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So this song made me REALLY happy with the final result. It's like the song I've liked the most so far out of the ones I've completed. Could have been better if my computer could handle more stuff going on, but for now, it's as good as it gets.

I've also started experimenting with different tunings, so this song is actually in A = 432hz tuning. Idk, it gives me a smoother and calmer feeling, but that's probably relative.

This song modulates a lot so here are the chords and scales of it, to whoever's interested:

Bar 1 - 4 (Em11 - D7M(b5)add13 loop)
Bar 12 (D#m9)
Bar 13 - 20 (Em11 - C#m(b5)addb9/11 - B7M11+ - Em11 - Em11 - B9 - F#7M13 - F7Madd13 - Fm13 - C#7M)

Bar 21 - 28 (Cm11 - Db7Madd13 - Eb7M13(11+) - Am9 - F6add11 - F6add9 - Db6add9 - Gm9 - B6add9)

Bar 29 - 32 (Em11 - D7M(b5)add13)
Bar 33 - 36 (Em11 - C#m(b5)addb9/11 - Em11 - E11)

Bar 37 - 40 (G7M13 - A7M9 - D6add9 - E6add11 - G7M13)
Bar 41 - 48 (D6add9 - C6add9 - C#madd11 - G7M(b5) - C#madd11 - D6add9 - G7M11+ - D7M(b5)13 - C7M9 - D#7M - C7M9)

Bar 49 - 52 (G7M9 - D#7M9)
Bar 53 - 56 (Em9 - D#7M9)
Bar 57 - 60 (Em9 - D#7M9 - G7M11 - Gm7add11)

Bar 61 - 62 (Dm13(5+))

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I like the jazzy chords at the beginning and the ghostly atmosphere at :17. The beat sounds nice and crisp at :17, and the sound design is really enjoyable. The melodic content at :50 is beautiful. I think there may be a tad too much reverb in texture, and there’s also a bit of atonality here and there. That said, the mastering quality is really good. The mix is loud and clean (despite the excess reverb), and the texture sounds quite well-balanced. I also liked the structural variety you incorporated, starting with the short breakdown at 2:24. I really like how the energy picks back up towards the end with the string solo at 3:12. Texture is really full, but still sharp and punchy with the drums. Overall, this is a really admirable piece with some really cool sound design and melodic content. The violin sounds a little inauthentic in its higher range, but that’s certainly my only complaint about the sound design. Composition and production are strong as well. Keep up the good work, Spectronoid97!

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 elements above interact?)
Composite score

spectronoid97 responds:

HEY MAN! Thanks for your review, I greatly appreciate it!!
Yeah, mixing is one of my main enemies when it comes to music making, because my computer can't handle a lot of things happening at the same time or my CPU starts bitching, but I try my best hahaha. And also the violin part sounds a little too computerish because I don't own any VSTs or libraries for orchestral instruments (or anything at all really hahaha). But thank you so much for letting me on the next round of the competition! I'll outdo myself, at least I hope I do. xD

I love the chilled out atmosphere in this a lot, really good work! A little bit repetitive in my opinion, but that might just be my tastes in music interfering. Good luck!

spectronoid97 responds:

Thanks! Maybe it is, I don't know hahaha (hope it isn't though)

Credits & Info

3.95 / 5.00

May 3, 2018
4:20 PM EDT
Video Game
File Info
9.8 MB
4 min 17 sec

Licensing Terms

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