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So for the NGADM Round 64 submission it was hard choosing how to go about it. I was honestly under a lot of pressure developing over 15 different samples just to try new ways of going about it. a few hours before the deadline I decided to change many points of the song as it was originally heading towards Synth-wave but I felt like it wasn't right for the picking. So within the last 48 hours I mixed things up a bit and decided to go back to my old roots of music making. The song then became a drum and bass submission. Stardust has a variety of different elements from my Drum and Bass/Chillstep/Video Game/Chipstep. I hope this is enough to advance and with fingers crossed and hopes high I can't wait for the results. I also would like to wish the best of luck to the lot that are participating in the NGADM Contest. Well have a listen and enjoy!

Tech <3

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for a dnb song, it didn't have a lot of bass. additionally, the melody is a little bland, even after the 1:54 drop, but the chord progression was solid. overall nice song, but it feels like something that should be louder and have more bass.

Teckmo-X responds:

Got a lot of people saying the same thing but I don't know I think it was good enough. I felt like if I added too much it was gonna go the wrong way. I also do need to work on my drums. I know they are simple but I haven't been able to catch up on my studies on it. Thank you though!

The piece is pretty catchy. I think your synths are a little generic, and the high-pitched one could blend in a little better - a little more reverb, equalizing out some of the treble tones, and a slight decrease in volume might help. I like the atmosphere at around :25, but the stop-start transition at :44 threw me off a bit. Your drum samples are also cliche, although the production quality here is strong. I think you could use a smoother transition at 1:30, and also some more coherence with the structure of the piece. The piece is very flowing, but I would’ve liked to see you keep the listener grounded in a more cohesive structural pattern. The repetition of the pizzicato-y lead at 2:50 or so helped, but overall this piece is rather variation for my tastes. Overall, it’s a strong piece. My main problem with it is the lack of originality in the instrumentation and chord progression. Keep at it, Techmo-X! ;)


Teckmo-X responds:

Thank you TaintedLogic. Allow me to explain the song or so. So I was going for a spacey theme with a bit of melodic sounds. It has been a while since I've worked on music due to work and errands so not enough time to make music but I try. With the song I did want to add more and make it a masterpiece of sorts but I've thought to myself that I didn't want to go all out on adding too much as I have a habit of stretching things more and more. When it comes to instruments used here I didn't know what I was doing to be honest and just chose what went right with my ears. Now it's true that I don't have much experience with percussion's and instead I try to improvise with my synthetic and bass parts. I've been pretty rusty lately but I'll try harder and aim to do my best. Thank you for the review!

pretty cool, i thought that 1:54 was my favorite part, but a lot of the melodies seem a bit meandering/aimless, try to make them more interesting! also :48 is so dry, just a bass a kick a snare and a pluck!

i think you should expand on that 1:54 section

Teckmo-X responds:

Yeah I can see your point I've had some people say the same thing but the point of it wasn't to give it too much uprising to the song. It's supposed to be progressive with what I was going at. 0:48 wasn't supposed to have more to it, it was more or less an interlude to the bigger part of the song. Then again I did mention that I used old roots from when I first started music making so it was experimental at most. The reason for not expanding 1:54 is because I know it would have gone on for more than 4 minutes and through my point of view judges are going to be busy with a lot of submissions which I doubt that anyone would want to sit through an8-10 minute song. Anyways your thoughts brought me some enlightenment to improve but I think right now I think this is as far as I will go with this one.

Very futuristic! I enjoy the main synth choices and the overall mix is very clean sounding. It would fit perfectly in a retro/futuristic game ^^
Good job!

Teckmo-X responds:

Thank you! I was thinking futuristic when I was making this. The best way I could do something like this is when I go back to my old roots of music making. I didn't want to put too much synth in this piece actually only used about 4-5 to give it the background. One of them is hard to here because it's infrasound while the others are there but just more on the back side of things. I used good variety of leads to compose this one. Not much was needed with mixing just leveling really. As many people have asked why I didn't add more to it would be pointless. The piece already has enough of the melodic value I wanted in it. Leading it on would have have no chance other than the length of the song. Nonetheless thank you, I appreciate your review on it and glad you liked it!

00:47 is the best "soft quiet" drop I've heard on here in a while. Very nice one!
I felt 1:54 and on could've been stronger, but overall, I enjoyed this!

Teckmo-X responds:

Yeah I hear you. At 0:47 I was looking for something to go stronger but I wanted to do something different. It was originally supposed to be a progressive Synthwave beat to it but I decided not to because I felt it would stray away from what I was going for. Instead I wound up doing a drum and bass rhythm. As for the 1:54 part I wanted to add more to the main line but I felt that it would overload too much of the synth background and I already had 2 leads and some background noise running with both parts. More towards the end was hard to decide whether to go on or stop it there. After finding out that if I continued to add more the song would have been over 8 minutes and that's not what I wanted. But I think it had a pretty good strong background to it. Space and element was the theme I needed to achieve for this piece. I was thinking more on a quantum side of things rather than the backside of the soundtrack.

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4.47 / 5.00

Jul 9, 2017
4:09 PM EDT
Drum N Bass
File Info
4.9 MB
4 min 17 sec

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Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.