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Reviews for "King Samulis"

Good, but I would have liked a little more build-up here and there...

Bosa responds:


thats good for medieval ^^

Bosa responds:

Thanks yo!

Here is your personal review for your round 1 submission! Remember that the score might be a little lower than I would normally give, I'm being a tad harsher than I'd normally be for the NGADM.

The Good:
-Nice choir in there! I do wonder where you got it, however.
-Okay, your percussion is great. Very great. I particularly like how you included what sounds kind of like a drum kit in the second half.
-Your instruments are good quality, and the way you use them is quite nice as well.

The Not-So-Good:
-First of all, the mixing. In several areas, there was noticeable distortion (areas: 0:00-0:08, around 0:24, around 0:33, 1:03-1:17), most likely due to frequencies that were overly loud. You might want to lower the volume of some instruments or equalize them.
-The transition at 0:57-1:03 is rather awkward, there's too long a pause before the next part. I AM glad that you gave a clear indication that 'this is a new section'. However, an actual section in between that transitioned would be very good.
-Many of your melodies have the same issue as Samulis (Since you both make extremely similar meandering movie music) - they're too meandering. Keep an idea and use it more than once toward the beginning and end, this will give more formatting to your song and let people 'latch onto' something.
-The horn line at 0:36 and 0:38, doing the trills, is a bit awkward. The samples it sounds like you used are too slow for the trills to be clean, so they come out quite messy and indistinct.

Overall: This is good, and I'd have to say it's slightly better than Samulis' song (mainly because of the unique choirs), though you definitely need to fix the mixing and meandering. As I said to Samulis - I can't say *too* much to songs with meandering melodies. They're a tad harder to review, particularly if without the meandering it's generally very good as this is. I will give this song a 7.3/10.

This is an NGADM Round 1 Review.


I'm in two minds about this track. On the one hand, this has the power one would expect from a film score, coupled by some interesting composition, expressive instrumentation, high-quality samples and excellent execution. On the other hand, the mixing and mastering is lacking, the structure is all over the place, some parts are uninteresting and the composition, while interesting, isn't memorable.

Taking the composition, I'm torn between liking it and finding it uninteresting. There were some really sweet brass chords and very audible and noticeable rises in intensity. However, you focused a lot on following a story and not enough on the structure of the track and its composition, so it didn't make it very memorable. Parts at 0:44 felt pretty unnecessary.

The instrumentation was fantastic. The low brass was positively menacing and the high brass sounded regal and very 'fit-for-a-king'. The choirs sounded awesome, and the drums were bassy and punchy, to really highlight the power this track conveys. High-quality samples were just icing to the cake.

That said, the production wasn't as good as I expected it to be. The track is well executed. The fanfare at the beginning was perfectly placed, the buildup at 1:14 was phenomenal, etc... but mixing and mastering were disappointing. The waveform clips a lot. The clipping even becomes audible at certain points like 0:06. The choirs were also awkwardly mixed in at 1:04. I mean, don't get me wrong. In some lights the mixing is great; it's a well-balanced and clear mix. The clipping, however, tells another story.

Overall, this is very impressive in some lights and lacking in others. However, not bad in general!



First off (I'm posting this to everyone): Note that the scores might be a bit lower than what's typical for NG reviews - no one should expect a 10/10 unless their entry was absolutely incredible.


The title and description has changed my perception of this track considerably: rather than being a standard thematic orchestral/soundtrack piece with triumphant horn-filled parts and dramatic battle-scene parts, I'm now almost viewing it as a parody of the style. It certainly does the job well either way. And you and samulis are so cuuuuuuuuuuute together when you do it like this ^__________^

One of the first thing I've noticed is that the mix is a bit harsh, and this seems almost inevitable considering the instrumentation: a loud, blaring brass section dominates throughout, and the percussion is mostly sharp and metallic. Even the choir sings mostly staccato bursts. It fits the description very well, but some polishing to make it sound more pleasant wouldn't hurt. The sounds used are great - the deep brass is rough and detailed, while the smoother string and trumpet parts carry their melodies beautifully. And the huge reverb is gorgeous.

The first 64 seconds are excellent: the transitions from triumph through dissonant drama to silent suspense are all very well done, and show one of the great strengths of orchestral music, which is the use of a huge dynamic range for emotional impact (though as mentioned earlier, emotional impact is weakened quite a bit with a title and description like the one you have provided). I like the really simple bass motif after 16 seconds, three hard Ds and then two softer D#'s: the unnerving semitone step and the straightforward BAM BAM BAM shows the listener that this King Samulis is the real deal and don't fucking play. The horn intro is nice as well, and fits the narrative, and also just about cliché enough to make me smile.

I have a couple of problems with the part after that: first off, the choir is singing random syllables, which is weird and distracts from the other parts (especially since the choir is pretty dominant at that point. The brass section could be kicked up a notch there to create more a more impactful crescendo before 1:18). Also the percussion is wayy dry - it's not a particularly pretty sound, and some reverb would help mask that and perhaps also help make the mix somewhat less harsh as I mentioned earlier. Everything else seems to be playing in a huge hall or arena, so when the metallic percussion sounds like it's being played in front of your face, it's not as easy to get immersed in the track. Apart from those two points, this part is just as great as the one that preceeds it, with strong melodies and great instrumentation.

1:45 is often a bit sparse: you'd usually need around 3 minutes to really flesh out some musical ideas into a song. I find that's not really the case for this song, as I can count 4-5 distinct parts with different musical ideas (that are still connected by the transitions and the shared instrumentation), and you get most of them across before continuing onwards to the next one. I still wouldn't mind if you extended the first 15 seconds and the part after 1:21 to really show some chops when it comes to more complex melody, harmony, composition and so on. Most of the ideas in this song are still pretty simple and straightforward.

9 points for sounds and instrumentation.
8 points for composition and melody/harmony.
6 points for theme/originality/other things that might impress.

Overall impression: 8.5