One Step at a Time (2014)

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My first original mix. And the first song I ever submitted to Newgrounds. But the first version of it sucked so much that it wasn't accepted until I uploaded my second song. It was really bad, so bad that I overwrote all the MP3 files with the update I did in early 2012. Not even I will be able to hear the travesty that is the original version again. I regret it now, as I can't really hear how bad it was and know how much I've truly improved, but there's not much I can do about it now.

This is the exact same as the updated version, but it's got a new shine and is a lot clearer. I did a "remaster" last year, but honestly, it didn't do much to it. Had to do a proper remaster to the track that started it all.

Gonna just leave this here for you guys to listen to, and the original updated version will be right under my name, as per usual.


I should've used a new kick in this...oh well.

I've got a speech I should be writing and here I am, focused on music as usual.

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I like the instruments and mood a lot. It's climactic and catchy and melodic. I agree the kick could've used a little more bass. The mixing and mastering is good, though. The harmonies are really good, and I like the structure a lot, even if it does progress a little slowly at times. One thing you might want to try experimenting with is a little more rhythmic variation within a melody, as a lot of your melodies have the same rhythm in every measure for 16 or 32 measures. That said, I love the syncopations at 4:30. I thought the ending was a little lack-luster, but overall I especially like this track over many of your other recent re-mastered ones. Also, I thought "still posting here from time to time" in your last news post meant every 3-4 months or something, but so far you've posted more in 2014 than me! :o Nice work, Matt, and keep it up! :D

Dylnmatrix responds:

Heh...hehehe. Yeeeeeah. Well, at the moment, I'm having a hard time starting new originals. I'm trying to break out of old niches, find a new "style", experiment, whatever you want to call it, but due to my big releases from around Christmas time, I'm burnt out. Due to this, I've been remastering old tracks and if the original was uploaded here, why not upload the better version? Plus the player here is 1,000,000x better in playback quality. But once I start getting back in the habit of writing more originals, posts will become less and less until my next funk. I'm getting better for now as I've made some cool things for a remix Equilibria's working on.

Aaaaaaaaaaaanyways, due to this being my first track ever made, it's got some issues. I really do think Dancing with Death and No Chance of Survival are the songs that pushed me to where I am now in writing, but I do like to look back at the oldies and reminisce at how simple they were. And cringe at some of the bad stuff as well of course.

But yeah, thanks for the review! There may or may not be more remasters in the future but I dunno! Midterms suck! :D

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Feb 28, 2014
4:56 PM EST
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12.7 MB
5 min 34 sec

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