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Desert Fever

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NGUAC 2020 finals submission


I remembered my last year's submission where I introduced four cultures and worked them out into a soundtrack. Now I decided to do a familiar thing but just with one culture, where I would give it more attention, along with orchestral accompaniment. My decision went for oriental! :P

As usually, this rather long soundtrack involves several emotions, which tell a story.


This soundtrack offers:

  • various emotions
  • BPM switches
  • three different steps (6/8 then 4/4 then 7/8)
  • much variety because of the length
  • your full attention :3


Soundtrack quality checked with different devices! ~


Instruments list:


Double Basses

1st Cello

2nd Cellos

Violas

Violins

Saz

Sitar

Bassoon

Clarinet

Alto Flute

Ney

Duduk

Trombones

Horns

Shellhorn

Female soilists

Shouts

Female background choir

Taiko

Toms

Udu

Bongo

Tambourine

Sticks

Cymbals

Shaker


Worktime: Between 60 and 70 hours

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It's magnificent!

I can tell there was a lot of effort put into this. This is epic xD

nice i like it so much

I like the drone at the beginning and the flutes and sitar riffs you fashion around it. You’ve really set up a haunting, cinematic flair to the piece, and by around 1:20 the vocals are just chilling. The injection of energy at 2:45 was a welcome change - something sounds devious about that string line, and the contrapoint with the horns later on was a nice touch. The percussion at around 3:20 is awesome. The (vocals?) that pop in at 3:35 or so had a bit of a strange articulation, and some of the transitions later in the piece (at 4:18, for example) were a bit sudden. Naturally, you follow that particular one I just mentioned with a gorgeous string melody, and my slight, nitpicky concerns with the piece fade away yet again. I also really like the moaning vocals that fade in at various places in the piece, notably at around the 7-minute mark. The last couple of minutes, starting with the danceable fanfare at 8:00 or so, provide for a climactic conclusion to this momentous work of art - and then you outdid yourself again with the cello melody. This piece is a truly special cinematic event, Vocif. Well worth the 60-70 hours (but that’s easy for me to say). Well done. Also, consider this an early invitation to join the judging squad for next year, if you want. We’d love to have someone with your acumen on the team. :)

Mixing, mastering, and balance
2/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
1.5/1.5
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
2/2
Instrumentation and sound design
1/1
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
1.5/1.5
Originality and uniqueness
1/1
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
1/1
Composite score
10/10

Wow! Truly stunning and beautiful! What a journey! Tremendous work! Congrats!

Credits & Info


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Downloads
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Votes
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Score
4.81 / 5.00

Uploaded
Sep 12, 2020
10:31 AM EDT
Genre
Cinematic
File Info
Song
25 MB
10 min 36 sec

Licensing Terms

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