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Author Comments

'Psyche' is a track on my newest release through the project, Myrr. The release is a combination of ambient, orchestral and folk/neofolk styles with tiny bits of a few others. I decided to explore different avenues and sounds within the ambient genre and combined them with my other interests. 'Psyche' is meant to reflect a fractured and deranged mind, one that struggles to process thoughts, dreams, problems etc.

Please do check out the release over at: https://myrruk.bandcamp.com/album/uncertainty

I'd love to hear feedback, criticism, advice and anything else you'd want to hurl at me.

All the best, folks.

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This is a really interesting track. I really love the lower-octave percussive instruments, they remind me of the Balinese instruments used in the Akira soundtrack. (Which is something I've especially been taking inspiration from lately.)

Doesn't overstay or understay its welcome either.

I really like it, and think it deserves five stars. My only real criticism, which is trivial enough to not affect my score, is the sound of the higher octave chimes in the first section of the song. Assuming they weren't recorded live, they sound a little...synthetic? I guess that's the word I'd use. I seriously struggle with the same thing in my own music, which is why a lot of the time I just bite the bullet and commit to the electronic sound.

Good stuff. I especially love the last third of the song.

JohnM93 responds:

Hey, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review!

They weren't recorded live, as much as I'd like them to be haha! Definitely something to work on in the future! Sometimes it is worth going with the sound it's sort of stuck with and re-working things. I tried to get this to be a weird blend of both synthetic and realistic, but sometimes I think it might be best to choose one or the other!

Thank you for such a deep and helpful review! All the best, GlassPalms!

Your immersion with these suspenseful tracks is getting good!

The track is clearly split into three parts that are linked together with low-key but smooth transitions in tone, octave and choice of instruments used. Depending on the part of the song, some instruments fade to the backgrounds while others take the forefront.

Sound balance is good overall, but in the part 0:35 - 1:24, the chime, bell, loud spiky sound could use some toning down. I get it, it`s supposed to escalate the feeling of distortion and derangement, but no matter how much I adjusted the volume, it spiked out a bit too much.

Overall, the track is like looking at someone leaning against a wall, fully quiet. The second part, to which the transition (1:26 to 1:36) works like a charm and is probably the most impactful single part of the track, symbolizes the inner workings of the mind, the darkest corners and busiest centrals of one`s process inside the data center we call the brain.

The last forty or so seconds wrap up the song as a track like this should be handled: Messily, suspensefully, slowly fading away, as if the screen pulls back from the person, leaving him and their thoughts back into the mysterious solitude, exactly as they should be left.

The instruments and flow of the song is the absolute highlight of this track. Everything describes the song in the way you intended it to, and it delivers that feeling to the listener just as strongly and clearly. Even without the description, I`d have come up with similar, if not the same scenario you presented: a deranged, fractured mind lost in its own madness.

I bow down to you, sir. Keep it up with the phantasmal works!

JohnM93 responds:

'Ello again, Scorist!

Thank you for taking the time to write such a comprehensive and excellent review! T'is of much use to me, and I really appreciate you going into the song's different sections. Not many people do! If I ever start a magazine I'll be onto you for writing reviews haha!

Noted about the pan mallet cutting through the mix a bit loudly! I really like how the instrument sounds, but I can see why it'd be a bit much whether it's the general volume or how visceral it is. It's a hard one to keep quiet! But I'll certainly bare that in mind next time I find myself using it!

The way you've described the track, with the mind's darkest corners and how the ending is though a screen pulls back from the person dealing with the thoughts is weirdly close to how I modelled the song. I'm glad it came across in the way that I pictured it's story, even if just for one person!

Thank you again for such a kind and helpful review!! Keep it up I shall!

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May 16, 2018
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3 min 58 sec

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