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Chords Dance


Author Comments

Made it with Cubase 9.5

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This is an official NGADM '18 Round 1 Review:

Production and Mixing: No complaints here. Everything is well mixed and blends quite well. The only complaint I could make is that the winds and some of the strings sound a bit dry compared to the brass. Only a minor complaint though.

Composition and Structure: A nice relaxing intro. Gives a nice calm and happy tone for the song. This style takes me back to my band class days, and I'm enjoying this composition. It's mostly full and I love this atmosphere. This is where the song shines I think, because I can tell this is where you focused the most on and it's paid off. I really wish this had more percussion though to fill it out a little more. It feels a little to bare or shallow at spots and I think the percussion could help add a lot of emphasis and depth. Or maybe not have the strings cut off so short as they're doing their arpeggiations. Other than that, great chord structures and good use of different sections. The song developed well and utilized decent dynamics.

Sound Design: You picked the right instruments so not much to say there. I can tell they're not super high quality VST's but it doesn't hurt what you have here. It may become a factor though for later rounds so keep that in mind as you're using them (apologies, the review was written before round 1 ended).

Ending Comments: I enjoyed this and I think you could make this a legit composition with a score (if you already haven't done so). It felt simple and peacefully happy.


Total - 8.5
Production - 1.5
Sound Design - 1.5
Composition - 1.75
Structure - 2
Replay - 1.75

AzulJazz responds:

Thank you very much!

The composition is beautiful and exuberant! This is one of my favorite submissions thus far.

AzulJazz responds:

Thx so much friend

I like the smooth strings at the beginning and the bright mood that becomes more prominent at :17 or so. Instrumentation is lovely, if a bit inauthentic. The hurried swell at :52 works really well to channel the energy, even if the harmonies around there (:53-1:01 or so) sound a bit clashing. The panning was a little strong for my tastes; I think the mix emphasized clarity a lot more than blending. The composition has a lot of ebb and flow to it, and the final emotional height (3:10) ties the piece together really well. Beautiful work overall. Good luck in the ADM! ^_^

AzulJazz responds:

Thx so much TaintedLogic

Sounds pretty nice, i really liked composition here, but mix overall seems dry due to lack of reverb on instruments.

AzulJazz responds:

thanks for the observation, I will keep it in mind

This is a lovely piece! Good luck in the competition :)

AzulJazz responds:

Thx friend and good look for you too

Credits & Info


4.52 / 5.00

Jul 16, 2018
12:42 AM EDT
File Info
9.5 MB
4 min 10 sec

Licensing Terms

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