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
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.
I will back this.
This is definitely not dance music, however I love this song! That's why I'm still giving you 5 stars. I think the best genre for this is video game music.
I usually find that in dance music the bass is very clearly heard, it's not in the background as much. The bass instrument you used sounds simple and quiet. This song needs a constant drum beat. You can have breaks from the drum beat, but it should be there for the majority of the song.
I think the reason why you're having a hard time making a dance song is because it's not your taste judging by your previous songs. I like to think of dance music as a genre that is very similar to pop music but with just a few important differences. It would also help a lot to listen to a dance song. Here are some of my favorites on newgrounds:
Here is my review for this song:
The melody is beautiful and full of emotion. The strings sound so good, I wish I had that sample! The synth is amazing! I love all these instruments so much! I wish the volume was louder, the song is too quiet. Also, I think the tempo should be faster.
Man I have a lot of dance music to to listen to now. Thanks :D
Thanks for the review too, I'm glad that you liked it and you provided some good suggestions :)
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
Thank you! Will dig into these shortly. :)
video game music. :)
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