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Mar 28, 2014 | 1:07 PM EDT
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7.8 MB
3 min 25 sec
3.22 / 5.00

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Rated 3.22 / 5 stars
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Author Comments

FortressLord here, giving you this piece.
This took so long to make it has 2 personal musical eras (transition around 0:55).

This track was going to be an atmospheric track with DnB tempo (174BPM in this case) but I studied the image more and this track became a bassy Progressive Trance/Break hybrid.




Rated 3 / 5 stars

The percussion was pretty good, but this was overall pretty much poorly mixed. Alot of frequencies crash and alot of the synths are way to loud like the one at 1:40.
It's also way too random for my liking at some points, At other points though I really digged it.

3 stars.

FortressLord responds:

Yeah, this was a weird one. BUT I've been full-time practising, so the randomness won't be a problem now I've self taught some music theory.
Thanks for your time.


Rated 3 / 5 stars

This is quite a polarizing track, I must say. Not because the idea per se doesn't hold some potential, I think all ideas have and need a chance to be expressed in some way or another, but it's rather the execution that leaves me quite perplexed.

If you were going for a chaotic atmosphere, you might have confused chaos for "turning all synth levels up to eleven", creating a generally unpleasant cluttering effect that overpowers the mix and doesn't give other instruments a chance to breathe. In fact, I think dynamics are quite tight in this track. The intro is sort of interesting if it weren't for the really loud bass that also carries on in the most intense parts when sidechained.

I think that you could have kept the dark atmospheric mindset you used for the parts preceding the loud bass (1:02 - 1:20) for most of the track, by adding more background sounds (possibly rhythmic synths and arps) and variations on the melody to keep things more interesting. The intro could have needed some polish, I was thinking if some distant sounds could have enhanced the atmosphere, like echoes or voices that can't be distinguished in the distance. I have no complaints about the drums, they're kinda dubsteppy, but they can work well in this context.


FortressLord responds:

Thanks for the in-depth review. This song is dead, and as an artist I'm totally evolved, so I won't update this, BUT your helpful criticisms and positives can be carried over into my newer work.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Don't know what everyone is complaining about in this, this is better then most of the people in this contest who can't tell the circle of fifths to save their life. I say excellent job was really chaotic to make a point.

FortressLord responds:

Wow thanks, good review and score!
BUT I'm still making a new version. The hard lead thing is toned down, but there's new effects, the intro is more melodical and the outro is longer.
That'll be out soon and I'm hoping you like it as much if you hear it.


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Hey, good to see your music here.

I'll agree with the other reviews. It seems a little bit chaotic at spots. The bass synth that you use before about 1:23 sounds a bit muddy. I don't know how else to say it. The low levels of that bass synth are too high. Also, I suggest trying to make sure you don't have multiple bass synths trying to play at the same time. Even so, it seems like you were able to get multiple bass synths to play well with each other (level balancing wizardry at play I bet). But having multiple bass instruments going at the same time generally will wash each other out so try ti stay away from that in the future.

One thing I can really dig here is the part at 1:03. That part has some solid mixing going on.

I'm interested to see what you're going to do next.

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FortressLord responds:

Thanks for the review, all suggestions taken on board!

And I'm surprised where the compliments/criticisms are aimed - I am first and foremost a Sound Engineer, so I'm glad to know spending the most time on mixing and mastering paid off.

(Sorry I can't be bothered with doing a lengthy thanks.)


Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

around 1:23ish the synth is very overpowering and drowns out a lot of your sounds. i think it would be better if you changed they clappy sounding to something with more oomph. and around 2:44 i can faintly hear a synth in the background begging to be brought out but the bass is just saying "fuck you synth it's my turn". i wouldn't worry about the genre. who cares. if you feel it's trancey, then fuck, it's trance. also, the ending was kinda abrupt and left me in the dark, if you can add a slight delay/reverb to the end it would help bring out the ending a bit. i like it a lot honestly. if this the final product, it's really not that bad. def worth more than 2 stars.

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FortressLord responds:

Thanks for the review, all suggestions taken on board! (Particularly the ending possibilities)

(Sorry I can't be bothered with doing a lengthy thanks.)