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Music Contest #6 - Poll

Discussion in 'Poll Depository' started by Heinvers, Mar 8, 2017.

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Who has the best vibe?

Poll closed Mar 22, 2017.
  1. Brambleclaw

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. deafir

    5.9%
  3. deepstrasz

    35.3%
  4. DESTROYER123

    3.9%
  5. enzo2090

    11.8%
  6. Naze

    2.0%
  7. NightStalker

    35.3%
  8. PrinceYaser

    5.9%
  1. Heinvers

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    Apocalyptic
    Create a music piece which will express the destruction the apocalypse has caused, how empty a person can feel, left alone, lost many friends and family members etc. The only thing to do is to survive. Your piece can also depict an apocalyptic world where no survivors exist.


    Welcome to the poll for Music Contest #6 - Apocalyptic! Please read through the rules before voting!

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    • Each user can only vote once in the poll.
    • You cannot vote for yourself. If a voter has the same IP as the author then the vote will not be counted and it may result in the disqualification of the entry.
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    • First Place: 40 reputation points an award icon
    • Second Place: 25 reputation points and an award icon
    • Third Place: 15 reputation points and an award icon



    • 5 reputation points for each contestant and judge



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    deepstrasz kindly provided a YouTube video containing the entries for ease of listening to them and making voting easier.


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    Theme
    How well does it demonstrate the feeling of the theme
    /15
    Creativity/Originality How original is the piece? How creative are you with the theme/instruments/etc. /10
    Dynamic/Tonation Basically, how well does it flow? Are accents used to good effect? Do overall levels make sense? etc. /10
    Composition How well is it composed? Do the key changes make sense? /15


    • 75 % of the winner shall be determined by the contest's appointed judge(s)
    • 25 % of the winner shall be determined by the results of a public poll

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  2. NightStalker

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    Nice judge finding hehe :p

    I have listened to all of the tracks yesterday but ill take my time and listen to them all again thoroughly tomorrow in my free time. ^^ good luck everyone !
     
  3. deepstrasz

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    I'd like to start the call to vote crusade but I'm a contestant so it might not be a good idea.
     
  4. PrinceYaser

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    When is the date of finishing the poll??
    It's not mentioned!
    Edit: Oh, I see it!
     
  5. deepstrasz

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    Are we not to consider @DED1's last WiP a final entry as he wrote it's a full length song?
    His last post: Music Contest #6 - Apocalyptic
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    Oh lookity!
     
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  6. Exarch

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    Man! i can't just download and listen and decide which one should i vote. My internet sucks.
     
  7. Naze

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    Yay cool! I'll listen to each of them and vote later - nice that the poll lasts until March 22.
     
  8. deepstrasz

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    @Brambleclaw - there are really interesting ideas therein. You usually have a weird style which makes it different from the majority of musical projects. However, like in the last contest, the prelude of the song is way too long. In your future themed composition, it at least progressed while in this contest's theme it feels repetitive and does not feel like leading to something too soon (I was like, how much of this is there?). I'd have shortened the intro and have put more emphasis on the transition to the piano part. My favourite part is that which reminds of some oriental vibe. The ending is good too with percussion, stops ultimately fading with raven caws.

    @deafir - it's obvious that the spice here is a real instrument being heard. The idea was well orchestrated and comes with the feelings it should: nostalgia, calmness and whatnot. But, the vibe is kept for all its length. The good side is that the song isn't too long and of course the guitar tweaks. Original take on the theme compared to the others which went more on with an expected aggressive/dramatic side.

    @DESTROYER123 - to me it sounds more like a funeral song. It's one of those classical based compositions. It's well versed, it sounds good even though those are not real instruments.

    @enzo2090 - a somewhat traileresque melody (the hits stopping the music when images are supposed to shift). I really like the intensity of the voices in the first part. It keeps a realistic tone to the theme. The last part though, it's not as dramatic or intensifying as the first as nothing really interesting is happening there.

    @Naze - I really like how this is an orchestral fast moving piece (it could easily fit a cataclysmic event). Reminds me of some Japanese soundtracks. The duration of the song is quite short which leaves a bitter taste at the end as if not the listener isn't fully satisfied. Might be just me but the abrupt ending and continuation with a long note or more doesn't make it sound too good.

    @NightStalker - this is a more action paced end of days soundtrack. Very appreciated is the real instrument both on clean and distorsion. The strings don't sound digital at all if you immerse yourself. It's made of more parts, though very similar, the variations in both instruments and effects compensates for it. The problem is that the ending was rushed and hence it's repetitive and doesn't end in an epic way. I'd have taken out the first part of strings in the ending and left the second part and then added more stuff over everything building up to the final blow.

    @PrinceYaser - this song just reminds of others and sincerely doesn't fit the theme. It's too romantic, well composed and all, but just doesn't cut it.
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    My vote goes to @NightStalker even though I am annoyed by his song's ending.
    Second would be @deafir (same vibe), third @enzo2090 (cliche), 4th @Naze (short), 5th @Brambleclaw (long prelude), sixth @DESTROYER123 (crying) and the last @PrinceYaser (romance).
    Of course, it's a hard choice and the balance can break shifting from a side to the other.
     
