Lost Ones

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This is my submission for the NGAUC 2016 knock-out round.

I am an underdog.

Stuff I used:

Ni Massive for all synths and bass
Ambience for echo
Camelcrush for distortion

Ableton Live Built-In Piano
Lots of other Ableton Live Built-In VSTs to mix everything.

Funny human dialogue on background of track: That's just me fooling around out loud and recording it by phone.


I like the vocal samples at the beginning. The heavy breaks at :30 were pretty good, although I thought the bass completely overwhelmed the drums. It’s generally a good rule-of-thumb that the drums should be the loudest instrument in the mix, and here they were a tad underwhelming. I would suggest compressing and equalizing them more carefully. I like the frantic, fast-paced nature of this piece. I think you’ve overused the vocal samples after a while, though. There’s another good sense of build into 1:30. The breaks definitely seem well-varied across the various drops. I wish you had some stronger melodic content in there, especially some that wasn’t solely transitional (for example, you have some harmonically mobile content at 2:15, but its intensity really only functions as set-up for the build at 2:30 instead of being an emotional height in its own right. I like how you had those atmospheric arpeggios in the background during the final drop (2:45), but they got pretty buried in the mix after a while, as did the claps during some of the bass fills (3:09, other places). I think the piece had a good sense of ebb and flow over time, but I still would’ve liked the see an extended section that offered some dynamic contrast, as this piece has a lot of energy that can easily become trivialized through repetition.


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Leelius responds:

Thank you for taking the time to write such detailed review. I will be definitely taking advantage of your points in future projects. It was a fun experiment to be part of the contest and it really let me understand where I currently stand in my craft.

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3.93 / 5.00

Jul 25, 2016
6:56 PM EDT
File Info
8.7 MB
3 min 47 sec

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