This is incredible and fits the title very well. Needs more plays.
Well its about time I got around to writing an review on this. I listened to all of the songs in the orchestral theme and came up with my own noobish list of the top 32 after several days of re-listening (this was before the official top 8 were even announced). When I first started I thought your song was around 7th place but after much re-listening and comparison your song ended up in 3rd on my list of the 32 best of those 80 songs... So that is to say Sanctuary is a song that grows on a person as they listen to it. I think the reason it grows on you is because the melody of the song is a little bit overwhelming and scattered because of the vast amount of patterns... at first you cannot grasp the voice of the song and thus it doesn't sound sound quite right. When when you get to know the melody you start to enjoy the song more and understand that complicated melody. The complication is something I enjoy because the song does not become tedious to listen to after multiple listens. There a part of this song that I can only describe as desert-like and it sticks out a little too much from the lusher mountain-like theme of the song however this difference in melody is one of the major things that grows on you so I cannot say its a bad thing rather a difference and perhaps it help tell the story better. Sorry if that doesn't make sense. My judging was mostly based on individual scores in the following categories: Intensity, Emotional Change, Consistency, Fit, Story, and Feel. The categories that correspond best with the official judging were Story and Emotional Change (Indecently, NickPerrin's Windswept got the 11/10 for emotional change and 10/10 for story also 2nd place in my list, one place above yours). Feel and intensity are the two top stats for making a song stand out to casual listeners. While Fit and Consistency are more likely to be areas where judges knock a song off for a negative reasoning.
In each category only 1 of the 80 songs can get an 11. Sanctuary received an 11 in the feel category meaning your song had the most feeling of the 80. I'm sure you can guess this from my earlier comments but the song did poorest in the consistency category getting a 7/10 7 is equivalent to a "strong attempt" (5/10 is supposed to be "average" 10/10 is "pretty much perfect") I speculate your song was knocked out of the official judging going from top 16 to top 8 via negative reasoning which is something I prefer avoid doing yet it is unavoidable and often necessary in large competitions.
So a quick summary comment your song does well with the average dude but not as well represented with official judges.
Now to stop myself from biasing my scoring too early in the song I would write whatever came to mind while listening and I will include that here: In the depths of the world a wandering jipsy passes by a rocky cliff face. He senses danger begins to run to escape something unseen. An ambush! His path is blocked so he turns around to run. Again an ambush. Running away montage. He hides inside a broken fortress but the depths of the place have a strange asortment of creatures. Are the creatures dangerous? He wonders as he walks cautiously by them. Perhaps they are, he escapes unnoticed to wander off again to a happier place.
Maybe that is of no use to you but that is a story I imagined by listening to this song.
Conclusion: Fantastic work 3rd in my list.
Wow, this review is massive! Thanks a million, man, not only did you give me feedback on this track but you even wrote a scene for it and explained exactly why I came third in your list. I appreciate that!
"came up with my own noobish list of the top 32"
I know you didn't get much recognition for it in the thread or in your newspost, but I've got to say that the list you made is fantastic. The ones who didn't make it into the Top 8 were able to see where they stand in a wonderfully put together Top 32 list. You even executed your judging very professionally after many days of listening rather than just throwing together a list of thirty-two songs you liked at first listen. I'm sure everyone appreciates that a lot, me included :3.
"your song ended up in 3rd on my list"
Yeah I'm really happy I managed to make it all the way up there. I'm still pretty sad that I didn't make it into the Top 8 (I knew this would probably be the case, but when the realisation actually hits you, you do get a little butthurt). I listened to the Top 8 the judges chose and although I have my doubts why some tracks were in the Top 8 when there were other better songs which didn't make it in, in my opinion, I know that the artists in the Top 8 are extremely talented so it was only natural for them to make it in.
"So that is to say Sanctuary is a song that grows on a person as they listen to it."
Haha, I've listened to it so many times that I'm actually tired of it :P. I could say that I listened to it at least 400 times in all during the work in progress stage and hearing the final product. I like doing that with my songs because then if there's any little quirk that I want fixed, I'll definitely be able to notice it.
