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My last minute entry to the final round of NGUAC 2017
it's not really finished to my satisfaction, but i gotta upload something: the deadline -.-

In numerous battles you fought. But before the beginning of this one you have the feeling, it will be the last one. This is the battle that will end the war; however , will you lay on the field of battle exhausted, victoriously or slain by your enemies. Fate has made her decisions, now it's yours to reveal it.

The stuff I used:

FL Studio 12

Massive (from Komplete 11 Select)
GMS (from FL Studio)
Some sounds from a AAS-Player pack

Packs from BlackOctopus
-Future Funkstep
-Vocal Atmospheres by Cory Friesenhan
-Production Master 212 Risers volume 1
a beat box snare( by me, very subtle; not sure if it's hearable in the end product
The Gentlemen (Piano from Komplete 11)
Strings from my Korg Sp-280

Some FL stock plug-ins
Solid Bus Comp (Komplete 11)
Replika (Komplete 11)
Xfer OTT

Have fun listening ;)

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I like the warm texture at the beginning. It’s a little slow to progress, but I love the phrasing in the pads. The lead at :53 was a nice touch, but I’m not sure the high-pitched arpeggios complement the texture very well. Overall, the mix is pretty clean, but I think the composition is a little underwhelming. The chord progression is pretty cliche, and the rest of the harmony parts are heavily grounded in that progression. The pause at 2:03 was a little sudden and awkward, but I appreciated your attempt at structural variety and emotion with the piano at 2:06. There’s also another rough transition at 4:04, and overall not a lot of new material in the second half of the piece to keep me engaged. The sound design is probably my favorite element of the piece, but overall the piece needs a little more textural fill in places and some more substantial melodic content. I was also impressed with the mixing, though. Keep at it, Madze. ;)

Mixing, mastering, and balance
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
Instrumentation and sound design
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
Originality and uniqueness
Overall (how do the above elements interact?)
Composite score

Interesting track.

R 5/5

The main chord progression is cool, as is the main melody line. I think, however if you were to put some other overlaying melodies that play off of each other as the song progresses, it would add a lot to the overall intensity. Also, I can't help but feel that when the triplet synth-line hits in, the drums should follow suit with a similar 6/8 beat, mainly with the bass drum. I also felt that there were a lot of great builds that should've built into a bigger climax. Throughout the piece I was just waiting and waiting for that soaring moment to follow one of those builds, and it never quite hit that peak. I can hear where you wanted it to feel the most impactful, but it never truly reaches that point. I would suggest maybe applying some more cymbal work around those areas, mainly hi-hats, deepening the bass a bit more, and adding some soaring melodies, especially around the end. I can see from your description that you didn't have enough time to complete it to your liking, but after the competition, if you feel that you want to tweak this song, these are some suggestions I have. Overall, great potential, just a little under-cooked in my opinion.

Credits & Info


4.33 / 5.00

Aug 13, 2017
5:04 PM EDT
File Info
10 MB
4 min 24 sec

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