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Halftime Beasts (N G A U C submission )

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Jul 30, 2016 | 9:53 PM EDT
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7.3 MB
3 min 13 sec
2.23 / 5.00

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Rated 2.23 / 5 stars
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N G A U C submission!



Rated 2 / 5 stars

I like the atmospheric and somewhat ominous intro, but I don’t think the vocal samples fit with the mood at all. Then you rapidly change the pace of the piece at :22. All of a sudden, it’s very energetic, bass-heavy, and in-your-face. I would’ve preferred a more gradual method of transition that uses phrasing, filtering, and dynamics to connect the disparate themes and sections of the piece. The distorted vocals at :40 were cool, and the drums stayed nice and crisp throughout that section, a sign that the mastering here is strong. The transition at :46 also fell flat IMO. It was a little cliche and didn’t effectively convey the progression. I’d also like to see stronger transitions at 1:53, 2:27, and 2:48. You also mesh together the riffs you’ve established without giving them an overarching sense of direction. For example, you reintroduce the riff that originated at :22 at 1:04, but without a strong transition. Usually, riffs from the intro only serve to provide structural relief, as in a breakdown or bridge. Here, you’re again limiting the sense of progression and climax this piece has by introducing a lot of arbitrary changes that don’t help shape the structure of the piece very much. I want you to think more about creating structural ebb and flow through dynamic contrast and phrasing as opposed to oscillating between a couple of repetitive riffs. You also had a couple of arbitrary samples in there (such as the “come on baby” vocals and lion roar at 1:23) that didn’t add much to the piece TBH. Some stronger melodic content would really help this piece out. At 2:27, you introduce a new riff, yet it’s not very well-integrated into the rest of the content you have here. It seems you’ve created 3 riffs, some vocal samples, and a beat and then arbitrarily introduced them during the first half of the piece and reordered them during the second. You need to focus on harmonizing more. Uniting these riffs with a common chord progression, pad, or bassline will help you clean up the transitions. Right now, there’s rarely one tonal instrument playing at a time, which is a big problem. Also, the ending was both lazy and abrupt. You simply can’t sufficiently add thematic closure to a piece with a crash. I’m sorry I’ve been so tough on you, but this piece simply needs compositional work. When you feel like you’ve written a piece that does more harmonizing, has a strong melody, and flows well, PM me and I’ll leave a review. Good luck and keep at it, man. ;)


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