Toccata and Fugue in D(ance)

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This took me about a week to chart out from the sheets and maybe two days of tweaking. Overall I am very happy with this, but the real help was Bach writing this forever ago, that guy was a friken genius. For Dance part skip to around 2:20.


Overall a good attempt and correct notation with some of your flavor, however, there were parts where the mixing was flat out horrid in nature - notes being quieter than the should, &c. Also, some parts were rushed so much that it also caused those parts to fall apart (i.e. the ending) - I've actually listened to the original piece myself and studied it a bit, and also, there were parts where you would have actually wanted to take a larger risk by breaking normal dance instrumentation than keeping that same instrumentation.

Honestly, this would have naturally have been a longer song if taken at the correct tempo.

Let me go through and pick this one apart now...

Intro I (0:00 - 0:25) - don't know about the black tape initially, and a poorly mixed chordal end and a bad way to build the chord up one note at a time.
Intro II (0:25 - 0:58) - Coming off of that poor chordal cadence of the first intro, more bad mixing balance (I could hear static, which I find to be a problem when it get's to that point), you then clearly rush it in my opinion to where that part falls apart, again, double check that chordal buildup as well (again).
Intro III (0:58 - 2:19) - Begins too slow, drags in my opinion where it should not drag, poor balance of instruments again, then suddenly rushes so I'm confused...
Dance I (2:19 - 3:02)- rushed where it has that beautiful part where the top note drags down and there and below is the melodic line (2:41 - 2:48), not much to say about that else than that, again, double check your mixing as it transfers to Dance II.
Dance II (3:02 - 3:40)- poor balance throughout, dynamic problems plague that section.
Dance III (3:40 - 4:10)- some poor mixing near the end of that section, dynamic problems as well as emphasis problems, maybe more emphasis near the top notes than in other places... also careful with the transfer to Dance IV
Dance IV (4:10 - 4:55) - some poor mixing, but better dynamic use, also mixing problems occur where I have trouble picking out the chord at times...
Dance V (4:55 - 5:30) - really rushed one of the near ending harmonic sections, felt like it should have slowed down considerably at that chordal cadence, poor mixing at that point in the musick where it has just the pedal (4:55 - 4:58) (and more poor mixing throughout).
Dance VI (5:30 - 5:45) - Really poor mixing and note emphasis - sounds a lot like a broken stereo playing the correct notes but can't get the dynamics right...
Dance VII (5:45 - 6:07) - poor mixing throughout, and felt like you were rushing further than backing off the tempo, really that section before the outro should have slowed down for more contrast than for it to sound blurred, causing more trouble with the sound.
Outro (6:07 - 6:13) - Should have been way slower - it sounds like a blur, when I studied the original piece, to me it sounded like God himself intervened, I've always made connection with the Plagal cadence to that of the cadence of God (since those are found so often in the Amen ends of many church chorales).

Overall, I fell like that this was a poor execution of remixing a great song - it would be helpful to listeners if this was approached with clarity and not make some sections a blur and cause certain sections of the song to just flat out fall apart.

joethesouleater responds:

I agree with everything you say, I also think it is shit, i never put much into this myself and at the time I made it, I had no idea how to master or really do anything. My current stuff is much more up to date and better mixed/mastered if you would like to hear it my new name on newgrounds is bitfrost. Thanks for the detailed review, all i usually get is "i leik dis song lol!"

hm... I don't know

you didn't really add a lot to it. The beat is pretty boring and except for the different instruments it is all of a remix you did to it. The synth seems a little to fat for the massive polyphony the piece sometimes has, but on the other hand some passages sound pretty cool with it.

[Insert Bach related pun]

Very cool idea! I was surprised at how well the piece fit into the whole dance song aesthetic. A few thoughts:

It took a pretty long time for the song to get going. Maybe you kept it long as respect to Bach's masterpiece, but I think two minutes and twenty seconds is too long of an intro to a dance song.

Second, and this is little, the octave jumping stuff around 1 minute sounded a little weird to me. It might be the crappy speakers I'm using, but the low note really stuck out from everything else. Just a small thing I noticed.

Again, very cool idea and good execution!

joethesouleater responds:

yeah i noticed the octave thing too, im going to go in and fix it tomorrow, i kept the intro long mostly because i just love the intro haha. thanks for the review =]

Great Job

On turning this into some techno dance song. im giving you a 7 because A-too repetitive and B-it's a remix ;) it's a very good remix at that,but still a remix.Great job on setting up a classic for the modern DJ set.

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4.38 / 5.00

Jun 27, 2011
1:57 AM EDT
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7.1 MB
6 min 13 sec

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