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Serenade for the Stars

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Recently a lot of bad and depressing things happened in my life. My biological father left the picture, not wanting to be in our lives anymore and breaking my little sister’s heart. And a few other things.

So I decided to vent out my sadness with a nice little serenade on a C Major scale (since that’s the easiest scale to write in by far lmao). And boy, did that relieve a ton of weight off my chest xD

I wanted to make something slow and somber with a dash of hope, using inspiration from night themes from both Minecraft and Terraria (two of my favorite survival games) as well as Super Mario Galaxy: my favorite game of all time.

Here’s what instruments I used on the Garage Band DAW:

  • modified Outback Sunset (first movement soundscape)
  • modified Endless Optimism (second movement soundscape)
  • Aura Over Iceland (first and last movement keys)
  • modified Dusty Record Synth (second movement keys)
  • Smart “Cinematic” strings (second movement viola and cello)

And with all that mouthful of words; I hope you enjoy this small “Serenade, to the Stars”

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I like the atmosphere at the beginning. The progression is a little slow-paced, but the harmonies at :35 have a great emotional quality. The transition at 1:45 could’ve been foreshadowed a tad better imo, but I like the quirky percussion at 1:49. There’s a lot of reverb in the texture, but the mix holds up pretty well. The piece could use a stronger sense of direction after a while, though. The harmonic pattern gets pretty repetitive, and I think some more phrasing and dynamic contrast in the middle of the piece would help heighten the emotional stakes here. That said, I really like how you returned to the furtive, minimal texture at 4:06, even if the transition there was also a little sudden. Overall, the lack of variety in the compositional elements is probably my main concern here. You nailed the atmosphere and mood, and the progression would be perfect with just a little smoothing over at some choice spots (1:45, 4:06). Also, I’m really sorry to hear about your struggles recently. If you ever need someone to talk to, please don’t hesitate to send me a PM. I’m really glad you’ve found a good outlet for your feelings in music. Keep at it, PackMan3!

Mixing, mastering, and balance
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
Instrumentation and sound design
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
Originality and uniqueness
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
Composite score

Credits & Info

3.86 / 5.00

Aug 13, 2020
1:22 AM EDT
File Info
6.3 MB
4 min 57 sec
  • Garage Band

Licensing Terms

You are free to copy, distribute and transmit this work under the following conditions:

You must give credit to the artist.
You may not use this work for commercial purposes. *
No Derivative Works:
You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.

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