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Cigars and Ashes

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Something Hip-Hopish mixed with Video Game Music and Electronic shit.
It's not a combo that's new to VGM, but I wanted to try it out.

This is my first Hip-Hop esque track so I hope it's atleast mild?

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This sounds inspired by Hotline Miami a bit. Was it? If not, I'm really interested in knowing what it was haha, because it reminds me of something.

I will say that a couple of your synths do not fit the exact tuning of others, which can happen from time to time. I don't know if you did any detuning in this yourself, but mainly what I'm hearing is the slightly-untuned nature of that piano VST. I'd recommend getting another one and remaking this track.

Otherwise, this track was very well done. It looks perfectly too. What I may try first with this is just taking out the piano entirely and lowering the volume on the snare a bit, just so that the detuned piano does not take away from the piece and the snare doesn't overpower it. This composition as a whole is very good, and if you change a thing or two about it, it could be a very nice video game track.

Orpheus responds:

The detuning was (oddly enough) done on purpose with pitcher and other effects. It was to maintain a tense and (what I call) static feeling. It worked out perfectly, making me feel a little uncomfortable if I were in a situation with this playing in the background.

Thanks for your comment OL! Let's get in touch some time, make sum shit. <3

I love the delay on the piano, and the gritty oscillators toward the latter half~ :D
It gets a little over-saturated with piano at certain points though--or at least feels like it because it seems to be sitting on one note/octave for too long. Perhaps some means of amendment would be to jump octaves at random intervals with the piano part, give it some more variation without straying too far so it'll loop smoothly.

Orpheus responds:

I'll defnitely keep these pointers in mind next time I try something like this!

Reminds me of mystery story

Orpheus responds:

<3. Exactly what I wanted. Thanks for the review Michael! :D

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Feb 12, 2015
3:55 PM EST
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