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while i live i hope

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There is always something to hope for.


Maybe some dance music? MAYBE I FINALLY DID IT? Four on the floor, one melody the whole way through. I still have never listened to dance music though, so I dunno.

I actually wrote this a few weeks ago but I was just now having a conversation about how there's a lot of stress with releasing stuff on Newgrounds that got me thinking about this piece in particular, so here you go.

Composed in an hour. Took another 30 minutes (just now) to clean it up.

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This one has some really nice build up really takes a slow build up but then half way kicks in really good and some nice quality too very good sound here, I love your style, I will look more into your work because you have some interesting vibes you have some good Notable quality here I enjoyed this.


I love the melodies and instruments. It gets pretty repetitive after about a minute in, though. At 1:37, that hat didn't really add much more to the piece, even if it did add some energy. The beat is very danceable, but overall it's too atmospheric and mellow to be traditional dance music imo. I'd call it progressive trance or maybe IDM. To be perfectly honest, I was a little disappointed with the lack of melodic variation, something you're usually very good at. The emotion is good, but I'm not finding as many ways to stay engaged as in your other tracks, Johnfn. Also, the ending was a little cliché. Although dance music can be very repetitive, it also can have a lot of structural variation and a very complex texture. Maybe the relatively thin texture of tracks like Undersea World is fitting for that genre, but I think dance music should have more substance than this, Johnfn. The melody essentially repeats for the entire length of the track, and after a while it detracts from my enjoyment of the song. No more chill basses in "dance" tracks, either, please! I dare you to use the Ableton equivalent of 3xOsc or Ts404. :D Maybe you could even remake one of your old tracks from, say, 2009 or earlier. Maybe later I'll PM you some examples of modern dance music. I'll make sure you end up on my "Party Mix" playlist eventually, Johnfn! ;D

johnfn responds:

Mmm well some guy told me that dance had repetitive melodies soooooooooo

Eh but really I think that the appreciation of this piece stems from whether you enjoy that one melody or not really. The song was a bit of an experiment in having a single melody last throughout the entire song, which is something I haven't done in a long time because I didn't think any of my melodies were good enough. Songs HAVE been written that are just a single melody the whole time (and they can be amazing), so I know it's possible... just probably outside of my reach right now.

Lol yeah though I really do need to use more interesting basses. I switched up in my latest track because of that. Actually my latest is similar to this song in that it lives off the strength of a single melody, but I thought back to this review and added some variation in there ;-) YAY FOR LEARNING FROM MISTAKES!

I feel like i should go and manage a baseball team.

johnfn responds:

I will back this.

Smooth and nice with cool melody at 02:20, but I think lacks pace and bass overall and it's not quite Dance. Towards the end is very close, but not quite...
I've noticed you've tried a few times but have never heard it, so here is some Newgrounds links to help inspire and suggest! (If you want)
http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/559925 - Alabaster, tech Dance by Aztech
http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/547884 - Pearlescent, avicii-like track by Envy/EnV

johnfn responds:

Thank you! Will dig into these shortly. :)

video game music. :)
sounds cool.

johnfn responds:


Credits & Info


4.30 / 5.00

Dec 16, 2013
7:36 AM EST
File Info
3.4 MB
3 min 45 sec

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