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Winter Bynes

Producer, Artist, Inventor, Engineer, Coder, Falconer & Hilarious Quantum Mechanic.

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Internet Reviews (formerly published on ctgmusic.com music community)
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Track: The Escape From Marwinia
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It's epic. It's everything I would expect it to be, and here's why:-

It's been a year now since I first heard this, and as with the fantastic Discovery, I've taken the same approach with reviewing it - take a years worth of listening, to see if I still feel the same way. I have to say, I dont feel the same about it, as I did last year - it's grown more on me.

The tune starts off nice and slow, and builds into some sort of grand party of some sort, then suddenly the mood changes, and a kind of sadness fills the air... There is a fanfare that offers hope, then suddenly the entire track turns into a mad struggle for survival, the tempo gets fast, the melodies get fast, and BAM, in drop one a fabulous piano melody, which itself goes fanfare itself, still with the high energy tempo, and it's incredibly gorgeous on my ears... Inspiring, definitely. Inspiring. Makes you want to get up from the lazy chair and do something amazing for yourself... You can't though, how could you leave this tune?. Impossible. at 3:26, the tempo drops, the mad rush is over, and we're now treated to a mellow part, with some victorious bells playing over some pizzicato plucks, which lead into a short melody, and then, lead to a slow build, with some crystal sounding glockenspiel melody.... its amazingly epic...Suddenly, there is the start of something, a march starts to play away in the background, slowly building, then .... then.......BANG in comes darkness, really eerie sounds play, like you're lost in a dark forest at midnight, and something is chasing you. It's really something, and it keeps you right there at the end of your seat. Trust me, music was made for telling stories, and Red shows he is a master of his game. After the darkness, the is a oboe? lead, chased by a violin, then without warning, the theme changes swiftly to a very immensely playful tune, like some sort of hobgoblins drinking, arguing, fighting, and generally being silly and obnoxious.... Awesome. And there we have it. The tune is sadly, over. :cry:

Overall this track is a brilliant as it is technically excellent and audially orgasmic. I cannot think of a single reason to not give this less than 10/10, because to me, it's flawless. A year ago, I couldn't help make comparisons to Discovery, and that is the main reason I chose to wait a year to review it. I was right to do this, because today, there are no comparisons to be made, this has nothing to do with Discovery, this is Escape From Marwinia! and I wont ever forget it. - Review by: slammy

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nice folk/walz inspired theme in this! the sounds are nice! the elements are working together! creative work on the melodies that come i with the flutes 0.55...tha goes over to a nice bridge with a change in mood! nice!!! the piano goes well there! the composer has ears for structure and skilled! the transitions to this dance/rock inspired piece is just fantastic! wow! I bow my head here! teh piano melody is great! I recommend everyone to here this! very heroish theme here! abit vangelis inspired in m y ears...i can be wrong, but to me it sounds like that! nice easy transition on 3.26 to a nice warm harmony! the belle chimes is very nice! the sounds sound acoustic and real! the mastering is very good! the arrangment is top notch! it's been a whiles since i've been amazed by a classical arrangment! and it's not often I listen to this genre! but I would keep my ears ut for your songs! the dramatic melody that comes in at 5.42 gives me the chills! THE PICTH EFFECT TO the sounds is very nice creative touch!

My verdict: 10! to me this song is a mashup of redheats archive of creativity and skills! a very nice application to the music section in paramoun pictures or to a gamedeveloper! if you haven't thought about sending out a demo before...do it NOW! - Review by: koax

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What a charming piece of music. You obviously have good understanding of harmonies and of how to put an orchestral piece togehter..

I appreciate the gentle panning..the drums are really cool..

Hmm the big change here with the beat...changesw form orchestarl to new age..like the xylopphone and the paino.

very professionally produced but its in its struture where I must admit to be ing totally impressed..

The transitions betweeen movments are pretty much seemless. Ad eserved high score and high chart rating.. Excellent - Review by: viba

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I have to agree with Louigi's review here, you're a composer and producer who's much more advanced than the other crowd here, it'll be very difficult to give you much advise for improvements. Comparing to other reviews I've written, I simply can't judge you the same, you're far beyond the scale here. So I will sharpen up my knifes, I'll increase my level of criticism, and henceeforth I hope I'll be of some help to you, and this review would not have been in vain.

