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I like the quirky synths at the beginning. The fade-in could’ve been a bit more creative, but those airy pads and bubbly arpeggios really mesh well together. The piece is a little slow to progress at times, and the piece started sounding a bit anticlimactic by the chord change at :55 or so. The percussion at 1:17 is a little bizarre, and I think you especially overused the hat. The kick sounds pretty weak and hollow, and the piano sample at 1:27 is a bit inauthentic. By around the 2-minute mark, I’m enjoying the quirky harmonies and the cool synth that plays those ascending arpeggios. The structure of this piece feels a bit disjointed at times, with, for example, a sudden transition at 2:14 and mini-fadeout turning into a new riff at 2:19 that doesn’t seem harmonically related to the one preceding it. I don’t think you can just use fade-ins and fade-outs as glue to hold together an otherwise choppy arrangement. I’d suggest consolidating your ideas a bit more and focusing on the depth of harmonies and sense of progression and storytelling rather than on creating a lot of variety with the different riffs, instruments, and rhythmic motifs. Many of the sound design choices in here are also questionable, like the heavy kick at 3:52 during an otherwise mellow part of the piece. Overall, I enjoyed the quirky mood, mixing, and a lot of the isolated patterns and harmonies in this piece. The composition just feels a little thrown-together here, which you can remedy with some more gradual and smooth transitions, as well as a stronger sense of overarching structure and narrative. Keep at it, Jeffbeard! :)

Mixing, mastering, and balance
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
Instrumentation and sound design
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
Originality and uniqueness
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
Composite score

very cool intro! space age steve reich vibes. wasn't expecting the transition to sassy chromatic tribal house, to energetic electro pop, to a prog synth breakdown. i guess the title should've clued me in. i think it's cool to do this sort of thing every now and then, even when the musical ideas don't come together to form a cohesive whole. that said, i prefer a lot of the warmer, smoother sounds used here than the harsh space harpsichords and loud, brittle 808 open hats. using 808s the entire time is a brave choice, they don't really convey the sound you're trying at a lot of the time and sound a little anemic. generally the mix lacks space in terms of dynamics (a lot of the time everything is the same volume) and physicality (no reverb/delay), but the first 2 minutes work around this better than the rest of the track, which i didn't like very much. bizarre entry overall, but i respect the shot at something unique.

important notes on my NGUAC review process: https://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1476427/18#bbspost26965604_post_text

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3.76 / 5.00

Jul 15, 2021
11:14 PM EDT
File Info
3.7 MB
4 min 5 sec
  • Garage Band

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