This is absolutely brilliant -- one of the best pieces I have heard here in a long time. It is so refreshing to listen to music composed by one who truly understands what sounds good. Listening to this .. you actually remind me of myself.
You should have contacted me and I would have gotten Asja Kadric for you lol
Seriously though, I am glad to hear you guys finished this at last. Very good rendition of one of my favourites of Soule's work.
Right! You've worked with Asja before haven't you? As amazing as it would've been to have her voice in the arrangement, I can't say the current singer didn't do the original justice!
Really awesome to get in touch with you again after so long, Bosa! Thanks a lot for dropping by :).
Now this does tell a story, and it's specific music like this that is useful for certain scenes. What's great about orchestral is the fact that the music can tell any story you want, and you're not restricted by your instruments or the contents of lyrics. As the song progressed, I could really picture the dance scene you described, and that's how you know you've created a good piece.
The strings in this -- particularly the solo violin -- are well written, and you utilized percussion very well to compliment the other instruments. Everything adds a satisfying fullness to the entire track.
Here are a few things you may improve on:
The production quality is very good, though I would have liked a little more reverb without going overboard.
As far as instrumentation, everything is great except a minor issue -- the snare/field drum is just a bit too loud -- percussion blends much better as instruments in the background, and that's why they're usually the ones in the back of the room. The celesta and glockenspiel combination works really well for this song. The break at 1:19 was a stroke of genius and really adds to the atmosphere.
Overall, I really enjoyed listening to this. Just keep working hard, improving, and trying out new ideas -- that's the best way to define both you and your music; and to make your work stand out above all the rest.
This has a very unique style to it, and has a good lyric structure.
Here are a few things you may improve on:
I know good recording equipment is quite expensive, but if you get some financial excess, you should consider investing in high quality mics. You can clean up the overall sound in your mastering and editing, but you'll have a more broadcast ready quality to your audio if you have higher quality mics.
I also wanted to hear more instruments in this -- to make the song even more interesting than it all ready is. I've never agreed with a minimalist approach to music, so maybe add another layer of acoustic guitar or other instruments/synths to fill in the gaps during the breaks in the lyrics. I like the acoustic sound, so more guitar added to this would have made it even better for me. Just experiment with different sounds and eventually you'll come up with something that makes the song more full.
I did enjoy listening to this, and in the future you may create something that will catch the attention of industry professionals. Just keep working, improving, and trying out new ideas -- that's the best way to define both you and your music; and to make your work stand out above all the rest.
Good luck in the future!
Thank you, this was very helpful! This track seemed to have more instruments than any of my other songs, so I was afraid it was already too "clunky", I guess. I will keep your advice in mind! In relation to the contest, there's probably not much I can do to upgrade my mic by the next deadline, but I have always wanted to buy a better microphone, and probably will in the future.
Anyway, thanks again!
This song shouts adventure -- a theme that tells me a great journey is about to unfold in some way.
You used each instrument pretty well in this, and I enjoyed the builds; and basically the overall structure of this piece. I am especially a fan of key changes as well, so you get a high five from me for that!
I could go on and on: good use of spic and staccato, the quality sound of the unison of different instruments, the extra cherry on top that's added with the violin performance -- just to name a few.
Please let me know when you compose more orchestral work. I truly enjoyed this piece!
Now this is top notch quality stuff! I could definitely see this in an animation.
I've come to expect only top notch quality from you, and it's certainly on display here! You're always the go-to when it comes to authentic jazz.
Newgrounds songs doesn't loop well anymore it would seem -- a side effect to the the new non-flash based system I guess. Unfortunate for loops now, but regardless this song really lifts my spirits. You certainly have a distinctive style that only you can produce, and your melodies always have an emotional feeling to them. If you continue to write with emotion, then people will continue to flock to your music no doubt.
I really cannot think of anything to change or add to this piece. It does remind me of some classics I used to play on the Super Nintendo, but this song has much more depth obviously. I truly enjoyed this one.
Flawless victory as usual. Keep on triggering my nostalgia!
Woah Bosa showed up okay
Yeah I noticed the thing with the loops after I uploaded; tis a shame, but it'll be okay I think
My crud always reminds you of Super Nintendo tho that's what you said last time I remember
Does anybody listen to Newgrounds audio anymore? It seems like the amount of listens we get have dropped terribly compared to what it used to be.
I agree; it used to be buzzing as 'the place' to go and discover new music. I'm not sure what the audio portal is about now... I'm guilty of not having been too active on here myself...
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