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AIM - Leaving the Continent

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Hello everyone

This is my first time participating in the AIM on Newgrounds. I'm super thrilled and I hope I did somewhat well.


Thanks to @AlvinHew for the amazing art, that inspired this song. Check it out: https://www.newgrounds.com/art/view/alvinhew/port-city


I really tried to tell a story with this track. It consists of five main sections, of which each represents a different part of the story.

0:00 - 0:25 is titled "Departure"

0:25 - 0:56 is titled "In the Storm"

0:56 - 1:24 is titled "Clear Waters"

1:24 - 2:25 is titled "Seafight"

2:25 - end is titled "Farewell"


I hope the song inspired you to come up with your own story and I hope it's an epic one!


Thank you for listening!


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Damn this one is lit. :O

KevinMueller responds:

Thanks dude :)

Nice, you chose the same art as I did last year :D

"Departure" has some Starwars vibes, which is not an easy feat to pull off. I like the use of runs and the orchestration in general. The loud cymbals make the track sound very open.

The transition to "In the Storm" is smooth. I really like the use of trills in this section.

In "Clear Waters", I think the arrangement could use some work. The choir sounds a bit awkward carrying the melody because it lacks definition, and the glockenspiel also feels inadequate for this task as it lacks sustain and a strong pitch. I notice an absence of bass frequencies in this section, which diminishes its impact.

"Seafight" reminds me of "He's a Pirate". I like the huge percussion here. I still feel a lack of bass, which reduces the power of what seems to be the song's climax? The percussion seems like it's above the melodic instruments frequency-wise. Although the loud percussion is nice, I would also like the melody to be the main focus. And speaking of melodies, the melodies in this section kinda feel like placeholders to me. You clearly achieved your goal of depicting a sea fight, but I think more could be done to make the section memorable and striking.

"Farewell" doesn't evoke much emotion for me. The chord progression feels one that would be used in ambient music. I do like the instrumentation and the contrast in this area though.

This was an ambitious challenge and your composition lives up to the section titles for the most part. I enjoyed listening to it and look forward to hearing more from you. This review might seem more negative relative to my other AIM reviews, but that's mainly because I'm much more familiar with your style of music so I naturally have more to say.

KevinMueller responds:

Thank you very much for this detailed and very helpful review. I really appreciate it!

The absence of bass in "Clear Waters" is somewhat on purpose, as it provides contrast to the very bass heavy section "In the Storm".

You're right, I should definitely work on my pirate melodies :)

Farewell was intended to sound like it's played by the crew onboard, using some traditional instruments like the Hurdy Gurdy. I strived a bit of this path, because I've never really worked with non-symphonic instruments, which is possibly why the sections' intention is a bit unclear.

I'm glad you liked it and I'm thankful for the advice you gave me.
Cheers

Credits & Info


Listens
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Faves:
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Downloads
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Votes
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Score
4.65 / 5.00

Uploaded
Jun 13, 2020
10:02 AM EDT
Genre
Cinematic
File Info
Song
8.3 MB
3 min 38 sec

Licensing Terms

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