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[DJKB] B4 I Leave

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This is probs my last song I will make in PocketBand, since it's shutting down in June 30, 2018. I won't produce music until I get another studio.

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Cool progression at the beginning. I liked the quirky synths and the downtempo beat at :11. The melody synth at :23 is pretty cool too, if a tad cheesy. There are multiple instances in this piece where you use sweeps as transitions without anything on the other side of the transition to cushion the change in instrumentation. For example, the sweep into :47 definitely sounds like you’re leading somewhere, but the minimalist texture on the other end doesn’t quite release that energy that you built up with the sweep. Sounds a bit like you’re patching up a bullet wound with a band-aid, to use a trite saying. That said, the progression is pretty good by the time the refrain rolls around at 1:11. Again, sound design could be a bit cheesy at times (like that high-frequency-range perc). I also think the mixing and mastering could be a bit tighter there. The kick doesn’t come through very well, and in general it sounded like the pads were taking up a bit too much space. Catchy content, though, and I like the call-and-response action you have going on in the post-chorus (like at 1:50). The melodic content at 2:05 is nice, too. I guess my main complaint (other than the abrupt transitions) is probably the lack of shape in the composition. I’d encourage you to do more with phrasing, dynamics, and automation to keep things interesting within individual sections of the piece, especially since this track is so harmonically similar throughout. I appreciated the variations on the final chorus at 2:53. I don’t think the piece loops well, although maybe you didn’t actually intend for it to loop when you wrote it. Overall, catchy and fun piece. My main concerns are the mixing and mastering quality, sudden transitions, and a couple other compositional details. Keep at it, Kbenitezlugo!


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

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3.98 / 5.00

Jun 20, 2018
12:16 PM EDT
File Info
3.6 MB
4 min 13 sec

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