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Elixified - Forest of Life

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May 31, 2010 | 4:59 PM EDT
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5.6 MB
2 min 26 sec
4.20 / 5.00

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Rated 4.20 / 5 stars
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Author Comments

Relaxing song, wich will take you away to the Forest of Life...



Rated 3 / 5 stars

So is that like Forrest Gump?

Interesting choice for the drums, since it makes such an interesting sound.

However, there are some things you definitely need work on:

-Panning your instruments: everything hits the direct center, which really makes things hard to hear or discern, since everything is channeling through the same area. Try moving your instrument/synths around, so the actual song is much more richer.

-Things sound blurry, and this is not only because of the first point, but because in the beginning, I think you try to do too much. With a whole lot of instruments going on at once, it's very easy to lose your way in the audio department. This gets better as the song goes on and less instruments are playing at once, but it is still something to work on.

-Use fade ins and fade outs a bit better: the bongo in the beginning just kinda weakly stops, where a fade out would have been much better. Put a TINY bit of reverb on the instruments, it'll make them sound more authentic (however, if you put too much on, you go back to the problem of things not sounding clear. As well, vary the dynamics (volume) of your stuff, since everything is the same again, and it makes the whole song feel very dry and mechanical. Which is the opposite of a forest of life, no?

-Finally, as a bit of a personal preference (you can ignore this one if you want): this song is a bit too samey for me. It does the same thing over and over again, and you RARELY insert new sections or beats in order to liven things up. It's almost like you copy-pasted four measures throughout the entire song. I'm all for drone music, but drone music and good minimal music throws in little touches here and there, like different instruments or modified beats, to keep the listener entertained and enjoying the song; both are absent here.

However, i will give you that your bongo beat is fresh and inventive, meaning I haven't heard something like that on here before.

So keep on improving yourself, and hopefully take some of these criticisms to heart.

Elixified responds:

Thank you for your helpful review, i will definitely use these tips in my next song.