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Abendland - Featherblade


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My submission for NGUAC 2020!

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~~~~This is an official review from an NGUAC judge for the 2020 NGUAC Knock-out round!!~~~~

OOOh cinematic okay, here we go.

Great dynamics in the start, very good composition and simple melody, love the theme you created here.

The reverb you put on the mix definitely sounds like you wanted it to sounds like you were listening in a concert hall. I can hear through the muddiness and hope this was your intent!

Great structure and Melody established in the 1:57 area, and good choice of instrumentation on the voicing for your melody when you switch around the ensemble. Doubling flutes with the Glock, Trumps with the 1st violins, Great tambors it sounds like something i would've played in highschool if EVERYONE played MIDI perfect haha.

I WANT your Orchestral plugin please. The dynamics and tambor and articulations in the brass are VERY good in this plugin.

Great Cello counter melody around 3:05 when the violins and flutes are on melody.

Contrary to ADR3, I do think that your percussion cuts through the orchestra similarly to how it would in a Concert hall. Percussion has always cut through an entire orchestra. thats why you have 4 or so percussionist and 80 instrumentalists. It does sound centered, but it still hits the master reverb and bounces around the room. I personally like the reverb that you have added to simulate concert hall.

Over all composition: VERY good at first, love your melodies, but there were only two sections really. You had a great initial intro, And a really great main melody, but the over form is A, B1, A2, B2, B3, C(short interlude with amazing voclists) B4, B5, B6 and so on. I wouldve loved to hear a variation entirely on the melody or a small wind section tutti or something.

Overall, GREAT GREAT GREAT compostion here. WELL DONE.

Abendland responds:

Thanks a lot for your thorough feedback, trunotfals! For brass I mainly used Audio Imperiums Jaeger and Metropolis Ark 1 vst. Yeah, I totally agree on the shortcoming of some alternations in the melodies you‘ve pointed out. I just did not find more time to add in more, sadly.
Cheers, Chris

Writing and scoring is good. It's being smushed up and muddied with a lot of reverb, but I very much appreciate what you're doing.

Those claps I would stereo out very vide and perhaps ensemble. That way you get a choir clap effect. Same with all of your higher percussion.

Really, you could do with taking reverb down on every sustained instrument and finding a way to create a spacious chorus effect with more instances, different patches, etc.

Your choir however sounds very appropriately spacy.

Your percussion and most everything sounds very centered.

Dynamic wise you have a handle on the piece and it follows naturally. The lower strings especially could use 0-250 hz cut on their reverb sends. I recommend this on every reverb, unless it's a solo instrument on a naked section, but it resonates especially on bass instruments.

Really the only problem I have with this piece is intonation of the synth instruments on repeated notes (velocity may fix), and the very, very heavy reverb. Otherwise it's a fantastic score.

Great work.

Thanks for coming out to NGUAC!

Abendland responds:

Thanks a lot for your constructive feedback ADR3-N. This Track was all way to rushed and I wished I had a bit more time to work on it, but I had to submit early due to personal circumstances. Your inputs are extremely valuable and I appreaciate them a lot. Cheers and have a nice evening,

Credits & Info


3.93 / 5.00

Aug 18, 2020
4:15 PM EDT
Video Game
File Info
5.7 MB
4 min 8 sec

Licensing Terms

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