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I like the heavy synth bass at the beginning. The percussion is a little loud, and the clicks layered on the kick instrument were a bit strong for my tastes. More importantly, the frantic synth harmonies often clash with the bass line later on in the piece. The synth lead’s melodies themselves are pretty cool, but it seems like you tried to do a bit too much with the progression after a while, layering on harmonies that don’t really complement each other. I’d suggest choosing a certain set of pitches (up to 7, but as few as 5) in advance, and then writing all of the notes of the piece using those pitches. Also, make sure that all of the notes that are playing at a given time fit into the same chord. I find it helpful to put all the harmonies in one instrument’s piano roll first, and then assign them instruments later. That way, you know the harmonies sound good together before you have too many different tracks to work with. Other, smaller problems in this piece include the cheesy instruments and somewhat aimless structure. That said, I enjoyed the cute mood, melodies, and rhythmic elements, and developing your sense of harmony is the most important next step for you going forward. Keep at it, PeculiarAlfred! :)

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Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
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Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
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PeculiarAlfred responds:

i understood about 20% of your response, but thanks!

cool to hear some chiptune-ish sounds again. sounds like a lot of disparate elements thrown together without a lot of thought though. quite a few clashing lines without any common melodic or harmonic thread. that long chainsaw bass sound has some nasty overtones which mess with the other instruments too, and holds on some questionable notes itself. everything at the end works really nicely though, so you should build a new track on those elements there. the drums are very uninteresting and don't have any variation either, which is a bummer. appreciate the effort though.

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

PeculiarAlfred responds:

il try to chill out the song a bit and make the drums variate. thanks for the review

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Aug 1, 2021
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1 min 31 sec

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