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Plasmic Bloodflow

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My submission for the XLR Hangar challenge.

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Well this is quite a bit more intense that what I’d imagine someone would make for the prompt. Nevertheless, I actually think that this does work well. This is definitely gonna get you pumped for whatever the next racing event is.

Composition/arrangement is pretty well made, though the song does tilt towards being repetitive, but as you will read below, it’s not very severe. One thing that could use some improvement though is are the dynamics. The track is almost constant volume all the way through. It could help to have a section where you dropped the guitar in the background to give some more dynamic range to the composition, and that way let the listener’s ears reast a bit occasionally, though I suppose the intro does alleviate that. Percussions are well mixed and composed too, maybe the snare could be boosted a bit but it’s very minor.

It doesn’t have too much melodic content going its way, and what it has is pretty lowkey in the mix *but* I think that’s actually a strength. It retains the sense of variety with the short melodic sections and what I believe is vocoder effects. And little melodic content means that it will easily fade into the background, and as it already is pretty damn intense, I believe this help to establish an equilibrium.

But I gotta make a remark about those vocoded sections, I cannot understand a single thing what is said :p Though I assume it’s just supposed to be a sound effect and not actually necessarily audible voices. And they do indeed sound cool as-is.

Overall, the production is very solid. Now I gotta admit that I am not well versed in this genre, at all, so I can’t give much advice/critique in regard to that. But I trust my ears and my ears say that this sounds good ^^b

(Also a funny coincidence, my first ever submission was called *plasma*speed and I was inspired by some concept art of, you guessed it, antigravity race craft :p)

BlueCheeseCult responds:

That is indeed a funny coincidence. Thank you for the feedback!

Cool listen, my only criticism is it sounds a little too intense for a hangar theme, in my opinion it would fit a lot better for a racing theme or some other higher energy setting.

Great work!

The buildup and release into the melodies is done super well, I have a soft spot for songs that take three minutes to build up to the big moment. As someone else said in this comment section, it sounds more like the actual race than the hangar itself- I am gonna rate it as if the song were in a void, but because of that and the fact that it does not loop well, it would probably be more around a 3.5 in the context of the competition BUT that is by no means a bad thing at all. The melodies and bass work together very well and even though the drumline is a bit repetitive, I think it works in this instance.

its got that 90s/ early 2000s racing game menu feel to BITS, love the synth voices!

Very solid! I think my only gripe is that it feels like the actual race rather than the hangar. It's a very "driving forward" kinda song. I think the little snippet of half time at 2:15 is perfect

Credits & Info

4.77 / 5.00

Jan 31, 2021
4:23 PM EST
Heavy Metal
File Info
3.4 MB
2 min 59 sec

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.