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Electric Planet

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My submission for the 2k16 NGAUC Knock-Out Round (I'm an underdog)

NOTE: All of this was recorded with one mic INCLUDING the drums, as I lack a full set of drum mics :(

Deciding makes them weary
They'd rather it be served
On a silver platter
With transistors

Short bursts of mindless laughter
Smokescreen is made
Creating an indifference
We're blinded

We're living in a sort of matrix
Sort of purgatory
We can't get out and we're
Oblivious to it all

Our planet is electric
While the natural
Is becoming obsolete
And burning

Living fake realities
Through a pocket device
Made for communication

Just 16 years ago
None of this existed
Just 16 years ago
We weren't victim to our own creations


I love the retro vibes, and your voice is very soulful. I don’t think the mic quality is the best, and the mastering is pretty quiet. I like how you up’d the intensity at 1:25, and the melodic content at 1:43 is refreshing. The lyrics are also really enjoyable and relatable. I feel like I’m sitting outside your garage watching you jam. :D I also love how you pulled back the volume of the guitar to preempt when the vocals came in, like at 1:58. Little compositional details like that make this piece especially enjoyable. The solos at 2:47 made this piece really climactic and conclusive towards the end, which was only enhanced by the fitting outro at 3:43. By around 3:50, I was wondering where that great, sharp snare was for the first 3.5 minutes of the piece. Unfortunately, I think that’s a sign that your equipment isn’t the best for mixing and mastering. I don’t know what program you used to export this, but if possible I would try filtering and equalizing all of the instruments and then compressing the drums at the very least. The sound quality is the only major detracting factor from this piece IMO. Overall great work! ;D


verbicidemusic responds:

Omg, thanks man! Yeah, I understand my recording setup isn't ideal (to say the least lol) but I try. Details about my setup can be found in my response to Lockyn (if youre really interested). I'm glad, however, that despite the lofi quality of the track, you were able to find some enjoyment in it. I'm definitely going to strive to make an even better track for this final round. Already some ideas floating around in mah brain and I can't wait to bring them into fruition. Thanks again man, really appreciate it. :D

I can't even imagine how much better this would have sounded if you had recorded each instrument on its own track and arranged it within a DAW...

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verbicidemusic responds:

Funny thing is, I did lol. The problem is, I literally only have one mic which I run through a USB adapter directly into my laptop. I don't have an interface or anything so its being run straight into the laptop. Plus, I lack a full set of drum mics, whereas all professional drums are recorded with all parts of the drums miced up. The DAW I used was Mixcraft 7 home studio. I felt I did the best with what I had, and judging by your response, the song was at least good, save for the lo-fi recording. So thanks a lot man, I appreciate it :D

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Credits & Info

3.49 / 5.00

Jul 19, 2016
3:27 AM EDT
General Rock
File Info
3.9 MB
4 min 14 sec

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.