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XS - iO (Audio Deathmatch)

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This is my next entry for the NGADM...

To be quite honest (and to justify it to myself), I'm not very happy with this track at all, but I started a new job this week and have been doing 12 hour days, so had last weekend and a bit tonight to make this. I started off with the best intentions but once I got past the foundation stage I started to make it messy and loud, and covered up a lack of quality with volume. But, here's to hoping my competition doesn't show up ;)

Thanks all.

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I like the atmosphere at the beginning and the quirky instruments. The piece throws you right into the action a bit, though. It could’ve used more of a proper intro or build-up with some variety in the dynamics. There’s very little that foreshadows the drop at :55. The texture remains pretty minimalistic, and I think the drop section with the harsh mid-range bass drags on for a bit too long. It gets better when the atmospheric elements start to come in again at around 1:45. You don’t really have a lot of melodic content during a cathartic emotional height - that might be a subtle reason why this piece doesn’t sound particularly conclusive or carefully structured. The more obvious reason why it doesn’t sound conclusive is because you ended in the middle of a post-chorus. It seems clear to me that you didn’t really complete this piece how you would’ve wanted. The production quality is strong, but I think you could’ve done a lot more with the composition, including adding some harmonic depth in places, adding more phrasing/build-ups, and maybe fleshing out the structure a bit more. Keep at it, Jimmypig. ;)


Credits & Info


4.36 / 5.00

Jul 28, 2017
3:32 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.