Cardinal Insomnia

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This was also written for my friend's up-and-coming Portal mod, Tier 3.

It's meant to be spooky. Very spooky. Also, I put it in classical because, despite the bass, it doesn't quite fit in techno. I mean, does it?

This is a rare piece that has almost no bass at all--just instruments.


A little to loud

It would be great if you went back and remixed this. But as it is it's not bad.

DXVanille responds:

You're right, the mixing could be a little improved. Some parts are too loud.
But I'm glad you enjoyed it, at least more than the guy below you :P

I am not amused

It seems like, that you have landed on the wrong section. This clearly is not classical at all, not even slightly. Now let us just get this behind us, shouldn't we?

This piece always uses the same melodies, rhythms and harmonics. This causes your music to get very repetitive and tiresome. The only good thing i noticed was, that you introduced two rhythms and combined them later on. You should alter the elements you use to get more change. It is not spooky at all. If you want it to be spooky you should work with other elements like sound fields, lots of chromatic stuff and maybe no base drum. At the end its getting pretty petty.

Since this music is made of synthetic instruments, I really do not know what to say about it.
The only thing i want to mention is, that you are always using the same range of your instruments, which also leads to tediousness.

This piece is loud. Very loud and mixed very badly. My ears are bleeding and I feel, that I will never hear some higher frequencies ever again. Try not to use too much of them and do not use compressor and those shenanigans. It is overmodulating nearly the whole time. I hope you do not put that version into the mod of your friend, because if people are hearing this, they will turn off the music.

I give you 1 point for the effort.
You just have insulted classical music in general and me. I really hope you are not going to submit something classical like this ever again. If so, please with no "instruments".

DXVanille responds:

Ouch. I appreciate how honest you were, but it seems that in general the community disagrees with you. Of course, I can't please everyone, haha.

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4.38 / 5.00

Apr 16, 2011
11:56 PM EDT
File Info
6.2 MB
4 min 29 sec

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