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Greetings, fellow Newgrounders! You have somehow made your way to my entry for the 2018 Newgrounds Remix Competition. I bid you welcome, and hope that you enjoy this unique musical experience.

If you want to know more about the contest, feel free to take a look for yourself: https://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1434657/1

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That's got some really good production quality on it man.

ChronoNomad responds:

Thanks, man. Really glad you dig it.

Oh wow! I love it! You really made this something special. You're really good!

ChronoNomad responds:

Woo! Thanks a bunch, Zophar. Really glad you dig the jam, dude. ^__^ Much appreciated.

First of all, the bass work is ace! The feel that this gives is probably a cross between Daft Punk and some johnfn's chiptunes (dreaming of robots in space, I believe that's what the title is, is what it brought to mind). I love the lead at 0:40, AND the key change at 1:09 and 2:22!

There's a general 80s vibe about this one, but also something that reminds me of arcade games at 1:40 onwards. It was, in my mind, a nice experience, something to semi-chill out to but also something to pump up to, say, after a long day. Section arrangement felt a bit weird to me -- very different intro, A, A2, very different B, A2, A, and so I did feel a bit disjointed after hearing it -- but nothing musically out of order, and nothing production-wise, at least to my ears. Keep up the good work, and all the best!

ChronoNomad responds:

Well hello there, Troisnyx! A pleasure to see your thoughts make an appearance here, to be sure. Apologies that it's taken me the better part of two days to write up a response, but I'm here to set that to rights. Without further ado...allons-y!

I'm seeing lots of high praise for the bass work I put into this track, so I guess I must have done something right in this crazy remix contest. And yeah, I'm also particularly fond of those key changes, especially the first one with the drop and subsequent build-up. Very proud of those bits and bobs. And to hear that it sounds like a cross between Daft Punk and johnfn (aka Grant) is very high praise, indeed!

The feel was meant to be a funky Chiptune groove with a bit of 80's Synthwave thrown in, so I guess I managed to hit that particular vibe, too. So bonus! I do enjoy breaking down conventional walls once in a while, and this track took a few bizarre twists and turns even for me. But hey, that's just how it is: sometimes you write the music, and sometimes it writes itself. C'est la vie.

Hey, it's a decidedly weird ride at times, but suffice to say I'm really glad to hear that it somehow remains thoroughly enjoyable. Many thanks once again for leaving such a lovely review, and - as always - I wish you the very best in all you do!

Cool synths at the beginning. I would've preferred the snare to be a bit more full-sounding and less static-y, but the rest of the sound design is really nice. The harmonic progression and melodic content are both satisfying, and the modulation at 1:07 is a nice touch. I think the texture could use a bit more fill in places, but at the same time I really like the relaxed vibe this has. The ending came on a bit suddenly. The piece loses a bit of cohesion between the pretty dynamic middle section, but still comes together well by the end. I like the mixing effects a lot here - there's a very spacious mix with some fun echo/delay effects on the lead. Overall solid work!

ChronoNomad responds:

Hey, TL! I really appreciate the critique, man.

Glad you like the synthy stuff, but I guess those snares just don't quite pass muster. Ah, well...I tried several on for size, and ended up choosing this one. What can ya do? lol

Lots of really nice comments, and I pretty much agree with your assessment. The abrupt ending was planned, so hopefully it works okay, but I'm not thrilled with that last transition into the main melody...or lack thereof. Sadly, just a couple days after rendering the track for submission, my computer gave up the ghost. Got a new one up and running now, but even if I'd wanted to make adjustments, the file is no longer accessible. :(

Eh, life goes on. Thanks again for stopping by, having a listen, and leaving a review! They always brighten up my day.

This reminds me of johnfn's music from several years ago :D

I love the automation on the main lead. The orchestration is very good. I'm not as fond as the melodies, but the interesting orchestration and bass line mitigates that to a great extent. The piece is rhythmically catchy.

The one thing I dislike is the panning on the snare. It feels a bit odd and arbitrary to me. It's not so bad though.

Overall, I enjoyed this a lot and it improved my mood :)

ChronoNomad responds:

Hey, thanks a bunch for the feedback, BlueOceans! You're aces, man.

The automation on that main lead was fun to do, but took a lot of fine tuning. I'm glad that it was worth it. Not much I can do about the main melody since this is for a remix contest and that progression couldn't be altered much, but knowing that the fun and funky bass line mitigates the damage is a relief. Also glad that you dig the rhythm!

I panned the kick to one side and the snare to the other. Not particularly arbitrary, but duly noted. I was ultimately trying to create a nice, wide stereo field for all the elements.

Hooray for mood improvement! It always makes me happy to hear things like that. :D

Credits & Info


4.17 / 5.00

Sep 14, 2018
9:17 AM EDT
File Info
6.1 MB
2 min 40 sec

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