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Mar 19, 2017 | 12:42 PM EDT
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13.5 MB
5 min 55 sec
4.54 / 5.00

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Rated 4.54 / 5 stars
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This piece means a lot to me. It's not about beautiful dragon flying over you or knight fighting demon. It's about each person being their own self and their own hero. Because this track is inspired by an art that inspired by a video game.

Why Faith in Freedom? The whole philosophy of Mirror's Edge is about finding freedom, whether leaping through skyscrapers or fighting the oppressors, it's all about freedom. And the title serves as 2 things, one for the sake to fit the image. The other, Faith is the protagonist name. (ps. I love both first game and reboot :D)

But this isn't Game Inspired Contest. So let's get to the point:

I want to make a track that so powerful and emotional you can feel it through your spine. Not by epic perc or choir, but by synth and sound design. Because only these could give me, or the listener the freedom to explore every sound in there. Like a symphony!

And to represent the artwork by YakovlevArt! :P

As I mentioned before, all my work are made to prove multiple points. This track is made on a single laptop, inside a car, piggyback off McDick wifi in its parking lot while i was eating McChicken. Even a hobo could make this! You don't need an expensive studio to make something like this. All you need is believe in yourself. You can make anything!

So... ENJOY! And good luck to other contestants! and Happy St. Patrick's day!

Edit. Thanks mods for the frontpage, Yakovlev for providing such awesome opportunity and everyone else for the reviews!

Edit 2: yikes, top of the week!

Artwork with YakovlevArt's permission:



Rated 5 / 5 stars

Oh jeez, this song is really good! For a teen music artist I think it will be hard to come close to this song in the AIM competition. The mixing is amazing, the theme is flawless and the artwork selection is very good. I know my problem is that I can't create one theme and stick to it. This song has inspired me to make better work though! Awesome song!

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MactaMendax responds:

Thank you for your review :)


Rated 5 / 5 stars

This was amazing.
Especially love the rhythm, and all the subtle (and non-subtle ._.) changes.
No need to comment the vocal part, you nailed the theme you chose.

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MactaMendax responds:

Thank you for the review! Cheers!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I did write a longer review out earlier, but I accidentally closed my tab haha.
Anyway, yeah this is a top-5 contender so far and probably for the rest of the competition.

Only things I could (personally) think of which I could think this could be improved:
- Adding some additional drive/saturation to some of the rythmic tonals on lower-note sounding inserts (the higher ones do this quite nicely already).
- Making some of the bass arp instances abit louder.
- Some additional stereo imaging to declutter, but still have all of your elements present in the 2:32-3:12 segment of the track.

Ayyy that's it really. Everything else is pretty damn solid. Nice work m8 ;)

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MactaMendax responds:

Thank you for your thoughtful constructive criticism. :) Your entry is also fucking awesome!!!!

Thanks again for the kind words!!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

There's not much more I can add to what has already been said about such a piece, but that's not the point anyway. You mentioned before that you spent quite a large amount of time on this more than usual, but as far as I'm concerned, you still are able to crank out pieces faster than anyone else I know and still achieve such a fantastic result. You're an example of "first thought, best thought," spoken by Allen Ginsberg. And this piece perhaps shows that your mind, and everyone else, is where the battle of freedom originates. Mental slavery is the most difficult to overcome, and so often music is what gives us that glimpse of hope. But it is an ongoing battle with every piece as it only lasts until it stops. The vocal work here fits perfectly and beautifully. When the snare comes in at 1:50, there's a feeling of great anticipation. I expected a grand explosion, but when 2:31 is revealed instead, I realize that there really isn't any other way to do it. When the percussive bass begins to slide at 3:41, we hear something ominous in the horizon. A reminder of what is to come with every piece of music...

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MactaMendax responds:

Thank you so much for your very thoughtful review! :D

i hope you participate this AIM or NGADM!! Can't wait to see what you are gonna come up with. im very excited for it!


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

hey this is really good
i feel like the soundscape gets cluttered and claustrophobic at ~2:31-3:10, i think spacing out the crunchy synths more, or maybe just more dynamic mastering in general, would help keep the atmosphere of oppression (a good thing!) without physically sounding oppressive (not as good a thing!).

really like the intensity of everything. there are a lot of subtle details, though i think some of those higher string pads towards the end feel a little overbearing in conjunction with the vocals (e.g. 4:17-4:27). really like the variety in the sound design, good use of complementary tone colours.

structurally, i would've liked stronger theming. the piece develops in an interesting way but doesn't really seem to sit around a tight idea - i have a lot of ideas about musical storytelling that i'm not super good at articulating though so i might leave it at that. i will say the flowy vocals are a really good glue to hold the piece together, but i don't get a strong sense of melodic cohesion. this is the part of reviewing that i hate cause it's all subjective n shit :v

anyway this is fkn good, keep it up. here's hoping your living situation improves so you ain't bangin tracks out of a car anymore!

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MactaMendax responds:

Holy cow midi reviewed!!!!! :O world would explode. Thank you so so much for your well thoughtful review dude!!! And thank you for listening!

you are accurately described what were wrong in this track and what i should improve in here. thank you for that.