done to death (ngap bingo contest 2k18)

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Starts off with a guitar loop (in Gb major) and a ride cymbal rhythm in 4/4 (122 BPM).
Tempo change begins around the 1 minute mark into 172 BPM.
The 16th note run (or at least, that's what I THINK it is) starts around the 2 minute mark.

The longer I listen to this track, the more I hate it. Might as well submit it before it gets scrapped.

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I like the atmospheric vibe at the beginning. The texture doesn’t sound very distinct, especially in the upper register, but the shimmering effect is quite soothing. I think my main problem with the piece is that compositionally it’s a bit underwhelming. There are a couple of jarring transitions (1:03, 1:27), and there isn’t a lot of harmonic variety in the piece at all. By around 1:45, I’m confused about the directionality of the piece. You’ve introduced a couple of electronic elements rather close to the end of the piece without much foreshadowing. There are a lot of cool riffs and melodic ideas here, but to be honest the piece feels a little thrown-together. I’d suggest spending a bit more time on the arrangement and adding some more memorable melodic content, perhaps via a guitar solo or dreamy bridge. Otherwise, I like the mood and sound design. The quality of the texture sounds really unique. Keep at it, Yoshiii343!

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nice calming guitar intro with the ride cymbal, the bass adds a nice ambiance.. but I feel like the percussion is just way too far in the distance.. feels like its like.. in the room above the listener almost, or behind a wall.

The speedup around the 1 minute mark is cool, but the ride cymbal imo becomes too fast at that point. Not huge on the bitcrushed drums but that's just a personal taste thing, although I feel they are too loud and distract from everything else, even when the 8-bit notes come in, although the ears eventually get more used to it, I feel it's still too distracting. Not huge on the ending either.

Overall a good song that sorta degrades as it progresses.

3.5 out of 5.

-shawn (Chronamut)-

Such a cool atmospheric sound! Which works well on its own, but you also managed to create intricate rhythm elements over it, like the build-up to the second section. I really like that contrast. As far as the 16th note runs you have at the end, it depends on how you look at them. They are phrases in which the 16th is the smallest subdivision but it isn't a strict 16th note run since you have other rhythmic value in the prase. BUT that is all talk and specifics for the challenge which, while interesting, is irrelevant considering it sounds good, especially the counterpoint at 02:14 when you combine both phrases.

This time signature is so fun.

I love how chill yet math-y this is; excellent work fam & good luck!

Great stuff Yosh, I loved the weird floating feeling those ride and bass rhythms made at the beginning. At first I was like "what time sig is this?" I had trouble counting to four, in a good way :3

The drums that snap in after the break down were tight too. I just wish they had a little more hi emphasis. The distortion sound is raw and cool but I'm also getting a filter vibe from them. They feel subdued when they actually want to punch me in the face. Let them punch me in the face. Punch me daddy. Just punch me in the face.

Yoshiii343 responds:

About the drums during the second half; yeah, they're sliced-up samples from a beat and that's just how they sound like, unfortunately. I could probably try to EQ it, but God knows my mixing skills are wack.

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4.18 / 5.00

Dec 6, 2018
7:21 PM EST
Drum N Bass
File Info
6.5 MB
2 min 51 sec

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