I really enjoyed this fan rendition that was inspired by Tales of Zale! If you are not familiar with who I am; I'm the composer on the Tales of Zale series, and I wanted to say you did an awesome job with this piece.
I really enjoyed the atmospheric themes here. There are some varying moods here which is quite fitting to the Tales of Zale universe. It's really emotional and heartfelt throughout, and there is a lot of musical ideas here which is also great.
It was somewhat difficult to focus on the music with some of those sound effects, but it did help the entry sound more cinematic, making it sound like there is another media counterpart to go along with this piece, which is essentially what film music is.
The samples are not top-of-the-line, but I could hear through them and can really identify your talent in composition. Someday, when you get some really great sounding orchestra libraries, you'll be making high quality cinematic works in no time!
From a compositional and thematic standpoint, I do think there is room for improvement in terms of establishing a solid thematic musical motif. It's great as background music as it goes on, but a lot of character can truly shine when your piece of music has a very enticing musical theme/motif, even if it is very simple. In cinematic music, this is very essential as thematic elements help to support and compliment the story and plot of it's visual counterpart. Even if you are not writing to picture, keeping this in mind will help you create some wonderful cinematic pieces.
I enjoyed your track and I hope you continue to explore your creativity.
I would just like to say that I am 100% honored that you left a review on my song! I have seen other music you make and it is very impressive. I also saw the FL studio makeup of the actual ToZ 2 soundtrack. The skill you have is truly amazing. I aspire to have the skill level you are at. I can also understand why there would be such difficulty implementing this into the actual episode.
I am sure you went soft on the review for my song, for I'm sure it had many other mistakes. I have never made a cinematic song before so this was a HUGE learning experience. GarageBand was one of the hardest obstacles to overcome. I would also like to thank Hikuaran and yourself for this opportunity to join the contest with a song. Thank you for leaving information for a beginner!
As far as musical motifs go, I also agree. Next time I make a cinematic song (Or most songs for that matter) I will focus on creating a motif that will be strong. Thanks for pointing that out or else I may have never noticed that.
Thank you so much for leaving a review!
I could've just eaten some Chipotle and recorded the noises I make a few hours after I ate it. Would've ended up with the same exact result.
But really gross awesome stuff dude :D
Hey there! I'm going to try my review questionnaire template that I have on my tracks, so I hope that's okay with you.
1. What what were some of the first musical ideas/elements in this track caught your attention?
>>> Considering your use of tonal samples, the background music you've provided under the samples fit quite well with the chopped up samples. Awesome!
2. What are some aspects of this track you think may need improvement and how would you personally improve on it?
>>> I feel like the sampled elements should be a bit more legible, both in understanding what the vocals were saying as well as more clarity on the tonal elements of the sample.
3. Could you see this track being used for a professional commercial setting? If so, where would this track be applicable? (i.e. video games, TV, movie soundtrack)
>>> This just sounds like a fun track to listen to for fun :D
4. If I've noted this track's function ("Made for a video game" etc...) do you feel that I've potentially fulfilled it's purpose for said use?
5. How is the recording/mixing/production quality overall? (1-10 rating is fine, feel free to write more if you'd like to make some points about the production quality).
>>> Some of the percussion elements aren't mixed too well with the overall timbre the track creates. It's a bit too upfront and punchy especially with the snares and cymbals.
6. Do you feel this track is well arranged and composed as a stand-alone piece and/or a functional (to be applied for commercial/professional use) piece of music?
>>> As this is mostly a remix/sampled sort of track it actually executes that quite well. Nice work!
Very nice game themes here. Guitar playing is very solid and the lead melody works extremely well for what you're trying to accomplish. I think adding more layers should've came in a bit earlier instead of at the very very end. I'd personally like to hear more variation in the middle, or maybe some sort of development or "B Section." Other than that, this should serve it's original function as game music very well. Great job!
I didn't want to stray too much away from the main theme, but you might be right.
Wow, well that was pretty intense... Everything was really well done! I didn't know really what this was at first, but I was taken in within the first few seconds. Things got real for sure! I never really heard much like this before, and I must say this is really awesome! I want to mention some specific things from the story, but I don't want to spoil anyone.
Amazingly, for the length it was perfect how everything came together.
I'm really glad you enjoyed it Matthew! Hopefully we can have you work with us on the next project!
