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Null - Abyssal Bliss

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Mar 4, 2012 | 2:24 AM EST
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5.1 MB
4 min 28 sec
2.85 / 5.00

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Rated 2.85 / 5 stars
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Electronic - Dubstep

Author Comments

bla bla bla...
"first real attempt at dubstep."
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`3% Modern Talking.
`23% Annoying Saws.
`A lot of boring sounds/patches (Because I made them from scratch. :< ).
`The little synth melody at 2:40 may be a little to "cute" for a song like this, what do you think?
`Would like feedback on the mastering, I can hear the drums fine on some speakers but not so well on others.
`And I sure as hell hope that the chord arrangement at 0:30 hasn't been used before...
`... I forgot the bass didn't I...



Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

Well, putting this half decent track through the blender never did anything to make it better, that's a stone-cold certainty. It's served to drag it out, which is never good. The intro was good, because there was no meddling with the traditional startup. Then it started to go pear shaped and frankly, I lost interest.

The bass beat is fine, it needs very little work, perhaps moving a note here or there, just to tidy the effect up slightly, but the rhythm needs a lot more work, to bring it away from the dependence upon the dubstep sounds that you've gone overboard with. For me, there is use of an effect, but then the way that you did it was overuse, by quite some way.

I wish I could say more, but picking away at the layers of "dubstep sound", I can't even begin to comment on what remains.

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NullSoundwerks responds:

Sorry it's taken a little while for me to get back to you, I really do appreciate your willingness to take this track through an analytical lens.
Now, a *fraction* of the problem may have been *my* inexperience in this genre, leading to a complete misunderstanding of key elements and structure on my end.
This lead to me searching for a *gimmick*: the screeching, overused effect you mentioned. (It is also out of key, listening to it again.)
The fallacy when it comes to the dubstep demographic is that listeners want to hear mainly the distorted sounds. Any inexperienced producer with that mindset will have it really show through their work, literally spamming "dubstep sounds" recklessly, as it was done here.
I don't think this is even deserving of the term "pear shaped." Lack of synergy indicates a flawed production as a whole. The synths cannot work independently, and attempting to supplement them with even more synths could end up debasing the song even further. Which is the case here.
I wish you could say more too, having more knowledge of what people actually want to hear leads to better music being made.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

hey, this wasn't too bad :D I liked it... although... where's the bass? and there really isn't a proper drop in it is there...

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NullSoundwerks responds:

Heh... yeah I noticed that last bit when I uploaded it. I mean I did make patches so that they'd be in the form of a bass, but *didn't* do any tweaks to where they actually sound "bassy."

I think I should do a little *studying* on what makes a good "dubstep drop." You can tell I sorta ran out of ideas by around 3:23.

Anyway, thank you for the feedback, this gives me a sense of direction!


Rated 4 / 5 stars

I like this, it has a very unique sound it. Not what you hear everyday, that makes it great art. There were these little elements out of pace that made it sound a little weird at times, but they were so short that it it didn't even matter and they underlined the crazyness alot. Also, that screamy synth is awesome. Very chill all in all. If you want to make it bump more, you can try to pull up some sounds and sidechain them a little with the drums. Might sound nice. Aside from that, good work. Keep it up!

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NullSoundwerks responds:

Thank you. :)
The 'out of pace' bits may be due to some of the synths being mono, and *me* playing octaves on opposite ends.
I'll look into what you were saying about the sidechains, I sorta have a really cluttered technique in making them though.
I'm glad you liked it. And I'm glad you're alive. (This was my first time really using those high pitched sounds, I was worried it was going to cause some sort of aneurysm.)