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565 posts since 8 May, 2012, from Sydney, Australia

Postby Shangsean; Tue Dec 11, 2012 5:29 am Oriental Alien

Some Asian sounding instruments mixed with some big percussion and synth pads. The name came naturally as did the music. The main melody line and all the short/percussive sounds apart from the big drums (Damage) were made using Zapzorn Elements. The synth pads are from Hollowsun Altaerion and 130p. Feedback appreciated.


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8845 posts since 13 Mar, 2009, from UK

Postby seismic1; Tue Dec 11, 2012 4:31 pm

Creepy, dramatic atmosphere. Would definitely be good in a soundtrack setting. I like the percussion and bell sound, but my favourite parts are the various synth pads.

Good work :)
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4680 posts since 18 Jul, 2008, from New York

Postby Frantz; Tue Dec 11, 2012 7:23 pm

Good soundtracky stuff which could easily be used in a film.

The pattern with both of your pieces is they start slowly, get interesting, and then end too soon. So you may want to think about form.

Note the word "oriental" is considered offensive in American English unless you are referring to objects like rugs.
565 posts since 8 May, 2012, from Sydney, Australia

Postby Shangsean; Tue Dec 11, 2012 8:36 pm

I'm not American, but I was referring to a rug.
"That rug's alive!" they cried.
"That's no rug, that's an alien!" came the reply.
Hence the title... :phew:

Good call on the form. I agree that it's something to look at, although I think this track has said all that's needed to be said in this case. I just tend to create things in little scenes and when the scene is over in my head, so is the track. I can see why you would have a problem with the form of BELOW ZERO though and it is something I want to go back to.

Thanks for the feedback.

Thanks also to seismic1.
8086 posts since 11 Dec, 2003, from Canada

Postby polyslax; Wed Dec 12, 2012 7:02 pm

Nice piece! I quite enjoyed the listen and especially +1 with Tim on the more pad like sounds. One element I found to be a bit of a disconnect with the mood the track was putting me in - the trailer toms. I found them a bit overbearing for the other parts. Could just be the vibe I was getting that clashed with them...
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Postby macmurphy; Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:38 pm

interesting track. i agree that the toms could be dealt with differently - just making them sound a bit more lo-fi would probably do the trick. i really like the off-kilter atmosphere, it creates an excellent feeling of suspense.

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3121 posts since 13 Jul, 2003, from outer rim

Postby fateamenabletochange; Wed Dec 12, 2012 11:29 pm

I quite like the dramatic percussion parts :shrug:

Everything sounds clear, with the alien kind of discordant edge, interesting stuff.
565 posts since 8 May, 2012, from Sydney, Australia

Postby Shangsean; Thu Dec 13, 2012 8:11 am

Thanks for the constructive feedback. I too was unsure about the epic drums. They originally weren't so epic, but I had some issues with the original sound I had. They've grown on me though.

Thanks again.

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