First impression: Wow. I was wordless when I was hearing the tune for the first time. There's so much detail, so many different themes, instruments and combinations, and all so well thought over... I've not heard such a good composition in ages. I could go on saying good things about this song, but I'll really try to find things I would change to make this song perfect.

The piano sample is a bit too electric / bright for this song. I would have chosen a warmer sound, perhaps a dimmed grand piano. I also have the impression that the reverb of the piano is a bit unrealistic. I'd have turned it a bit down, but it's not that important, it doesn't destroy the song :)

That part starting at 2:24 is a bit too agressive. Those 7 fortissimo chords sound also a bit too exaggerated. It's not the piano in this case, but the orchestra playing on the behind. The idea itself is great, but productionwise it doesn't sound *that* good.

At 4:10 I hear some sort of ocarina on the very back doing a large pitch bend down. Is that a real instrument? I don't know one that can do a pitch bend of over an octave. Again, sounds great! But it takes away the realism of the orchestra ambient.

I really love the part starting at 6:50. Very expressive, very emotional. You really impressed me with this one.

The pizzicatto strings at 7:53 sound also a bit unreal, perhaps it's because they're playing these fast notes. But a real orchestra would sound differently.

Little complaint about the ending. It's OK. But you've built such a high building, with such a solid base, and you only covered the top with a small brick roof. I'd have hoped for a more happier and pleasant ending with a fading emotional line. But that's just me.

I've heard this song 7 times now for this review. Honestly I can't find any more production flaws. The composition itself is perfect for me, taking that you wanted the ending that way. I don't need to comment on the sample realism, we all know that a computer will never replace an orchestra. But if you someday make an orchestra perform this tune, I promise I'll try my best to come and listen.

I name this a CTG Jewel, one of the few rares you'll ever find. - Review by xTrim

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This is a tune that I don't want to analyze. You know, you listen to a tune and your reviewing experience organizes the tune into pieces of how it's build, what instruments used, etc. However, it usually kills the pleasure of a good tune. While generally advices may be useful to a beginner, a more advanced composer needs different things, or more serious in depth advices which I cannot give, since I'm just not that qualified.
But music is written to be appreciated by non-professionals too, right? So we'll be going about this tune from the point of view of a listener. Yo!

First of all, if you are still hesitating - get this tune immediately! This tune is absolutely great, one of the best works I've heard from CTG!

Surprises!
Yep, this tune is full of them. While listening to it, several times I was shocked to hear a neat clever melody or a sudden passage or a perfectly oiled arrangement. The reason for these surprises is because we are not used to such music coming from CTG - it has dynamics, tempo changes, varying chord progressions, sudden change of mood or instrument choices.
Really, we are used to a tune having a simple idea (chorus) and some subthemes (verses), and from the first minutes the idea of the track is quite predictable. The choice of instruments will probably stay the same as will the tempo.
It is totally different in expressive music, like this tune. It's so good when music is alive, free, not imprisoned to some conditions...

Composition.
This tune actually develops. If I ever bragged about the need to develop your tune and loosely compared it to "telling a story" - well, this is what I meant.
You are taken to an absolutely magnificent journey, starting off and not really knowing where will it all lead you.
At the same time it's not like these are just several unconnected tunes, no. The whole point of development is probably preserving the integrity of the piece somehow. Don't ask me how, ask m0d! He managed it wonderfully! I have no words to support this.

Conclusion
I am an emotional person, probably as a music lover/composer should be.
This is an amazing tune, it's simply one of the best I've heard to this day. There is a lot to learn for me from this, but what is really important: this tune is fun to listen too!
It has beautiful melodies, lots of them, a whole palette of moods, from calm and epic to alarmed and victorious, it is so full of music, you want to listen to it again and again!
Also, this tune tells a story. A story that ends well.

Mister composer, thank you for this revelation. - Review by Louigi Verona

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