SkyeWintrest, back to /mu/
Anyways, amazing song. Really started feeling it after 3 minutes.
Man, I feel the climax, I feel the feels. Wonderful progression.
Also, I disagree with almost all of SkyeWintrest's complaints. :D The kick drum does have an awkward-sounding cutoff though, IMO, when it is standing "all alone" like it is in the first half of the song. It seems to work better around 03:40.
Haha. Hey thanks for the review! I dunno how I forgot to respond to this.
Fantastic! :D I love the pizzicato-esque beginning - combined with the reverb, it really conveys a dark yet also strangely calming mood effectively. The harmonies and melodies were, as always, excellent, although I think you did an especially good job this time of creating a sufficient amount of fill throughout the piece. I love the title by the way - it really speaks to the mood of the piece. Of course, the glitches always help - a piece of yours can never be completely pure again, can it, Johnfn? XD I think the drums at 2:25 are a little too loud. I understand that you were trying to add energy/drama, but I think you over-did it a bit. You did a good job of creating contrast and variety throughout, though, especially with that "high point"/climax between around 3:00 and 3:30. The chill yet ominous mood it takes on around 4:00 is really interesting. I love all the reverb on the drums there, too - they really add to the sense of mystery. I love those pads that keep fading in and out of the mix for the last 1.5 minutes or so - they appear most prominently at 4:20, I believe. I thought ending with the piano was very fitting as well. Amazing work as always, Johnfn! :D
Thanks! Haha I spent a lot of time thinking about the name for the piece. So I guess it worked :)
Glitches are the one constant in music. They will ALWAYS make a song better. (Even if it already has glitches.)
God darn it I actually completely agree with how loud that one snare is at 2:25... I didn't even notice until I uploaded and then I was like "argh" :p
Glad you liked it though :D
So... how's a review sound? Hopefully as good as the song.
-Great arpeggios in this, like pretty much always.
-Pretty solid mixing in most areas.
-Excellent use of reverb in the leads, at 1:20 and
-Good chord progression.
-I love the drums at 4 minutes. Love love love love love this entire section, actually. The background sounds are really solid too.
-Muh slow progression. Dear lord this is a long song. Not because of the actual time length, but because of how it flows. This might be more of a pet peeve, but it takes two minutes and forty seconds for a serious buildup to happen, and a full three minutes before the climax. On the plus side, the climax itself doesn't feel too short. That's good.
-I uh. I don't understand why you have the glitches at 0:44. All I can think of is "filler", since you do it there and then glitch sounds never appear again in this song. EVER.
-Dude. The same background arp goes on for 5 whole minutes without stopping. I know it goes up an octave at the climax, but holy crap. Repetition has its place, but there *is* a point where you're overdoing it.
-Kick drum at 1:52. Oh my god. I couldn't keep from laughing at that point - you really need to use a better kick drum for this. Something more solid, without as much of a decaying bass sound. ...especially without the cut-off ending. Something more thumpy and solid would have been great - maybe combine the normal hit of a kick drum with a sub-bass to get the depth of it. Then you can also modulate the length of the sub part.
-Speaking of the kick drum, it kinda gets buried under the big plucking you have at 2:40. Unless you don't have it at all. It feels like you did.
-Around the point where the kick drum feels buried, the mix gets pretty strained right before the actual climax.
-It feels like the piano at the end is too swamped in reverb. I think it could have used a bit more definition and a fuller sound.
-Part of me likes what you did with the ending, most of me is really unhappy that there was no resolution of the chord at the end. :( Probably a personal thing, the ending as-is could work.
Overall: Good, good as always, but a pretty decent amount of things to work on. Some of them aren't exactly small either, like the eternal arpeggio.
I feel you haven't made a song this good since that competition you won last year. I love every part of it :D
Hmm... I'm not sure what to think about this... I guess the best part of this is that it means I can now write an NGADM-level piece 5x faster than I could last year.
Well I'm glad you like it I guess! :D
Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.