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Watching The Rain Fall      [GP5]   [346 hits]   [Version: 1]   [Id: 105691]
Artist: Ambient Competition March 2009
File Size: 93.2 KB     Number of Tracks: 7
Submitted by: |_JR_|  (All tabs)  on 07 Mar 2009 14:04, commenting:
Ambience is in the ears of the beholder... :D
Validated by Generis Humani on 08 Mar 2009 16:21


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Well first of all, let me tell you that this song is amazing, I really loved almost everything about it.

But, you walk a very very fine line at some points between ambient and post/prog metal; I cannot say, though, that this song does not evoke a mood, and in almost every instance, the emotions evoked are foremost toe music; even the technical parts keep in the mood of the song for the most part, so I can say you did a good job at making the ambient "style" all your own.

A few parts, the beggining of the The Threatening storm for example, I think with some backing chords, it would have kept a better ambience, because that sounds like a very prog oriented break, but still, once the Pre-Verse comes on you really get that emotion and ambience back into the tune.

The other thing, the Verse, the solo's slower parts set a great mood - the sweeping, the tapping at the end, is just a bit too hyperactive, I know you were trying to simulate the hectic pace of a thunderstorm, but still... just a little qualm with that.

The other thing, the key change - Excellent job on the chords, absolutely wonderful - the bass line though, seems like it was rushed, some of the fills are excellent, some are a bit, how can I say, they seem rhytmically confused. You lose the pulse of the music in a few of them, and that kind of breaks the flow.

I think the ending could have been a bit better, but still, it was fair enough.

Other than that though, my standout points are... Everything up to the break, is absolutely lovely (Certainly bar 53, I absolutely love that switch, and the Pre-Verse.

Great job, lovely piece.

Posted by JazzDeath  {{ 22 tabs / 0 corrections }}  on: 09 Mar 2009 12:41

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Just to say there's a mp3 available, link is


I used HamieNet for the MIDI conversion (thanks Quibokk for the tip!). Was surprised with the result - it sounds so... metal.

And, glad you liked it JazzDeath! :D

Posted by |_JR_|  {{ 13 tabs / 0 corrections }}  on: 09 Mar 2009 16:22

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Watching The Rain Fall - |_JR_|

I was honestly expecting... something a little more nuts (within reason) - you managed to keep things extremely atmospheric - even though you still had the "inappropriate guitar solo."

I sense a Beckkill influence with the guitars, if I'm not mistaken - the fade-in bending guitars are a recurring motif in his songs - or perhaps I'm just making a connection where there isn't any. :P

I found the guitar solo slightly a little too much - and the transition from the end of the tapping (bars 102 - 103) felt a little rushed.
Everything was... typically ambient (I'm saying that loosely). It was very well composed and the section titles were very appropriate. Pre-Verse was excellent.

So, it's definately up there as one of the better ambient songs I've listened to - although to be fair, I haven't heard that many...

Posted by Quibokk  {{ 16 tabs / 0 corrections }}  on: 13 Mar 2009 21:16

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|_JR_| – Watching The Rain Fall

...*sighs* congrats. You managed to grant me the largest headache in this competition. You write a perfectly okay, in fact goddamn pretty ambient tune, and then you kill it with teh metuhl n shredzor... before going back to the pretty ambient. In case you haven't guessed by now, I'm holding a grudge against the heavy part. Whilst the storm itself is pretty cool and disturbing (you could have explored that mood more), you just start outright riffing and then top it off with a wankfest solo. I am very happy you can type such stuff in Guitar Pro, I really am. Why destroy a perfectly beautiful atmosphere (especially in an ambient competition) with it, though? The rest of the piece is really pretty, haunting, back-chilling... addicting even. I can't even decide what to give you star-wise... everything feels like too much and too little at the same time.

Rating: 4 stars

Posted by RumpyTheRubbuhChikin  {{ 30 tabs / 0 corrections }}  on: 17 Mar 2009 14:17

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I like this one. Great intro. Mood was perfect. Structure was good; it tells a story. The use of "fade-in" was a bit overused. Only thing that spoiled in was the guitars in the break and the solos; didn't fit IMO. Rest of it was great. The Rhodes piano particularly was well used. "Post-verse end of storm" was the best part. Nice pace and atmosphere. Well done.

Posted by blackiel  {{ 0 tabs / 0 corrections }}  on: 18 Mar 2009 16:52

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|_JR_| – Watching the Rain Fall

The tune is probably my personal favorite musically speaking, however the tune is too prog and metal and with too much stuff going on at times to be considered ambient for me. Just look at a shred solo in a supposedly ambient piece?? – it doesn’t work that way, at least not in this universe lol.

Your tune is pretty good, love the riff at 79 (although it’s clearly not ambient to me – a shame).

For bad things, you shouldn’t use the fadeins/fadeout like that all the time. It get’s kind of repetitive by the end. Also the key change part seems to change the mood too much for its own good, especially when it’s such a short detour.

The only real bad thing is the outro part. That sucks, really. It doesn’t fit and is pretty lame.

In any case, your tune is still good – just a shame you didn’t seem to get the ambience right.

Rating – 3.5

Posted by Beckkill  {{ 11 tabs / 0 corrections }}  on: 27 Mar 2009 12:29

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Watching the Rain Fall

I really enjoyed this one. At first I thought “7 min + ambient??!! I’m gonna be sleeping by the time it ends”... But that didn’t happen... Probably because it’s not 100% ambient.

Everything is great until the chorus comes in. There the drums are way to complex to be considered ambient. And then the “Break” part, I did enjoyed to see some metal influence there. From there to bar 110 you could say it’s just a rock/metal song, that’s not good... But the post-verse and the key change are really good, good job. The ending is probably my favorite part of the song. Simple, but nice.

Overall, I know it’s difficult to keep your metal roots aside when working on a song like this, but I have to say you did have an atmosphere throughout the whole song, and you did express the feelings, so that’s points up.


Posted by Todo Winterwolf  {{ 11 tabs / 0 corrections }}  on: 31 Mar 2009 21:50

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JR - Watching the rain fall

First of all, sorry for the big delay... I couldn't post your comment last week when I posted the other ones, so... sorry.

I guess you made your own interpretation of ambient music into your own style, but in the end this sounds like prog/post-metal. You got the ambient thing until the break, then preverse strikes too hard followed by the completely inappropiate guitar solo. We go back to ambient in the post verse and then the Key change (which was superb) but the bass riff on 123-124 was completely out of place. The guitar solo on 127 fits fine but in the end it still being a little busy.

I really liked the guitar approach, besides if guitars fit or not with the ambient style. Drums were a little too busy through the whole song.

The moods in every part were great but this song is far too be ambient at all. Besides that the tune is cool, I really like it but I have nothing more to say about it. The outro was brilliant too, and looking at the big picture there's a really tight structure here and every part was pulled off very well, this is an excelent song man.

Rate: 3.5, in an open competition rate would have been 4.5.

Posted by Daslaf  {{ 22 tabs / 0 corrections }}  on: 08 Apr 2009 11:19

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