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Nov 5, 2013 | 9:41 PM EST
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5.4 MB
3 min 55 sec
0.52 / 5.00

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Rated 0.52 / 5 stars
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UPDATE: This is no longer the current version of Ghosts Passing Through, but it's different enough that I wanted to upload the new version (entitled "Ghosts Passing By") separately.

Again, not exactly dance music (although it's actually in 4/4 this time!) but I wasn't sure how to classify it.

I recently regained access to Tracktion, and I ended up using all of the software at my disposal (which is really not very much) to piece this track together. The sounds were almost all created in Mathematica (with the exception of a couple--one of the prominent percussion sounds comes from a recording of two people playing foosball.) I assembled the clips in Tracktion, but I occasionally fell back on Audacity for some effects that could be more easily implemented there, and I composed some of the melodies with SunVox.

Although my previous attempts at electronica have been very minimal, this one is somewhat denser: I threw together a whole bunch of ideas and made sure the result was more densely layered than usual. The beats also get fairly erratic at points.

Constructive criticism (or praise, or questions, or word problems, whatever) would be appreciated. And make sure to check out my other music!



Rated 2.5 / 5 stars

OK, here's my interpretation: it sounds like the idea is that there is a scene going on for 4 minutes or so and occasionally we get some static, and that is when the ghost is passing through? If that's the idea, then the idea itself is good, but this felt to me like about 2 minutes of music stretched out to 4 minutes of time. If a song is going to go 4 minutes, I think it either needs to "go somewhere" eventually, or at least, lead us to believe it's going somewhere. This song coasts along very casually for the entire duration ... the sound itself is good, but I didn't feel like there was any reason for it to be 4 minutes long. Looking at your comments, I can see that you've layered together more elements than you have previously, and that's good, it probably is a more interesting sound than you had previously ... but there's still a difference between creating an good sound (which you did!) and creating a song that makes us feel like we are going somewhere emotionally or telling a story (which I don't think you did). That's not bad, but it's not complete, either. :) I think you should consider revising it so that every time the ghost passes through, the intensity of the music picks up ... as if we are getting increasingly nervous about the ghost we notice passing through. That would tell a more compelling story.

Of course, if my interpretation wasn't your intention ... please tell me what the intention was. I like the general sound, but like CeeeX, I'm left unsatisfied and with questions when the song ended.

secantwave responds:

Actually, I didn't really have a specific image in mind when composing this. Generally, I put together sounds that I find appealing, and it's only after I'm a good way through the piece that I give it a title corresponding to the images that come to me on hearing it.
In general, I don't really listen to music for specific imagery or interpretations--I have more of an abstract emotional response. I'm sorry if I gave you the wrong impression with my title.
All the same, I appreciate the thought you put into this review, and I'll keep it in mind. I was certainly concerned that the piece might be unfocused or overly repetitive, and it's good to hear constructive criticism in this area. And I'm glad you liked the sound, even if it wasn't quite your cup of tea otherwise.


Rated 3 / 5 stars

It's really hard to classify this track to a certain genre, but I'd say that it's almost an experimental track.

I'm not sure what the purpose of this track was, as I felt questions rised up once the music has ended.

Does it sound good?
Well it's alright, but I it felt a little desoriƫnted, because I didn't know what to focus on. The melody? The drums?

It's not really my cup of tea though and I'm sure that other people might like it.