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Aug 21, 2014 | 6:51 AM EDT
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3.8 MB
2 min 6 sec
4.46 / 5.00

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Rated 4.46 / 5 stars
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My entry for the ngauc knockout phase. A calm and groovy jazzy piece that instantly got me thinking of an inn, or a tavern, or just something with a lit fireplace and relaxed atmosphere.

I seem to be on roll with groovy pieces. While this is nowhere NEAR as much groove as the Ngadm piece, it's not complete straightforward chugging either. :)

Made with LMMS 1.0.3 and 1.0.93 using 4front piano, Evanessence 1.7GB soundfont, Lmmaster's drums, ZynaddsubFX, and 3xOscillator



Rated 4 / 5 stars

Thoughts while listening:
Sounds a little more like a shopping theme than a tavern theme, but that's just me. At least the chord progression is a bit more interesting than most. Nice transition at 1:10. Seems like you've got two solos going on between the strings and the piano at the same time. Works well as a loop, though.

Thoughts after listening, while letting the loop go:

Some improvements;
-Would like a more realistic-sounding piano. The midi you have there is close, but just a little too...early electric piano sound.
-Would like a bit more change in the dynamics.

Some good things;
-Nice work on the percussion. Keeps the changes coming, appropriate fills, etc.
-Excellent soloing work. They go where you want 'em, and have a point and a build to them.

Overall, I didn't get a tavern feel, but rather a more energetic feel...sort of the background music I'd expect at the mall. This isn't a condemnation of the piece, but just noting that it didn't feel to me like where you wanted it to be. Take that as you will. You do have a very solidly composed piece here. As good as any professional composition, really. I think that what it's lacking is more realistic instrumentation, to really bring it into the pro-realm. Give it some consideration.

4/5, R4R


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Jernemies responds:

Thanks for the critique :)

That's an interesting perspective about the shopping thing, never though about it that way. I still don't, but I guess it's not that far from what could go with it.
Fair points about the piano and instrumentation, but also in this case: "Eh, could be worse." Noted for the future though.


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

While I'm not a huge fan of Jazz, I can always appreciate good jazz music that gives off that relaxing lounge feel.

The groove is great, really relaxed. The transitions are smooth and the track flows very nicely. I also do really enjoy the chord progression, along with the general melody. The instruments fit well together and this is mixed very well.

Although I like this, there are a couple things that I feel could be improved in the track. In the melody, there were a couple of notes played that don't seem to agree with the chord being played underneath. Unfortunately, after listening a couple of times and not paying attention, I lost the place of those parts. It was only like one or two notes in the entire piece, but they did throw me off a bit, first hearing them.

I also agree along the lines of what Troisnyx said, the drums could use a tiny bit more variation in the hi hats and the offbeat hits.

Other than that, a solid piece and I really enjoyed it. Nicely done.

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Jernemies responds:

Thanks :)

It would indeed be nice to be able to find those notes, because I'm way too conditioned to find anything out of the ordinary. I'll keep an eye out if I ever re-touch this, which is unlikely.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I love the jazzy vibe to this one. The synth's melody at :17 is quite quirky, but enjoyable nonetheless. I like the rhythms at :30 and beyond, especially in the percussion. The pads at 1:10 really added some structural relief. It's a fast-paced piece, but really works well, I'd say. It could work well as background music to a videogame, late-night soundtrack at a bar & grill, or even an intro song to a night of dancing at a jazz club! XD It loops very well, and I like those punchy organ hits you put in there later in the piece. They really added some flavor. This is an entertaining and well-mastered piece that's not too busy or overwhelming at the same time. Really nice feel-good sort of vibe you got going on here, Jernemies. This is not only structurally sound and smooth-flowing, but the combination of instruments really show your talent on this one. Keep it up, my friend! ;)


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Jernemies responds:

Hey, thank you :) Glad you liked it


Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

This is a NGAUC review.

Oh gosh, I love this. Jazz, when done well, has been known to bring the best out of a composer -- chords, melodies, flourishes, rhythm. And you have NAILED ALL OF THEM! You've put a smile on my face. The foundations have been nailed out -- the drums are crisp, the bass plays quite a bit, the chords do vary (they are not as repetitive as in many submissions I've come across), the melody is singable.......

Mixing is tastefully done; the strings (?) here are a bit too wet for my taste, but everything else has its proper place.

Another slight complaint is that the loop point is a tad iffy.

If I ever have a suggestion, it'd be perhaps that you vary feel of it just a *little bit* -- hi-hats, more syncopation on the drums (e.g., kicks and snares coming in on offbeats) -- and just a little tasteful syncopation on the other instruments. While it will be in keeping with the atmosphere you have here, it is a wonderful way to tell people there's a bit of a dynamic change about the piece. Then resolve back to your main theme. It feels like A-B-A to my ears, the way the song structure goes -- what about A-B-A-C-A? Switch things up a little.

Overall well done. Props to you.


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Jernemies responds:

Hey, thanks for the detailed rev :)
Glad you liked it, points noted. The loop might not the THAT fluent, because I didn't carry on the decay of the instruments in the end to the beginning.