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Too Late for Life

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My submission for the Newgrounds Underdog Audio Contest Knockout Round 2021.

The song was written and produced in under 2 weeks, as per the rules of the competition.


Tools used:

DAW: Logic Pro

Audio content: All audio in the production were recorded from external hardware, including acoustic guitar, electric guitar + amplifier, melodica and human vocal cords. All other sounds were recorded from the Roland Fantom X7.

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I like the somber tone at the beginning and the sound design. The vocals are nice, but a bit dry - could use more reverb and other mixing effects to make them pop a bit more. I also think the recording quality starts going south at :26 or so - maybe you sung into the mic a bit too loud? There’s some sort of pop or distortion on most of the vocal lines beginning with “where” in the piece. The piano solo at 1:26 was a great idea, but the riff there could’ve been a tad more melodic/dynamic. The instrumental content starts getting a bit repetitive later on, but the extra piano harmonies at 2:13 and call-and-response between the “wheres” and “I just want to be,” etc. help keep things fresh. The fade-out ending was a tad lazy, but overall the progression here is strong. In sum, the composition is solid here, and I’m enjoying the sound design and arrangement as well. Some of the production details could’ve used a bit more time, but overall I enjoyed the piece a lot. Keep at it, DarthWeather! :)

Mixing, mastering, and balance
1.5/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
1/1.5
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
2/2
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
8/10

"You come home too late for life" - sad but true

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Score
4.14 / 5.00

Uploaded
Aug 28, 2021
2:10 PM EDT
Genre
Pop
File Info
Song
6.9 MB
3 min 2 sec

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