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Bittersweet Coffee Lo-Fi

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I originally created "Bittersweet Coffee" to practice making jazz and later decided to re-cut it and make it lo-fi

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I like the jazzy sound design and relaxed tempo at the beginning. The layered kicks and snares starting at around :20 are a bit bizarre - are there multiple instruments there, or is it just a heavy delay effect? Either way, it may be a bit much, especially with the relaxed vibe of the rest of the piece. I really like the atmosphere and instruments, though. The piece is a tad slow to progress, and at some point I would’ve liked to hear a solo or bridge or something for variety. One of my favorite parts of the piece was when the bass played in the upper part of its frequency range towards the end. The mood and melodies really sell this track overall. The composition could’ve been a tad bolder, but the active bass line and drums help keep things engaging. Keep at it, Kantieno! :)

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kantieno responds:

Thanks for the feedback! I did have multiple instruments going around 0:20, for no real good reason haha. With my current projects I am focusing on making a simpler more cohesive drum backing. Glad you enjoyed the upper frequency span of the bass, it is also my favored part. Thanks again for the feedback!

really nice smooth intro, beautiful soft piano + smokey upright bass = heaven. the piano parts here feel so human and playful, and the slow melodic bassline perfectly underpins everything from a harmonic standpoint. the drums, however, are comedically sloppy - and there's two different drum sets playing sloppy at the same time! take a cue from lofi hip hop, quantize the downbeats a little! they don't have to be robotically in time, but at least have 1, 2, and 4 in the pocket. keep your drum layers consistently in time with themselves too. i don't know if you recorded the other parts to a click, but the drums are so bad they sound like they're making the other instruments play out of time. disappointing overall, but i really do hope you make more!

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

kantieno responds:

Thanks for the feedback! In restructuring the song for a more lofi vibe, I ended up being very unsure of whether/how I wanted to retain the feel of the original drums while adding in new drums to get a beat with more punch. By the end I definitely had some trouble deciding whether or not it fit at all, so it is nice to have some fresh perspective! That's something I will work on for sure.

Either way I'm glad to hear that you thought the piano and bass worked well together! Thanks again for the feedback!

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Jul 19, 2021
6:05 PM EDT
File Info
4.2 MB
3 min 5 sec
  • FL Studio
  • Kontakt

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