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NGUAC 2022 KO Round - Ikigai (生き甲斐), in Minimalism


Author Comments

What is our life? A play of passion;

Our mirth the music of division;

Our mothers’ wombs the tiring-houses be,

Where we are dressed for this short comedy.

Heaven the judicious sharp spectator is,

That sits and marks still who doth act amiss;

Our graves that hide us from the searching sun

Are like drawn curtains when the play is done.

Thus march we, playing, to our latest rest,

Only we die in earnest – that’s no jest.

~ Sir Walter Raleigh, What Is Our Life? (1552-1618) ~


Entry for the Knock-Out Round of the NGUAC 2022.

Enjoy folks. ♥ :3

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Ahaha, always good to see the DSK vsts getting used xD I love this chill asian atmosphere you've created! Smooth pads with plucky stringed lead, yes please.

I think the biggest issue is the contrast between the intro/build and the drop. If you look at the waveform at 1:49, the buildup is louder than the drop itself, completely removing any tension and energy you'd built without a proper release.

Same with the middle section. It builds and sounds super rad and tense but then it drops back into a very quiet and tame chill section. The kick is barely there, when it should be PUNCHING through the mix.

Also a little EQ note: you have a reese bass and 808 playing at the same time in certain sections, causing phase cancellation and kind of killing the low end of the bass. I did hear a little warbling.

Overall pretty good track! I'd say you have arrangement down just fine. Just don't bait me with an awesome buildup and then switch to a chill beat. Go crazy, go stupid! AAAA

Credits & Info


4.28 / 5.00

Aug 16, 2022
9:25 PM EDT
File Info
13.1 MB
5 min 44 sec
  • Komplete
  • Reaper
  • Valhalla VintageVerb
  • Ozone
  • SDRR
  • TyrellN6
  • TDR Kotelnikov
  • Saturation Knob
  • Vinyl
  • TDR Nova
  • Krush
  • TAL-Reverb
  • Freesound
  • Zebra 2
  • Hybrid 3
Misc. Kit
  • Cymatics
  • DSK Asian DreamZ
  • Odin2
  • DSK World StringZ
  • FZither
  • XSub
  • BM2 Lite
  • RoughRider3

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.