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Mountains; We Were

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Instrumental Chamber Rock track for NGUAC 2020 Round Two. Lots of time signature changes in this one. Try and find them all!

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Lets see, 6/4, 7/4, with mayb elike 15/8 over it, lots of poly rhythms and time signature fun in that second part. back to 6/4, 5/4, (this part is GOOD love that bass line.) Great phrasing with the 5/4 here (honestly really really good phrasing with all your time signature, you dont ever make the signatures feel uncomfortable) So far I've LOVED your ability to keep the main motiff SOLID throughout all of the different time signatures. Beautiful writing in this aspect. (I'm a trained composer myself turned attempted edm artist xD)

You definitely mix and master like a composer, which i appreciate especially for your song. You dont add a master compression, and everything is very clear and balanced, you balanced it like youd want your piece to be balanced if it were performed live. and you did a great job at it.

I do agree that it is missing some crispness in the first half, but the last half is just great, just great. Little bit of a block for you to get through with production, but your composition is solid, great variation, great interest held throughout the piece, im impressed!

Is this in dorian? It hits that amazing feeling that dorian gives me, my favorite mode. If it is you write it SO uniquely. maybe lydian i cant tell and dont want to go as far as to score this out just to know the key haha. my ears arent THAT good.

Glassedhouse responds:

Thank you for the kind words! I feel very happy with the reassuring notion that the compositional aspect is good, since that's mainly what I pride myself on (to answer your question, the song is simply in A Minor, but often feels like D Dorian)
I typically arrange in notation software like Musescore and then transfer the MIDI file to Ableton and tweak from there (I have a much more simple version this all stemmed from on my account as well). I do feel the "live" aspect of the song, and that's probably just my lack of actual production knowledge. Luckily, it seems to be working for me!
The first half seems easy enough to fix, and I'm very releaved that most people I talk to don't have any major issues that require an overhaul. Hopefully, the rest of the album goes as smoothly as this one was. I want to branch out to electronics, and experiment with combining that and the orchestra together. Thank you again!

Good use of SFX here in your intro, and lofi piano is holding my interest with its writing. I'm wanting maybe a little crisper sound out of that rather than the crunch. Polyrhythms are nicely written.

I actually think your auxiliary percussion could probably come down. It's just the only instruments in that space. 2:17 by contrast everything sounds perfectly in place. Beautiful. Your transitioning was somewhat muddy to this point, but this is perfect. I could use a little more clarity and less reverb between your instruments, but it's all sounding good. Ghost notes on the drums are sounding good. Still could use more clarity.

The piano chunk up high after that section distorted a bit the first time I heard it.

Great work here. I really enjoyed listening to this piece.

Thanks for coming out to NGUAC!

Glassedhouse responds:

Haha yeah! I make music on an extreme budget so my sound/production with realistic sounding instruments is somewhat limited (Like the piano you mentioned). Composition is my true passion! And I've been learning how to use the more technical side of Ableton for about 3 months now. Regardless, these are all pretty fair criticisms, and I'll definitely take them onto future songs I do in this style. Thank you!

Credits & Info

3.94 / 5.00

Aug 22, 2020
2:55 AM EDT
File Info
9.9 MB
4 min 21 sec

Licensing Terms

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