I see what you mean about it having an overwhelming melody. I think I did make Sanctuary a bit TOO sophisticated.
"There a part of this song that I can only describe as desert-like and it sticks out a little too much"
Lol yeah, this has plenty of different atmospheres and moods :P. The MAC specified to work on making mood changes, and I probably went a bit overboard! But I get your point about the different feel growing on you. I guess all of those changes might be what makes Sanctuary overwhelming at the beginning but then a little better later on.
"My judging was mostly based on individual scores in the following categories: Intensity, Emotional Change, Consistency, Fit, Story, and Feel."
Wow I'm really glad you think it has the best feel from all eighty submissions! And yeah I already guessed that I wouldn't do as well in Consistency. Ah well :P.
"I speculate your song was knocked out of the official judging going from top 16 to top 8 via negative reasoning"
Could be. Considering that my song had an obvious flaw being that in the first listen it could come off as overwhelming because of all the patterns and inconsistency, perhaps that was the problem. I do wish that the MAC would give reviews to everyone rather than just the Top 8 so that I could know exactly where I went wrong. That's why Echo and I, when organising our annual NGADM competition, we make sure that from up to the 52 submissions that would end up being submitted, all of them would get up to 6 reviews each, so that every winner will know why he won and every loser will know why he lost.
"that is a story I imagined by listening to this song. "
Awesome story, it fits really well with the mood intensity changes in the song and was similar to what I had in mind :3.
"Conclusion: Fantastic work 3rd in my list."
Thanks a lot for the really great review!
This is a very happy song. I like all the creative little bits in it. It also avoids repetition fairly well which makes the song more enjoyable. The end before about 4mins was a tad too overwhelming for me with all the things going on plus echo if I remember correctly but I really enjoyed the first 3 minutes or so. Also the meaning to the title completely eludes me.
Thank you for this constructive review!
The music itself is great but I had to increase my volume significantly compared to other audio portal songs and the clarity leaves a bit to be desired. Again good music all the same.
Very soothing. Definitely background music that does not distract. I like it.
This piece makes me think of flying over the clouds and active enough to bring a whole company of crazy friends with me that like come out behind clouds in time with the music and do crazy loops.
: ) good
This made good background music when I was doing something thanks. You were featured artist today too btw.
This is a very beautiful piece I've listened to the top 15 in classical today and this one is my favorite of the group today. The melody has such a great balance between between mystery and answers as well as high and low. I feel like there is a group of people singing a story together through the piano notes.
Thank you so much NitrogenousBeing. I'm glad there are people who appreciate the story a song can tell :)
This is an entertaining piece of voice acting here. When I first heard it I drew some characters that I felt matched the voices. The voices you used have a lot of character. Although there is a lot of similarity between Rodney and Jeremy they even looked similar at first when I started to sketched them. Also the characters in the clip are almost screemy enough to do an invader zim style so I donno anything about voice acting but being a little more screemy might make it more something. Also ted sounds like ed from ed edd and eddy. Would you mind if I made a flash out of this? I can't promise that I will actually get around to starting it at all or that I will finish it. But if I get snowed in sometime I might feel like making a flash out of this and being snowed in would give me the time. No promises.
Anyway good job I like it.
Glad you like it! and if you feel the need to animate something for it go ahead.
I thought the first part of this was good but the second part was weaker. Right after the pause the sound seemed like it was clashing for a bit and then rhythm wasn't strong enough after that. I think this song might be used on clock day haha. If I had a working mic I might have been inspired by this to make a last minute entry. Hopefully the redesign makes it easier for these competitions to be advertized and followed.
Glad you enjoyed it! I had just come back from a jazz festival and found out about this competition so I just made this on the fly just before the deadline. The second half was an afterthought (the singing was an on the spot improv done in a single take!) cos I didn't really know how to end the whole fruity bossa nova thing :D
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