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Dystopia - Mataro

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Author Comments

Not a whole lot to say here. This is an older piece. I had almost forgotten I had written it, when I rediscovered it just recently. It's a touch minimal. I considered added a rain FX to the background to complete the ambience. But I felt it would be overdoing it a touch. If you're the introspective sort, try giving it a listen on a rainy day. You might just get lost in the sound.

Or maybe you'll hate it. :P

Either way, sound off in the review section below. Critique isn't just welcome, it's needed! Thanks for listening.




I don't like the percussion... It's way to harsh, and doesn't work well with your soothing piano and strings... The piano is also way to repeated. The second motion about 1:30 in to the song was cool, would like it to be longer, and back to the drms... Overall, needs work... 7/10. Ambient music is a hard genre to understand and get a feel for, so understand that a 7/10 isn't a bad score... Please continue with your music.

Mataro responds:

Thanks for taking the time to review, amigo. I've always been one to favor contrast. I have, at times, produced purely soft music, or purely hard music, but nearly always I like contrast. Either at the same time, or in alternating sequences. Sometimes that means intense parts followed by a mellow interlude, or mellow parts broken up by intense breaks. This is one of the best examples of mine I feel for a song that has many shifting elements tugging a different direction, but still remains coherent.

The drums are in stark contrast to the somewhat melancholic piano. As if the pianist is unenthused and is just plonking keys back and forth. The guitar joins in with a simple, mellow rhythm. The drums follow the same mellow rhythm, but are the agitated one in the mix. They all pick up a little together, and then the simple mix goes from being a few simple instruments in a room to an entire army of sounds filling a cathedral. Then it drops to something softer than either the piano or the guitar while the drums carry on. The entire piece is marked by these shifts.

I wouldn't say I'm an amazing musician. But I'm proud of this one, and I think I have reason to be. That said, I agree with you. "Ambient" is a hard genre to nail down. To me, music should tell a story. "Ambient" music doesn't tell a story, it merely to YOUR story. Thus, ambient music can rear a lot of different heads, some of them ugly. It depends on what your story is, and what atmosphere fits it. One could deduce a lot about my story at the time of writing, but that's beside the point.. Seems I've become a bit tangential here. :P

Anyway. Thanks a ton for the review. Glad to hear you enjoyed it some anyway. :D

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Credits & Info


4.08 / 5.00

Dec 19, 2010
1:30 AM EST
File Info
7.7 MB
3 min 23 sec

Licensing Terms

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