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Jul 10, 2013 | 10:43 PM EDT
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8.1 MB
5 min 47 sec
3.26 / 5.00

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Rated 3.26 / 5 stars
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This is the first full-length piece of music I have written. I recorded on bare-bones equipment, but I'm pretty happy with the composition.
It contains 3 guitar tracks, one bass track, and two sort-of-percussion tracks (one for banging on a distorted guitar with the strings muted, one for a few samples of me tapping on household objects.) It was recorded using Tracktion 2.0 on a guitar (with a fuzzbox), a bass, the aforementioned household objects, and Tracktion's built-in chorus filter.
It's called "11 Waves" because it's in 11/8 and it reminds me of waves.
Constructive criticism (or praise, or questions, or logic puzzles, whatever) would be much appreciated.

EDIT: Made a few minor adjustments, adjusting the mix a little bit and changing a small guitar part that was out of place.



Rated 4 / 5 stars

Hearing this, I can definitely identify some very tasty influences in your composition.
What I absolutely love about this track it that it is fully recorded and not one bit digitally made, and you rarely come across this sort of happening here. The time signature, and the fluidity which it is treated shows the work of a talented dude.
First of all, I'll congratulate you for the style you have developed for yourself.
I'd like to point out that the piece is rather lengthy and in my opinion not dynamic enough. Of course, it is a tall order to make that time signature be fluid and also derive a dynamic pacing, but that is an area I consider that if you work on, you'll greatly improve composition. For this particular piece, I'd personally sacrifice some seconds of some parts to make my point more concise - this is just an outside opinion...
I like the tones chosen, and I consider the guitar work to be of great quality; the chord progressions are nice and the whole thing is rather moody, thing which I like a lot.
But 5 minutes into it, I realize it would benefit from a more melodic part, because it is highly rhythmical and atmospherical, but a higher case melody to complement the guitar licks and hooks would do a great service.

All in all I liked this piece and my advice, if taken, would be for you to continue with your style, it's great, keep at it!

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secantwave responds:

Thanks very much for the thoughtful review!
I definitely agree with the issue of dynamics. I was really happy this piece when I first completed it, but looking back there are some structural issues. I am still quite pleased with the atmosphere and tones, and I'm glad that you liked them as well.
I wasn't really aiming to create a melodic effect with this piece, focusing instead on how the repeated parts interacted with each other rhythmically. I tend to prefer this minimalist approach, but I can certainly see how a melody would help.
It's funny that you mention how this is entirely non-digital (not strictly true, as the chorus filter I used on the guitar is a digital process, but close enough), because my most recent pieces have been 100% digital, as I haven't had access to a guitar at college. (However, this will probably change very soon.) I think it works best to combine digital and recorded sounds, so I'll likely work more with that in the future.
Again, thank you very much! I certainly plan to develop this style more in the future, so I'm glad you liked it.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Pretty cool! You made the time signature sound surprisingly natural in some parts, but cool and complex in others.
I like the idea of using random household objects as percussion, I wish you did more of this!
It's mostly nice to listen to, but I'm really not a fan of the tone on the distorted guitar. It seemed a bit too abrasive, and perhaps a tiny bit too loud in the mix too. But that's probably just my taste haha.
Otherwise good job!

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secantwave responds:

I'm glad you liked it!
The first 11/8 riff ended up coming to me kind of naturally, so it was then an interesting exercise to rewrite the other riffs I came up with to fit in 11/8.
I really like sampling household objects, and I don't own any real drums, so I'm probably going to keep doing it.
And in retrospect, I would agree that the distorted guitar ended up a bit too high in the mix.
Thanks very much for the review!