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The Concept of Time

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Hello everybody!

This is my submission for the final round of this year's NGUAC. Time is a weird thing, isn't it? I tried to capture some of this weirdness with this track. I really hope you like it!

Feedback is very much appreciated!

You can also follow me here:

- YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/KevinMuellerMusic

- Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/27qBIzjjmxDRoJQf8Xc1LN

- Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/kevin-mueller/1514740528

As requested in the announcement thread, here's some evidence, that it is a 100% original track:

Software / Plugins used:

  • FL Studio 20 (DAW)
  • Kontakt 6 (Host for orchestral libraries)
  • iZotope Ozone 8 (Mixing / Mastering)
  • SPAN (Mixing)
  • OTT (Mixing)
  • Valhalla Room (Reverb)

Kontakt Libraries / VST's used:

  • Cinematic Strings 2 (Violins, Violas, Cellos and Double Basses)
  • Metropolis Ark 1 (Low Strings, French Horns, Cimbassi, Bass Trombones, Male Choir, Female Choir, Contrabassoons)
  • Cinewinds Core (Flute, Clarinets)
  • Heavyocity Damage (Organic Percussion, Cymbal rolls)
  • Jaeger (Various sound design elements)
  • The Giant (Piano)
  • Spitfire LABS (Dulcimer)


If needed, I could provide a midi export, the project file, and / or various screenshots.

Amazing artwork: https://www.deviantart.com/t1na/art/Clockwork-688594354


Thank you so much for the frontpage Newgrounds! :)

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I like the pensive mood at the beginning and the dark brass at :15. The harmonic content is a little bare, but the texture is still rich. I might’ve liked to hear a little more of the vocals at :48 in the mix, just because their part seemed a bit more mobile than the strings and brass, but the gorgeous melody at 1:14 helps keep me engaged shortly thereafter. The middle section of the piece has a really nice sense of triumph and direction to it, and the string riff at 2:24 was a fun play on the more legato version of the same riff at :32. I might have asked for a little more melodic flair and harmonic depth in the more energetic sections of the piece, but that’s being nitpicky. The production quality, sound design, atmosphere, phrasing, and melodies are all wonderful here. Keep up the good work, Kevin! ^_^

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

KevinMueller responds:

Thanks for the review and the kind words! :)
And thank you very much for hosting the NGUAC! Your patience with some of the contestants was amazing and inspiring. You did a really great job!

Credits & Info

4.49 / 5.00

Sep 11, 2020
4:51 PM EDT
File Info
7.5 MB
3 min 17 sec

Licensing Terms

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