Marathon Groove Session IV

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My likes: The music is mysterious yet with a melancholic element; fitting the S'pht environment.

My dislikes: The abrupt "screech" noises near the end really seem to come out of nowhere, and the build up doesn't really build up to them. However, that "building up" low-pitched howl- I like a lot. It might just be my computer or the fact you haven't finished yet; the piece is riddled with distortion.

Thus: "It's not a piece of shit, but it needs work..."


My ideas for improvement: As this is the Citadel, I'd recommend some Gregorian Chant or something of that ilk; also maybe add a little electronic distortion to that howling noise.
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I like it gmanyo, but what if you replaced the paino with a synth of some sort.
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Dugit wrote:also maybe add a little electronic distortion to that howling noise.
Longinus wrote:I like it gmanyo, but what if you replaced the paino with a synth of some sort.
Precisely.
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Since this is my field, ill happily critique you. alot.

WAY too simple. you've got a melody that consists of you hitting keys going right up the line and some fuzz at the end. Thats it. While I'm not suggesting bringing in the whole band, I think you should add a few more details, maybe even some loops. While its kinda scary, it shouldn't be. Make it ominous, but not scary. Looming darkness you don't know what to make of, not "OH GOD MY KIDNEYS, IT TOOK THEM". I am exaggerating but you get it. Replace the piano with two different synths that are slightly off. Needs more howling wind. (or cowbell)
Aside from this stuff, you're doing good. I liked how the last few notes were different. That was the best part of the piece.
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Envy wrote:you can actually polish shit."
Really?
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Dugit wrote:Really?
Yeah, really. The Mythbusters did it.
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There is less than 2 months remaining! If you plan on submitting songs, I suggest you start making your first one soon, if you haven't already.
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I totally plan on doing this and have been working on a few songs just for this.

Thug, will you be the one judging these songs? and How many submissions have you gotten so far?
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Yes, I will be judging. So far I have received 0 submissions, but I'm sure I'll receive a few in February, if not before. I can't wait to hear your songs!
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I'm almost done my first one, if it makes anyone feel better.
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4 songs is a lot, but I'll give it a half-assed attempt. We'll see what I come out with. By the way, whatever happened to the last contest?
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This reminds me: You have 1 month left before the deadline on the 26th.
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Thank you, kind sir! When the world is mine, your death shall be quick and painless. [MLaugh]

Polished shit is a great gift for anyone with a certain kind of grin (the pictures on many a cereal box come to mind).

Question about the contest... Should the music be more geared toward gaming experience or a sentimental reflection on the level in question? Or somewhere between the two? The reason I ask is because some music works in the game but not outside of it, and vise versa.




By the way, my first piece is done, you can listen to it here
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as i am learning, it is SUPER hard to incorporate guitar into my songs for a marathon competition. I learned how to play the piano... yesterday, but almost the entire thing is piano... I seriously was not prepared for this...
Don't expect and epic if I can't make guitar sound good.
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Does anyone think that this song would work for a level? I didn't make it for the game, but i could always just modify it so it loops. Or something.
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While it does not convey the sense of moving in 3-D space, it is a good loop and not terribly repetitive. I would suggest adding some effects such as reverb and/or delay. Think about what the levels are like pertaining to this contest. I would strongly suggest writing a piece from scratch. Three of the four are lava levels with fire yetis coming at you from out of the dark. You want to convey the purpose of the level but also its feel.
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One level is sewage.
Gmanyo, your song makes me feel like i lost a game of pong. I see you used garageband, so just switch the instrument to anything but bitcrusher.
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Song 2 is uploaded here.
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Good deal. Less than a week left.
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Well, it needs a bit of polishing that i don't have the time for, but... the more i listen to it the more acceptable the flaws become to my ears. anyway, the guitar is a tiny bit off near the end and the synth aspect is a bit abrupt... but its OK. Its 12 minutes long, but i don't want the intro playing more than once, so i just copied the second part over a hundred times. The song itself reflects the slow buildup in the level, and also its emptiness.
E're you go!

Edit: importer is screwin with me. Cant upload, ill try email, thug.
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So, uh, are the results out yet? Is this competition dead? I really hope not: I quite liked the idea of a fan-made soundtrack.
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Yeah. Where's my prize?
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To tell you the truth, I forgot about this project. After looking through my stuff, I found two songs from SynthNinja and one from Envy.

@gmanyo - I'm not sure if you want to use the songs you posted in this thread or not as your submissions. Just let me know soon.
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The Thug wrote:To tell you the truth, I forgot about this project. After looking through my stuff, I found two songs from SynthNinja and one from Envy.

@gmanyo - I'm not sure if you want to use the songs you posted in this thread or not as your submissions. Just let me know soon.
I don't mind if you use them, but they're pretty sub-par. I mean, they're not really even finished. If we don't have enough contestants, I can try to make some songs or finish those ones up if anyone likes them at all. I'd like to, in fact.
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