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This is beyond amazing!
The composition is really great. I love how you actually tell a story with the track. I sadly don't see this being done very often today...
The orchestration is top-notch! And that choir! Is it actually singing "Benjamin" or am I going crazy? :D Did you use a virtual instrument for that choir? I know that Hollywood Choirs can sing custom phrases, but I also know how painful and tedious it is to get it to sound like the way you actually want it to...
The only tiny little problem I have is with the mastering. It is very loud. Parts like 4:04 sound great on good speakers / headphones, but can sound a bit distorted on crappy speakers.
I usually set the ceiling of my limiter to around -0.1db, which should resolve the problem.
Overall, this is one of the best entries (if not the best) I've heard so far, for the NGUAC.
Where the hell do you get the energy from, to compose an 8.5 minutes long score? Is it dark magic? It's gotta be dark magic...
I really like to tell a story by music, that'd be the main reason why I aim for the cinematic scoring.
Thank you for complimenting my orchestration! I guess this all comes over time, basically by listening to other people's work and of course practice! Within the time you just learn which instrument you use to express certain feelings.
Yes, I tried my best to let the choir sing "Benjamin". I'm glad you could hear it out! My secret is that I actually work with basic vocals - Beh-Ah-Ieh in this case. I have added the Bn J Mn afterwards separately. This of course also needs lots of practice and fine tuning to make it sound organic and realistic. I could rebuild the lyrics of the Skyrim/Dovahkiin theme this way, too.
I actually wasn't aware of that 'problem'. I only use high-end audio devices and nothing sounds distorted there. I might consider buying 'cheap' headphone and check it out in the future, haha.
Composing a piece of 8 minutes isn't anything impressive, at least for me. I have been composing a symphony of 36 minutes recently which I will upload around Halloween time. After that being done, a composition of 8 minutes actually is something huge to me. Most of my orchestral pieces do have a length of more than 6 minutes after all. All you need is lots of time, patience and passion. Since my current financial income, comes from music, this privilege is given to me and I have the time to compose for several hours per day.
It surely doesn't hurt to compose long tracks within short time when you are aiming for cinematic music. Cinematic soundtracks may last around 90 minutes after all, and you definitely don't want to spend composing it for a year. =)
Sounds like something from the PS2 Ratchet and Clank games at first.
I think you're a potential winner.
lol :/ 0.05 difference in score, your should be higher than mine :)