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Jul 21, 2015 | 7:04 PM EDT
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4 MB
4 min 26 sec
1.96 / 5.00

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A little instrumental song that I wrote. I was trying to create a type of surreal atmosphere for this song. It's influenced by jazz and avant-garde music as well as middle eastern music and blues music.



Rated 3 / 5 stars

== This is an NGAUC Knock-Out Round Review ==

Iā€™m speechless.

Overall Score: 6/10

Mini-Scores (see here:
* Composition: ā˜‚/4
* Arrangement: ā˜€/4
* Mixing: ā™ž/4

ti-on-suxandrox responds:

Lol, it's a weird song isn't it? Little bit of jazz, little bit of middle-east stuff and a little bit of good old fashioned avant-garde in the spirit of Stockhausen, Cage and Henry Cowell. Maybe a little less Henry Cowell and more Cage though. :)

Thank you for your review.


Rated 3 / 5 stars

I am quite honestly not sure what I'm listening to, but I'll try to give some general commentary for NGAUC.

-So this started out with a really weird earthboundy vibe to it, which I really liked. It sounded kinda like the music from the evil hotel in Threed. Then 40 seconds kicked in.
-There are a lot of cool sounds in this, it's just kinda difficult to really pick out any individual instrument aside from a few.
-There's an interesting up and down motion to this piece which I suppose can be considered the main theme.
-I think the biggest flaw with this piece of music is that it's not really possible to discern much of anything from it - there's no "theme" that makes sense, and a lot of what's basically noise. This basically sounds like something which belongs in an insane carnival of death. I can't really think of it as a coherent piece of music for a contest though. There's not much to judge aside from it existing as a thing. Sorry I can't give more feedback - there's not enough that's possible to pick out which is really critique-able.

Final score: 6.0/10

ti-on-suxandrox responds:

Lol, I would be lying if I said that I didn't expect a reaction like this. I'll try to explain it a little, since it's a little difficult to discern what it is.

The saxophone breaks are kind of interesting. If you notice, every saxophone section is played with a different saxophone setting (Baritone for first, tenor for second and alto for the third section) they're also played at different tempos. Interestingly, the overall tempo speeds up as the song progresses, which adds a feeling of tension and confusion along with the overall strangeness of the piece.

Underneath the saxophones is a guitar solo played with a spoon and a fork, it also plays the background guitar solo in the second section after the first saxophone section. The guitar solo is hard to make out because there's a backwards guitar solo playing overtop. Interestingly, the backwards guitar solo starts off at a faster tempo and slows down while the background guitar solo starts off slow then speeds up. The second guitar solo is played using a slide guitar and a delay pedal.

Interestingly, there is a reoccurring element that ties the piece together, which is the bassline. I deliberately buried it in the mix to draw attention to the saxophones and the guitars. That might have been a mistake. The multilayered Vampire Rodents inspired ending is probably my favourite section, controlled chaos.

Compositionally, I think it's a formidable piece. I also think that it causes the listener to have a reaction, which is what good art should strive to do. The fact that the emotion it inspires is confusion is what inspired me to submit it to the contest.

Thank you for your review.


Rated 5 / 5 stars

I like this thing.

ti-on-suxandrox responds:

That's good to hear. I had a lot of fun recording this.