This is pretty fun. Good stuff.
It's super cool you have dedicated listeners! Do it to it :)
DUDE YOU WERE MY ORIGINAL FIRST EVER DEDICATED LISTENER <3
I'm pretty sure the reason there isn't an 80s genre is because it's 2014. I mean, even if it's in the style of the 80s, I'm pretty sure you didn't record it in the 80s and save it until now, you know?
I started writing this review at around 1:10, thinking that I'd just point out what I heard and be done with it. And then I heard that synth solo in the latter half. And I had to listen to it again. (Granted, this isn't a lot different than pointing out what I heard and did, but I'm not done with it. I'm still looping it.)
I think I've gawked at your glitches enough (still amazing, btw), so I'll gawk at something else. That synth riff at 2:01. In my opinion, that's the most memorable thing about this song. When I discuss music with my friends (yes, I do that. much nerd.), that's the kind of thing I'd bring up, raising the memorability of it, and I think that's what I like about songs. How memorable they are. If I can name it after listening to a random 2-second snippet from it, it's a good song. It's not my only criterion, but it's a pretty big one.
The main thing I didn't like about this was that background noise that lasted for 11 seconds in the intro and resurfaced a couple times throughout the song. I dunno. It just doesn't seem right. I'm sure that if you removed it at a random point in the song, I'd notice, but still. If you didn't have it in, I think the song would work just fine. It's probably just me, but it makes me feel a bit... uncomfortable. I dunno.
Did you improvise the synth solo in the second half and then twiddle it around a little bit? Cause it sorta sounds like you did. I also agree with TheDoor: in a song that's mainly repetitionless, the 0:12 riff is a bit overused.
Once again, good job! Hooray for style variations! Keep it up!
Lol for some reason I always put off responding to your reviews. It's probably just because they're the longest. :D
> I mean, even if it's in the style of the 80s, I'm pretty sure you didn't record it in the 80s and save it until now, you know?
> synth solos and memorability
Ah, but 'memorable' is really really hard to pin down. Saying "I like memorable melodies" is equivalent to saying "I like good melodies." Of course you do! You should see if you can break this down and try to figure out why you think it's memorable.
Because if you think about it, I could do something memorable but not enjoyable, like blast you with super loud distorted noise every 5 seconds or something. That would make the song highly memorable, but not enjoyable at all. What I'm trying to say is that to most people "memorability" = "good" + maybe just a little "unique".
Honestly in this song I think that the riff is really memorable is because it's in a song which up until that point was NOT very memorable. So when it hits you're like "zomg go back". Sort of like what you did, hahaha. You can try to fill a song with memorable passages (I used to do this, back when I was insane) but unless you are very careful one will outshine the rest. In this song I sorta just gave up and let the synth solo steal the spotlight.
> background noise
Haha this song was intended to be like a "getaway from the cops" sort of deal. Just trying to get that across with some ambience ;-)
> Did you improvise the synth solo in the second half and then twiddle it around a little bit
That is exactly what I did. That was really insightful haha. I'm pretty impressed, but then again like 90% of what you hear in my songs is stuff I played on the piano and tweaked.
Thanks for the review dude!
I love the effect that sounded like police sirens - it really helped set the mood of the piece. That said, I think it needed a smoother transition into :12. The mood of this piece changes really quickly, from ominous and apprehensive to groovy and danceable at :29, and then back to apprehensive at :56. I think you overused the riff at 1:21 a LOT. However, I really liked the funky variations at 1:37, which helped really add a new dimension to this piece. I'm not sure it felt structurally complete, though, but maybe that's just because a lot of your pieces these days are 4+ minutes long. I've been tough on you in this review, though. I really like how you combined atmospheric and danceable elements in this piece, and the moods, instruments, and melodies are, as always with you, top-notch. Keep up the good work, Johnfn! ;D
Lol I kinda did abuse 1:21, I think I used it every 4 bars or something.
After listening to a 6 minute piece it's understandable to think that this is a little incomplete haha. I don't think that's the only reason to think so though, when I relisten I think that the middle section is quite undeveloped (I approached the arrangement process in a slightly different way this time, which is probably way).
Thanks for the review dude!
Well, to be honest it sounds rather 90's than 80's to me. The melodies and such sound quite like the good old 80's, but things like sidechaining and whatever this is called normally what Gross Beat in FL Studio and Beat Grid in VirtualDJ.
But hey, I like it! And don't feel bad for posting so many songs. If they're good, why not? Your songs are obviously no spam like other people's songs I've seen sometimes on the audio portal (but these people also spammed about 15-25 songs to the portal at a time).
> things like sidechaining and whatever this is called normally what Gross Beat in FL Studio and Beat Grid in VirtualDJ.
Haha yeah fair point! I was using dblue glitch for the glitching stuff.
> And don't feel bad for posting so many songs
Haha okay then LET THE SPAM COMMENCE!!!
Muahahahahhahahahahah, reversed psychology!
"Don't feel compelled to write reviews for every one..."
=> Now I must write a review >:) (don't worry, I'll keep it short and superficial).
Well, what can i say... Interesting intro... That background noice sounds legit.
To be honest, this is something I can listen to but wouldn't place close to my favourites.
However! If I didn't know, I couldn't have easily guessed that you made this song, which is a nice step out of the johnfnesque box :p (exept for possibly those little fills at examplewise 0:26 and 0:40 [and so on]).
As usually, great use of dynamic and such. Possibly a tiny notch repetitive at some parts, but not to the extent that one gets bored (the song isn't even long enough for that :D).
Also, cool (and simple) use of drums starting at 1:09!
AWESOME transition at 1:33-1:37 (especially drums at 1:36 [+ 1:49]).
Best part of the song starts at that point after the transition (imo). This time I will probably remember the melody :')
Not the most original ending, but hey, it works. If you had made the intro slightly different you might have been able to loop this, but that is nothing necessarily necessary.
Was about to give this four stars, but the latter part of the song made me change my mind with half a star.
"Why isn't there an 80's genre???"
=> Beats me :/
ps. perfect reverb on the claps; suits the mood.
That, as they say, is that.
> those little fills
I'm not going to lie. Ever since I discovered this trick I'm addicted to it. It's like white noise, but better! Because it's more than white noise. :P
> Was about to give this four stars, but the latter part of the song made me change my mind with half a star.
Haha yeah... this whole song is really just a build up to that epic synth solo. I probably should have made that more clear in the song... but oh well.
Thanks for the review dude! Even though I told you not to. :D
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