Whoa man, I haven't seen you in ages! Thanks a lot for reviewing, your reviews are AWESOME.
"Feedback? Sure thing, why not?
I only have a short amount of time, because I should totally be practicing my driving, but I'll give a short review in that time."
You rock :3.
"-Great sounds and mixing as usual."
That's great! People have often told me my mixing is good and I honestly don't know why. I know VERY little about mixing and when it comes to EQing I just go with whatever sounds good. I guess I'm just lucky! As for the sounds, East/West of course :P.
"-Good tune once it gets into the song."
Good to hear. I had had that tune in my head for nearly a week.
"-I love how it's more ethnic-sounding while still being dance-like."
Really relieved that you said that because that was precisely the one thing that I was worried about when I set off to making this track. I've got to thank East/West Ra's wide variety of ethnic instruments and the awesome phrygian scale for making me achieve that ethnic sound.
"-The first 10 seconds seems a bit random, after that it picks up and sounds really cool."
Ah, that was intentional. I wanted to achieve a similar effect to the intro of this song.
The song had originally began at 0:10, but the team leader of the school project I made this for asked me to add around 10 seconds before the track starts which are softer and slower than the rest of the track and will play while the dancers are getting on stage. I thought that I should try and achieve an effect where the intro is a sort of jumble of instruments and then the track gradually starts making more sense, if you get what I mean... you probably don't, haha.
"-Could use a bit more variation in the tune, though this is just a minute long, so it's not too bad."
I agree with you on that. My simple answer to that is... I was lazy :3. I didn't really have any bright ideas on different melodies to use in this track (I wanted to add a new melody after 0:45 and then re-introduce the main melody for the ending, in fact). So instead of doing that, I did something else.
I'm sure you noticed that despite having roughly the same melody throughout, there's a lot more variation in background elements. Alternating melodies supporting the main melody and drums are much more varied than the actual lead melodies themselves, so I think that sorta kinda maybe makes up for the same melody used for a whole minute.
"-Speaking of it being only a minute long, it needs to be longeeeer."
True dat! Still, the team leader asked for around three-quarters of a minute for song duration, so I'm already pushing it a little. This is for a dance that will be used to support a play that we'll be making for the project, so even though I want to make it longer, that'll be stretching the dance out for too long I think.
"-And of course, there is the classic overuse of cymbal rolls that you always do."
ARGH you noticed!
Dammit man, I swear I'm trying to use them less. I really am trying xD.
"Now, this is really good so far, and the main thing is - EXTEND THIS PLEASE. You'd have to put in some variation with the tune, but judging from your previous works, that shouldn't be a problem."
I might revisit this sometime but it'll be in the distant future. I still have three more Moroccan tracks to make before mid-May, so it's going to be tough!
"Also, trying out new scales, eh? Fun fun. :) Hope you enjoy it - I highly suggest using jazz scales, they can produce some really interesting results, especially when it's classical orchestral jazz. :D 7th and 9th chords are pretty!"
Oh man I LOVE 7th chords. I swear sometime I'm going to make a chill-out ambient/experimental track with heavy use of piano and fill it with awesome 7th chords.
As for jazz scales, I'll have to ask camoshark about those. He knows jazz more than the back of his hand.
"8 stars because it needs to be extended. Desperately. Oh, and the little weird intro bit. But that's not as important.
Keep up the good work!"
Thanks a lot for the review dude. I really love your reviews.