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Now I understand your excitement about your new toys. This is definitely an upgrade in sound design.

Everything is excellent. I like what you did with the choir :D

I didn't expect to hear this genre from you, but it's very enjoyable :)

KevinMueller responds:

Thank you!
Yeah, I really like this genre. It's a nice change from the cinematic stuff. :)

The orchestration is excellent. I noticed many types of articulations, and they all seem to fit perfectly. My favorite part of the song is the percussion, the cymbals especially; they greatly enhance the intensity of the eerie vibe. The rising piano run leading to the ending is spectacular.

LucidShadowDreamer responds:

Thank you! I had a hard time picking out the articulations for this one, so I'm glad if it paid of. I used a lot of "short" sounds, as that made the most sense, given the fast tempo, and how difficult it would be to mix if all the layers stayed in place for a long time.

I'm very happy with the cymbals myself! Instead of using an orchestral cymbal, I used a good drum kit, with many different cymbal articulations, and I placed all the hits myself.
I'm still impressed by your ear, as I think you notice individual details behind all the layers (in particular, the piano coming back in the end, a little bit a time).

I predict this will get the highest score.

LD-W responds:

We'll see what the judges think haha

The melodies are lovely! Cinewinds sounds better than I expected based on what I heard about it.

AceMantra responds:

Thanks! I've been quite happy with Cinewinds Core so far. My only complaint is that I wish it had more instruments. There is Cinewinds Pro as well but that's a big chunk of change.

The last section is one of the beautiful things I ever heard.

I love the banjo and claps during section two, and the intimate romantic strings in section three. The saxophone sounds so real.

The mix is clean most of the time, and the reverb and delay effects contribute to a rich romantic atmosphere.

I really like the choice of chords thorough the composition.

The strings stand out as not being humanized, and the violins mask some countermelodies in section two - perhaps piccolo or flute+piccolo in octaves could be better for those counter melodies.

To humanize the violins in section two, and in general, try to "ease in" each melodic phrase with dynamic and expression automation, and add an "ease out" by decreasing the dynamics and expression at the end. It's like creating an arc but with a long flat top. You can also change the note timings slightly so that they're not perfectly on the beat.

I love the expression of the lead and the unexpected chords. It's pretty relaxing.

woah, this is one of the best songs I've heard from you in years :D I love the sound and expression of the oboe in the beginning.

Wow. You captured the cold, desolate atmosphere perfectly. The instrumentation is awesome; I love how you blended in synths for a more otherworldly vibe. The music evokes a vivid picture in my mind of a beautiful serene landscape. The english horn seems to represent the anguish and mourning of the dead.

This is on par with some of my favorite video game songs from likes of Jeremy Soule and Borislav Slavov. You definitely have what it takes to be among the best :) I wish this could be on Spotify so I can add it to my vgm playlist.

Deemo-R responds:

Thanks Everratic! I've only just recently found some of Slavov's work in Divinity II and that comparison is extremely humbling. There's definitely a sort of magic that's hard to match with the best of them, but it's always fun to try and see how close we can get!

I've been wanting to have this on Spotify, but it's a part of a collaborative album that the team is still sorting out. Once it's up I'll probably be able to post the other arrangement I did of a friend's desert theme as well, so fingers crossed!

Im in love with your detuned synths. I like the vocal effects.

LD-W responds:

If I can slip any of my designed virus-esq patches into a project, I'll always take the chance to ;)

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