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10 Pieces of Bread

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This is my submission for the final round of NGUAC 2020. I hope ya'll like it.

Wrote a lengthy blog post about how I made it:


Sounds Used

Electric Guitar


Audio Modeling...

SWAM Clarinets

SWAM Flutes

SWAM Double Reeds

SWAM Saxophones

SWAM Violins



Pro-Q 3

Valhalla DSP...

Vintage Verb



EWQL Symphonic Orchestra (old Kontakt version)

Pianoteq (with "K2 Grand Piano" instrument)

D16 Sytorus





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Great stuff!

I like the cutesy oom-pah action at the beginning and the string melodies. Sounds like the beginning of a musical - I envision the quieter parts go along with the dialogue, and then there’s a lot of choreography that goes with the busier parts. I also like the rather granular structure of the piece, with similar-sounding string melodies repeating in relatively short succession and fun “diversions” in between. Admittedly, the more sultry and melancholic part at 1:25 threw me off a bit, but by 1:50 I’m sold on the wild melodrama of the piece’s arrangement. Still, it’s a nice touch to return to some version of the main melody at 2:08. I might’ve liked to hear a more creative conclusion than the repetition of the “oom-pahs” at the end, but perhaps it’s meant to be a loop. I also might’ve liked to see you do a bit more with the drums at some point. Still, super fun piece overall! It’s a bit difficult to imagine as a stand-alone piece at times, but the colorful sound design and catchy motifs make it easy to envision a piece of media (musical, video game, or otherwise) to go along with it. Oh, and the mixing is fantastic. Strong work, Michael! ^_^

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

I think the bassoon and bass could come down slightly in the mix -- a dB or two.

Cute use of 808 tom it sounds like.

This piece is lovely and bright.

I would prefer snare to interact more with the left channel or sit in the middle.

Phrasing in this piece is strong, and so are movements. Reminds me very much of Disney scoring. My favorite moment would probably be 2:24. I was not ready for the end at 2:33 and would have liked the entire ensemble to have a nice 2 note stinger on the end with the 1 and 5. So, quarter rest, quarter rest, eighth rest, 8th note, quarter note stinger.

I really loved throughout your lead writing. Very pleasant little piece.

I also disagree that the strings should have had more reverb. The bright sound I feel is very appropriate.

Thanks for coming out to NGUAC!

-Official NGUAC 2020 Final Round Review-

What a nice orchestration we have here: I really like how you made the violins notes short on purpose, to give that feeling of “Fairy tale” like ambience. The lead strings, even if they could have had a little more reverb, are pretty good as well. At 0:28, the transition feels quite out of place; maybe a sort of “marching percussions” pattern would have connected better the related two segments of the track. The rest of the first half of the track flows nicely, almost like something you can hear in a Disney classic, till the bridge at 1:25, which I found well-composed. Same goes for the “Egyptian” section at 1:50, brilliant choice. The cymbals at 2:12 are too wet, you could have made their sound a little drier and brighter, and maybe stereo-pan them to give more impact to that section in particular. Summing up, I think your submission is quite the piece, well done!

Originality: 1.8/2
Composition: 2/2
Structure: 1.7/2
Tecnicity: 1.5/2
Impact: 1.7/2
Total: 8.7/10

mm bread :) anyway this is great! super silly and i love where the chord progression goes and how it varies itself up and takes you to where you don't expect, awesome job :)

Credits & Info

4.26 / 5.00

Sep 7, 2020
4:59 PM EDT
File Info
2.3 MB
2 min 34 sec

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