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Flyte - Through The Blue

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KVRAF
 
2107 posts since 18 Oct, 2010, from Texas
 

Postby ntom; Thu Feb 21, 2013 6:11 pm

The original theme came from the NES "Spy Vs Spy" game. I loved the theme so much I wanted to take it and make it my own.
What is even more beautiful - I think - about that theme is how well is was written. the NES could only support up to 3 sounds - that includes sound effects and "instruments". It was well written and I was happy I could take it and give it a whole new styling to it.

My song uses a lot of live instruments, and not very many synthesized instruments, so I don't know what to call it. It seems chill, so I suppose Chillout Electronica? I don't know. Take it for what it is and I hope you enjoy it.
http://soundcloud.com/ntommusic/through-the-blue

Original song:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8f2cTu2cj4



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As an added bonus, I came up with this cool little phrase I wrote. I would love some input on it as far as writing goes.
http://soundcloud.com/ntommusic/trackdemo-help-please
KVRAF
 
2107 posts since 18 Oct, 2010, from Texas
 

Postby ntom; Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:04 pm

I almost figured this track would have been right up the alley of some of the people here on KVR, come on.
KVRian
 
771 posts since 19 May, 2011, from North Carolina

Postby JoeCat; Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:38 pm

ntom wrote:I almost figured this track would have been right up the alley of some of the people here on KVR, come on.


There's just too much stuff going on, and not enough time (the high-drama threads are eating into the MusicCafe).

That said - right up my alley! I'm still a fan of chiptune, and love hearing it "re-imagined". Great job. Out of curiosity, did you mean "live instruments" as in you recorded them live, or they were sampled "live instruments"?

The "bonus" sounds like a good idea. I'm not sure what advice you'd be looking for. But I guess for starters (and just my opinion), with that type of repeated arp, I always like to hear the chords move around it in surprising directions - like a pad at the root that suddenly raises a whole step, etc. The bass notes fit will without being cliche'd. In any case - good luck with it!
KVRAF
 
2107 posts since 18 Oct, 2010, from Texas
 

Postby ntom; Fri Feb 22, 2013 8:49 pm

Thanks for the feedback. And I guess I mean acoustic instruments. Because I can't play anything...well not any more I play anything. So, they were sampled instruments.

The little bonus track thing actually is 3 different instruments playing the same notes, but in different rhythms. Like I have a celeste and the synthesized vibraphone (that saturates and desaturates). The celeste plays 2 16ths, 1 eighth note, 2 16th notes, 1 eighth notes while the vibraphone plays 2 eighth notes, 2 16th notes 1 eighth note.

I tried different chords for that pattern but to me it kind of destroyed the feel of it. That's when I decided to have the chordal movement outside of the arpeggio phase. - by the way, it's cool havign the song start out with just 1 instrument, put in the next, and the next, and watching that arpeggio build with the complimentary rhythms.
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KVRAF
 
2226 posts since 18 Jul, 2008, from New York
  

Postby Frantz; Fri Feb 22, 2013 10:04 pm

I think "Through the Blue" has a lot of potential but the balance between instruments in the mix is off and everything is smothered in too much reverb. It could also be several minutes shorter. I suggest working on a new mix.

It reminds me a bit of this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIcmIhOesaI
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KVRAF
 
2107 posts since 18 Oct, 2010, from Texas
 

Postby ntom; Sat Feb 23, 2013 6:14 am

FrantzM wrote:I think "Through the Blue" has a lot of potential but the balance between instruments in the mix is off and everything is smothered in too much reverb.


I'm still kind of getting used to my studio monitors. I haven't had them long and this is the first REAL mix I did on them. I'll have to listen to it on other sources that I am familiar with.
KVRAF
 
3896 posts since 23 Mar, 2006, from pendeLondonmonium
 

Postby himalaya; Sat Feb 23, 2013 10:05 am

A very lush sound stage. I like the mix. It's got a certain free-form quality (don't ask me what it means though) that I like. It's lose and free flowing, almost as if listening to a live band standing outside the concert hall. But it works for me. It sets a 'mood'.

The drum roll build up and break are superb! Very well done. There are a few notes clashing and it creates some uncomfortable feel later in the mix when it gets busy.

A very enjoyable track. (note: I didn't listen to the original).
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KVRist
 
250 posts since 3 Feb, 2012

Postby Mariosprt; Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:03 am

It's quite good on it's own, I like it.
The mix maybe a bit too wet, some instruments lose strenght, but then again it can be what you were going for.
I guess the reverb makes it a bit cinematic, dramatic. The variaton in the drums help with the tension.

I agree the track is a bit too long and loses focus, but all in all very good one.

Good job!

Edit: The bonus track is quite interesting, I'm nuts for arps :) If you come up with another part, you're half-way to another masterpiece!
KVRer
 
11 posts since 23 Feb, 2013, from Winterslag

Postby GijsH; Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:03 pm

I really enjoyed it! I agree with what Mariosprt says. Loved the climax at the end with the drums building up! Nice how you made a chillout track out of a video game soundtrack. :D
KVRAF
 
2107 posts since 18 Oct, 2010, from Texas
 

Postby ntom; Sat Feb 23, 2013 5:12 pm

I appreciate all the kind and warm feedback :)
Thank you guys very much.
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KVRAF
 
9160 posts since 7 May, 2006, from Southern California
 

Postby justin3am; Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:11 pm

Dude this is really cool! I have that Spy vs. Spy NES game around here somewhere (I collect old video games) and as soon as I heard the theme come in, it took me back. I like the arrangement a lot.

Very chill, I dig the sounds. The piano sounds a bit muddy in the low-mids but it's not a big deal. It also sounds like low frequencies are eating a lot of your headroom. This causes a lot of the high end details to get lost. For example the strings at the end. If you plan on re-visiting this peice, I'd suggest putting a frequency analyzer on the master bus and trying to balance the low end frequencies fof the drums and piano with the other sounds. Forgive my unsolicited criticism. :oops:

Thanks for sharing. :)
KVRAF
 
2107 posts since 18 Oct, 2010, from Texas
 

Postby ntom; Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:58 pm

justin3am wrote:Dude this is really cool! I have that Spy vs. Spy NES game around here somewhere (I collect old video games) and as soon as I heard the theme come in, it took me back. I like the arrangement a lot.

Very chill, I dig the sounds. The piano sounds a bit muddy in the low-mids but it's not a big deal. It also sounds like low frequencies are eating a lot of your headroom. This causes a lot of the high end details to get lost. For example the strings at the end. If you plan on re-visiting this peice, I'd suggest putting a frequency analyzer on the master bus and trying to balance the low end frequencies fof the drums and piano with the other sounds. Forgive my unsolicited criticism. :oops:

Thanks for sharing. :)

Well my room already not being the absolute best place to mix, coupled with the fact that I am still adjusting to these new monitors (as opposed to a set of speakers with a sub) has been difficult. The first what-I-thought was going to be the master mix had a way overcompensated bass. I then turned it down and lowered the bass end quite dramatically and monitored it on familiar speakers and I guess still the job wasn't done. I'm still get used to my monitors, though, so that is what I am going to blame.

Thank you for the feedback though, it was welcomed.

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