwhile to listen to. The strings at 2:40 makes this better, kinda almost like it's the big moment in the love story you created (which, yes, I did see comes from the description). The last minute of this is so genuine, kinda like it's that one ocean world in Super Mario Galaxy 2 mixed with some really cool leisure guitar stuff - it really puts the bow on the piece.
There is, unfortunately, a big problem with the piece, and that is involving your main instrument, the flute. In terms of the overall mix, that thing is turned up waay too high. I almost had to turn down my volume a notch to hear it comfortably, so just watch how loud you make your instruments, especially your leading ones.
Overall, a really good piece with a lot of story behind it. Good luck in the final round, and thank you for coming out to NGADM 2019!

Syamori responds:

Thanks! I think I succumbed to ear fatigue in the last leg of work on this for the competition, so I couldn't actually tell that the duduk was too loud. My partner tells me it's a problem I have with my other music as well, and it can probably be remedied by taking more frequent, longer breaks while composing, or revisiting the songs a day or two later before finishing them. Nonetheless, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Credits & Info


4.78 / 5.00

Dec 1, 2019
11:03 AM EST
File Info
11 MB
4 min 49 sec
  • Silk
  • Hollywood Strings
  • Spaces II
  • Gypsy
  • Live 10
  • Omnisphere 2
  • Reference 4
  • DT 880 PRO
  • Modi 2 Uber
  • Magni 3

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