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How To Make Friends In The Post Apocalypse

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Be nice. Maybe share some radiated water.

Made for the NGUAC 2022 Final Round

5th place in NGUAC 2022! <3 yay!

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banger, holy shit

I like the punchy guitars at the beginning and the suddenly more blissful vibe at :06. The melodies are enjoyable overall, but it’s also a bit difficult to follow the contour at times with all of the ornamentations. The drums also could’ve been a tad more prominent in the mix. That said, overall the frequencies are well-balanced and the sound design is really good. The piece could use a bit more structuring, as right now the same instrumental hierarchy is prevalent throughout and the energy level is pretty constant. The melodies at around the 2-minute mark do a good job of hitting the piece home, and the mellow, airy outro is also a nice addition to the narrative arc of the piece. Overall solid work, ko0x! Congratulations on your success in the competition this year. ^_^

Mixing, mastering, and balance
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
Instrumentation and sound design
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
Originality and uniqueness
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
Composite score

Anyone wanna meet me post-collapse and start a friendly tribe of cannibals!?

Loved the chippy ending.

The slides here have me questioning reality. They sound so natural. At other points, where there are repeated notes, it sounds like velocity needs a bit more stringent retouching.

Overall, your solo writing is fantastic. Not a complaint beyond the occasional machine gunned note.

I would like to hear more of the low mid on your rhythm guitars and just a bit less of your pads. The bass is also quite far down in the mix, and the reverb on said pad is louder than your hihats and rides. Actually, more rhythm guitar in general. If you were to reduce overall compression and adjust the volumes of the tracks so that you were able to clearly hear your leads and harmonies, while also being able to make out bass and louder rhythm guitars relative to background pads, I think I'd be able to put out an extra half star.

Fantastic composition. Thanks for coming out to NGUAC!

Feels like I’m playing sonic adventure and I’m all for this

Credits & Info


4.67 / 5.00

Sep 6, 2022
3:15 PM EDT
General Rock
File Info
6.1 MB
2 min 39 sec
  • Live
  • Shreddage 3

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