Sonic R - Livin' In Da City

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Length: 7:13//Style: Drum'n'Bass//Speed: 174 BPM//Measures: 314//Loops: 34//Time taken: 24 days

My first round audition for the Newgrounds Audio Deathmatch 2017. I got a little inspiration from artists like London Elektricity and Tantrum Desire. It all started with a cool beat that randomly popped into my head, which ended up being the intro into the chorus. As that's how songs usually start anyway. Then I was listening around for something that could possibly fit. I've wanted to do a vocal where I'm NOT the one singing. That's when I found a vocals-only version of Living In The City, and everything just kinda molded together after that.

With this piece I learned a lot about clipping. I know, it's not perfectly edited out but I did the best I could. I've learned new functions on my editing program Audacity like this one called Paulstretch, which I was only curious as my name used to be PaulStetich so I was awfully, awfully suspicious. Turns out it was just what I needed for such parts as the ending and the cool reverb effects that go along with it. I played with more math when it came to the synth. Something different, something I dig. I had a blast making this, and I hope the end results show it in all of your eyes (er, ears, I guess)

Lot of fun making this. Big thanks to my friend Chiafriend12 from Reddit for helping me out with the vocals, my friends on Sonic Stadium for the support, and all my fans for tuning in! Hope you like it, and here's to luck


amazing song

PaulyBFromDa303 responds:

Thank you. Means a lot

I like the beat at the beginning, but it’s a bit dry. Some reverb could really help give it some more atmosphere. The harsh synth that plays on beats 2 and 4 after :22 gets a little obnoxious. The atmospheric pads and floaty synths that come in at :55 are nice, though. I liked the breakdown in the texture at 1:05, although this piece progresses pretty slowly. I like the vocal samples at around 1:50 too. The climax at 2:25 ended up being pretty anticlimactic when it led to the minimalism at 2:35. I think the vocals at 3:30 (and other places) could stand to be a little more upfront in the mix - after all, it’s the principal melodic content in the piece. I appreciated that you were taking the piece in a different direction at 4:48. The piece also feels pretty climactic at around the 6-minute mark, which is good. I don’t think the piece needed to be quite this long, though. You fill a lot of the texture with parts that are similar to 2:35, with the only moving part being the filtered synth bass. Overall, this is pretty solid work. Giving a little more emphasis to the melodic elements here (and less on the progressive beats) might help consolidate the theme and give the piece some more shape, though. Keep at it, man. ;)


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PaulyBFromDa303 responds:

This is good to know. I always love an honest review and this one is to the T. It would appear I need placement practice. And variety. The biggest difficulty with this one was trying to find a way to switch from major to minor without losing the tensity. There were some parts where my computer program actually crashed from all the tiny details i was adding. Yes, i think it was right before that 4:48 part when all the instruments died out one by one. Melody was tough too. The copy of the vocals i had were a little rough around the edges and it was blatantly obvious.

I know i can do better. I should've done something different for that contest. I wasn't ready to try out something like this just yet lol. Hey, seriously though thank you. I needed to know

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4.81 / 5.00

Jun 9, 2017
9:56 PM EDT
Drum N Bass
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9.2 MB
7 min 14 sec

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