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Phoenotopia Phoenotopia

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

I absolutely loved the story. The style was great, and the dialogue good too. If you're just starting the game, I highly suggest remapping the jump, attack/interact, and tool buttons from Z, X, C to Q, W, E. When I did that it made everything so much easier, especially for speedy tool changes.

The only problem I had was the difficulty of the gameplay. There is a fine line between testing a players skill and having wayyyy too many things coming at you at once, and there were several sequences in this game that I felt were the latter. If Gale were a little faster between attacks, maybe, or if some of the bosses and tougher areas were scaled down a tad I think it would have improved the gameplay experience a lot. (I personally spent a good bit of time angry at the game)

But yeah, awesome game overall :)


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UneasyRevise UneasyRevise

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Like I said in your thread, I like this piece a lot compositionally. It is very simple and minimalistic in it's mostly constant rhythm, but it is also filled with a lot of nice textures, especially in the middle section. I'm often drawn to music that has a dark and brooding feeling to it, and I also like me some good dissonance. That's what gives it that nice texture.

On to some minor issues with it. Pick clicking on Nylon strings is really audible and becomes kind of grating on the ears after a while, and it's pretty persistent through the whole song. It also sounds like there is some delay or something in some parts of the song that just may not be necessary. And because the tempo is somewhat free throughout the piece it sounded like it was muddying some parts up. I'd be willing to bet the parts where it's creating the echo and harmony towards the end could simply be played that way instead of using the delay to create it as an effect.

Now on to a proposal for you: If you could tab this piece out, or, even better, notate it, I'd like to learn it and re-record it for you (and for myself because I enjoy the piece). With a little bit of tweaking and some figuring out how to play the delays, I think it would sound really awesome. So if that's something you'd be interested in shoot me a PM and we'll make it happen!


MikeeUSA responds:

Thank you very much for your review, I very much appreciate it.
Here's an initial stab at notating the fret positions for the first part.
1st part starts like this:
Useing string 1(high E) and 2, 1 as drone string, 2 as fretted:
(string: frets)
1: Drones for all the notes on string 2
2: 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 4 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 (or so)(So: 5,4,1,0)
Next part going down:
3:333333332222
4:22
4:0 2 3 5 (then goes back abit up the string towards open)

Variation is to go up with fret 2 and 3 on 1st string rather than down.

There might be some error in this attempt at tabbing.


Return Return

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Wow.....just. Wow. It's incredibly evocative. From start to finish I could feel it pulling on my heartstrings and hitting me in all the feels. As usual, your piano writing is great, and that cello is singing so beautifully alongside it. Really excellent piece!


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Phonometrologist responds:

Thank you Damien-- I was hoping for that


Suddenly all alone Suddenly all alone

Rated 5 / 5 stars

This is probably my favorite track that I've heard from you, man. Great job!

What especially stands out to me is the music box and the way that you layered it and added some delay/echo effects to it by the sounds of it. It takes a line that isn't very complex and adds another layer on to it that pulls me right in and keeps me listening very intently. It reminds me a little bit of this artist Cast in Bronze who plays this keyboard type instrument but instead of strings it's bells.

Awesome piece, keep it up! :)


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Azhthar responds:

I´m just listening to the tubular bells cover from cast in bronze. That guy indeed is amazing! Thx for the tip ;) Also thanks a lot for the nice review. Actually I wasn´t so sure about this track at the beginning. Thought there might be to much contrast between the two parts...