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May 25, 2014 | 9:51 PM EDT
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3 min 4 sec
4.26 / 5.00

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imagine if you could ride waveform harmonics like dolphins!


WHEEEEEEE that was fun :D Um tho I promised more sound design and this one doesn't really have it but who cares.



Rated 4 / 5 stars

>Doesn't really have sound design

The Good:
-Oh come on, those drums are badass and well-done. That's some sweet drum design. How are drums not sound?
-Awesome, starting with drums rather than a synth or pad coming in slowly. I need to do more intros which are something other than atmosphere pad thing.
-Liking your synth sounds.
-Great outro!

The Not-So-Good:
-I think your bass is a bit too loud. Not sure if that's the goal, but it makes the kick lack as much thump.
-...okay, dude, you might want to lay off the glitch sounds a bit. They're an effect, but they're not as effective in that way. Also, obvious use of the automatic glitcher VST is obvious. Make yer own glitches, ye lazy bom :P
-Great outro... until the 2:59 chord. :< Total wreck of flow at the end. I guess it works kinda, it makes sense harmonically, I just don't particularly think it works with that execution, and having a bit of foreshadowing in the song would also be great.

Overall: I've not got much time, but there are some of my comments. Good job! Oh, also, you still need to try out some different synths. Not just slightly different, not just another electronic lead and stuff, try something that sounds ENTIRELY different. Make... hmm, how about some smooth jazz with mouth percussion, a clavinet/rhodes combo, and maybe try to get some live guitar or other wacky sounds in there? :D A lead made of chopped vocals, maybe?

johnfn responds:

Ehh I don't really consider drums to be sound 'design' because I didn't really design them. More like sound choice. :P

I might do more work with glitches someday but really my top focus is melodies. Which leads to my next question: how did you write this entire review and not mention melodies AT ALL? Melodies are like 95% of this piece lol.

Anyway thanks for the review. I feel like I'm on the verge of a big style transition and it's probably at least a little your fault for complaining so much about sound choices lolz.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Ah, I always enjoy your quirky beats, Johnfn! :D Interesting how you started this one with the drums instead of a fade-in with the synths or something. ;) Awesome melodies as usual. Cool synths and structure and smooth transitions...It would be great if you found a different library of synths/different plug-in to work with in the future though...just for some variety. That includes the bass too. Still, I liked it a lot: very blissful and catchy, and the ending was one of your better ones, too! :D Keep up the great work, Johnfn! ^^

johnfn responds:

Yay drums! Yes I do need new instruments. Perhaps that will be next month's theme!!! :O

Thanks for the review!