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Breaking Ground

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This is my entry into the Knock-Out Round for the 2017 Newgrounds Underdogs' Audio Contest. I started production on this after the competitors were posted.

Instruments used include Massive and reFX Nexus.

Drums were from the VEC3 sample kit, as were breaks and other SFX. The clap sound was from the Survival Drum Kit.

Hope you enjoy!

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I like the tranquil vibe at the beginning. The pacing is very slow, though. When the kick first comes in at :31, it seems a bit out-of-place for this kind of piece. It’s also possible that your sample is just a bit too sub-bassy. Interesting placement for the climax at :54. The minimalism during the first minute really resolves to a funky rhythmic texture at 1:08. In one regard, this piece sounds really unique, but I also think a lot of your instruments sound pretty generic, like the open hats on the off beats. The melodies at 1:22 seriously distort the higher range of your mix, btw. I think you need to compress the hi-hats and take some of the treble off of that lead. The middle section of this piece (:54 - ) has a sense of continuity that isn’t ever broken. I think it could really help you out to offer the listener a bridge or breakdown at some point. This piece needs more structural contrast and phrasing. It also lacks coherence - it has a bit of an meandering structure that feels very open-ended and lacks resolve. Overall, really interesting piece. I commend you for taking some risks with the composition and sound design here. For the most part, I think they paid off. Keep at it, IchigoChamploo. ;)


Credits & Info

4.61 / 5.00

Jul 24, 2017
6:14 PM EDT
File Info
7.9 MB
3 min 27 sec

Licensing Terms

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