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Jun 22, 2017 | 11:57 AM EDT
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33.8 MB
14 min 37 sec
4.71 / 5.00

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Honestly I should sell this one. But who wants to pay for music?
I tried to sell a few of my good tracks in the past but of course
noone bought anything. Perhaps my music isn't good enough?
I'll leave the download off until I set things up properly.
Anyway, enjoy my new track!
I spent 11h on it and I am very happy with the result!

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Rated 5 / 5 stars


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Rated 4 / 5 stars

* This is an official 2017 NGUAC review *

Ah yes, the journey. Really enjoyed this one. On to specifics...

Mixing, mastering and production: All excellent. Not many people earned at least 9/10 in every production category for me. What that means here is that there is nothing wrong with any of your production elements. Nothing sticks out in a bad way (except that the snare at 9:42 seemed a bit dry - a little more reverb would have helped); all the instruments are clear, effects are executed excellently, and mastering clearly enhances the piece.
The only way to go is up - I would've given higher scores if something here had really unexpectedly wowed me. A brilliant original effect here, the introduction of a completely beautiful instrument sound there, a magical moment thanks to mastering. It's hard for me to be specific here because, as I said before, there's nothing wrong with your production. But I hope that comes across - try and surprise me in the knockout round, push yourself to have those extra moments of pure mastery, and I could see you getting a perfect production score.

Composition: Very original, excellently executed. It's a testament to your sense of musicality that I was never disinterested the entire fourteen and a half minutes. Granted, I'm partial to epic journey pieces, but it's easy to get them wrong. My biggest nitpicky thing to mention would be regarding melodies. In all the spots you had melodies, they were well done - they fit the piece and enhanced it. What I would have liked to hear is more variety. Your core melody and progression are more or less the same throughout the piece, and that's a long time to listen to one melody. When you free yourself from the constraints of writing 3-minute songs, as you have, you have so much space and material to work with. It felt like a little bit of a missed opportunity here to not hear more melodies. One idea (and I'm just throwing it out here based on what I imagine when listening to Different) might be to have two distinct main melodies, introduced in different sections and fully fleshed out, then blended in a final sections where it's revealed one of them is a countermelody to the other. And together, they make beautiful harmonic music. Just an idea - obviously you're capable of coming up with melodies!

My other points off were in structure, progression, harmony, and texture. None of these things were done poorly, but they didn't completely wow me like your atmosphere, emotion, and originality did. In terms of structure and progression, there was never a section that took me by surprise, that changed the piece for the better, that took it in a new direction. Everything felt more or less the same, in a dynamic and instrumental sense, the whole way through. Again, since Different is so long, having that kind of variety tends to a big plus in my books. The key is to weave that difference in without sacrificing the atmosphere and vibe of what you've already achieved.

One thing to remember - while I hugely enjoy long journey pieces, not every judge will. Keep in mind that this is a contest, so having your music be more universally accessible, so to speak, might garner you some points with the other judges who would otherwise pass you over. Good luck in the Knockout Round!

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

***This is a NGUAC first round review. Forgive me if it is short, there are a hundred songs to get through!! Further rounds will be MUCH more in detail on your review!!***

AWW MAN I wrote this long review as I was listening to your track and forgot to submitted it before i closed the tab!

This is long. Like. REALLY long. like. WAY TOO LONG. BUT, there are totally plenty of people who can appreciate all that was put into a long song, as long as it's done well.

That being said. I said here for 15 minutes and thoroughly enjoyed every damn moment of this song.

The length is honestly the only big thing here, other than that i have very little to say about this.

This. Is. Awesome.

PS. DUDE sell your samples and presets! I LOVE your sounds.

also hook me up with some xD


Rated 5 / 5 stars

You're out of my league to actually give constructive criticism. I just appreciate your work and especially your mixing.

If money is something you're looking for with music production why not lend some of your mixing skills? I can't believe you only spent 11 hours on this, that is amazing. You clearly have an ear for mixing electronic music (and quickly). I'm curious how you would mix other types of music.

11:17 is my favorite part, when listening to the song for long enough that chord really stands out. Your mixing here really stands out a lot more to me than your arrangement in this though. In terms of the mixing though, part of me wanted to hear you play with your stereo image more, based on the mixing I'm sure you have the tools and skill to get creative in that respect. Then again, your average NGer probably isn't going to be listening for stereo image. Some people will probably say this is too long, but just playing the song without looking at the end time kept my attention throughout it.

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Cursedsnake responds:

Same as for tinymanx- Best comments ever. Thank you!
I'm planning to make a live stream where I'll be making music and stuff. But I don't know yet because I'm stuttering and thus I don't really like talking, which sometimes affects my community involvement- As you might have noticed because I rarely write back :P
We'll see. Thanks again!


Rated 5 / 5 stars

It really is a shame you don't make money off of this You're a good artist. The reason people don't buy your music is because you aren't very well known yet, and you don't produce mainstream stuff, which isn't bad at all. You are gaining recognition though, just be patient. I've been listening to your music since back in 2015 when i heard "Nebulae", and i can definitely say you are good at what you do. You just dabble in a little more esoteric form of music that isn't all that popular. Don't change though, because the people who DO listen to you are a big fan of this type of stuff. You just have to keep doing what you're doing, more people will discover you in time.

All that aside : Good job :) It's hard to believe you can pump such high quality stuff out so quickly. It's really worth listening to in it's entirety. Really cool how it changes so subtly and perfectly, but i guess that could be said about all of your music :P

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