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Oct 19, 2009 | 10:21 PM EDT
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3.8 MB
4 min 9 sec
4.25 / 5.00

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Rated 4.25 / 5 stars
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My name is curtisbalk, and I'm based in CA.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Again... :D

Joy! I'm so sick of all the shit on the radio. This is where the really good stuff is.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Not bad...

This isn't such a bad piece. There was some slight static at the beginning. You started it off with a cool bass instrument. what i ddin't particularly like was the glitch in the main part but seeing as i'm not a fan of glitch i could be little baised.

However, it di ten to get repetitive after a while so maybe you could work on some more variety.

Overall, its a good song and with some more work could improve a great deal.

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Rated 4 / 5 stars

A little repetitive.

This isn't a bad track, with the way that you've set out the beat and the melody, it's reasonable for the sounds that appear, driving the track on, but it does get rather repetitive quite quickly afterwards, which is a shame. Perhaps try phasing out the beat for a while and adding something different to take the piece to the next level - it's almost there, but there's something in it that really irks me about the lack of variation.

Otherwise, if perhaps you toned down the beat slightly, you'd have a very mellow tune that can keep people listening for a good long while. Not quite my cup of tea, but you're certainly getting there.

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Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

You almost got a 10 :P

This is a really good song; a different style from Intercontinental, which shows that you have a good range of different musical styles. Good job on this, it's nicely done :).

Melodies, as Kirbyfemur said, are catchy, but not those really annoying ones which can't get out of your head, thankfully :P. I liked the piano melodies most, they were quite unique and interesting, plus they were the catchiest. I think you stuck a bit too much to the higher notes though, maybe you could even it out by playing some piano background melodies a few octaves lower.

The instruments are all really cool. Piano isn't that good quality though, but other than that, the instruments were all really unique and awesome. Instrument at the beginning was great, and I liked the one at 0:33, it was a nice touch to the song. You could add some strings though as B-RadGfromOV said, since background depth isn't too good. This could also use a vocal sample as well ;). I liked the sweep effect you did at 1:05.

The transitions are well done, and all were smooth. Every instrument was introduced well too, and nothing felt too sudden or rough in the song. The transition at 1:05 and the one at 2:57 were my favourites. Structure is perfect for hip-hop, but the variety needs fixing. The instrument at 0:33, although it was cool, got quite repetitive in the song, and I think this could do with more alternate piano melodies and variety of background instruments.

The intro was great, with an excellent buildup to the main melody. It's the ending which I'm not too sure about. It's a fade ending, and I really don't enjoy fade endings in songs. It was kind of a bummer, since the song was close to building down for a slow ending, but instead it faded away. Fade endings don't usually give good impressions to listeners, since the thing they remember most after they've heard the whole song would be the ending, and if the ending is bad, then they'd see the song as not so good, but if you manage to think of a good ending for this, I think the song would be much better off. End it with some ritardando or something, that usually works, maybe with a fade of the drum beat as well, before it plays the last note. Sorry for the long paragraph :(.

The drums had a nice beat to them, similar to the one in Intercontinental, and the samples were great, plus they fit with the song very well. What I didn't like was that they were very repetitive. There were a few subtle changes in the beat throughout the song, but the beat very rarely changed, and it got very annoying. Hip-hop's one of the easiest genres to think up beats for, so I'm sure you can invent some alternate beats in this.

I enjoyed this song; you definitely have a talent in composing hip-hop masterpieces like this. Just work on background depth, variety of drums and melodies, and the ending. Superb job overall though, I was just nitpicking, and in general this is one really enjoyable song. Sorry if I did any mistakes in this review, and sorry that it's so short (OK, "short"), since I usually write longer reviews than this on such long songs, but I'm kind of in a hurry right now. Keep up the good work.

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Very catchy

There come many a time in one's life in which you'll come across a song in which you'll both like and dislike, for various reasons. One of those reasons can be how catchy a song is, and while there are some songs that are so goddamn catchy you ant to hate them, luckily this song hasn't done that.

But it is catchy none the less. Consistent, but enough going on to keep it from being monotonous and boring. I liked the sliding orchestra sound that popped up before the piano comes it.

One of those songs you could listen to while just taking a stroll around town. Walking to the beat, while at the same time trying to be discreet about it.

I have one question though, was the crackle that went on throughout the song intentional? It's not a terrible thing, just curious.

I'll give it a 10, even if it could use a little touch up work, there isn't truly anything blaringly obvious that stands out that needs to be fixed. Though the most thing you could fix up would be the descriptions of the songs. Give us something more, talk about the song you composed. Have the introduction as a side note, maybe separate it from the description. Like put a bunch of minuses abouve it and have the description be about the minuses.

Something like this. ^

Anyways good job. =3

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