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Reviews for "Becoming Independent"

Great song step. You sure are staying amazing. Love the song! Oh and Good guess

Step responds:

Haha thanks.

Maybe it's just me--I didn't hear anything very repetitive going on in this piece. I think I understand why you selected pop as the genre, regarding the beats. Mostly, this is still cinematic, though it is good to know you're branching out some, genre wise.

The piano melodies and chords, as well as the strings, are arranged really nice.

Dang, even though you've rushed it, it's still very good, and I'm glad it does! Just be sure to get the rest you need, for future projects. :)

(I don't think I'd be able to rush any on my music--or anything else really. I LIKE taking my time haha. I heavily dislike having to rush on things.)

Step responds:

Hey SFJ! Nice of you to drop by again!

Yeah I don't think this is strictly pop, but I feel like it's the closest genre, as a lot of the instrumentation is pretty typical of a pop song.

As I said to Bosa, rushing really isn't my thing... I hate cutting corners and it killed me inside to have to do it, but it was either that or them using the iffy and unfitting stock music they had used as a placeholder. I say unfitting mainly because it wasn't even long enough to fit the whole film, so literally halfway through, it stopped and starting again! I thought that was very jarring.

It's actually a pretty long story how I had to score this in just one day, but I may as well tell it now, if you're down for putting up with my wall of text haha.

Basically, towards the end of August, a friend of mine who dabbles in film production contacted me asking me if I could score a film he's doing for Malta's independence day. I declined, as I didn't want to get involved in something while being so busy with other projects, but, not to leave him without a composer, I suggested someone here on Newgrounds, who eventually agreed to score the film.

Of course, to score something, you first need some kind of timed storyboard or ideally the completed film, but the film was still in production when I suggested the Newgrounds composer, so nothing was able to be sent at the time. The producers of the short film ran into some complications getting permissions to film at the airport, causing them to have to wait MULTIPLE WEEKS for the permission. When they finally got the go-ahead, they rushed to film and edit the video.

By mid-September, the film was finally ready, with only a FEW DAYS to spare before the final deadline, when the film would have to be complete, music and all. Meanwhile, the composer I recommended wasn't responding to messages and just flat-out disappeared (I learnt later on that he had no internet for a while and couldn't respond), so once again they were left without a composer. I felt kinda bad, because I was the one who recommended this guy and I'd feel like it'd be partially my fault if he didn't deliver, so I ultimately agreed to score it myself in the four-odd days that were left, which I thought was manageable.

Then, as if it couldn't get any worse, my friend came up to me, announcing that the director changed the deadline to THE FOLLOWING DAY, and told me that they'll probably stick with the stock music they were using as a placeholder, seeing as he thought there wouldn't be enough time to score a 6-minute video. That was when, me being the crazy dumbass I am, I said I'd do it in a night. One sleepless (but certainly not coffee-less) night later, I somehow finished the score.

In a way the only person who got me in that situation was myself. I could've just told them to stick with the stock music, which would've been more feasible, but I kinda threw logic and reason out of the window and made something anyway. They were really appreciative and in the end it was a great experience for me, but damn, I'll never forget the near-dead state I was upon finishing the score haha.

Apologies for the ramble! Thanks again for the review. c:

I like how it gets from soothing, to exciting. Makes me smile. :)

Step responds:

The tricky part for me was to decide WHEN to change it to exciting, and how gradually to do so. Remember, this was a film score, and the scorer of the film basically dictates the excitement of the film, so it was important to make sure that the excitement levels were suitable.

Anyway glad you liked it :3.

I would have to agree with you, it does sound like very generic cheesy music for a documentary or some kind of uplifting propoganda about being yourself and the like.

Out of all the sounds, I love the drums and strings the most. <3

Step responds:

I kinda like the piano over here myself, but I wish I mixed it a little better :(.

Glad you enjoyed it, despite its very apparent cheese!

I cannot make a score in one night (unless it is 30 seconds), but not everyone has the complicated resources as I. It is interesting that you submitted this here; I'm sure there are many Newgrounders who need some motivational music to perk them up.

This song does bring me back to the Wii days, must be said.

Step responds:

Hey Bosa!

Hahaha there is a sort of Wii vibe to some of the melodies here. That's a really interesting observation.

You know, I honestly didn't think I could finish this in one night either. I compose very slowly. For instance, my more recent track "Chompy" was a last-minute custom soundtrack for a game here on Newgrounds with the same name, and it took me around four days to finish (mind you, I was working on it for a sizeable amount of hours each day). On top of that, it was only 2 minutes and a half long! Making this score in one night is still crazy for me, regardless of how much copypasta and rushed sections there are.

Thanks for dropping by!