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Recent Movie Reviews

4 Movie Reviews

Great (:

Very trippy, I like it a lot, almost reminds me of a sort of Salad Fingers, only way more futuristic and a bit less creepy. Great choice of music and interesting art, I like this a lot though, 10/10 5/5

Butzbo responds:

THanks for the review, i'm actually aiming at some sort of creepyness ;D

Haw,

Very amusing, I like it a lot.
The broccoli fellow makes me want to kill someone though, but I think that's the point, very well done. 10/10 5/5

I like it,

Obviously, it's not very well drawn, but it's a fun little video to watch, I haven't watched the previous ones admittedly, which I apologize for (:

8/10 4/5

Recent Game Reviews

6 Game Reviews

Very interesting. Lost me a good way in. I was really digging this arrangement of Blue Bossa. I enjoyed what I played of the game (Got stuck on the number part, didn't really care to go much further. I was ensnared by the glory of Mr. Dorham. Good job, either way.

Very fun game. I find it interesting that the first level is the most rhythmically challenging with the rubato. While the 3rd level is the easiest because it has a very defined downbeat. Lots of fun. Good job. 5/5

I imagine this game is really cool, but I'm a bit confused. Maybe I'm just being impatient, but I clicked the damn tree sixteen times, all it did was move. I can't move this "Dolly" character at all. WASD won't work, nor will my arrow keys. is this normal?

Recent Audio Reviews

69 Audio Reviews

I'm a bit late to the review party on this one. You have a ridiculous library of sounds, Step. Ridiculous. I'm so goddamn jealous. I don't know where you get the drive to work tirelessly on all the nuances that go into arranging and mixing.

There are so many subtle things happening within this arrangement I don't even know where to begin. I've said this time and time again, but your orchestration is phenomenal. You have a fantastic ability to break an orchestra away from tutti which I just don't understand at this point in my orchestration education.

The way you've incorporated the 8-bit into an orchestral setting is a pleasure to witness. I've never heard it done before, and I don't think I'll ever hear it done better than this. Bravo to you.

Best,

Chio

Step responds:

Oh geez, wow. What a review. I don't know where to start! Thanks for the huge boost in self-confidence!

Honestly, I don't know what tips/pointers I can give about the balancing of the orchestra. Thinking back, a lot of the stuff I do while composing is almost done subconsciously. Sometimes I finish a section of a song and think to myself "how the hell did I do this". I guess all I can say is keep on practising and racking up experience until all the tweaking you do on the orchestration becomes natural. I don't have any formal education on orchestration so I just try and judge by what my ear thinks haha.

That last comment really got to me. I really appreciate that. I'm sure there are plenty of excellent chiptune/orchestral hybrids out there though! (in fact, I was semi-inspired by this one, even though it's not quite as chiptuney as my arrangement: https://youtu.be/5tSTEa3G9Ng?t=9971).

Anyway, thank you very very much for the review!

This is sounding pretty damn good, man. Your sound patches are fantastic, and really compliment the material. I've made an almost identical review earlier tonight, but I think it's even more applicable here:

You spent nearly three minutes developing one theme. Don't get me wrong, it's a great theme, and you can spend as much time on it as you want, but this is nearly a three minute piece, explore the sonic spectrum a little! I noticed right as the piece was ending, you started using brand new material. You tease us with material we've never heard before, but then you stop the piece! That's the perfect time to keep the piece going. You spent three minutes developing one theme, perhaps you should spend some time developing another one.

One thing I've learned in my time composing is that structure is very important. Even if you do something simple like Theme A, Theme B, Theme A, then End, you have a good, solid piece. But if you put all of your eggs into one basket, you better hope those are some damn good eggs, you know what I mean?

Anyway, you have a real nice thing going for you here. I look forward to more content, Aleksandr!

Best,

Chio

You know, I don't think you've ever composed something (or arranged in this case) that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed, and I've been following you for a while. You have a very deep understanding of orchestration and balance with music, and as a composer that's such a skill to have. Things that are supposed to be in the foreground are in the foreground, and the things that are supposed to be in the background are in the background, but regardless of their respective roles in this mix, all of it is clear and easy to pick out, and that's a telltale sign, to me, of good orchestration and mixing. So a fine job to you. But, I'm no professional, and you're the artist; I'm sure you hear flaws that I simply don't.

Either way, very well done. 5/5

Step responds:

Wow, thanks for the hugely encouraging review! You're very perceptive. The idea of balancing foreground and background is something I ALWAYS pay particular attention to. I think I've become very accustomed to making that kind of separation, and even though I'm not perfect at it, I think it's one of my stronger points. However, it also makes counterpoint very hard for me, since I'm used to having one foreground voice and everything else accompanying it. I find it hard to balance instruments together when there's no clear foreground/background separation I can make, if you get what I mean.

Anyhow, thanks for the great review!

Recent Art Reviews

2 Art Reviews

What is the decision that goes into not giving a name to a work of art? This is lovely and evokes a feeling of uneasiness in me, but why don't you give a name to your work? I see this with a lot of art on newgrounds, where someone will post something called "Untitled_54" or something, or in this case "543368". I suppose if that's the name, that's the name. But a title for any work of art, music, literature, etc. gives you a piece of the artist.

I suppose if your goal is to make the meaning of this piece completely up to the viewer, then you've succeeded, but art is a piece of the artist. Your interpretation is more valuable than mine.

Either way, great work.

Surfsideaaron responds:

Thanks, with the whole naming thing you are correct, I like to let others see the characters as anything they might think of it as

Love it.

Rhunyc responds:

Thank you :)

Very nice

First of all - I love parrots. So the moment I even glimpsed a parrot, I jumped right on this. The one thing I like the most about this is the detail. Those black lines coming up from the neck curling around the face and around the eyes - they're very interesting. I respect you as an artist, for your eye for detail. However, it ends here, as your eye for detail stops on the subject of the piece. The background is very lackluster. If you had put time into the detail of the background, I would be very happy. So, yes - I give this a 3/5 7/10. Excellent job.

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