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Made for Audio Secret Santa '20. An electronic-orchestral hybrid that speaks to the stoppage of time.

I'm assigning post hoc a metacommentary meaning to this track that ties into one of my previous singles, Zo (https://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/905921). 2020 has been a crazy experience and I think the songs, side by side, resonate strongly with how my perspective on the state of life has changed.

Some musical notes about Nadir:

- Miyolophone and sleepless helped me with renders of various orchestral sounds. Cool people they are! You should witness their coolness yourself someday

- The sonic progression of the piece is constructed out of about six independent ideas that I figured out how to combine in a meaningful way.

- The crazy section at around 2.25 minutes in has 11-let swing with a 6-5 subdivision, which I didn't plan for when I was writing it but it felt like the appropriate timing

- I've had the main melody for this song in my head for a while so I'm happy that I was able to get it out in a way that I feel like does it some justice. Obviously I'll feel differently about that in a year when I improve some more

Enjoy. And thanks for your support this past year! It's been insane.

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Nice song! I definitely enjoyed it! I like how both the calm and energetic parts mix together.

This song's awesome; I love your style of writing (constant clear progression all the way through and "story-like-ish", like many pieces written for live instrumentation, especially in classical-ish stuff), and this song is yet another example of what I love about it: several neat ideas are explored, and the way they're tied together makes a lot of sense! My main criticism, like with most purely electronic stuff, is that I think there should be more dynamic variety; while there's plenty enough in between "movements" and even between certain instruments, like in the 11-tet crazy part, with a certain instrument(s) cutting through the others (I love that part; that on top of the fact it's in an odd time sig both make the off-beat hit SOOOOO hard, and still not feeling too frantic and jarring like, say, 7-lets probably would, and I absolutely LOVE THAT IT SOUNDS SO COOL!!1!), individual lines (solos/melody especially) I think could use a little more velocity variety to make it sound more expressive and "heart-felt", like a lot of it sounds like it's trying to be (not that it doesn't already, of course; just think this would amplify that further). Overall, I absolutely love the song, the melody is great, and the transitions and motivic stuff are awesome as always!

edit: this is probably especially dependent on personal preference, but the "arpeggiating" (probably technically incorrect but I think you know what I'm getting at) at the 11-let part feels a little odd to me; I think it's prob the high-ness; I think a lower sound would fit a bit better there but again, just personal preference; I am more of a low-end guy in general after all, so it's probably just that (low brass gang woot).



A great hit, just as always, the part at 2:56 gives me some cool vibes, but love the whole song :)

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4.69 / 5.00

Dec 30, 2020
11:10 PM EST
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6.9 MB
5 min 3 sec

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