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[Typo on the title, should read: Despondency]


I just composed this out of the blue. Weirdly enough, it doesn't reflect my state of mind at all, I'm really happy today, especially since I've finally been able to get something new out! :3

Please tell me what you think, in a constructive way if possible!

Thanks! ;D

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The panning of the instruments in the beginning didn't help that much, and I understand weird panning, I use it all the time, but I do not think it was required here, the strings would've blend much better without the heavy panning on the left ear.
The chord progression is familiar, but you used it fair and very pleasantly.
I like the percussion, honestly was not anticipating such a nice beat on the whole thing. The chosen instruments are pretty common for this sort of composition, but that is not a bad thing necessarily, especially here.
Contrary to the other review, I do not like the pacing. And he stated the reasons for me. The instrumentation is not for a 4 minute piece. In my humble opinion, you should try to reduce the length of certain passages, because the composition and the instruments simply do not allow for such a lengthy listen, so shorter is better for a bigger impact.
The composition is nice as it is, adding more instruments might do more damage and harm than good, so instead I'd just try to make it more compressed, compact, denser. Sometimes, less is more...
Anyway, enjoyed listening to this! Production was fairly good.

lemon42 responds:

I'm glad somebody else actually noticed me! Woo~

More seriously, thanks for the review. It's really appreciated!
I guess you were using headphones when listening, when I listen on my monitors I didn't really notice such a heavy panning on the left... perhaps I should take out my headset more often! I do like to play with the panning however, yes! :)

I'm quite satisfied with how the percussion turned out overall, I perhaps feel it's mixed quite dry, perhaps I should have made it a bit less dry and a bit more interesting, I don't know :0

About the instruments... I don't really have great knowledge of orchestral music. To be honest I'm fairly new to the genre, I just experiment and see what sounds good to me! I don't usually use harps so that was something quite new for me, too!

About the pacing... well I'm not sure. Like I said, pretty new to this, I personally don't see any problem with it but perhaps it's just my lack of experience in the field!

I actually didn't want to bloat the track with instruments, I was looking for a very lighthearted feeling, I'm not sure if I succeeded or not, sometimes I feel that way but sometimes I feel like it gives more of a heavy tone to it... again probably just me not being too good at it!

I'm glad you liked it on a whole though!
I hear your critics and have taken them into account, it's rare to see such insightful reviews so I'll make sure to try and experiment some more with this song and see where I can get things! :D

Thank you! I'll make sure to drop by and return the favor by reviewing some of your songs, too! :)

Hey! I'm here from the Review for Review thread.

This is actually a nice piece with some excellent ideas and execute that leaves room for improvement. Let me start by saying that I love the pacing of this track. It starts with a fairly low-key intro, introducing motifs that will later be repeated in the track, and then you introduce some busier, more rhythmic elements at 0:42 which kick-start the song really well.

I have to also add that your main melody is awesome. I don't find this to be sad at all. The melodies in this track have a way of sounding more hopeful than unhappy really, haha. You have a well-composed, memorable motif, plus some solid accompaniment and a nice flow to top it all off.

My primary issue is that this track is pretty bland. You literally only have strings (including a harp) and drums for a whole 4 minutes. The drums themselves are pretty dull and lacking any character/vibrancy whatsoever. The sustained strings sound a bit dull too, which is a big problem since they're used for practically the whole track. Also, I would've liked more changes in chord progression.

Solid track! Loving that melody - work on making this track more intricate and less bland. It has a lot of potential!


lemon42 responds:

Hello and first off, thanks for the review! Really appreciate it!

The main idea behind this track was to get something really simple that flowed well. I didn't want to load it with tons of instruments and everything, wanted it to sound pretty light on a whole.

I can however understand you feel it's bland, it repeats itself a bit, true, and isn't as exciting as it could be either. I could have gone the other path and made something more complex, but I left that out for another time. I'm not sure if you noticed either, but the chords also change a bit midway.

I'm glad you liked my song!
About the instruments, I actually have more but they're very subtle. I start off with sustained strings for chords (which I think I should have tweaked a bit now, but heh, not gonna change it now :P), a high violin for the lead, drums for rhythm, a harp as well as some fast violins (playing chords quickly) on the highs and on the lower ends a double bass with a lighter french horn to make it sound fuller.

Again, the purpose was to keep it simple and very easy on the listener. I didn't want to overwhelm or bring any specific emotions through this track but rather wanted to explore a very minimalist path. This is also why a lot of the instruments don't particularly stand out, but really do contribute to the track on a whole.

In any case I was looking for opinions for a while, glad someone finally came by and reviewed!
Just heard the track you posted by the way, will make sure to review it!

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Sep 29, 2013
4:28 PM EDT
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4 min 4 sec

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