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I like it!
Feels like soundtrack to a movie or something!
The orchestra are the best!
This reminded me very much of Michael Giacchino's score to Up (amazing soundtrack to an incredible film, in case you haven't seen it). This track was not-quite-pop, not-quite-jazz, and not-quite-cinematic... it sounded like one of those fun compositions from the post-romantic / mid-impressionistic period.
I LOVE the score to Up! That comparison makes me oh so very happy. <3
As far as genre, I tried to be cinematic with my orchestration, yet "pop-like" with my melodic material. At the same time, I tried to use some jazzy chord progressions (a bit of a lydian feel here and there, lots of borrowed chords, chromatic bass lines, etc). I have no idea what to label it, so I'll stick with yours.
Thanks for the review! :D
Here is your personal review for round 2 of the NGADM! Keep in mind, this review will be harsher than the round 1 review! I will be poking at songs more in each consecutive round, because it will naturally be more difficult to advance.
-Oh my gosh this reminds me so much of something that I can't remember. It's like the largest feeling of deja vu ever. Mainly the chords and staccato in the woodwinds.
-I love how you build up the piece, it's very nice.
-Personally, I don't think your samples are bad at all. Though since I don't make orchestral music and personally consider soundfonts to be adequate, that might not be the biggest compliment.
-The staccato in the woodwinds is something I don't normally hear in music.
-Mixing is fine by me.
-The development of the piece, while being a great buildup, really could either use some reiteration of the main melody toward the end or an extension and a drop of tension more than the sudden ending you had.
-The ending of this is... well, I'm sure you already know it - it's not too good. Could have used quite a bit of improvement.
Overall: I really really really like this. I think I'll give it a 8.8/10 if you promise to develop your song more, particularly giving a proper ending to it.
I've had two different people tell me it sounds like the music from UP!, so I might have been subconsciously hearing that as I composed! I can't remember the music except from the fact that I loved it, so I'll need to go back and listen...
And yes, I definitely know about the ending. I had this epic idea in mind but could not figure out how to execute it for the life of me. After this contest is over, I plan on going back and giving this piece some TLC.
Thank you for the review! It is much appreciated.