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CelestialAeon

2. ready for review FFVI - Terra's theme

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Ah, this was lovely. A decidedly delicate feeling with tuned percussion, some acoustics, and female vocals (for which I is a sucker.) If I may wax poetic for a moment, your approach captures the more magical side of Terra, along with all the wonder, mystique, and awe. The vocals give me serious Legend of Zelda Twilight Princess vibes, and the acoustic guitar and percussion remind me a bit of timaeus222's Progressive Memory (which is a great song on the sight, I highly recommend it.) Frankly, I think my only complaint is that isn't longer. At the same time, that short sweetness... Nice work, nice work.

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Cheers mate, thank you so much! I thought about the length, but eventually decided that sometimes it might be more reasonable to just keep it simple and short to enhance the moment. Have to check out Progressive Memory!

 

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It's really chill and lovely, and at the same time epic and sad. The arrangement and the production are on point. But damn, it's short!

Around 1:35, you start building up with your drums, and then, it just deflate instantaneously, when I was hoping for the B section (major part) to begin all bright and shiny. I find this a bit anticlimactic. You maked this as ready for review, so maybe you'll be willing to add a few more ideas in your track (one can dream ^^)? 

But except that, it still a very solid composition, highly cinematic and emotional! Good job! :D

 

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Thank you for your kind words! And I know what you mean about length. It's sometimes really hard to decide regarding keeping it short and more to the point instead of building and making it more epic and longer arc. But this time I thought that instead of doing that climax I wanted it to stay fragile and short. It enhances the sort of tragic and sad aspect to it. But we'll see if I return to this theme and make a longer remix or something :)

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Loving the use of chromatic percussion here. The fact that the bells/gongs can be heard on both sides of the stereo field add some nice spaciousness. There's some great nuance on the guitar as well, such as the hard hits around 1:36 vs. the softer playing at 1:41. If I'm nitpicking, I might say the solo strings (cello?) at the end sound a little artificial. I think it's mainly the transition between the last two notes at 2:01 and 2:03, they seem to overlap unnaturally.

I like the deviation from the original lead melody at 0:58 too - I feel like your take on Terra's theme is more melancholy than the original, which the new intervals here seem to accentuate.

I agree it's rather short though! I could easily listen to another minute of this at least, but I suppose better short and sweet than long enough to wear out its welcome. Good stuff!

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