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The View From Here

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"I was right. It does taste better up here."

"What does?"



This is my entry for the 2020 Art-Inspired Music Contest. Go check out the fantastic art that it was inspired by! I really love how DaRR1o has taken an awesomely futuristic cityscape, added one of its residents doing something otherwise totally mundane, and put a radical new perspective on it.

Edit: Fan Favourite winner of AIM 2020. D'aww, thanks guys! <3 You da bes.

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This is so great! The melodies are greatly mastered, and flow smoothly from one to the other, the chord progression is great, and the sound design is like nothing i've seen; It's got this cool lyric-like design to it that I barely ever see, with all the curves and slides that change every note. And finally, a song that gets soft drums right. I'm normally very nitpicky on soft drums, but this song does it right; by making it stand out, despite being quietly mastered. I'm pretty mixed on the compression of the song, but I think that it adds to the synthwave-like vibe to the song so i'm cool with it. overall a great song that I'll definitely come back to

ChronoNomad responds:

Hey, it's awesome to see another review from you so soon, Ackee39! Really glad to hear that you enjoy the ride, man. I love being able to put my own personal spin on some cool Synthwave vibes. In fact, I often incorporate note slides and grace notes in my music, which - now that you mention it - I don't really hear all that often. I guess that's just me doing my thing.

I'm happy to hear that you dig the softer drums, especially since that seems to be a pretty rare opinion. While I'm not against hard-thumping beats (far from it), I try not to overdo it. Not everything needs heavy percussion to be impactful, and in this case I really wanted the musical elements to shine through without being overcome by drums.

It's not the first time compression was mentioned, and while I didn't really add compression to the final mix, I did use a lot of EQ effects and such on the instruments themselves, so I guess that's what makes it sound compressed. It's meant to have kind of dystopian sound, so it seems to work out well enough.

Thanks once again for a very detailed review! It's very much appreciated, and I hope you'll keep spinning my tracks. May you always enjoy the ride.

I love this :3

ChronoNomad responds:

Whaaa--! Thank you so much for the artistic inspiration, man. Really glad you dig the jam! ^__^

I've got nothing but pure love for this. Some of your best work for sure! Best of luck in AIM O.O

ChronoNomad responds:

Wow, thanks a lot for stopping by, Lucid! Really appreciate the quick review, and I'm humbled by your feedback. So glad you like it, man.

I see that you made it to the AIM party, too! Best of luck to you, as well. ^__^

Splendid stuff.

Sounds like there's a little bit of room for clean-up with eq/mast, but otherwise, this song is architecturally sound (no pun intended). The progression is fantastic and employs smooth transitions between portions. It feels like there's a distinct jazz/trance-esque approach of the intro/topic/body/conclusion format, but it's definitely along the lines of Synthwave leveraging punchy vidya game samples, synths, etc.

Love what you did here. Funny how Fulp mentioned this reminds him of PSO, as I was thinking this would fit in a Phantasy Star series title (maybe #5 if that IP ever gets revived by Sega).

Keep at it. Going to flip through the remainder of your offerings now.

ChronoNomad responds:

Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review, CommonOddity! Your thoughtfulness is appreciated. Sorry it's taken me so long to respond, but I'm here to rectify that now.

There's always room for a little more tweaking here and there, but I'm ultimately quite content with the final result. Your unintended pun also gave me a chuckle--those are the best kind, after all. I'm so glad that you enjoy the musical progression and find the transitions to be smooth; the ideas tended to flow pretty easily, most of the time. This piece is definitely something of an amalgamation of several different genres, each one contributing a little added flavor to the overall Synthwave vibe.

I was (and am) super stoked to see my track mentioned in Tom's post, and he referenced a comment from SoulSecure's review about this sounding like something out of Phantasy Star Online, but - and this is the weird part - I've never even played PSO! Of course, it's not the first time that someone has compared my music to something I haven't personally experienced, but it always makes me curious. I'm definitely going to have to check out some of PSO's offerings, going forward. Final Fantasy was also referenced, but since I've been a diehard FF fan for decades, that's something I tend to hear fairly often.

Wow, and you're even going to riffle through my existing repertoire? That's pretty amazing of you, I have to say. May you find much more to your liking, and thanks again!

I like the vibes my duder man

ChronoNomad responds:

Glad you dig it, and thanks for the quick comment!

Credits & Info


4.23 / 5.00

Jun 7, 2020
2:24 AM EDT
File Info
4.9 MB
3 min 35 sec
  • FL Studio

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