Project: Reflex

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Here is a quick song I wrote for an experimental university project I'm a part of in which we created a simple reaction-based game that tests people's reflex time in response to visual cues, and it uses this music to see how the tempo and beat of the music affects the reflexes. As such, you'll notice that around a minute into the music, the tempo suddenly speeds up. It sounds a little sudden, but it needs to be that way for our university experiment.

Nothing out of this world and totally out of my comfort zone, but I haven't posted music in a while and I figured I should release this one to inform people that I'm not dead :).

Plugins used: Omnisphere, 3xOsc, default FL effect plugins, and Vengeance drum samples.

Check it out on YouTube for a video of the FL project file!


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I am not one of the people who really like this genre, but I must admit that this is very well done, I hope better things :3

pretty studly song!

You sir, however, area peaking - lol look at all that cut off waveform! FOR SHAME! :p

reel in your levels mister! Wavesforms should never cut off! - causes crackle :P

but really cool sound - reminds me of f-777's music :)

and thank god there is still quality music in this genre.. although I had to practically excavate it..

love the part at 1:50 - love those synths - great melodies- very catchy!

Just.. watch your peaking :P


Step responds:

Ahh hey Shawn/Chronamut/Chron... not sure what you prefer to be called!

Super glad you enjoyed the track. I'mhappy with how the melody came out. I agree that it's somewhat catchy for sure!

Hmm, that's actually a good point about F-777. I can hear the resemblance!

On the topic of peaking... I think Newgrounds makes it look like it's peaking, but that's just a load of compression squishing the waveform.

Either way, thank you for dropping by :).

Groovy instrumentation and nice sense of suspense in the first minute. The frantic melodies at 1:02 are a good fit, and I love the grouchy bass. If I had to complain about one thing, it might be that the underlying rhythm of the piece is pretty square for most of the piece. That said, you did a good job of keeping it interesting with all of the automations and secondary melodies. I would've liked to hear another climactic moment towards the end of the piece, but I'm sure it fit the premise of the project well. Kinda reminds me of "Imminence" in that it doesn't quite max out on emotional highs. Anyway, glad to see you post on the Grounds again, Step! ^^

Step responds:

Thanks for another review! Nice to see you still around :).

You're right about the rhythm being pretty monotonous. In general I kinda toned things down in this track compared to my usual more bombastic tracks. Using subtlety as a way of maintaining interest instead of resorting to climactic, in-your-face stuff is something I continue to struggle with!

Thanks again.

Fun :) Made for good background music as I wrote my emails this morning...

Step responds:

Glad I could provide the soundtrack to your morning bureaucracy! :p

Thanks for the review!

Reflexes are associated with brain activity. Faster tempi increase brain activity due to the higher frequency of the beat change, this requiring system 2 thinking enabled more actively. When used as a background for any other action, this affects the overall brain performance in the background, leading to inconsistency of performance between the start and the end of any action.

This piece is more appropriate for this kind of situation, as it's not too repetitive to bore the brain out, nor too complex to tire it. As a result, the brain is being affected in the background from a noticeable adjustment that doesn't require too many resources for processing. And that concludes us to the variance in reflex performance.

Also, nice track. Glad to see you alive, hope your research goes well.

Step responds:

Thanks for the insight! Our research results currently seem to show a definite decrease in reflex time for faster tempos.

And thanks for the review. I found it pretty tough to hit that balance between "not too intrusive" and "not too boring". As a musician I also tend to gravitate more towards catchy riffs and in-your-face-style music too so a lot of this song is me exercising as much restraint as I can!

Thanks again!

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4.82 / 5.00

Mar 28, 2018
12:03 PM EDT
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7 MB
3 min 4 sec

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