  9. Brambleclaw

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    Had no troubling in voting for Nightstalker. Holy shit that drop into the guitar xD



    Also the Starcraft vibes afterwards.



    Also princeyaser's piece was pretty notable. Made me think of Iamlegend, basically the story of his life. Just so sad :(
     
  10. Heinvers

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    deepstrasz' video linked in the first post for ease of listening to the entries.
     
  11. NightStalker

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    deepstrasz



    Nice feedback man, I love reading these even the ones that are not mine, it's good to hear someone else's thoughts in detail. I will write one like this if I can find time :p

    For my feedback, all I can say for the negative side is true tbh. I rushed to finish it, I had some good thoughts about the ending parts of the song but I couldn't find time to experiment with my ideas and I still don't have some libraries yet, which I'll use for my upcoming music hehe :p


    And thanks man, Can you tell me which starcraft soundtrack it is you got the vibe of? Kinda curious as always :p
     
  12. Brambleclaw

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    Raynor :3 the bar thing i think. or w/e it was
     
  13. NightStalker

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    Oh, i checked the bar fight scene but couldn't find it, i guess :((

    Btw we need more votes, nobody's voting. Total votes count up to 8 :(
     
  14. Brambleclaw

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    Public Enemy 7;14
     
  15. deepstrasz

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    Gonna start the vote calling crusade then.
     
  16. NightStalker

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    I loved these and already downloaded some hehe :p

    I can join in that crusade hehe, you're the pope now then? :p
     
  17. A]mun

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    Brambleclaw - Apocalypse Hive
    Well used instruments, yet somehow transitions seem rather abrupt (perhaps on purpose so). Also a little convoluted due to many different tones and instruments. Sole string picking into deep piano into oriental jam back to violin melody into drums. I'd say it overall feels more like a medley than coherent music piece. So for a show off - nicely done.

    deafir - Post Apocalyptic Conversation
    Hmmmm this seems too playful and bright in tone for an apocalyptic feeling, if you ask me. On the other hand, it has a certain saddening vibe to it and is undoubtedly well made.

    deepstrasz - Visions in Patmos
    10 minutes?? you gotta be kidding. Classical choir, always works and then transitions into (2:37) what on earth xD... - the definition of trippy i suppose. It even becomes weirder and makes it hard to keep listening. Props for creativity (reminds me of aphex twin). It's stretching the definition of what can still be called music. Highly creative and experimental, but less poignant, again nice show off.

    Destroyer123 - ApocalypseX
    Very classical and well made, are you sure it's not directly coming from a 90s game or soundtrack? Old Warhammer titles like shadow of the horned rat or so. Pretty surprised by to the quality. Then again, maybe i am blinded by its somewhat simplistic approach. Nah, this is really well made and straight to the bone, somehow i am missing something refreshing/surprising, sadly.

    enzo2090 - Rotten World
    Great beginning, that's just pure downward-spiral atmosphere and darkness inducing. This actually could fit right into the Diablo series. And don't get me started on the angelic soprano chorus, pure goosebumps (needs to be longer!). Also very intuitive transitioning. Overall too short, want more of this!

    Naze - Last Moon of Hope
    Fortissimo this time. Quite chaotic and strange, again well made fading- and transitioningwise. It's probably just too short to really catch the ear.

    Nightstalker - Not to be overwhelmed
    Immediately reminds me of The walking dead/28 days/weeks later, just something that would play along with zombies. Drums are overdriven in the intro, just like the transitioning guitar - which actually helps to create a strengthening of the protagonist, i suppose. Really digging the structure here.

    PrinceYaster - Saturated Calling
    Sounds very east-asian, peppered with grief and yielding to memories of what once was/was not. This is solid. Is left-right balance off btw? Definitely sounds like it. Apart from that it's quite the beautiful tone, which is owed to that special kind of bright piano sound ^^. I think it ended too soon, still well done.

    Skimming through all the entries before picking favorites:

    1. enzo2090 - Rotten World
    For the deviously beautiful beginning, the haunting inferno, the angelic chanting. I just want the soprano to be longer.
    2. Nightstalker - Not to be overwhelmed
    Well made and hard boiled. Just needs less overdrive and cleaner mixing, some parts have dirty treble peaks (2:00+).

    Nice contest. No entries disliked here whatsoever - all in all pure quality.

    So thank you, it was a pleasure to listen to your free art! That's really unheard of, it's definitely a rich community here.

    edit: yet again i would've liked to vote for 2 contestants, why not make it possible!!!
     
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  18. PrinceYaser

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    It is very hard to choose, but I finally choosed:
    Edit: Well, my vote goes for @deepstrasz. I changed my vote after reviewing NightStalker's piece and deepstrasz' piece.

    Oh, I cannot change my vote??
     
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  19. Alxen345

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    Deafir's song, the beeeeest! Voted you man! :)
     
  20. Misha

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    nice one, nightstalker :)