Dutifully Guarding

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My third ever finished track, and first as an approved artist! Thanks to Lockyn for Scouting.

I had been using FL10 even when an update had come out, so I upgraded, and this was just a testing track.

However, despite (I feel) a slightly ugly lead around the middle and the contrast of the buildup piano at 1:58, the nice piano melody throughout much of the track (slight differences as the track progresses) and the drums having more variety than usual (2 versions each of 2 drum patterns, rather than one short one with some changes as in Evening Ensues) give this track just enough to be deserving of publish.

Anyway, sorry for taking up lots of space telling about the track, have a listen, and tell me what's good and what's bad, and hopefully enjoy!


Hey! Sorry I didn't review earlier, I've been having computer issues.

First thing I notice - those interesting piano chord hits. The third and fourth hits from the beginning have a very distinct dissonance to them, and it adds quite a bit of flavor to it. I'd almost say it gives a jazzy feel to the chords. When the percussion comes in, it's nice and heavy, suited to contemporary dnb. Perhaps some bass or mids could have been added along with the drums to give the piece some more substance along with the heavy drums. When the drums drop off around 1:45, I got a bit confused - some more work could have been done here. The change in rhythm closer to 2:00 was nice. I enjoyed around 2:30, loved how it slowly went into around 3:00, and THAT BASS. I love it! Great dissonance here, gives off a final boss battle feel, the bass has a nice 8-bit edge to it. From then all the way to 3:50, when the piano comes back in, the piece is flowing nicely. The violin at 4:25 is a nice touch, it reminds me of a game I've played before. The change at 4:55 (there are a lot of pace changes in this piece - I like the variation) is really nice too. Is that a piano hit that's been sidechained? You only hear the reverberations, and that's a cool effect that you have in the background of the drums. When the piano hits come again, nice lead in to the original chord progression around 5:50. From then to the end, clean wrap up, although I feel you could have thought a bit more about how to end it than a filter up with white noise.

All in all, I'm glad I scouted! ;D Nice work, think more about substance with bass/mids coming in with your nice heavy drums, and keep it up!

FortressLord responds:

Really helpful review, thanks.
I'll add mid and bass (subtle at first) in future songs like this, but my music has already gone beyond this.
Some of your positives I had almost forgotten I put in, as I was expecting people to notice only the major additions.

That is no sidechained piano, but at the part you were referencing a few weird noises are used.
The ending does need more work, I agree, I should work on my outros.

Anyway, I wasn't sure where that response was going, so thank you for watching and reviewing.

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Credits & Info

3.65 / 5.00

Aug 29, 2013
8:38 AM EDT
Drum N Bass
File Info
8.6 MB
7 min 33 sec

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