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Unusually Complex Understanding

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Made for the NGAP BINGO CONTEST 2018 (Line R4)
Made it with Halion 6 VST and Cubase 10 as mixer/interface

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The tone of the piece is very sensual and romantic. I think the string samples could be a bit more authentic, and the rhythm in the beginning was a little hard-to-follow. The soft percussion is nice, and the piece has a great sense of flow. I think the piece might need some more variety in the texture. The cello and piano were dominating the texture for almost the entire piece, although occasionally their “relationship” (in terms of foregrounding) changes. Normally this wouldn’t bother me so much, but I think the quality of the cello sample detracts from my enjoyment of the piece, especially when it’s playing the main melody for most of the track. I also think the pacing of the piece is a little fast sometimes, as it’s hard to discern the distinct structural elements of the piece through the first couple of listens. Overall, though, the mood of the piece is more than enough to keep my attention. I also think the production quality is rather good here. Keep it up, AzulJazz!

Mixing, mastering, and balance
1.75/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
1/1.5
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
1.75/2
Instrumentation and sound design
.5/1
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
1.5/1.5
Originality and uniqueness
.75/1
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
.75/1
Satisfies bingo requirement?
.75/1
Composite score
8.75/10

AzulJazz responds:

Thanks !!

very nice melody - it reminds me of something out of an anime. I like how you can feel the percussion "closer" to you - some parts sounded a bit awkward and meandering at first but got better in the second half. I found the low strings were a bit too prominent in the mix though and distracted from the overall melody - perhaps if their volume had been lowered or if they had been pushed farther into the mix it would have balanced out better.

overall 4 out of 5.

-shawn (Chronamut)-

Beautiful melodies and harmonies that shine with your great playing. I really like the ascending phrases at 00:37. Also pretty cool use of percussion too.

I can dig it. Smooth piano playing. Sounds like something off the "Twin Peaks" soundtrack.

Yo these lounge beats are fire. Enchanting melodies, sassy piano textures. That break down at 1:22 was ill son.

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AzulJazz
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Uploaded
Dec 6, 2018
2:06 AM EST
Genre
Jazz
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5.5 MB
2 min 25 sec
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