Hello! This is a review for the NGUAC competition.
I've gone over one or two general categories of issues specific to your song, and one section of things I think also deserve complimenting. I prefer being very direct with my critique, none of it is meant to offend. Thank you for your understanding!
- I'm really not even sure of what to make of a lot of the composition here, but probably the biggest point I'd make is that it seems rather... aimless. The cause of this is generally the lack of chord and hypermeasure organization. Normally in music, chord progressions tend to have a fairly recognizeable structure that guides listeners through the piece. The issue here is that the chords never tend to reach a 'point of arrival' which a listener can latch onto and feel satisfaction. Similarly, a lot of the measures don't... have a clearly defined pattern to their meter. Some sections seem to be 8 beats, some seem to be 12, some seem to be 6... but nothing really consistent. In general, this piece seems to be a collection of loose ideas with extremely vague structure from the steady drums. This results in a lot of the ideas concluding and transitioning very awkwardly, and generally leads to the piece feeling aimless as mentioned.
- Secondly, the mixing tends to be a little bit lackluster. Everything is audible but it's often very thin. The track could use a tad more bass and limiting to make sure the instruments are levelled appropriate to other music (approximately -1dB). Quite frankly, limiting would make this quite a bit better already, but a bit of extra bass would make the drums feel thicker and the overall track more 'grounded'.
Compliments to the Composer:
- For all the oddities of organization and the thin feeling of the mix... this is really really cute and I actually love a lot of how it sounds. A lot of ideas are not quite awkward enough to keep them from being adorable and listenable, so they feel very pleasant. In fact, this REALLY reminds me of the Pikmin soundtracks, as well as some of Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars. If you want to continue working on this style of music and haven't heard those soundtracks, I would highly recommend it!
Final score: 6