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Phantom Shelter ~ Breaking Through the Fear And Solitude

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Hi everyone! I had few to no ideas for my next project. So i thought making an arrange (update) to an old song would be a good idea.

I took the main melody of "The Misfortune For Those Who Are And Those Who Will Come", one of my old songs and added some beats on it. On a first moment i thought i would only do the same song but with better mixing but fortunately i was WRONG. I could add other sounds to make this song more unique and special! I think i did a good job this time. Maybe the transitions are unexpected and the volume is kinda low but i dont think thats a big problem. Im going to get better anyways.

This will be my entry for the N G U A C 2018. As always, i hope you like it. Enjoy and give some feedback!

P.D: Once again, sorry if i put the song on the wrong genre. Actually, half of the song make use of the e-guitar but im not sure about put it on the Electronic genre.

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I like the pensive mood at the beginning. The mix sounds a little thin, though. The energy at :11 is good, but the bass sounded a bit too thin, spidery, and high-pitched. I’d recommend transposing it down an octave and giving it a bit more space to flourish in the equalizer if possible. I think one major thing you should work on is your transitions. A lot of them are quite abrupt, and often come with sudden changes in the instrumentation. Fade-ins and -outs, sweeps and crashes, and drum fills can all help you bridge that gap. There were certain sections of the piece where I thought the balance was a bit off. At :36, for example, I think the hi-hats are really too loud. Compositionally, this piece is quite enjoyable, but I think you could’ve done more to vary the instrumentation and create a richer texture with a little more reverb, wider mixing, and in some cases different instruments. The pace of the piece is also quite fast at times. There are a lot of different structural elements here, but it’s hard to keep track of all the changes on an overarching basis, largely because of the sudden transitions. I also think the piece is too long in general. You certainly have a lot of cool riffs and melodies - 3:29 was probably my favorite - but with this much structural variety the piece loses a lot of cohesion. I was very surprised, for example, when the guitar is introduced for the first time at 3:52. It’s actually a pretty good choice as an addition to the texture, but I also think it’s a questionable decision to introduce such an impactful new instrument ⅔ of the way into a piece, and with a sudden transition nonetheless. By the end of the piece, it’s really hard for me as a listener to stay grounded in any kind of major themes, patterns, or motifs. I think that’s the #1 thing you should work on going forward. That and the thin mix with little bass. Overall, though, this piece certainly has its merits. You clearly have a good sense of melody and harmony, and the instrumentation was rather pleasant throughout. Keep at it, Ctr34!


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

Credits & Info


4.04 / 5.00

Jul 14, 2018
2:27 AM EDT
File Info
14.7 MB
6 min 25 sec

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You are free to copy, distribute and transmit this work under the following conditions:

You must give credit to the artist.
You may not use this work for commercial purposes. *
No Derivative Works:
You may not alter, transform, or build upon this work.

*Please contact me if you would like to use this in a commercial project. We can discuss the details.