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!
- The biggest thing I'm really wondering here is where on earth the melody is for most of this track. Trance music is typically characterized by very strong melodies, and the entire midsection of this track seems to be begging for a second countermelody. The main melody that I can hear is fairly weak, and doesn't have much of a dynamic or intensity curve. For a point of comparison, try listening to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFNaR2Hx_sI While this is in a much more common trance style, you can hear the variation in chord progression as well as the sharp, dynamic melody creating emotional tension. The atmosphere is also incredibly intense in this track, which is often a good component of trance music as well.
Compliments to the Composer:
- Realistically, most of this is perfectly fine. What this really needs is some development of the chord progression and more melodies, because... you have some really neat filtering such as the sidechaining on the piano, solid supersaw pads, the the arpeggios at 1:15... etc. These are very good and tasteful sounds, and your general mix is quite solid as well for the instruments you have.
Final score: 7.2