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Death to Ye Three


Author Comments

A premature eulogy.

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Edit: Thank you for the frontpage feature!

Edit 2 (15.02.2021): I made a little video to match the song, which you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsyyfMwRKxQ

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I like the airy choir at the beginning. It even sounds like they’re even singing in Latin, which is pretty cool! The minimal, atmospheric part at :18 with the whispered vocals is just haunting, and I love the melancholy violin solo at :37 too. The enormous jump in pitch it takes at :54 is both incredibly graceful and reflective of the abruptness of death. I like the injection of energy at 1:11 and the more frantic string lines at 1:30. The tempo automations at 1:50 are nice, but I’m not sure I quite liked the mixing effects that made the vocals sound more hollow there - sounds pretty artificial. Still, the choir’s call-and-response action with the frantic string lines at 2:00ish are really nice, and the last vocal phrase hits the piece home well. I especially like the gong at the end. Overall, this is a really neat track with some killer sound design that would make any real-life violin player drip with sweat. :D Let me know if there’s somewhere I can download this, and in the meantime keep up the good work! ^_^

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Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
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Here's another project I finished.
This definitely was an interesting song to build to, I had a great time with it.
Next up, Staying with You.


LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Oh wow, this is crazy. Your level is so beautiful, and once again, I'm honored to see your interpretation of this piece. You know, AIM is running right now, so you've inspired me. I will compose (just on the piano) tonight. I can't promise it will be any good, but expect to see an upload from me within the coming days.

Btw, Staying with You is one of my personal favourites as well. It's almost creepy how you share some of my own tastes in my own music, haha. You're looking very deep!

This is one of my favourite songs from you, which is saying a lot. The chanting choir throughout the song is an amazing addition, and I particularly love the use of strings; seriously, I love this song. It's pretty strange for me to like a song like this, I never have listened to music of this sort, so great job :)

Also, what does NGADM stand for? I assume NewGrounds, but what is the rest?

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Hey there!

I am quite into video game music and movie scores, so this song is very much inspired by such music. There's also a bit of Mozart in it. I'm really glad if people who listen to my music end up enjoying it even if it's a genre they don't generally listen to so much :D
Thanks for that.

The NGADM stands for the Newgrounds (well guessed!) Audio Deathmatch; a competition between the musicians of the site, happening once a year. I've come in second place once, but it seems that I'm always busy with other things during the competition, meaning I don't have time to put my all into it. Maybe one year!

When I first heard this piece last week, my reaction was similar to Mookes, "Woah!" I wasn't expecting something this well produced and ambitious from you. The title, theme, arrangement, and tone has made this track the most fun for me in this round to listen to. The instrument at 18 seconds with the chanting was a great idea. The different time signatures, and the chord progression at the end with the frantic violin are some of the highlights for me. You have a lot of different ideas going on here that makes this interesting to listen to multiple times. I appreciate the flanger effect as well. Please experiment more with these types of effects. I could totally see how someone would like to do dark magic with this piece.

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thank you for the extremely kind words, and for the fun review!
I decided I want to approach the NGADM differently this year. Last year, I wanted to create solely solo piano tracks, as they are my forte, and I had computer issues at the time. This year, I have a great set-up, and I want to show that I can do other things than just piano!

Great catch at 0:18! The intro and transition into that part is what sparked my idea for this piece, and the rest quite naturally developed from there. I also wanted to practice a bit with transitioning between time signatures, and not being afraid of "breaks" in the music, short as they are. The NGADM is always such a great motivator for musical development :D

You can certainly look forward to more experiments if I move on to the next round ;)


LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thank you for listening!! :3

Credits & Info

4.77 / 5.00

Aug 9, 2020
9:58 PM EDT
File Info
7.7 MB
3 min 23 sec

Licensing Terms

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