As usual, I love your avant-garde kind of approach to music. I'm hearing techniques and approaches I've never quite heard before. You've got some highly interesting piano composition and sounds. The whole idea of this song is well-thought-out, and it's easy to tell you put a tonne of work into it. One of my favourite things about this is how it builds up an atmosphere, especially at the beginning. With those effects it really does sound like I'm dreaming.
Now, I can't guarantee you that what's following will tell you why you didn't make it in to the NGADM, but it will tell you what points of criticism I can bring up. My main issue with this is that it needs more movement. Boring isn't quite the word I'm looking for; it's more of a monotonous kind of thing. The main instrument only ever changes at one point, for a brief period. The mood also hardly fluctuates. Sure, the song has its moments, but never does a section truly distinguish itself. This is more like something one would zone out to, which was probably your intention, but like we always do in the NGADM, we judge a piece of music for what it is, not for how well it can fit in a background of a game or how well you can zone out to it or whatever.
In a normal year this track would make it through easily, but the quality level was through the roof this year, and we had to decline some really good tracks like this one because of one or two negative flaws they had. Hope to see you next year though man.
I agree with your point that this piece lacks a memorable, distinguishable section. A mood change would have been a good idea to break things up. The piano isn't something I usually use, so I guess once I got a result I liked with it, I got carried away. If the main instrument you're referring to is the pad at 1:13, I stick by my usage of it (made it myself!).
I did spend a lot of time on this, so thank you for noticing. Best part is, I've got a whole year to get better for next year!
Also, thanks for taking the time to review; I know you're a busy organizer at the moment, so this was a nice gesture.
This is really good! I love the whole surreal feel, and especially enjoyed the chords at the climax. Overall, it was really well done and I enjoyed most of the effects used, with one exception: the glitching at the beginning. It bothered me somewhat as I felt it interrupted the atmosphere that was being built.
The effect at the beginning is a vinyl record simulator. I was unable to use the "warping" effect, so I tried to substitute it with some scratches on the record -- the little breaks, or glitches you are probably referring to. I minimized them, but you're right, it didn't flow so well.
Glad you liked the rest, and thank you.
You're getting to the point now where I have trouble finding anything to suggest, you're surpassing my knowledge of music creation, and that's a good thing.
However I still am able to offer up a couple of comments I think, thought I'm mostly just going to harp on things I've said before.
On the particularly weighty notes and in a lot of instruments I still sometimes feel like the notes are too... regular? They feel mechanical sometimes, maybe there isn't enough emotion in them, though I wouldn't know how to add emotion to notes with a computer program. Just something to think about, I've definitely mentioned this before, and it isn't nearly as noticeable in this song as it is in some of your previous ones.
Overall good job, you're definitely improving and I can tell you were having fun with some of the odd sounds and bends in here.
On a side note I have had several lucid dreams, and they're quite fun. The only problem is that if you get distracted at all you'll either wake up, or think you've woken up (but are just dreaming about having woken up). And you can only change something if you expect to be able to change it, so even if you know that that's true, you end up not being able to do what you want if you're anywhere near anxious about not being able to do it.
The emotional thing is hard to do when you can't actually play -- hopefully that'll be corrected sometime soon. There's lots of room for improvement in the "musical intelligence" department, I guess you could say.
I'm so envious of you :[
Awesome! I really like this track. Good luck in NGADM!
Thanks mate -- I take it you won't be joining me.
Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.