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child of the woods

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Oh boy. This was a very difficult song to write -- not musically, but certainly lyrically. The subject matter behind this song haunted me ever since I was in my teens. A decade later, it still applies, and I wanted to write about it. It still breaks my heart. I remember almost tearing up when I threw in the sound effects of the wood burning.


In order to write about this subject, I dreamed up a fantasy / RPG story where a child, our titular "child of the woods," is one of a dying race of druids. Their forests are being forcefully cut down, their homes destroyed, their people exterminated, and those who defend them also exterminated by a wicked king. A passing traveller, who is not of their world, chances upon the druids, who are gathering together in mourning, and the child tells the traveller the story of their kin -- in what might be their last chance to do so before they, too, are consumed by the senseless violence of the king.


Real-life parallels are happening today -- we only need to look at the Amazonians and various other indigenous tribes displaced by greedy people in a merciless manner, and the various forests set on fire -- and these real-life parallels led me to write this song.


FL Studio 11 for sequencing; Audacity for recordings, FL Studio 20 for mixing and mastering.

All vocals are mine, including the lower ones (I'm normally a mezzo soprano).

I also recorded harp glissandi and some brief playing, and some light percussion.


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LYRICS


Come mourn here by my side, and stay here awhile;

we're losing our every last reason to smile.

You're one of the few who have dared ventured here;

now you shall bear witness to our final prayer.

 

Our temples are burnt down, our homes all destroyed,

our young men deliberately left unemployed;

the trees are our friends, giving shelter and food,

but they're fast disappearing, and we'll starve for good.


Oooooh...


How has the king asked that you treat our kind?

He said we should live as though you don't exist;

I know that he sees us with hate in his mind--

he puts to the fire and sword those who insist

he casts us to hell; says that's where we belong.

that you're meant to be free, doesn't matter the race.

Our songs have been silenced, our grief has been long.

He tortures the good men with glee on his face.

 

Would that I not need to do the unhappy deed

of singing the tale of the evil king's greed!

He started the blaze that would not fade away,

a wound in the earth's heart, and there it shall stay.


Oooooh...


(O stay here awhile, now, and join in our mourning,

and let your tears mingle with ours;

for we're left with nothing; what little we have

is fast dying like the leaves on the trees.

 

O stay here awhile, now, don't turn us away;

let our last song take root in your soul.

Sing to your children and your children's children

about what you've seen-----)


Oooooh...


I've lost my mother, my brothers, my friends;

I know many more people whose lives met their end

at the hands of the king's men who crossed through these parts.

But still deeper than this run the wounds in our hearts.


Oooooh...


(O stay here awhile, now, and join in our mourning,

and let your tears mingle with ours;

for we're left with nothing; what little we have

is fast dying like the leaves on the trees.

 

O stay here awhile, now, don't turn us away;

let our last song take root in your soul.

Sing to your children and your children's children

about what you've seen-----)

 

O stay here awhile, I have one final plea;

be the bright sword of truth for my brethren and me.

My vision grows dark, but my voice shall be heard,

and I'm counting on you, my friend, to spread the word.


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The acapella opening is always good. Really sets the mood.

-Official NGUAC 2020 Tryouts Review-

This was one of the most complex submissions i scored for this round.
The concept wasn't easy at all to execute in a long musical piece such as this, and i think you've chosen the right instruments + the right usage and position for them, making a solid basic overall structure; the eqs are carefully processed too.
The only big issue i have with this track is the solo voice part of the vocal section: even if the text is well written and the pitches are all spot on, they are processed in a way that i'm not fully fond of, and there were some little off-tune notes too, especially in the beginning. The sections 2:57-4:17 and 5:45-7:05 back up and give a huge rise to the score: they are the best sections in the entire track, and the most effective in terms of "concept communication".
Overall, you did a pretty good job, standing out well from the other contestants, i give you props for that! I want to see you going all out in the next rounds, so give it your best shot =)

Originality: 2/2
Composition: 2/2
Structure: 2/2
Tecnicity: 1/2
Impact: 1.5/2

Total: 8.5/10

Troisnyx responds:

Ah, thank you so much for the review! 💖

I find that this track has something that polarises listeners: if it's not the wavering child's voice, it's the distortion. If it's not that, it's how depressing this track is. All in all, though, I'm grateful to hear that your experience of this has been largely positive. 😁

Wow that is amazing. I can feel just so much emotion from the singing alone. The filter of crackling in the into vocals is a bit of a minus for me. Other than that, damn good piece of work.

Troisnyx responds:

... There's no filter there, that is raw. Also, please tell me— crackling where?

EDIT: I think I see now, that's in the mid-choruses; I don't recall using distortion anywhere else, but I can understand it being a minus for some.

EDIT: If you're referring to the intro vocals, that was not a filter. That was raw. 👀

Oh so depressing, but really good in terms of both lyrics and melody.

Oh wow...That was very cool! The atmosphere was great and it really felt like I was being told a story. I loved it. Keep it up!

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Troisnyx
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Uploaded
Mar 9, 2020
11:03 AM EDT
Genre
World
File Info
Song
11.6 MB
8 min 39 sec
Software
  • Audacity
  • Sytrus
  • Edison
  • Maximus
  • FL Studio 20
  • FL Studio 11
Misc. Kit
  • Fruity Soundfont Player

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