Where We Begin - (NGADM)

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My Resubmission for NGADM Round 1 (originally my track I have been working on in the event of a Round 2).

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Digging it! You instantly have some great vocal work here, and the synth emphasizes the track. It does start to get repetitive pretty quickly, and I would have liked more of a beat drop after 0:31. It goes on until 1:18, which might have been a bit too long normally, but it’s a house track and I understand that.
I love the voice, very beautiful – until it was sped up. I feel like it could have stayed at a normal tempo, and still have made the song great. When it was adjusted, her lyrics were choppy and strange, so I couldn’t understand what she was singing; her voice was already very smooth and satisfying to hear, and her second vocals didn’t have the same effect. I would have asked your singer to re-sing the choppy parts so they sound more natural, and not transformed to the tempo.
I’m enjoying your beats here; simple, but doing the job. The bass could be a little punchier, I think, but overall it’s highlighting the rest of the elements and that’s what bass is supposed to do.
I would have also liked to hear maybe a key change…? I know that’s not technically how a lot of house works. Maybe you could have gone a progressive route and put in some more instruments as well. There are about four synths total, if that, and after awhile they get a little bland.
For a house song, it’s pretty well-made, though. The sound quality is good, and your genre is accurate. The vocalist is fantastic too!

NGADM Round One Score: 8.2

This is an NGADM Round 1 Review.


You know, I'm glad you decided to submit this instead of your other track. They're both solid tracks, but I much prefer this! It actually brings me back to those days where I would have tons of school work to do, so I'd search for one of those enormous YouTube videos with long progressive chillout music exactly like this, and have it running in the background while working on my school studies. Your sound design and choice of instruments/synths is simply top notch. From the smooth bass to the loungey chords to the delayed/reverbed singing to the punchy but not overwhelming drums, you've created a soundscape that works like a well-oiled machine, and then put a layer of professional-tier mixing and mastering over it to seal the deal.

My problem with this is one that you've perhaps already seen coming, and a gripe which I've had with previous tracks of yours. It's very much suited as background music, but when you really think about it, for over 5 minutes of playing time it really doesn't have much content. I mean, what you have is absolutely great and you've put it all together in a very structured and sensible manner, but I was still hoping for more vocals, more sweet basslines, new synths showing up, and distinctive sections later on in the track that break up the listening experience and create variety. I mean, it's fine to have in the background of a club, but for the purposes of this contest I was left wanting more! I also have a small stylistic issue to bring up. The autotune on the voice doesn't quite work in the vocal sections with lyrics in my opinion. It gives the voice a very nasal, unnatural sound which clashes with the more organic and smooth ambience of everything else.

Great work with this. Very professional-sounding chillout music right here.

SCORE: 8.8/10

This sounds like it should be in an awesome club scene in a movie. Like Hackers or something. I love the bass line and the generally chill vibe of the whole song!

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Aug 18, 2014
11:53 AM EDT
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12 MB
5 min 15 sec

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