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I've been working with layering a bunch of different supersaws lately. It took me a while to finally get a fairly fleshed out song using that type of sound. I'm decently happy with how it turned out.


Thought while listening: Sounds very early-techno. One minute in is a long time for an intro in a 3 min song. However, when the melody drops, it's quite lovely. Wait! There's more than 2 chords (1:33). Nice, cool piano lead. Kinda feels like the type of music one would have in a flying game...or The Neverending Story. The strings fill the ambient space nicely.

Thoughts after listening:

Some Improvements;
-Percussion is almost never touched. Gotta get those drum-fills in there. Gives the song something for the listener to anchor to.
-Intro is too long. While I'm not quite on the mainstream's assumption that you must drop your hook within 15 seconds, 1/3 of the length of the whole song is too long for the listener to wait, in most cases.
-If you're only switching between 2 chords, your lead needs to be there to maintain interest. Listen to Katy Perry's song "Teenage Dream," paying attention to melody and rhythm. The song is genius at keeping the listener's attention while repeating 2 chords and never deviating. Good place to get some cues on how to do it.
-The lead-line is pleasant, but has little or no hook. If someone were to hear your song, and couldn't remember the name, what would they hum to a DJ to help them figure it out? How would you hum this to a producer to get them to give your demo CD a listen? These are essential questions for any musician to ask themselves.

Some Good Things;
-Steady, pleasing to the ear, quite toe-tappy.
-Instrumentation was spot-on, as was the mix.
-Enough breaks to keep it interesting.

Overall, this is fine background music, but it is ultimately unmemorable (apologies here, I know this is a bit harsh, but I truly want to help you get better) in the massive clutter of songs whipped-up in FL Studio. You have managed to copy a specific soundscape, which is an essential skill in your toolbox, and now it's time to use it for something. What is your message? What are you trying to say that hasn't been said in ways so close to yours as to be indistinguishable? You have an audience here at NG, however small, so what are you going to show them that will keep them coming back? When you can answer that question, you will make some truly outstanding music, I have no doubt.

3/5 R4R


Lethal-Input responds:

Thanks for the informative response! Especially the last paragraph. I'll take it to heart.

Gahhh. It sounds really nice, but, there's only like 2 main chords. The chord progression got tiring after a while, thought that it would have more movement than it did. Easily could fit something like this chord progression in - http://s13.postimg.org/f5v3hpktz/chords.png

Not that I'm saying you have to or anything. the chords you chose worked fine, but I (personally) felt it gravitating towards what I had posted, and thought that perhaps you should consider it. (wasn't sure on your timings, so I just threw all the chords I felt should've been there in there).
So yes, overall it was a very well done track (sonically) but musically it was fairly boring (the other option you have is to add even more elements to the mix, but I feel you definitely hit the nail in regards to layers and such)

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Credits & Info

3.59 / 5.00

Feb 21, 2015
11:35 PM EST
File Info
4.3 MB
3 min 48 sec

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