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Thank you for clarifying. What an interesting backstory. :)

Listening to this again after reading your description, I see the imagery quite clearly; a video camera following a flower drifting down a stream in a forest during a moderate rainstorm.

As far as the vibe goes, you pretty much nailed it.

By the way, when I mentioned it reminded me of playing Minecraft as a kid, I was referring to the way the piano part was composed and mixed. It had nothing to do with the square wave.

Original 3 1/2 Star Review:

"This piece reminds me of the days I played Minecraft as a kid; The piece feels quite calm.

I'm curious about what your thought process was when you made this piece. It would help me give a more accurate rating and better feedback because I'd be able to judge based on how clearly I thought your intent was rather than how much I liked it.

Here's some info you could provide: Why did you pick the title? Why did you pick the thumbnail art you did for this piece?

I hope this helps. :)

More info about how I review music here: https://codefreq.newgrounds.com/news/post/1089806"

SamTheHare responds:

Updated reply:
I have no more words more than thank you.

Orignial reply:
Here's some information about it.

I usually make music when I'm feeling bad or sad, as a way to cope with all my problems (That's doesn't mean I don't make music just for fun, tracks like Bored or Goblins dance are made just for fun without thinking so much about what I do and Why).

Loto was made as a concept of a Loto (Lotus, Nelumbo nucifera. Loto is the Spanish name for it) going down a stream while there's a thunderstorm. When the storm ends it ends in the sea and dies. I felt like that flower when thinking about what to do. I felt down and hopeless but I didn't want to make a beat that made me go ever worse so I thought about giving it a sad but relaxing vibe.

I choose to use the izotope vinyl plugin to make it sound like an old recording, as a way to say "That's a bad moment but it's in the past so it doesn't matter." and I actually love the sound of old recordings so that was an essential choice.
I started making the song with an 85 bpm generic lo-fi beat. I used lots of reverb and LP filter especially in the Kick and the Snare because it sounds like something far and nostalgic. Like the memory of a bad dream. Also, I gave the kick some panning to make it sound more immersive

The piano is not so much of a deal. I used the FL keys with reverb and LP filter as the drums with the plus of a gross beat to give it a kind of fading in and out effect when the beat starts.

The chords are just a square wave with a little attack and an LP filter, guess that makes it sound like something from a game like Minecraft or Terraria.

The bass part works pretty the same as the others, there I used an electric bass sample and simple sine wave sub-bass.

So I ended with nearly the final result but I felt like something was missing, there wasn't rain so I just low pitched a sample and gave it some LP filters and reverb.

If you want the .flp/separated tracks to analyze it better just pm me and I can give it to you (^^)

About the thumbnail to be honest with you I didn't put so much effort into it, I was pretty tired atm so I just used a black/purple background and some white text to make it look good.

Thanks for taking the time to write your review!

PD: Sorry if I'm not so clear with my explanation/grammar, I'm pretty bad with that :"D

Credits & Info


4.38 / 5.00

Jul 28, 2020
3:07 AM EDT
File Info
5.8 MB
2 min 33 sec
  • FL Studio
  • Vinyl

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