A Decent Track
Now a response to your overly defensive response, to clarify what I said in my last review:
"So much blahblahblah! If it's repetitive, if it lacks riffs, that's not your problem. If it lacks a developed melody, that's not up to you to decide. I am not going to reorganize any rhythms."
- I never said it was my problem, and don't know why you think I'm trying to think I'm the one calling the shots. Constructive criticism is what it is.
"And of course I am familiar with time signatures, what the hell do you take me for?"
TBH, from hearing that track, someone with not very much intellectual experience that compiles premade loops together. I didn't bother mentioning this in the review because I wasn't sure nor did I want to spark more potential heat. I do not intend any offense by this, nor does it make you a bad musician.
You don't need to understand time signatures to make music. I used FL for a year and played instrumental music more or less before without having a proper understanding of time signatures. Understanding the simple math behind metrical organizations is one thing, but looking past that and being connected with the actual feel is another, more cerebral aspect of music. So that's why I asked.
"I am glad you like the song, but, again, I didn't hire you and I do not want you to tell me what to do."
lmao @ hiring reviewers.
I offered to give you reviews because of semi-mean comment I left about your song "Shooting Zeros" as an apology of sorts, and you accepted. This is/was my honest response. Stop thinking of my critiques as being verbatim; it's CAN not WHAT.
"PS: if Americans play samba in 4/4, I can make Indian music like that as well. "
You can also make gaybar Christian gospel trance while getting naked and covering yourself in peanut butter, there's no dos and donts when making art. Again, just a suggestion in case you weren't aware of the fact that a lot of Indian music is "written" (I put that in quotes because most music in this culture is improvisational and orally transmitted-) in 8/4. I'm pretty certain you weren't ;)
And perhaps you're confusing sambas with Americanized Bossa Novas? Not that it matters, I was aiming for awareness, not trying to establish correctness.
"And "if you're familiar with time signatures" is a very asshole-ish way of trying to sound better than me. You're not. Shut up."
I wasnt trying to say that all. I hope you can adjust your attitude a little in the future, and keep up the music.
Took me 4 and a half months to notice this review. I'm sure it will take me much longer to give a fuck.
Cool Indian Beat
I love this jam. Reminds me of when of me playing indian esque music. And to the guy two reviews down, I know a lot of indian music is played in 8/4 but there are occasions where it sounds great in 4/4. I think this is great if you put it in the background of a video game. In any case this is a pretty good job
I'm fairly new to Newgrounds and I'm glad I picked to view Audio Portal first. This is pretty awesome!
Good Job Audio Soldier!!
much more listenable
this track has some interesting instruments and a more enjoyable structure. ethnic influenced music is my fav.
Like some users have mentioned below, this track is quite repetitive and IMO is lacking developed riffs. I have a feeling that most if not all of this is premade loops slapped together from mixcraft or magix or something. i havent heard them before so it would be unfair to automatically deduct points for it. However, the problem with this is a lack of a developed melody liked mentioned above, the drums also have few variations and there is a lack of transitioning. For example, the leadup to the part around 1:25 was competely unanticipated and awkward, and the simple 2 note motif doesnt hold up much on its own. 3:28 was a decent transition, as you had some harmony going on with the instruments and carried over the drums to the next section.
I recommend you chop the samples and reorganize the rhythms, possibly create a more variated melody theme from the indian instruments you have, or create one from scratch with a soundfont/synth/samplepack or whatnot. You might want to look into DSK indian instruments.
The rhythms on the tablas and other percussion parts are quite entertaining and create a good synergy when flowing together. I'd try to find a tabla soundfont and recreate the rhythms so you actually have control over the riffs. I'd like to hear some pitch/baya slap tones and faster rhythms during transitions. Also, a lot of classical Indian music is in 8/4 opposed to 4/4, if you're familiar with time signatures that might be something to consider if you were to re-compose this or something similar.
In addition to constructing a melody, the track feels a bit empty- some droney ambience like a resonant tambura or lush pad could work great as some interesting filler. This would also fill the emptiness during the (currently) rough transitions.
As for mixing, the samples sound crisp and wide. I'd pan the shakers to the left or right more and place the short string parts in opposite directions.
Otherwise, great choice of instruments, cool riffs. The digeridoo and synth are also ideas worth noting. Good job.
Keep up this style man, you have the right ingredients it just needs some more fleshing out and substance to make the perfect audible curry mix.
So much blahblahblah! If it's repetitive, if it lacks riffs, that's not your problem. If it lacks a developed melody, that's not up to you to decide. I am not going to reorganize any rhythms. And of course I am familiar with time signatures, what the hell do you take me for?
I am glad you like the song, but, again, I didn't hire you and I do not want you to tell me what to do.
PS: if Americans play samba in 4/4, I can make Indian music like that as well. And "if you're familiar with time signatures" is a very asshole-ish way of trying to sound better than me. You're not. Shut up.
I LIKE IT! ten stars for you my friend
Thank you very much! :)
Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.