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Another old track made from last year.

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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!

Constructive Criticism:

- While your organization and embellishment is very nice, your melodies could use quite a bit of work. In particular, they follow the harmonic progression you laid out but almost seem as if they're generated with an arpeggiator. What this results in is a seeming lack of direction in your music, making it difficult to follow any clear theme as there doesn't seem to be one, as well as find any clear point of "arrival". Music following western tradition like this style is highly based on tension and release. There's some tension here, but very little release coordinated with your audio design work.

- Your sound palette is very flat. What I mean by this is that many of your instruments have the same texture to them. They all sound as if they're made from saws and triangle waves without much complexity to their sound. As much as I love saw-based pads, I think this track could benefit VERY heavily from having more background atmosphere (such as in the calmer sections), varied textures, and "ear candy" (small moments or sound effects much like the shouts of "hey" in the middle - those were wonderful). Try working with some more filters and other basic sounds to give your track a bit more variety, especially in calmer sections that are used as a 'break' from the normal sound palette.

Compliments to the Composer:

- Your organization and builds are very well-layered, and you seem to have a good grasp of the overall arrangement of your music. That introduction bit was wonderful, and I would have loved hearing something like it again such as in the climactic sections of your track. When you synchronize this with your melodic and harmonic progressions, you'll have some very compelling electronic music on your hands!

Final score: 5.5

Credits & Info


4.11 / 5.00

Aug 2, 2021
8:15 AM EDT
File Info
2.7 MB
2 min 21 sec

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