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!
- More than anything else, I think this music needs a couple pointers in terms of composition. Let's take a deep dive into the rhythms you're using here. If you listen to them, they're almost all built out of very straight sets of five, with the frequent addition of a slower set of three notes afterwards. This can absolutely be varied a LOT more. In fact, the section at 1:27 clearly shows how good this variation is, because it breaks up the relatively monotonous rhythm. Try using some syncopation and adding in varition in your pitched instruments rather than just your drums, especially if they synchronize up. This brings me to my second point...
- There is very little in the way of variation in terms of dynamics and overall intensity. Having distinct sections and more varied rhythms would help this out a lot, but there's another component - notice how you have essentially the same set of instruments, all playing throughout, all at the same volume, without any particular melodies to hook onto. This gives several ways you can expand the interest of your music over the course of a track - even in heavy metal and power metal music, there are specific 'riffs' that are used repeatedly as something the listener can latch onto and recognize, while the harmonies underneath typically stick to one or two harmonic lines following the same rhythm, or a rhythm section focused on chords and keeping notes within those chords. There's also variation in both guitar tone and volume of instruments - volume tends to increase at the points of highest tension in a melody, the 'emotional high point'. All of this would help greatly to reduce listener fatigue and also help them remember your music.
Compliments to the Composer:
- Okay, I mentioned that section at 1:27 - I actually really really like this. It has high frequencies that aren't overly intense, while providing some really well-needed variation. This actually works very well for a climax of the track too. It seems like you have a lot of ideas but they haven't quite coalesced and linked together yet - once they do, you'll be getting some pretty nice tracks coming out!
Final score: 4
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