Daveisgr81 - End Times:
-Good organization - very nice return to the first theme at the end and a very solid midsection!
-Your guitar skills are quite high, I have to say - you're really good at writing for it and playing it. I may have to commission you for some guitar work at some point, who knows?
-Your mixing is very good - it has no distortion that I can hear (aside from the deliberate guitar amping, obviously) consistently throughout the piece.
-It has a good ending! That's unfortunately rarer than I'd like - so I'm glad to hear it here!
-The middle section of the piece doesn't seem to have quite as consistent of an idea as the beginning and end of the piece.
-While this is well-mixed, it seems like the overall piece is just a tad bit weak. A lot of the guitars in the middle seem fairly thin, frequency-wise. I think that you could still retain your solid mix while widening their frequency range a bit and giving them a bit (or a lot) more meat. tl;dr add some bass frequencies
The Result: 8.4/10
This piece is very well-written, very well-performed, and concludes quite nicely. The thin mix is quite honestly the only issue. While I understand that avoiding distortion is important, this kind of weak mix causes the whole thing to be understated and just kinda boring in the end. That said - this has phenomenal foundations, and I'm going to have to keep up with your music in the future as I want to see how far you go!
Yes, the guitars were a pain to record!.. So I know what you mean.
Thanks for the review!
You should check out some of my other music and my website! I work a lot for other types of ensemble as a composer, guitarist, and editor.
This is an official NGAUC Review
My personal rating for your piece is as follows:
Production: 20/30 (Average)
Composition: 22/30 (Above Average)
Instrumentation: 10/15 (Average)
Originality: 9/10 (Great)
Interest: 10/15 (Average)
Giving a total of 71/100, or 3.5 stars.
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Super-detailed feedback, thank you!
I like the ominous mood at the beginning. Nice job with the panning, too. It has a really pensive and calming vibe to it. Despite the slow progression, you have me entranced. The instruments blend really well together, and the melodies at 1:03 are beautiful. It’s a bit minimalistic for the first 2 minutes or so, and I think you could’ve more gradually transitioned into the part at 2:14, just to maintain the slow pace of the first half of the piece. The guitar solos are wonderful, however, and you did an excellent job of bringing the piece full-circle at 2:50. I’m not always a huge fan of “one-climax” formats, as I think they tend to offer little in the way of structural variety over the duration of the piece, but I think the melody at 1:03 helped give some shape to the first half of this track. And there’s no way you’re not getting full credit for emotion and atmosphere here. I see (or, rather, hear) no problems with the mixing and mastering. This piece has a haunting and embeddable beauty about it that’s extremely well-developed, which makes it stand out among the other submissions. Some fuller pads or something may have helped create more textural depth, but the minimalism is my main complaint. Great work, my friend! ;D
Thanks for the positive review - I'll work on it for future submission!