The Shadow of Loneliness
A splendid piece, very enjoyable. I listened to this piece with the youtube video. So I saw most of the images. Before I review the music, let me just make a couple points:
I wished I hadn't viewed the images because they distracted me to make a purely musical review. There were some really cool pictures and I just like it too much lol.
The song is so long. I understand that there is a story, which is good. Being a man fascinated and extremely critical of stories and literature, again this review may be tainted. A good story is hard to come by these days eh?
So here comes my weird biased review. This song begins steadily and it seems very dark. Dark but the sounds are very light at the same time. I am instantly drawn to the song at this point. The beautiful yet lonely voice of the piano vibrates through the story, picking up velocity and power. The pace at which the song is moving at this point halts, giving me time to reflect on what had just happened, but not much time as it picks back up again quickly. The voice changes as I believe the point of view has changed in the story, the music creates the effect. Slowly the loneliness returns shortly a brief moment of serenity and calmness. The loneliness does not take over, it is merely accepted.
Truly beautiful piece! Like I said, a good story is not easily found these days, and if you are composing to a good story you are distracted from the music because of the story. I believe this song could tell a good story... I wish you the best.
That's so cool! thanks for watching the video too! I'm glad you liked the images =) hehe yeah another friend also told me the images can interfere in the melody =P Thanks for the amazing review I love reading it, thanks for all the support my friend!
You have brought me back to the audio reviewing biz, and that is a feat. I used to be quite active, but I stopped due to the fact that there were so few artists that could write to my picky and unique taste. I used to only review songs that really stood out and looking back, those songs were dwarfed by your emergence.
Ok, on to the music. I love the beginning and the subtle darkness in the intro. It picked up beautifully, as it progresses, a sad lost theme can be heard, but it is powerful and it demands respect. As it fades, the song presents a theme that to me seems forgotten. So Schala is beautiful, dark, powerful, respectful, forgotten...
The only problem I had with this song is that the end kind of left me hanging. I don't think this song is yet complete.
Oh, and by the way, Chrono Trigger is my favorite game. I also write screen plays, and I am seriously considering writing one for CT. Epic? Ha. Yasunori Mitsuda's music is amazing, and you have transcribed it beautifully. I will soon review more of your songs. Thank you for this amazing piece.!
Wow man, that made my day! thanks so much for the amazing words! your review is great to read, it's so complete.
Hope you write comments in my other pieces, take care! =D
Yeah, Grieg did the best. It was cool, but it was too soft in the beginning. Poor choice of instrumentation, man. And techno beats in the background is blasphemy. The guy under me should spell Grieg right though, lol.
Very emotional piece!
Ok lets hope I don't screw up... 7/10. Ok if you don't understand why i said that, it was because I keep accidentally giving people 5's and 0's when they deserve higer scores. So no I seem like an a**hole... Anyway. This starts out very exciting. I believe it was in a minor key. Kinda sad, yet unforgiving. The low register flute? ocarina? solo was weird, it was empty at that point. This song just progressively fade away from my focus, I would suggest a catchier melody, rather than emotional backgrounds. Good effects, but the music was absent. Man, I don't understand how you crank these out... I wish I had half your talents.
Im sorry man...
Sorry man, I meant to review this a lot earlier, but l put it off... lol.
Ok, let the juicy review continue. You realize as someone that does many of your reviews, and other reviews, I make my decisions very early. I typically say... "7-10 stars for this" right away (its M Rage). As for this piece the initial impression was "this is a 10!". Of course I change my score based on the rest of the score. The beginning of this piece was very exciting. My blood boiled as those horns rip! But, due to the nature of lengthy songs, they tend to become more and more boring, and that was exactly what took place here. Now I realize you have like around 95 of these to read, so I just hope you come across mine, it will help, l promise. Musicians make their judgments almost initially. Keep that in mind, and you will get great scores on your future pieces. Not from me of course. :P lol
This was one of my favorite songs!
10's across the boards. Though the clarinet entrance was sketchy, but the rest of the song made up for that. The key transition was also very cool! There aren't many people that could pull those off with like you did. Very nice job! I heard this from a while ago, 1 yea? Glad to come across it again. Hope you liked the review.
glad you liked it ... guess "score 0" is a ... let's say "browser error"
liked the review but still don't know what you mean by "clarinet entrance was sketchy" ... there are at least 3 instrumente beside that (flute, oboe, english horn) and i always try to build melody and background
well, hope you'll write more reviews but with better marks ;)
The instrumentation was right, and the song sounds good. Very peacefully and satisfying. Though there are some minor details that knocked down your score. The percussion was all over the place. In my opinion, the percussion seemed to have been inserted with little consideration, I am not talking of the cymbals though, I thought those were well placed. Also as the melodic keyboard lick just disappears I nearly threw my headphones to the ground thinking that there was a malfunction... I'm saying that they are just too sudden, l believe that the transition was not as smooth as the melody. This drove me nuts lol. Great phrases, one for the books!
If there is any other way to describe this song, let me know. So I really liked the beginning of this song, up to the part with the guitar thing. I think the guitar lick sounds good, but it doesn't really express anything. It was hallow, if you will. The first caesura was well executed, and you had used the choir to a maximum extent. With that being said, I guess the hollowness never really go away. It seemed empty, but it sounds good. The mood change as well, but a little too subtle, there was no preparations for me, so it really took me by surprise. The ending was weak, and I believe you know that, but overall a very nice piece that demands respect!
I didn't really have much control over how the guitar sounded - I used Nexus and only Nexus.
Thanks for your honest review! :)
Very Rage typical
You seem to have mastered the upbeat war themed style of composing. Very similar to your other works, of course you haven't exhausted this style, there is still much to be learned. Great piece!
There are some cord progressions that didnt seem to resolve, but fits just fine. The choir entrance was shaky to me, but still a high scoring song.
Is this a loop or is the ending just screwed up?
Yes there is still much I can do in this style. To be honest I havn't done any kind of battle theme in this category and I really should. They're useful, entertaining, and brilliant practice.
This is indeed a loop, as it was designed to be a final battle track at some point. The track was decided to be taken out however, so I plastered it up here for everybody else to use :D!
I kinda like the choir. The choir program I use does however tend to lag behind the other instruments as it's attack is significantly longer then the normal orchestra. I didn't quite know how to adjust that when producing this track.
Thank you for the review, i'm glad you liked it!
This is what we call
This is what, we in the music reviewing biz, call cheap harmony... haha, great song man, but seriously the harmonic lines really boring... Its a good line and it fits with your song, but its repetitiveness really bugged me. It doesn't illustrate any creativity or motivation. Great melodic phrases, and nice choice of instrumentation. would be a 10, and you know why i knocked it down a couple points ;)
I understand. It does get a lil boring after a while. You got some good point though. but I'm glad you sorta like it.
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