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Dreameater - Amalgamation

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Dreameater - Amalgamation (Extended Mix)

Please mind the extended intro/outro, this for mixset purposes only; The "radio mix" begins at 0:59 and ends at ~4:30

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Fun beat at the beginning. There isn't a strong sense of progression for the first minute or so, though. The pacing is very slow, and then the transition at the 1-minute mark still feels like it comes on pretty suddenly. I like the chill atmosphere and warm pads, though. The production is strong, too. The mix is loud and clear, even if sometimes the hi-hats were a bit too loud. The rhythmic section at 1:58 is catchy, and I like the phasing. That said, I wanted to see a bit more textural fill at some point - more harmonies, a stronger sense of direction, and more high-mid frequencies in general. The section that begins at 1:58 also drags on for quite a while, with the melodic content that enters at around the 3-minute mark constituting the only notable addition after that point. Overall, I think you need to consolidate some of your ideas here (i.e., the piece doesn't need to be 5 minutes long) and also flesh out the texture a bit more to aim for a fuller, richer sound. Besides that, nice work with the production, sound design, and atmosphere. Keep at it, DreamEater, and good luck in the ADM! ^_^

DreamEater responds:

Thank you very much for the extremely detailed review TaintedLogic, I greatly appreciate you taking the time to give such great feedback. I have to agree with most of what you have said here, to be completely honest I went into this project with a lot of steam behind me and just kinda lost it along the way. While I do believe this song could have been polished down to be more cohesive as a whole; I shouldn't have taken on another trance anthem xD (i'm pretty burnt on the genre after so many years). The mind was willing but the heart was not all in hahah.

Thanks again!

As we get out of the extended into at 1:00, we get the main part of the whole piece, the first melody. I like it a lot, it kinda reminds me of some other songs I have listened to before and liked. Afterwards, I kinda got the lo-fi feels, especially with that melody at 2:58, which sounds something out of a sci-fi sort of thing. I like the ideas in this piece as a whole and how they're portrayed.

One thing I will mention, though, is the mixing of the drums, particularly the bass, at some parts, mainly during the extended intro and ending parts. The bass just seems to throb since there's nothing that it needs to get over, and that's something that can be bad until stuff goes over it and dampens it a little. But until then, tone down the volume a bit on the bass and you will be good.

Overall, I like the ideas in this and how they're portrayed. In my opinion, this could stand a slim chance in NGADM. Good job and good luck :)

DreamEater responds:

Thank you very much for the extremely detailed review Splatterdash, I greatly appreciate your feedback :D

10/10

Will listen again :D

DreamEater responds:

Yo! Thank you so much for listening dude <3

You rock so much my old friend ;.;

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DreamEater
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Listens
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Faves:
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Downloads
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Votes
9
Score
4.51 / 5.00

Uploaded
Jul 24, 2018
1:51 AM EDT
Genre
Trance
File Info
Song
11.4 MB
4 min 59 sec

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