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The System\\Shutdown

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groovy tunes


Could have been an absolute banger of a mood piece. Ended up in minimalistic hell. I say this because it took quite some time to develop meaningful direction, harmony, etc, and it didn't stick around long enough to justify that. Also, some reverb abuse made resonances that stuck out in the mix. TaintedLogic's review is mostly adequate concerning the entry as a competition piece. As videogame background, it works.

Also was in the wrong genre. Corrected that.

I like the distorted synths at the beginning and the crisp percussion. It lacks a strong sense of direction, though, and the minimalism was wearing on me after awhile. I think you overdid the reverb on the snare at :55. You really need some more melodic content in here. The piece also has very little structural variety - the energy, dynamics, etc. are almost uniform throughout, and that’s a huge problem. Perhaps this would be fitting for the background music of a videogame, but as a stand-alone piece the composition falls flat. I’d encourage you to shape your piece more by adding and subtracting instruments over time and changing the volume levels more often. On the positive side, I didn’t notice any problems with the mixing and mastering, and I liked the atmosphere and mood of the piece. Keep at it, man!


groovy indeed :)

all the elements fit together nicely, arrangement makes sense, mix is also fine, except maybe that clap that starts at 0:56 could be a bit quiter so one can focus on the melodic elements more, though this is just my taste

Overall it's pretty good, I would imagine this as a soundtrack for something cyberpunk-ish

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3.33 / 5.00

Aug 9, 2016
11:20 AM EDT
File Info
7.8 MB
3 min 24 sec

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