NGADM'15: Higher

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My entry for NGADM'15, Round 1.

I thought I'd try a couple of new techniques when making this track, and I'm overall pleased with the outcome. I wanted to try a different genre than my usual for the first round, and test my ability to create a track that was both a new experience for me, and of a level of quality that I felt would still be competitive.

Best of luck to Analogstik, Mawnz, and Jaysummers759885, my three competitors in the first round of NGADM'15!

Made in FL10 using Directwave (2), Sytrus (4), Toxic Biohazard (5), lovekiller (1), FamiSynth v2.5 (1), Magnus Choir (1), and several different percussion samples.

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Why'd you delete Limitless? :/

EliteFerrex responds:

Decided I didn't like it. Might remake it later as an 8-bit track.

This is a NGADM Round 1 Review.


- Hot damn, this is catchy!
- Crisp, clean piano.
- Decent mix.
- Great atmosphere!

Excellent start, you had me moving from the beginning until the very end of the track. You build up the track a little slowly, but I think it is quite effective. By 0:55, I was really intrigued as to what else you would incorporate in order to keep building things. As mentioned above, the piano is super crisp and the heavy reverb works quite well here. The 'stuttering' choir was a nice touch, too! All of these things allowed the track to hold a spacious atmosphere, and I really dig that!

What to consider:
- Repetitive, repetitive, repetitive -- needs more variety.
- A little lacking in melodic content.

I know that tracks in the trance genre are generally meant to have more of a repetitious nature, but I still think that this track could use some more melodic content in order to keep the listener tuned in and interested. That being said, I also think that there could have been periods where the melody was brought out a bit more. You do a very nice job of presenting texture and dynamics when you introduce the piano, but it is only heard a handful of times. I would have really liked to hear more of the piano throughout.

Great track, keep it up! :)

Score: 8.3/10

I like the mood at the beginning. It seems apprehensive, yet the piece is also very energetic. I love how much space you left for contrast and climax. It progresses a little slowly at times, yet I love the melodies you have by around 1:15. I also appreciated how you played with the phrasing and dynamic contrast with the breakdown at 1:56. It was quite welcome structural relief there, and the climax into 2:25 is awesome. The built-up tension in this piece is great, but I think you could’ve gone further towards the end to let some of it go and create a more cathartic vibe. It seemed that just as you were getting to an emotional height at 3:21, you immediately stripped the texture away. Still, I admire your sense of harmony and progression, and I think the ending is quite solid as well. Nice work! Hope this review helped. Keep at it, man! ;)


This review was written for the Newgrounds Audio Death Match 2015.

Amazing already. Go ahead and give this guy the trophy!

Welcome to the party, EliteFerrex. I can say right off the bat that your entry got me moving to the beat, and yes, you did indeed bring the thunder. This is a very enjoyable Trance jam you've brought to the table.

I don't really have a lot to comment about, but I do find that the mix sounds pretty sweet to my ears, and those drums have some excellent thump and presence. The kick has some nice punch so it stands out nicely, though it could stand to be just a touch louder still...mainly for the sections where there's a lot going on already. The same could be said for the clap sound on the downbeat. The rest of the perc sounds just right to me.

Since this is Trance I suppose it's bound to be a bit repetitious, which it does tend to be, but there's also some nice variation to be found here. The ending isn't bad at all, and I like they way you transition into those final notes with some cool cymbal effects, but I still think it could be improved upon. It doesn't sound very full, if that makes any sense.

Very nice job here, overall! I've already listened three times simply in the course of writing this review and it never gets old. I wish you the very best of luck in the ADM!

EliteFerrex responds:

Thank you very much for your review, ChronoMomad.

I greatly appreciate your feedback, and I'm glad you enjoyed the track!

Credits & Info


4.57 / 5.00

Aug 15, 2015
4:44 PM EDT
File Info
9.3 MB
4 min 5 sec

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