Compo Status :: Round 89 Voting :: Ended 2015-01-29 00:00:00 *CST () :: 7 Votes

Over the sea by Chotoro

Round 68
Author Chotoro
Title Over the sea
MP3 Link
Module Link sdc68_Chotoro-over_the_sea.xrns
Filesize 641KB
Score 5, 4, 3, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1Total Points: 20 (8 Votes)
1st Place Vote5 Points2nd Place Vote4 Points3rd Place Vote3 Points4th Place Vote2 Points5th Place Vote1 point

Authors' Notes

Not sure if it's exactly according to 80's fashion...

However there are some minor points of inspiration from some 80's tunes. Whahey!

There's a couple of places where I pump up the feedback. Although the signal's limited, I haven't figured out how to make the effect deterministic, so be careful when playing the xrns :)


Comment by waterhead on 2012-08-16 10:26:14

Nice introduction, I like the strings and the heavily echoing bell-like sounds, and the really interesting "voice-like" heights occurring now and then. The creamy (most probably sawtooth?) lead works really fine, and I like the short-sounding, fast melodic runs (around ~1:40+), sound very "classic-alike" for me. Nice minimalistic drums, even though the hats are way too decent for my taste, but the percussion "still works well". I really like it, a bit short maybe, and you "compressed" a lot melodic ideas in a short period of time, which I can imaging to be "presented a bit more in detail", but as always: in your very own, special style. Very good!

Comment by Knetter on 2012-08-17 14:32:54

The chords are very 80s feeling.
Great detail in the arp.
I get some "baroque"ish feeling from the lead, which forms an interesting contrast with the rest that way :)
Indeed quite special, nice!

Comment by hexmode on 2012-08-19 17:32:23

Great spacey vibes and synths.
The soundscape is great at the start.. very evocative.
I like the minimal hip hop beats, works well.
Very nice track - I would just ask for it to be a bit longer perhaps!

Comment by sim on 2012-08-20 08:55:45

Comment by Airmann on 2012-08-21 09:39:47

Love the bass drop at 1:18 and 2:00 - really cool. Also I like the "classique" second part from 1:18 - 2:50. Only thing to complain about: first and second part seem to be not very coherent. It feels like two songs glued together.. Mix is also nice, maybe less reverb in the first part ?

Anyway, great tune !

Comment by organic_io on 2012-08-21 11:10:38

Hey Frej. Wonderfully atmospheric. Lots of attention to detail. I think I'll need lots more listens to be able to fully process this one. But I like it. Well done, sir.

Comment by Sallecta on 2012-08-21 14:55:41

complex tune. It's hard to figure out what the next transformation of track's style will be. Here is my "log of feelings":
- started as ambient
- turned to the intro promising some dream/trance/house track
- never believe to promises - intro lied, and now it moves in deepest ambient!
- kick-shock... and it turns to the mix of space tune, classics and hip-hop
- I'm hear the composer's laugh, he spared me and ended the track with ambient.

Your work definitely has the fascinating story.

00.37-00.39 - it is the interval where I can hear some random synth sound, but this sound strongly reminds me the sound produced by seagulls. just what to know if i right. this sounds really like seagulls for me and i find it well implemented.

Comment by chunter on 2012-08-21 18:44:01

This is lovely, I agree that it sounds like a cross between Vangelis and Ghouls and Ghosts.

My favorite sounds in it are the seagull tones Sallecta referred to and the telephone tones near the end.

Comment by Chotoro on 2012-08-22 19:34:04

Many thanks! Ghouls and Ghosts! Now there's an awesome soundtrack, I'm honored to have elicited a comparison.

As for the seagulls, I was aiming for something chaotic and distant, so I quite literally picked a chord and pressed the keys randomly while recording, and blanketed it in reverb and some automation.

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