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Jul 15, 2017 | 9:47 PM EDT
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10 MB
4 min 23 sec
4.66 / 5.00

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Rated 4.66 / 5 stars
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Here's a neat Glitch Hop tune that I made pretty quickly. It's heavily inspired by Virtual Riot, one of my all time favorite producers. Feel free to use this in your videos and projects as long as you buy/download the song properly and credit me!

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

Title was evidently inspired by Fuck Gravity by Virtual Riot. :P Sounds just like his stuff too! He is my favourite producer, and this is probably the closest thing to his works on Newgrounds. This song just blows me away, amazing work! :D

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

im in love with ur style 8). perfect melodic style with a side of funkyness to it, almost like old monstercat:O. really good dude :D

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Rated 5 / 5 stars

These long comments sure would make this one seem pathetic also this is very live and nice sounding but there something I'm missing to say about this love the little vocals every now an then


Rated 5 / 5 stars

Man I'm not even a fan of this genre and I really liked this song regardless! With a lot of modern dubstep/glitchstep/otherstepidk there is not much melody which would make it boring for me. But here, you clearly had some melody, and not only that but some progression between other melodies. Also the drops sound really alive and well done. In general good job, keep making stuff :)

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Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

This is going to be a tough review to write, especially dealing with one of my friends. I have a feeling you'll see why shortly. Secondly, congrats. I wish you luck in NGAUC finals. I am both surprised and not surprised to see that you made it.

The song itself isn't bad. The mixing and mastering are very good and the composition is great. By most people's standards, this song is really solid and deserves a lot of praise. Every instrument was audible in the mix, and I can say I can see an improvement from earlier on.

Now we get to the part that's hard for me. I don't like the sound design. Earlier on I didn't mind because you had only used those sounds a couple times. As of now, that's no longer the case. You have used these in almost every song since 2017 and many songs in 2016. I think that gives me a solid base to assume you've been using presets and extremely basic sound design to get by. Presets are in no way a bad thing, but when you start to use the same ones song after song, they become a bit grating. As someone who's always striving to find new sounds and ways to combine them, this pains me a little bit to hear. I'd suggest finding more diverse presets and/or using sounds other than a saw or square for everything in the mid-high range.

You want to know why I didn't even make the first round of this competition last year? My song was too 'generic' to make it in. Part of the reason I'm unhappy is because this is about as generic as it gets. Sure, the chord progression may not be cliche, but just about everything else is. Drum pattern, sound design, you name it. The chords are the only thing that are original, but after listening to Virtual Riot's song, it's a bit harder to say. There is a difference between being inspired by and ripping ideas from. As much as I hate to say it, (and trust me, I really don't like admitting this) I no longer listen to most of your songs anymore. It's gotten to the point where I know what to expect, and no longer find listening to essentially the same music entertaining. I want you to know that I'm not saying this to be mean, I'm just hoping it'll be an effective wake-up call.

I have to disagree with @johnfn on this comment: "I notice a lot of people griping because it sounds like Virtual Riot. I'll be honest, I've never listened to them, so I wouldn't know if it does or not, BUT the fact that you produced and mixed this so well, as well as the fact that you modulated and arranged everything so well, takes this music well beyond the realm of copycat."
I honestly have no clue why he would say this, especially without going to listen to VR's song. Just because you steal a song (not saying you did this) and have great mixing and arrangement, it doesn't make the song not copied. I'd take that part of what he said with a grain of salt.

The last thing I want to talk about is the lack of solid melodies. Sure, there are melodies that fit, but they don't really meet my standards. Anyone can take the scale you used and mess around with a few notes and get a melody. It's really hard to follow and it doesn't stick well because of the lack of repetition. It's too long to really be memorable. While the focus of melodic dubstep isn't wholly melodies, it is a part of the name, and I would have liked to hear a more solid melody or two throughout the piece. Even as the piece is paused, I find it really hard to remember any melody besides the opening one. This is more or less personal preference, but it affected my view of the piece enough that I felt the need to dedicate a section of the review to it. Melodies, in my opinion, are one of the most important parts of a song.

I will be frank, I am being very harsh with this review. Probably more harsh than I've been in a review before, as you can probably tell due to the wall of text. Obviously I'm the only one that's really annoyed by these things, possibly because of past experiences. It seems to be working out for you, judging by the scores you got in the end. This was honestly really hard for me to write, because the song is good, even though I've torn it apart with this review. You have the knowledge and potential to make songs that are so much better, and I hope to shed some light on that with this review. In a competition setting though, I believe this song was very bland comparatively and no risks were taken. You stuck to your roots, which is good in it's own way, but is really disappointing when you've been doing it for over half a year. I understand catering to your audience, but you are allowed to try new things, so why not do it? I think that's the main thing to gain from this. Try new things. Experiment. Do something unique. I think it'll work wonders.

Feel free to completely disregard this review though if you don't feel like you'll gain anything. I just thought I'd put it out there that it is a point of view, and there may be other people who see your music the same way. If you have any issues with my review, by all means, come talk to me. I'd be happy to help.

Like I said, this song isn't terrible, but there are definitely things that need work. I know that you have the knowledge you need to fix the issues I had, but it's up to you if you want to act on them.


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DJ-Zyzyx responds:

Wow... I mean seriously, this is probably the best review out of all the ones I've gotten on this song! First off, all of these sounds were created by me in serum from scratch...they aren't presets, BUUUT I do overuse detuned saw and square wavetables a ton. At this point I just don't know what other wavetables to use when I start out making a sound, and in the end, I always end up with something I like. I also would have to disagree with johnfn, the beat to this song is basically the same as virtual riot's song "turn up," which I had listened to right before I made this! I didn't know that my music was getting that repetitive though, I try to vary my genres a little bit. I skip around from melodic dubstep, to future bass, to dubstep, and then sometimes to glitch hop. I think this was my first actual "swingy" glitch hop song, where I made the notes do the funky pattern thing lol. In my opinion, I thought the mixing was the worst part of the song but everyone else seems to think not xD anyways I'm sorry I made you mad. I think your review may have helped me realize I need to change things up a bit. The only problem is, whenever I try to change things up, I end up making something completely unexpected that I never wanted to make in the first place, and I lose inspiration and move on to something else :(