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AIM - Quirky Little Circuit Girl

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This is my submission for the Art-Inspired music contest. (Headphones Recommended)

This light funk track is inspired by Supachimu's character 'Judy Jojo' [https://www.newgrounds.com/art/view/supachimu/judy-jojo]. Their art is oozing with charm and polish and so I wanted to do it justice.

I made this in Logic Pro X and with assistance from my buddy, Pat [https://www.facebook.com/patrick.k.montanari].

I decided to do just one entry so that I could pull out all of the stops, I hope you enjoy!

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Official AIM Review!

Very fresh sound-palette. Super smooth bass, which is so bouncy in and of itself, it almost sounds like the melody. Really, it's no secret what's driving this piece. A pleasure just to hear someone write bass well.

Piece as a whole seems quite crisply mixed, although I do notice the bass and kick seem to be just a bit loud throughout. Kick is probably not so much a problem and I may just be hearing the two of them together as quite loud. Might solve that problem with a little creative side-chain/hi-pass to get the bass out of the way of the kick in the sound-space.

Nice work maintaining a very quirky-girl theme. It's going to be stuck in my head.

I'm not noticing what TL said about too many high freqs on your kick. Sounded great to me on my monitor headphones, which have a very flat sound response.

I will add that I was initially dubious of what I was going to hear at 00:15 with that loud synth. Might have gone for a smoother sounding synth. That one's very sibilant. You really out-did yourself with the variety in this tune though. Keeps my ears fresh throughout.

Thanks for turning out to this year's AIM competition!

TheOneAfromaster responds:

Hey! I'm glad you liked the bass (I've been listening to 'Gaslighting Abbie' a lot lately). I definitely wanted to use high-frequency kick to enhance the bass part a little more so some of the low-end took a back seat, I will use your suggestion next time around. As per the sibilance you mentioned, I think the hi-hat + triangle roll combo may have contributed to that alongside the synth choice, so thanks for bringing that up. I appreciate the kind words, thanks for the review!

---Official AIM review---

I like the suspenseful beginning. The mood is a little ominous at first, but eventually a more upbeat vibe takes over. I wasn’t a huge fan of some of the instruments, including the kick, which was a little heavy on high-frequency tones. Overall, the sound design is quite refreshing, though. The smooth bass, cute staccato-y synths, and warm pads set the mood quite well. I think you could’ve foreshadowed the major structural change at 1:52 a bit better. That said, I like how that section functions structurally within the context of the rest of the piece. You do a great job of creating a huge variety of textures in this piece. If I had to criticize something about the composition, it’d probably be that the most memorable melodic content in the piece is a little back-loaded until 3:06, whereas the beginning ⅔ or so of the piece has a lot of downtempo sections. Still, I also commend you for making the ending seem really climactic by having the most prominent emotional height at the end. Overall, the composition here is really good. The mix is also pretty clean. There were a couple of moments when I wanted the kick to be a bit stronger (1:45, 3:30) but overall the drums were really crisp, strong, and well-varied. There aren’t a lot of things that jump out at me as being hugely problematic with this piece. It’s just a lot of little things. Keep up the good work, TheOneAfromaster!


TheOneAfromaster responds:

Wow, great review! I see where you're coming from in reference to the melody at 1:29, I guess I wanted it to be more of a sneak peak than the main idea (perhaps if I just made it repeat?). As for the section at 1:52, I did hide many segments of that new melody throughout (:25, :35, :58 in the harp) but I can see now that a subtle reference to a large mood change probably wasn't the best strategy, so I'll work on that. Thanks, TL!

Credits & Info

4.32 / 5.00

Jul 4, 2018
8:00 PM EDT
File Info
5 MB
4 min 20 sec

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