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Underworld Interference

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I like the pensive arpeggios at the beginning. The harmonies at :20 don’t come through the mix super well, but the heavy bass at :37 provides a nice injection of energy. I think the drums sound a bit flat - some more compression on them or more space in the EQ seems desirable. Otherwise, the mix stays pretty bottom-heavy for most of the track, even while the texture is pretty minimal for a while. At some point, I would’ve liked to hear some melodic content or harmonic variety in this piece. That said, you keep things interesting with the filtering and distortion automations at 2:03. I really like the build-up into 2:40, but by 2:42 it felt a little anticlimactic with the repetition of the main bass riff. I think 2:42 would’ve been a great place to create a real “arrival point” for the track, with a more prominent melody or dramatic drop. That said, I’m enjoying the sound design, apprehensive mood, and progression of the piece overall. I also like how it comes full circle with the re-introduction of those pensive arpeggios towards the end. Overall solid work, Dysutopia12! :)

Mixing, mastering, and balance
1.5/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
1.25/1.5
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
1.5/2
Instrumentation and sound design
1/1
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
1.25/1.5
Originality and uniqueness
.75/1
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
.5/1
Composite score
7.75/10

fun chiptuney synthwave stuff. love the changeup and filter sweep at 2:04 and the big resonant filter drop into the next section. wish it got to that part quicker! think it would be nice to get more of a break from the main aggressive growly synth. it's also too loud compared to the drums, which have a weird thick reverb slathered over them - definitely tighten up the reverb on the kick and snare. really like the 2nd half of this track a lot despite the mixing flaws. make more!

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

very funky i like it a lot

The vibe is simply immaculate. Great track to listen to whilst gaming

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Uploaded
Jul 30, 2021
9:35 AM EDT
Genre
Synthwave
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10.2 MB
4 min 29 sec

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