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Investigation

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[2014] This one is more of an "in the mood" kind of track, for when you search for something, or whatever you'd prefer to imagine also works. For Stereo, not for 7.1 headsets and/or soundsystems. Focused mainly on Composition, some mixing involved, and some mastering too. This is the Final Version.

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REMASTERED download [2018]:

https://hearthis.at/city-hunter/city-hunter-investigation-remastered/

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I like the ominous synth bass line at the beginning. The reverb is very heavy, but with the minimalism I suppose it’s a fine way of filling out the texture. The quirky synth at :38 is awesome, and I’m enjoying the filtering/volume changes at around :47. Otherwise, the piece is pretty slow to progress. It would make great background music for a video game or animation, but as a stand-alone track the composition is a bit underwhelming. More variation in the energy level, and also some more melodic content, might help make it more engaging. The more square part at 3:30 was a nice touch of variety, but it still maintains the minimal, plucked sound to the texture throughout. The percussion at 4:59 was a nice addition, but like a lot of elements of the soundscape it had a bit too much reverb for my tastes. The texture started sounding really muddy at around the 6-minute mark, and the reverb is likely a major culprit. I like the higher-pitched synth at 7:00 or so that matches the contour of the bass line. My favorite part of the piece is probably the mysterious and apprehensive mood - you set the scene in my head really well with this one. The sound design is also pretty neat. I can tell the piece is meant to loop, and I suspect it does so pretty well, especially in-game. A cleaner mix and bolder composition are the main tools you need to get a higher score from me. Until then, keep at it, Aelkamal! :)

Mixing, mastering, and balance
1/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
.5/1.5
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
1/2
Instrumentation and sound design
.75/1
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
1.25/1.5
Originality and uniqueness
.75/1
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
.5/1
Composite score
5.75/10

appreciate the aesthetic goals of this piece and in some ways the execution is great. i don't think the musical ideas come together to form something substantial enough to justify the near ten minute runtime, but none of them are really *bad* in a vacuum. the heavy, fast-release master compression creates unpleasant intermodulation between the bass elements and sucks all the dynamic energy out of the piece, but i like the smokey high end - perfect for the VHS-noire setting.

important notes on my NGUAC review process: https://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1476427/18#bbspost26965604_post_text

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Jun 19, 2018
6:30 PM EDT
Genre
Synthwave
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21.9 MB
9 min 34 sec

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