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Feb 5, 2014 | 9:50 PM EST
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9.4 MB
3 min 52 sec
4.24 / 5.00

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Rated 4.24 / 5 stars
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Electronic - Trance

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it's music



Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Well since we were on the topic of reviews/comments, I decided to head on over to take a listen of a few that you had.

First off, and based on several of your pieces, you really know how to create an attention grabber with these buildups. For example, Internet Dreams was pretty crazy listening to it on headphones. However, it sounded like your were going ambient with that, and I got a little disappointed. I want to hear what you could do if you tried Ambient, and I mean without any percussion. I think you can do pretty well with that.
This piece here is a bit ambient, and the only reason it isn’t is because of the rhythm aspect of it.
Overall this track isn’t bad, its just that I don’t listen to this style much to offer you any real analysis of it in the perspective of a fan to the genre. It’s repetitive, yes, but the atmosphere that you’ve provided in this track and others are good. You have great potential.
The mixing sounds great as everything sounds clear to my ears. I just want to recommend to you that thinking more of the composition side of your tracks will greatly help you. It doesn’t have to be extensive in chord progressions, but rather just think about exploring different motifs and melodies. It would really help the listener to be more engaged to this throughout. I mentioned before that your tracks start out quite interesting, but it needs something new after a certain point.
It only took about half way at 1:50 for me to start expecting something different. I mean even the interesting melody you had in the pad at the beginning just dropped off for some reason. Not sure why you chose to do that.
Four bar phrases is the typical thing to do as to when you decide to change it up. Doesn’t have to be exactly that, but anything longer will become wearisome.

This might be a bit odd to connect between the two, but I’ll share with you something I’ve learned from my uncle who happens to be a magician and a psychologist. My lesson learnt from him in regards to the “disappearing ball trick” is that you always show the viewer the ball when you first exchange it from one hand to the other. It is what you call the “set up” so the viewer can expect what is supposed to happen. So the second time you move the ball from the palm of your left hand to your right hand, you make it disappear and thus creating a surprised reaction. If the magician were to do the “set up” twice, automatically the audience will be expecting you to do some kind of trick at this point and therefore it would not be as effective. So by the third time if the magician then decides to make it disappear, it really becomes uneventful. It’s much harder to engage an audience when they’re already figuring out what is to happen before it is done. You’re probably wondering what that has to do with music, but I’m just talking about the psychology of the human mind right now.
As a musician, my point is that once you establish something (such as a melody), you have two options: you can play it a second time or play something completely different. If you were to play it twice, once repeated, your listener would expect that and it wouldn’t get boring, but rather it is expected for you to do so. It’s completely okay to let the listener be settled in by hearing a motif multiple times. If you play it only once, it can provide a jarring effect, or a pleasant surprise to the listener. However, when you play something three times in a row, you better believe by the fourth time playing it, the listener will have already expected you to have played something else. I would just never go beyond repeating something three times unless it is purposely meant to be minimalism. Once or twice is quite enough to establish your theme and to move on to something else.
I apologize if that was a bit too much. lol

Your works have potential, and although I’m not into Trance music, I would be more interested in this if you can vary your sounds up a bit more. Finish your thought process in your music.

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deadbea7 responds:

this is the best thing i've read in a long time. this song is very old and i have learned a lot since. but i have stuck with the foundation that i taught myself. which is repetition. and the connection with the magician thing is crazy accurate. that has literally been on my mind since i first started making music. i just didn't know how to transition from one melody to another without sacrificing the intention of the song. on one song i did fairly recently i played around with this idea a bit. i wrote out 4 or 5 different melodies and basslines and just mixed them into one song. it sounds alright, but it's just cluttered. i still have so much left to learn about electronic music and what appeals to the ear. this is going to be very useful to me and will be taken to heart and i will use this to my advantage. i appreciate this very very very much.