I came here not expecting what I just heard. Maybe it was the fact it was labeled as "Other - Misc" but genres can get kind of silly... Anyways; Right off the bat, the soundscape you created along with the somewhat detuned piano synth worked really well together. I am usually off-put by some detuned instruments unless I really need it for a film or game project. Bring in the powerful lead pads into the beat and things really take off. The complex sequence of sounds are pretty stimulating, and kept me interested, waiting for more! The subtle low bass going on during the quiet transitional section was pretty awesome. With my sub turned on it really kept that part alive. Having this beat vamp out to the end was a good move to end it. Usually tracks will go back to the heavy "chorus" section but I think you did enough to really get the point across here. Sometimes I like to make "extended" versions or other versions of my tracks, wouldn't hurt to try that out right? It could give your work more versatility in terms of usability. This is awesome BFP, you should really stop by in the review thread more often, people really enjoy your work!
Glad you liked it, and yeah, I'm trying to be a little more active on the forum in general. I get kind of distracted then end up only really dropping by to make sure no one is breaking any rules then off I go again.
But yeah... More is coming, I've got a couple more projects I'm currently actively working on that will hopefully be up soonish.
Thanks for the review.
The intro section here really drew me in. Not expecting the trance-techno elements coming up soon helped to make the entrance of the initial beat much more exciting. The vocal element that's there is actually pretty well-fitted to the style you've produced here as well.
However, I did feel that bassline at the entrance of the beat wasn't as fitting as it could be. Not much about the actual music you have there, maybe it was just the synth you had there.
Overall I think you really captured the essence of this track making sure everything was relevant and was for the better of the production.
Good stuff! Keep it coming!
As per your description; A "lonely" feeling is not really what I sense here. It seems a bit heavy when the piano and the bass line comes in, and it might be a little abrupt. It may be your choice in instruments and the way you texture them, more specifically the piano. MIDI or synthesized piano can be a bit harsh especially when you leave the velocity alone and let it stay at one velocity for each note. The square feel of the groove here does help make sense of it though. 0:37 is a nice phrase, but as the phrase draws to a close it gets a bit thick when you add in the previous instruments (and the same parts for that matter). The automation with the speed is really cool and starts to create something totally new, right at the end I do start to see how it could seem "lonely" as you described. Now, just throwing out ideas here; it would be cool to arrange a whole section of this track based on what the ending sounds like. Basically you'd be further developing it into a development section and then maybe somehow going back to the ideas from the beginning. The harmony overall is very interesting. I'm reminded of many minimalist pieces, but this is sometimes what some younger producers end up doing unintentionally when they create tracks that are loop-based or heavily reliant on recycling short phrases. Don't know if it was intentional in your case, but it does have that vibe. The instruments were rocking out a little too hard at times, considering your beat was a little more mellow, laid back and chilled out. I think if you spent a little more time with refining some of your instrument choices and take notice in the overall texture you create, it would really help portray the expressive ideas you really want to evoke onto your listeners. Enjoyed it :]
I think what you have here sounds really nice. I understand you're just using soundfonts but I try to see past that when listening. You can still make your piano and whatever sounds still sound emotional. Even if you are playing in the notes with a MIDI controller or not, there's a lot you can do with velocity editing and automation. I think some of the textural sounds-capes you have created using orchestral instruments fits well with the music. It may be a little pop-ish for my taste, but it sounds nice and that's what really matters. I feel there is a lack of melody and with this very strong chord progression, there is more than enough room to come up with a simple, yet effective melody for your piece.
I know for one, I am not the kind of person to go back and fix things like that since I just take it for what it is and move on to another project.
Take it or leave it, that's my two cents.
I would really love to hear more from you. See if you can spend some time trying something a bit out of your comfort zone. Push your boundaries a little, who knows it might spark something great in your writing.
If you need any technical or music related advice let me know, I'm always glad to help.
I just placed all the notes with a mouse. I do have a keyboard that I can hook up to MIDI but the keys are just ON/OFF buttons so it doesn't allow for much expressiveness. I intended to go back and vary the volume of the piano notes but the project files don't work right anymore.
I'm not aware of soundfonts having a velocity adjustment.
This music is intended to just be variations around the main note progression and I didn't want any melodic elements standing above that.
Out of my comfort zone = jazz. Grin.
Thanks for the advice and the offer for more advice.
This is a good hip-hop vibe. Really tasteful groove and musical ideas here man. My only concern is that your Beast Wars sample is a off time to the beat, enough that it feels a little uneasy to listen to when it comes in. I really think that theme fits, but it has to be in time with the groove.
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