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Sinister Joy (Contest Entry)

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Enjoy my entry for the contest, based off Scarier than slender by 7darkriders!

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Nice beat here

So this was a nice beat you have on this one, I like the build up you push on this so nice job on that part, you also added some nice variaty on this and that made it much better and I was pretty impressed with it, so nice job here on this piece, good sound work good quality.

~~THINGS TO IMPROVE ON~~
for sure more build up. the ideas are really good here and I like the intense vibe of this.

~X~

Official AIM2018 Review!

Interesting trick with the lo-pass filter in the intro. I probably would have preferred it with hard compression. From the waveform, I can see you use this effect as a transition frequently.

Most of my other comments could be best summed up with a copy-paste of TL's review. Beyond that, I feel like the kick is really hiding in your drop.

Also not really feeling the dubstep vibe. Sounds more like some 90's club I used to listen to. May fit better into techno. Dubstep generally has a slow two-step vibe, not a fast 4 on the floor feel.

3:30 is probably the strongest point of your song. It's clean, showcases that groove you've built up, and just sounds good. Even so, I find myself wanting more oomph out of your drums. They're buried down in the mix.

Buildup at 1:30 was about 4-8 bars too long for my tastes, as well as suuuuuper quiet. It opens up at 2:03, but I feel the following section could be excised without really hurting your track. As is, it's pretty long and the theme doesn't change much.

Still, you've got some strong rhythmic writing, and I can feel that throughout. Definitely a catchy groove. Enjoyed the piece. Thanks for turning out for this year's AIM!

Slenderman makes for some interesting audio. :) Though Batman was hiding in the shadows there too I don't really sense him in this sound... it seems to be all about the former. A chaotic kind of rhythm with a deep beat in the background. Bit loud, and a bit predictable breaks, but I like the rhythm otherwise. Regarding the dubstep though: I'm not really getting that impression. It feels more like House and Industrial/DnB to me. Kept waiting for that drop but... I guess the dubstep lies in the choice of VST more so than the rhythm? To me dubstep's all about the rhythm, or lack thereof, Gotta have that unexpected drop, or build-up before it, and just a sort of organized chaos that messes with your head. Good sound, but not all the way there IMO.

-cd-

---Official AIM review---

I like the quirky riff at the beginning, even if it is a bit distorted. The bit at :15 is catchy, but I think the kick could’ve come through a bit clearer in the mix. The piece is also harmonically quite repetitive until the sudden change at 1:01. You have a lot of cool riffs here, though. I also liked the re-intro section at 1:32, but I think it dragged on for a bit too long. Overall, you’ve also done a good job of channeling the energy here through the filtering, build-ups, and changes in dynamics. The main problem in this piece, as I’ve already alluded to, is the lack of harmonic depth. There are only a couple of main riffs that form the harmonic framework of this piece and, despite some notable variations (~3:00), it’s not enough to keep the content engaging for 4.5 minutes imo. You clearly have a great sense of harmony and progression, but I’d like to see you try to fill out the texture with a bit more than gritty bass riffs, drums, and flashy pads. Let me cut to the chase: melodic content will serve you well, my friend. There are a lot of top-end frequencies that are missing for a lot of the piece, and structuring your piece around melodies might help give the piece an overarching sense of climax and resolve too. Also, it seems that you have some reverb on your bass instruments at some points in the piece. You should be careful about that - it has the potential to tax the production quality a bit when you put reverb on basses. One element of the piece I actually liked a lot was the instrumentation. The distorted mid-range basses and whatnot blend together pretty well, and have a pretty unique sound overall. Clean up the mix a tad and add some top end (preferably melodic) content, and this piece would really come together well. Keep at it, man!

7.25/10

J-XVII responds:

Thank you for the feedback, I ain’t done with this contest though fam, so keep watch for numero dos, and it’s a special one indeed, as always, thanks for the feedback.
-J17 ;)

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3.51 / 5.00

Uploaded
May 14, 2018
2:40 PM EDT
Genre
Dubstep
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4 MB
4 min 25 sec

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