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Snow Burner

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Author Comments

...So here I am. I've volunteered my services to create a 'techno' track for a rhythm game on android systems. I've never made a dance track before but I have a month to do some research. unfortunately, the week before the deadline is my skiing trip.

I'm on a mountain staring down a lengthy, steep blue attached to a huge snowboard (I'm not small) and about to time my run with my expert skier friend. It's the Fourth time I've been snowboarding and he's been skiing since he was four. We're just about to start and I can't get the Black Eyed Peas out of my head. I do the run in just over two minutes without pole-axing any kids but nearly ruining an adult novice's skiing trip after he nervously shuffled too close to the edge in front of me. The skier beat me by a clear 30 seconds but everyone survived.

The melody is joyful and shows that I'm having fun, literally the fastest I have ever traveled without a motor. The backing and bass line show that deep down. I'm shitting myself.

All synths and glitches played expertly by my laptop in true 8-bit. Logic 9 and BFD provide me with rhythms whilst the guitars were recorded using a JMP-1 pre and an MXR Chorus... In 16-bit. My Bass overlays were DI'd. I mixed it all together and I ended up with a short dance track influenced by my trip. I hope you have your bass at a sensible level.


Review Request Club

The beginning's pretty quirky, I like the little pitch bends in some of the synths; it's missing the kind of thickness of texture you get with a nice bassline, though that comes in at 0:15 nicely.
The drum beat (or what's there of it) is pretty unique, though I think it could do with being pulled more into the forefront, or just having some more reverb to it to give it more of a deeper feel to it.
I really liked the 0:30 transition where you had the distant sounds, but I think the lead synths were too unchanged at that point, so you kind of lost the effect a little.
The main melody is pretty simplistic, but when it comes into its own at 1:00, I really start liking the piece, because everything starts coming together in a much more coherent way and there's some nice melodies working there as well. The transition at 1:30 was also nicely done, and you got it to loop back pretty well.
In general, I think a little more bass and a little more of a drum beat would go amiss, and maybe that the first half of the track could do with a little more cohesion just to tie everything in together, but in general it's a pretty solid track.

-Review Request Club


-It comes in a little slow and takes a bit to get into the actual melody. The melody however was quite joyful and precise. Eight-bit just has that jumpy precise sound to it that is hard to not like.

-The drawn out notes mixed with the quick parts gave it a nice ebb and flow overall. It does show the skiing aspects.

-Review Request Club

Shellac responds:

I'm still on this gigantic learning curve with my production at the mo... This track sounds awful to me now listening back to it! I guess that means I'm making progress.

I tried to get a melody in there fairly quickly. I've got an 8 bar build there, it sounded weird with less but maybe I should have just started with the melody straight out given the overall length of the track.

Thanks for the review!

Pretty nice!

That's got a nice retro sound to it. I liked the intermixed melodies. The beat was kind of nice as well. It harmonized nicely and seemed pretty slick.

Shellac responds:

Thanks! Glad you liked it!

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Credits & Info


4.11 / 5.00

Mar 30, 2010
3:40 PM EDT
File Info
2.4 MB
1 min 45 sec

Licensing Terms

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