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Night of Fire 8-bit Night of Fire 8-bit

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Entertaining

This was entertaining and made me laugh. How could I not give this a 10.


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HOSUE [sic] HOSUE [sic]

Rated 5 / 5 stars

<=O

Wierd as hell. It cracked me up though. Its got that Ren and Stimpy kind of weirdness.



Megapokedigimangs Megapokedigimangs

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Great

I love the look of horror on the suns face as they all burn. It does remind me alot of happy tree friends.


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Recent Game Reviews


Pirate's Last Adventure Pirate's Last Adventure

Rated 4 / 5 stars

Hard to steer

Felt a little hard to control but it was a fun time waster.



Orchestrated Death Orchestrated Death

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Very Nice

It reminded me of Final Destination a bit. A little on the short side, but still entertaining nonetheless.


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Insurgo Insurgo

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Fun

I got it really high. But I cant see the 5 digit code for the high scores :(. I'm using Opera would that be why? It has a tendency to screw me on flash based things :/.


VoidSkipper responds:

Yeah, it may be. I don't actually have access to that code, it's part of the component the sponsor gave me to include, so not knowing how it works, I can't say why it's /not/ working. I assume, however, it uses loadVars, so if Opera has some kind of option about allowing external swf traffic, you may want to fiddle with it.

Recent Audio Reviews


Refraining Bad News Refraining Bad News

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Sounds good

Starting Off:
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Not bad. Gets a bit sluggish a points from overuse of the same 4 chords but other than that it does a good job at setting an atmosphere. Also, parts of the song go on too long without enough (noticeable) change to keep it interesting. However, It does have a nice expansive sound and sounds relatively well mixed.
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Suggestions for Improvements:
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Hopefully this doesn't come out sounding harsh. I'm gonna speak my mind and not sugar-coat it because sugar-coatin' never helped anyone. It took me awhile to find out why, even though I liked it tonally, the song sounded boring. I came up with this...
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Some of the sections run too long with the same progression and tones.
I'm guessing but it sounds like 70-80% of this song contains the same 4 chords playing repeatedly with different instruments. Interludes like at 1:08, 2:47 and 3:26 are a nice change of pace, but they have identical chord progressions as well. Actually, from 2:46-4:05 its the same 4 chords playing the entire time.(over 32 bars)
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Its great that new instruments come in, but if their playing the exact same progression in the exact same way it kills the point of adding something new. I guess what I'm trying to say is that the song lacks contrast. It doesn't have extreme blacks and whites, highs and lows, etc. It comes off as just being gray and flat. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Gray is great for background, just not for keeping interest. If you wanna keep the audiences interested for 5 minutes 14 seconds you have to have something more going on. Something to catch the listener off guard and make him/her interested.

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What Works:
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I like the way it starts out and ends with the bells. They add really nice touch of atmosphere to the song. Gives a mysterious feeling. Sounds almost like your in a cave. I'm not sure what that has to do with "bad news", but it sounds nice. The melody has a nice mellow feeling to it and works well throughout the piece. The instrument choices you made were great as well and different than one would expect. Actually, Even though the notation was repetitive, you used (or at least sounded like you used) a wide variety of instruments and managed to get them to all work well together in this song. Great job.
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Conclusion:
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You need to work on length. If its going to be 5 mins it needs to keep interest. I'm not saying that it needs to have crazy drum beats, quick playing synths, and explosions (though that would be awesome ^-^), but I should be able to hear something new and engaging with each passing phrase. Take the best parts and trim the excess and filler. Keep it short and sweet.
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I make these mistakes all the time (most people don't call me on it though :P .)
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Final Score:
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Vote:3.5 out of 5 (I rounded this up to a 4)
Review: 7.5 out of 10 (I rounded this down to a solid 7 to counteract my rounding up on the vote score)
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There's always a definite improvement from you from song to song. I know you do a lot of mellow, but for your next song I wanna hear the opposite (exciting). I think the shift would help you in the long run (even with your calm, peaceful songs). Keep improving like you are and there'll be no stopping you.
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All the best,
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~Hex Monkey~


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dicennian responds:

I love reviews with actual content and honesty, thanks Hex! :D


Seeking Bliss - Home Seeking Bliss - Home

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Nice job

Starting Off:
Its really calming and peaceful. Of course that can be said about any of your songs. However, this doesn't really sound classical. The main reason being the drum beat. Its a good beat but it doesn't fit a classical piece. Also the structure and pacing flag it as pop music (at least in my mind). The song as a whole sounds much more pop or R&B than a classical. Not that there's anything wrong with that, thats just how it sounds. I think it would actually be a great fit for a pop song. Maybe, that's what you were going for.
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Suggestions for Improvements:
First off, the bass drum and the snare are too dry. The synth guitar sounds a bit dry as well but its a lot less noticeable (you can really hear it at 2:46). Also, I think it could use a bit more variation in the instrumentation and volumes. Like maybe the strings can be more prominent in some sections and less in others. Like around 2:15 and from 3:55 to the end, I think it would sound great if the strings were louder and with a bit more reverb so they can really fill up that area and just pull you in.
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Right now, the volumes sound kind of flat and even throughout the whole song. It makes the song drag, because your missing out on the build-release tension that could make the song so much more dynamic.
You could also use some better quality samples, but that's not a fault of yours.
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What Works:
Like I said before, you nailed the peaceful, calming feeling of a home environment. The chord progressions around 2:13 and 4:00 are very soothing and sound lovely. Coincidently, those sections are my favorite part of the song. I like the flute and the bell instruments you chose for the melody. I think it fits the tone of the piece. I still think it would be nice for some other instruments to get the "spotlight", but they do a well enough job of getting the message across.
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Conclusion:
This is probably one of your better pieces. There's stuff to fix here and there (like the genre :P), but overall it sounds good and gets the mood and message across.In the end, That's all that really matters. Hope you enjoyed this freakishly long review I wrote you and hopefully the suggestions and comments help you in some way (whether you take them or not).

Final Score:
3.5/5 (rounded up to 4)
7/10 (2:13 and 4:00 bumped this score up for me, sounds soooo good.)

~Hex Monkey~


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dicennian responds:

Now that's what a review looks like :) Thank you for the critique, need stuff like this to improve - also thanks for taking all that time to write this essay of a review. Awesome :) Thank you.


Sonic 1 - Boss Orchestral Sonic 1 - Boss Orchestral

Rated 5 / 5 stars

How...

How have I not added this to my favorites yet. This sounds really awesome. A very interesting and beautiful take on the original. Bravo!