the harmonies sound gorgeous and the steadily growing calmly atmo is quite lovely
some words seem sliiiiiiiiiiiiiightly out of tune for me (like 'down' in 'Lay down your sword') but they're very very few
loved how it all sounds when the third voice joins in again at 5:23 with the new instruments. the entire piece carries a strong sense of coherence too which positively adds to its peaceful mood
oh man this piece
it's so funkily comfy
the main lead is seriously addictive. i wanna sonically hug it
ty garlagan =D
lovely vibes lunacy
the first few seconds effectively reminded me of some final fantasy boss fight
i like the many sections and how they're connected.
２：４６ ｉｓ ｆｕｎ
the entire comp's got a sort of old school progressive taste which ain't easy to achieve
the mix needs a bit of work tho. the organ is delicious but is at the same level or louder than the vox, which is a pity cause it's masking your comfy timbre
the chorus is genius btw and the lyrics are extra nice there
OMG GARLAGAN hi
=> final fantasy boss fight
Haha you're not the first person to think it sounds like a boss fight! I had a friend who described it as 'Bowser's Castle music'.
Ahhh glad it works! I think I said this somewhere else as well, but I was considering cutting it because it felt a bit random—but then I listened to some more Dream Theater and decided to keep it.
Yeah, I definitely need to work on my mixing. Listening to my song side-by-side with tracks like yours or johnfn's really show how much more my production skills have yet to go :P Thanks for the suggestion though! Matching levels isn't usually my first instinct when writing music but I'll definitely keep it more so in mind in future songs.
I reaaaaaaally like your adjectives.
Thanks for dropping by and leaving a review! And good luck in the competition—that Phonom's a tough nut to crack, but your piece is super strong as well. I'll leave a review for it soon! :D
this is just incredible Phono
so many flavours flawlessly put together
it's conveying intense emotions in an exquisite way
love the electronic elements/instruments, mostly the arp that accompanies the guitar solo. i think the guitar there gets a bit overshadowed by the synth that remains on the foreground which is the only thing i'm unsure whether it was intentional
my favourite part has to be the transition between Part II and Part III. Also, the latter adds a sort of sweet spice that stays present in the entire composition when you relisten
I appreciate the kind words, and if you sincerely enjoy it that's all that matters to me. You've pushed me to write such a piece so it wouldn't have existed without you to some degree. In regards to the synth being in the forefront during some parts of the guitar solo, you would be right in general, but it was merely a thing I felt was needed as I was mixing. I didn't think having the guitar solo in front of the mix and treated like a vocal part really worked in this occasion. I was hearing it and really wanted more cowbell... err synths. I'll give an example: at 5:01, the stacked guitar part really is simple. The melodic contour is just going down in steps by fourths: C-G, Bflat-F. Really nothing too interesting, but it is the progression that highlights the guitar because as the guitar plays those 4 notes, the synth makes those notes into the thirds as opposed to what one would hear to be roots without the context. Subtle, but the point I’m trying to make is that it's what I was wanting to hear in the mix. I appreciate the review and the time you took to writing it!
all the instruments sound so soothing, especially the punchy gentle sinetriangle-ish leads
each part is inviting which is key imo, and even more for long tracks
the transitions work so well too; 2:37-2:52 is particularly beautiful
only one tiny thing, i'd accompany the cymbal at 4:47 with a kick below; sounds slightly outta place otherwise (like on the wrong beat)
the mix is impeccable btw. everything rightfully balanced and in the right place
Hey garla! Thanks for the kind words :D
Oh yeah punchy gentle leads that totally makes sense :P i was also worried about 2:37 sounding empty but it looks like it worked anyway
Note to self: maybe someday stop treating crashes and drums as separate puzzle pieces (crashes being currently categorized under "sound effects") and instead put them on the same track like every drumset ever
WHAT IS THAT N DOING THERE
The main melody is rather satisfying
I'd have it more on the front of the mix maybe, it feels a bit quiet at times (2:00, 4:33)
It's got quite a lot of variations; a matter that gets quickly important due to my spotty attention span. it's still a bit on the long side for my taste though
3:30 is quite quite remarkable
Soothingly reminds me of Uematsu's earlier works
130.4 is a wondrous BPM by the by
My work likened to that of Uematsu? That's one hell of a compliment. Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed!
your melodies are always so good. KEEP IT UP BABY
"..where I simply sit and stare at the computer until a good melody occurs to me"
this is really good exercise
Thanks garlagan :D :D I have been listening to your song on repeat, it's so good! ^_^
Have my babies
Man your melodies are insanely good. Maybe even too good. Makes me feel too much.
Digging your kind of new approach on drums. More layered and punchier.
The track may be a little too long for my tastes and there are some parts that transitioned a bit fast towards the end. But that's just personal preference.
A little detail I tend to pick up on your tracks is that the crash cymbal you use tends to sound kinda generic and maybe even aggressive considering your style (5:20).
By the way 3:08 is probably my favourite part, when that little glockenspiel comes in, blending everything so well: Children playing, beautiful piano and nostalgic melodies. But then again the intro is absolutely gorgeous as well as 4:35 so I can't decide.
Also: etherealwinds!!! His voice is great and so unique! Adds a fantastic flavour to the tune!
Great track, keep it up John!
I'M COMING FOR YOU GARLAGAN :D
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