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4 min 12 sec
4.07 / 5.00

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The theme of Noah Cartwright, the main villain of the first book in the series I'm writing. It's supposed to sound like a final boss theme.



Rated 4 / 5 stars June 24, 2013

Quite a bit of dissonance in the composition, but perhaps that was intentional as a representation of this character? The mixing could definitely use some work; the strings were a tad loud around the 2:30 region. I really liked the piano near the end, but the reverb may have been overdone.

All in all, good composition that could use some mixing work.

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Blacklawn responds:

Thanks. I agree. Mixing is always an issue for me... And I'll definitely have to tone down that reverb.


Rated 3 / 5 stars June 23, 2013

Sounds rockin', not bad - sounds like this villain is more complicated than most. Be sure to watch out for the arrangement, though, as it tends to meander. Unless this is written for a movie or something I'd suggest giving it a more recognizable form. The harmonies and themes are actually really cool, though, so some more organization would really make this stand out better.

The bass is a bit hollow. It needs some more presence - add some lower mids to the bass and it'll stand out a lot more.

Oftentimes, when all of the instruments get together it sounds incredibly muddy. When you mix your music, try to give some instruments the focus while leaving others in the background, as this will give the music more focus.

Those drums are relentless with that snare. Using the snare only once or twice per measure overall would really help clean up the soundscape. If you want to keep the multisnare riffs then at least change the dynamics so that the follow up hits are quieter than the main strikes, as they just sound like a wall of sound, otherwise.

It's an alright track, with some room for improvement. Nice work.

Blacklawn responds:

Thanks. I tried to fix the bass and the snares. As for the mixing... I'm not entirely sure how I'm supposed to achieve what you said.


Rated 3 / 5 stars June 22, 2013

It's cool that you're coming up with your own themes for your stories! I like to do that a lot. So, for the song - I think your composition is not bad. I liked when the strings came together at 2:20 until 2:35 - really gave that boss theme feel.

As for your instruments, they could be mixed a lot better - nothing was really too muddy or trebly, but your sounds don't mesh together very well. Let your sounds complement each other! Several notes clash together unpleasantly - at 3:08 for example - melodically and rhythmically; but I can see some pretty decent ideas under the chaos. I think with further development of your music skills, your mix could be improved, and your melodies given a chance to shine.

Overall, a haunting, danger-filled theme indeed...a composition suitable for the events within a story. Good luck with your book !

Blacklawn responds:

Thanks! Considering the things you said, 3 stars seem like a pretty low rating, though :/