Creative and has an awesome Halloween sound
This is some really cool stuff man. This song makes it crystal clear that you've been making House for a long while. I'm hearing plenty of very fitting synths, effects and a solid progressive structure that's always so important in songs that fall under this genre. Not only that but the mixing is awesome too, and I'm hearing a very significant and creative Halloween influence. Nice work!
Right then, I'll start with the stuff I like about the track. First and foremost, I like the creativity. You went and took generic Halloween influences (like the manic laughter, thunder, creepy organ sound at 1:57, etc...) and blended them together with generic House elements like the typical House structure/transitions, etc... to actually make something original and unique. It works out very well!
The sounds and effects you used were brilliant, as I already mentioned. The scary Halloween sound effects are admittedly very cheesy, but they certainly helped add to the Halloween influence and despite being cheesy, when combined with a House beat they sound pretty unique and awesome.
The other effects you put on the sounds were all great. The filter automation you did on some of the sounds was pretty sweet, and the EQing was good. I love the bass sound you introduce around halfway into the track. I didn't expect it but when it came in it surprisingly sounded really cool along with the Halloween organ thing and the subtle, sidechained background synth. Perhaps the percussion was a bit too dry but maybe that was intentional and it's not much of a big problem anyhow.
Now for the stuff I didn't like about the submission. To begin with I think you could've been a bit more creative with the composition. I know House isn't supposed to focus much on melodies, but in all honesty the melodies were kinda dull. You seemed to focus more on the effects and atmosphere and just added the melody at, say, 1:57, as something extra without much thought put into it. I won't really make this complaint affect the score much because after all, progressive House never really was that melodic, but some more interesting melodies would certainly be welcomed I think.
Secondly, some of the transitions are a little anticlimatic or abrupt. For instance, the transition at 1:57 felt pretty abrupt. Instead of smoothly moving from one section to another, one section just stopped and the other started without any form of a smooth transition.
Moreover, the buildup at 2:56 feels a bit anticlimatic to me. I heard an awesome well-executed buildup and expected some mind-blowing part, and then all I got was the song dying down at the very end and then the introduction of the bass without as much of an effect as it potentially could have had. This might be just me because somehow I've always found House transitions to be a bit anticlimatic, but I thought it was worth mentioning.
I'm certainly not much of a fan of House but that didn't stop me from realising how creative this is. Sure, I've got some problems with it but overall I'm impressed and I think this has a pretty great chance of doing well in both competitions. Keep it up, man :3.
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