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Dj Sonik - Sy's Law (Original Mix)
NGADM round 1
~~xsakux (S0n1k) vs. Mainstreambeats~~
This song was well produced, but didn't have much in the form of variety. It was still enjoyable to listen to.
Progressive... House.... Prouse..?
For what's here, I think it sounds really nice, everything sounds like you'd expect it to, and nothing really forcefully steals the spotlight from anything else. And I think this'd be a great opening for a house show to get everyone warmed up.. so to speak.
Unfortunately, this is horribly repetitive and by the end... honestly, I was bored out of my mind. I know Progressive House is supposed to be like "Build ups!!!!"... but I think you over did it on this one. The build ups were cool and everything, but nothing ever followed them... except another build up. I kept expecting some awesome rise in the music to do the build up justice, but it never came... the song ended, and I was left entirely unfulfilled.
Overall... sounded nice, but never really went anywhere. 6.5/10
This is an NGADM Round 1 Review.
What could've been a really fantastic house track here is unfortunately overshadowed by a lot of unnecessary repetitions and absurdly long progressions. You're a crazily good house artist, but you need to work on your variety!
First off, I think the production overall is very good. The small percussion is crisp and snappy, the main drums are punchy and that kick especially sounds good, and of the synths are top-notch. Everything sounds great, even if you've got a few generic influences in your sounds. Really cool sub-bass by the way. It's easy to hear and adds a lovely amount of juiciness to the track. You've also got some really subtle details here and there which I highly appreciated. Both the sound effects and the synths themselves were great, so good work in that department.
However, as you might've guessed from now, this track is just too repetitive. I understand that this genre is inherently repetitive, but when it gets to the point that I start to lose interest, then clearly there's a problem. The problem is that you over-hype buildups by making them too gradual and then when the buildup reaches its peak you disappoint us with another fairly low-key beat. I'm talking particularly about the part at 4:00, for example.
What I'd suggest doing is creating more melodic material in this track. The main theme of the track seems to come up in the middle section (and by the way, it's a really cool motif). I'd highly suggest basing it off that little melodic phrase that you repeat. I'd also suggest shortening the sections that include repetition and making the buildups shorter.
To recap; you're very good at making house tracks. Just work on that repetition!
Here is your personal review for your round 1 submission! Remember that the score might be a little lower than I would normally give, I'm being a tad harsher than I'd normally be for the NGADM.
Okay, before I get into the meat of the review, I'm going to have to comment on that little bit between you and glimpee. I know shit about music. I don't know shit about crafting synths and can't fully tell custom-made synths from presets. When I first heard this, I didn't know you made EVERY synth from scratch. The mix, I could hear the effort, but still.
Now, the review.
-Your sounds are awesome. It's really chill and laid-back.
-I LOVE the nice calm section at around 2 minutes in. Appreciate the bird sounds in the background, they sound really natural and peaceful. Around there, it sounds more like a calming forest grove soundscape rather than a prog house track. Honestly, if you had made an entire song based off of that, I would really have loved that.
-The mix is great as I kinda said before the actual review.
-Transitions are great, I could feel what was coming before it actually came, which is a very good thing.
-Alright, gotta agree with glimpee on this one. At about a minute in, it really does need *some* kind of release better than what you had. As it is, immediately after that buildup there was pretty much nothing. Dissappointed me quite a bit.
-Now, the main thing that really, REALLY kills it is a very very common failing of progressive house tracks. "unce unce unce unce unce unce unce unce unce unce" There's a really common failing of progressive house tracks. There's a really common failing of progressive house tracks. In case that didn't illustrate it, I'll clear it up - waaaaay too repetitive. Sadly, this does fall prey to that. I understand what you were going for, and I understand that the intro is designed more for DJs in mind, but this is for the NGADM, right? Not as much for DJs to mix between other songs. What this song could really use is a bit more variation and a quicker buildup (or more to keep people interested while it's building up).
Overall: Yeah, I liked this, it has a groove like most progressive house/trance/whatever tracks have. But with the groove comes the other problem as I had said. Until there's more variation in the music and more ideas in it, I really don't have that much to comment on. Due to the insane amount of repetition repetition repetition repetition, I'm going to have to give this a 6/10. I do appreciate the effort in the mix, and hearing that you made all your own synths, I appreciate that as well. But mixing and sound design is only half of a song, the composition needs to also be really good to have a truly amazing song.
First off (I'm posting this to everyone): Note that the scores might be a bit lower than what's typical for NG reviews - no one should expect a 10/10 unless their entry was absolutely incredible.
This was the track I spent the longest time listening to before getting down to write anything about it, and it even took me a while to figure out why. The nice elements and subtleties are all there, but they're introduced one by one over a freaking long time - it clocks in at 6:15 as the second longest song of this round. This is very obviously a progressive house track, so such a length is expected. You certainly seem to have gotten the general idea of the style down - from 1:00 to 2:00 the main melody slowly becomes bolder and bolder, brighter and brighter, and all sorts of additional percussive and melodic elements get introduced in order to very gradually create a local climax. Then they all promptly dissolve to give room for a more chilled and spaced out part - which eventually turns out to be another buildup. Savvy.
I think anyone reviewing this would mention how incredibly repetitive it is - with the same simple one-bar musical idea being dominant throughout (with some variation, granted). I'm willing to cut this song some slack there due to it being dance music - and due to it being a rather hypnotic piece of music for chilling the hell out. The smooth, pretty synths help a lot with that! Still, it wouldn't hurt to add a couple of melodies that aren't straight 8th note chords, that could get the spotlight once in a while.
And even though drawn out minimalist 6-7 minute tracks like this with extremely long, gradual buildups are common in progressive house, the exciting elements are spread a bit too thin in this track. The ones that are there are good, and everything gets plenty of time and space in the mix to really shine. Unfortunately there's really nothing big and new being introduced after the first two minutes, and towards the latter third of the track the earcandy percussion and synths begin to feel very recycled.
8 points for sounds and instrumentation.
6 points for composition and melody/harmony.
7 points for theme/originality/other things that might impress.
Overall impression: 7.5
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