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Aug 27, 2014 | 5:51 PM EDT
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2.6 MB
3 min 18 sec
3.97 / 5.00

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Rated 3.97 / 5 stars
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Thank you for listening!
I used the amazing advice that Johnfn's gave me to create the main melody, which is something I usually have a hard time with, and I really hope all the melodies are at least decent this time.

Since I tried so many new things, I would really appreciate all criticism.

I am unsure of which genre to list this under, please tell me what you think.



Rated 4 / 5 stars

I do like the melodies and instruments, as always. I think it felt a little bare at times, though, and this piece doesn't really feel structurally complete. I think that might be because it reaches what I view as a melodic high point at 2:59, and then it kind of just ends with a crash and briefly implemented volume automation. I've noticed that all of your pieces are rather mild-mannered. I know that's your style, but I'd encourage you to do something riskier, something more hard-hitting and punchy. Instead of those soft pads way back in the mix, try something more in-your-face. As it is, content like this can be pretty dry, but something more engaging might eliminate that! Also, about those drum samples, once you upgrade to FL 11, you can get DrumPad (and its 1,000+ samples) FOR FREE! Upgrading to FL 11, in turn, is free if you already have FL 10 (which I'm sure you do). What are you waiting for?! Anyway, overall it's a good piece. I've been pretty critical in this review. I think you could've cut down the intro a bit...really shouldn't be 45+ seconds. This is good work, and your mixing is fantastic as always, but I think you can do a lot more to make this track stand out from your other ones. ;)

BlueOceans responds:

I sent my PM to you a little too late, lol. Thanks for reviewing this song though :D

I agree with all your criticisms, and I don't really like in your face instruments, but I could try it for variation.

I'll go to the FL website to learn more about the differences between fl10 and fl11, then I might upgrade. I really don't like how the upgrade removes the pattern block section.


Rated 2 / 5 stars

you know my reviews are honest. so now i won't sugar coat anything.

in reality, this track is boring. nothing ever really happens. if you want to make a dance track, you have to make it have energy. make the crowd go wild over it, that kind of thing. look up music by mat zo for reference.

your atmosphere is kind of bland as well. all you got is a bass and some bell sound. don't be afraid to put in some sort of pad or FX every couple bars. remember, never underestimate the power of reverb and delay!

i know you can do better this. put a lot more effort next time!

BlueOceans responds:

I agree with you. I focused too much on the melodies and forgot to work on the atmosphere. Also, I spent less than 6 or 7 hours on this song because I got impatient. I think it would be a good idea for me to create FX in a new project, save them as mp3 files, and add them to my sample collection for easy use in the future.


Rated 4 / 5 stars

Your missing a nice set of percussion instruments. This could have alot more oomf. Its good. Somthing i'd like to get my hands on and throw some big basses and popping percussion. Anyway.
Learn, move on and revisit your old track, then - reemix em!! :D

Keep up the good work!

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BlueOceans responds:

Yeah, I might have the worst drum samples out of everyone on newgrounds, lol. I once used google to search for better samples and they were all very expensive; I'm not willing to pay 100 dollars for a pack of samples. For now, I'll just continue using what I have.

Thank you for the review!