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Does she love me?

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This song depicts a man thinking about whether a woman he loves loves him too.


I hoped to compose something a bit different for NGADM, but life got in the way.


I'm having a lot of fun composing with these medieval instruments. Era II is a deep library with tons of instruments I have no idea how to use, so I have a lot to learn!


I was inspired by some ethnic music my dad used to play and sing when I was a kid.


Library used:

Era II Medieval Legends


Instruments used:

Soprano Recorder

Gittern

Nyckelharpa

Hurdy Gurdy

Whistle

Harp

Baroque Guitar

Bagpipe

Chirimia

Tambourines

Claps

Bumbac - Low

Kettle Drum

Frame Drum

Small Frame Drum Sticks


My YouTube Channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCm7ORa284Lr4R-PBC6ZRp9A

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Very interesting piece!

I also had lots of fun using uncommon instruments in my composition of the last year's NGUAC finals.

The instrumentation is quite good here. Even though you were working with the same mode (D-minor) within the entire track, it stayed interesting until the end. It's rather hard to define the several instruments - I'm not so much into knowing every medieval instrument, haha.
But still, you have been using the instruments very well.

I also like the instruments positioning!

Some suggestions for improvement:

- There could be another drum - a big one (a taiko for example), to cover up the very low frequencies of the piece at times.
- The soundtrack sounds rather... mystical. I would have used more reverb here to gain that feeling.

Good job! :)

Everratic responds:

Thank you for the review!
Yeah, your entries are always a pleasure to listen to!

Rather than D minor, I’d say this song uses several modes over an A drone. There is a secondary drone at times playing D, which makes the key a little more ambiguous.

I like the suggestions. A big drum can be useful at times, such as for transitions.

I would definitely use more reverb if I had a better plugin, but with Valhalla Room I don’t use a high wetness level because it tends to create a lot of mud regardless of the settings.

Good luck in nguac!

Damn this is a well made track. :) I love the instruments you used. Good luck in the contest!

Everratic responds:

Thank you, and you too!

Mixing is done well for this timepiece, and the percussion is fun to listen to. I just get tired of hearing drone instruments like bagpipes after a couple minutes because I just want that note to change. Once I get past that by listening to the melody and percussive parts, this becomes quite enjoyable. There are quite a bit of different parts one can listen to, and they sound like they were played individually as if I was hearing an ancient jam session. Would have been more so if it was less quantized, but the expressiveness makes up for that. Good work.

Everratic responds:

Hey Phono, thanks for the review!

I happen to greatly enjoy compositions based on a drone. They can feel much more earthly and emotionally transparent than classical and contemporary music, so it's refreshing to listen to sometimes. I don't mind listening to the hurdy gurdy drone/rhythms for minutes at a time, but I can understand how some people find it annoying.

I'm glad you like the percussion and expressiveness :)

I'm also happy to hear the mix is well done. The library was recorded dry and mono, so I had to stereorize the instruments then apply early reflections reverb. The process is new to me so I'm glad it worked well.

this is so lovely and jaunty! kinda crazy to think that there's all of cool instruments in this one piece, but there's so much of attention to detail here. fave instrument definitely has to be the high buzzy instrument that i'm imagining as some kind of medieval kazoo hehe

Everratic responds:

That’s the hurdy gurdy, one of my favorites! Here’s a nice demonstration https://youtu.be/QHmML7bu-iM

Thanks for the comment :)

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Aug 9, 2020
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3 min 17 sec

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