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This is my track for "Art-Inspired Music Contest 2014"
I hope that You will enjoy this powerful music.
Art Inspired Music Review
A great track that you have there, with lots of feeling in it. It certainly fits the art piece and is pretty good of a track. It does lack variation though, and I feel that you could have added some more parts to it to have more variation. In addition, I think your drums are good, but there are parts where I think you should automate the mixing of the drums so that they have more power behind them. Those drums can make them hit harder and boost your music.
Keep it up!
The leadup is a bit too long for my tastes... maybe have some guitar solo going on top up high with some vibrato to provide some melodic fabric for us. After that, there isn't really any lead instrument... it's just background instruments until like 1:52 until the guitar does something that is at least close to a melody, but lacks variation or evolution- it's just an ostinato. Variation is the key to effective ostinati. I kept waiting for some wild ass guitar solo but it never came! I am dissapoint!
When we come back in after the short pause, I was hoping we'd have a new thing going on with rhythm guitar, but it went back to the original, which isn't bad, but it would be a good time to have a unique section here, maybe your B so we really get hit with something interesting at that point after the long and relatively boring introduction (when compared to the body of the song, yeah, it's boring, but that is how intros work- they make us want to hear the rest of the song).
The mix is good, but I would experiment with eqing up the lows and also mid highs (3k-6k+) of the drums maybe a bit and add a little more verb to them so they match better with the guitars. You want everything to match up nicely so they all fit together as if they were all the same stuff. This move would let them cut through a bit better. Experiment with EQ and compression to make sure the drums really cut nicely. Drums drive the music, guitars play the music. ;)
I saw another entry using this artwork. Very interesting to see various views.
Total: 77/100 (NG: 4 stars)
Sounds great. Very action packed and energetic. I think the guitar riff repeats a little too often though. I would've prefered a more accoustic less clean sounding drum for this song. More a rock drum. It's very well mixed.
Epic!. This is siiiick. The beginning is amazing and the way the song further progresses is outstanding.
Really got the feeling of a large scale battle going down.
I do feel though that the chord guitar that comes in around 1:55 could have been louder and a bit more powerful. Other than that this is awesome :D.
It definitely feels like a battle-driven song, enough for an intense action-packed scene from either a motion picture or a video game. It's pretty fitting of Madness after all.
I like the guitar riffs throughout the whole piece and how the basic layering is performed. Probably the master track suffers from compression issues that can be noticed if you take a closer look at the cymbals and hats. Becomes especially noticeable during the bigger transitions, even though overall, the song is still decently mastered.
The drums however feel rather weak compared to the much more prominent guitars which drive the melody to the point you wish you'd offer a little bit more than that, like a different chord progression or a new theme. What seemed to be a slight breakdown at around 1:50 could have been a good chance to throw in some more layered guitars, possibly bursting out into a solo in the next section.
It is still a nice effort that constitutes a refreshing change of pace from what I've heard from the contest so far.
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