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Sunset Highwave

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My NGADM 2017 Submission. I'm up against the extremely skilled @SoundChris.

We thought we'd try our hand at EDM for a change. As an 80's child...it had to be Synthwave for me. This was Fun to do, so maybe I'll produce some more of this in the future.

Thanks for listening!

[I would like to quickly add. Thank you so much for the feature / Frontpage! <3 ]

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I like the atmosphere at the beginning. The piece is catchy, and I applaud you for avoiding 4/4. The production is very clean, although that bass synth is a little generic. Still, I thought a lot of your leads were rather refreshing. There’s a lot of tension in this piece between the ascending synth lines and somewhat ambivalent melodies (not cheerful, but not dark either). I think this piece might also need some more shape structurally. It has a sense of continuity that adds to the tension, but there’s never really anything particularly cathartic or contrasting in the dynamics, phrasing, or otherwise. I think it needed more of a bridge or breakdown - right now it feels uniformly spacious and thick texturally. The modulation at 3:18 helped channel the energy a bit, but it didn’t add much new to the piece from a texture standpoint. I also thought the ending was a bit lazy, as fadeout-esque techniques usually are. Overall, the atmosphere is really cool here, and the melodic elements of this piece are really strong. This is an enjoyable piece. Keep it up, EvilRaccoon! ;)


Oh man even tho this is an original piece its giving me crazy nostalgia!

Yeah Synthwave!!!!!

It's done well too. Really enjoy the drums

EvilRaccoon responds:

Thanks Spadezer! :D

Woah yeah! Sounds like a rematch between Van Damme and Bolo Yeung. I really like Chris's track too, so I can't pick a favorite in this battle. Good luck to the both of you.

This is so solid in terms or style and sound! The melodies are all great too.
Seriously though, SoundChris already said it... But I get suuuch an 80s movies feel from this o.O
I happen to be a bit of a movie fanatic, hehhe, so I would know :p

My one complaint is a couple of parts might feel ever so slightly teeny-weeny repetivite. BUT that also just adds to the clarity of the style; I feel going outside of that realm would've been a mistake in this instance. One that you didn't commit ;)
Did I mentioned the main melody is super catchy?

Really great work, and good luck in the competition!

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4.66 / 5.00

Jul 9, 2017
6:13 PM EDT
File Info
10.7 MB
4 min 41 sec

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