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Above the Clouds

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A song I finished some time ago, but feel like it could develop further. CC would be appreciated.


Okay, I really enjoyed this track. Great atmosphere and original. Seeing people with boring, repetitive songs, or total ripoffs, that are receiving high praise from the NGs community are all too common. I was glad to see something fresh and original up there for once.

I'd just like to build off of what Pulsar said in his, as always, comprehensive review.

The intro was fine, to me.

The kick. I had the same problem you had for a while. Now, for all my trance, I have 3 seperate kick samples. 'High Kick' 'Mid Kick' and 'Low Kick'. if you mix them together, you get a nice full, in-your-face kick. Some people hate that I do this, however, so Its really up to you. My two latest songs use this technique, so check those out to see what kind of sound it produces.

I didn't notice the emptiness of the pads, I feel like it would sound a bit less lonesome if you beefed it up. I thought it went well with the tone of the piece.

Piano was fine. I liked how it sounded syncopated with the hats. I was in a Drumline for a while, so I really like that stuff. To the casual listener, I think it would definitely sound a bit off. Its all about who you're marketing this to, you know?

Anyway, good work. I'll be looking out for more of your stuff!

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Destroyerrrr responds:

Keeeeegs. Thank you a lot, that's some really nice feedback you have, definitely spurs me to work harder!

This was okay but it had a few flaws. :D
But it was fun to listen to. :P
Good job. XD


Very good! I download this music, but the file's title is "Goodbye in Venice".Which is this music's title, "above the clouds" or "Goodbye in Venice"?

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Destroyerrrr responds:

I will fix this issue asap thank you for pointing it out!

Hmm - Everything was cool - BUT there some issues.

1. The intro - sounded kind of loopish - like preset loopish - im not judging, but if u did make that on ur own - kudos man. But anyway - the intro sounded kind of low - try adding a cymbal crash or reverse one to make it sound better.

2. That kick sound kind of bulky - maybe make it a bit more compressed - also try avoiding just adding in new electroments - like that clap at 25 seconds, maybe by adding a cool transition you could make that sound more pro, ( also maybe lowering that reverb on the clap can help - remember the clap supports the kick dont let it over take the kix room )

3. Because of that pad - it sounded kind of empty - = SO this is something ive seen dj's do - add the bass line BEFORE u get that pad in ;)

4. Remember that piano? - yeah it sounded a tad bit off timed - ( ive done this before ), maybe fix that piano timing - make it sound way better.

Overall this was good- however if u developed it like a progressive piece it would sound much better - but u already said that. Any way man, im not tryin to be bossy and I hope this helps.

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Destroyerrrr responds:

Thank you very much Pulsar, as soon as I get a chance to do some work on this track I will be certainly using your comment for notes! I really appreciate the constructive criticism and hope to implement it in a way that allows me to grow as an artist.

I did make the drum loop myself, but I agree it has some very "loopish" qualities, and was done before I learned to be more dynamic in drum transitions. Probably the most glaring thing that needs improvements imo, and I'm guessing that's why it's #1 on your list too lol

Kicks are something I still struggle with, they're either way too powerful (beyond jumpstyle) or get drowned out. I have viewed many a FL Studio tutorial on how to produce better drums, but it doesn't necessarily help me. I am thinking of trying to find a drum plugin of higher quality, or maybe I'm just still noobish in this area.

#3 is an easy fix and I'll look into making the change :)

#4 I have become a better piano writer since the original writing of this song and need to work some of that into this song. Not all notes are the same length ALL THE TIME lol Thanks again!

I will redouble my efforts!

This is a very creative and well thought out track. Added you to Favorites on the spot! I know it is not the first song with this title, but this is the one I will assosiate with it. Keep up the great work, and Welcome to NewGrounds!

Destroyerrrr responds:

Right on, Lampwick. I appreciate the support.

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Credits & Info


4.47 / 5.00

May 16, 2012
6:06 PM EDT
File Info
10.1 MB
5 min 31 sec

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.