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Beacons In The Void

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Initially created for the Dec. 2018 bingo contest/

A Symphonic Metal Song which traverses through several emotions; with a melancholy start building into a dark and aggressive mix of Double bass and heavenly voices.

I used multiple programs to complete this song; all starting with the song writing in TuxGuitar. Afterwards, I used Hydrogen Drum Machine to lay out the drums. Then, I used FLStudio to make some of the instruments sound at least a little better. And finally, I used the progam StudioOne to record the guitars and bass, mix and compile the individual elements.

I hope you enjoy; i know I enjoyed makin' it.

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I like the dramatic flair this has. The drums are well done - definitely gives me a modern rock vibe. The cello sample was not my favorite, though. It’s pretty inauthentic, and the melody it was playing was a little too jumpy (as opposed to stepwise) and hard-to-follow. There are also a several jarring changes in the mood of the piece (:40, 1:07, etc.). I generally like the guitar parts a lot more than the string-heavy parts, likely because of the sample quality. The mix is certainly loud, but sometimes a couple of the string and piano lines get a little lost amidst the busy texture (3:53, for example). My main problem with the piece is that it’s extremely disjointed. I think you need to keep the listener grounded in some more structural repetition, or at the very least slow down the pacing so that the piece feels a little more flowing. Right now, the piece feels like a bunch of independent ideas that were thrown together, which is hard to pull off in my experience. Overall, there are a lot of good ideas here. There are a bunch of different sections (:40, 1:07, 3:48) that all sound like they would make great separate pieces, but the arrangement of the piece leaves me feeling a little overwhelmed with how variational the texture is. Otherwise, fun track and nice job doing the double-bingo. Keep at it, Nekro-Kitty!

Mixing, mastering, and balance
1/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
.5/1.5
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
1.75/2
Instrumentation and sound design
.5/1
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
1.25/1.5
Originality and uniqueness
1/1
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
.5/1
Satisfies bingo requirement?
1/1
Composite score
7.5/10

hmm an interesting piece..

the intro was ok.. I like when it transitions into the guitar though. And then It turns into Epica hahaha.. all it's missing is an operatic female voice and you can make it nightwish as well hehe..

I found around the 1:30 mark the stereo felt a bit muddy, and while I appreciate the complexity of the piece I do feel it could improve in that department.

The 2:40 mark was probably my favourite part, but the percussion kinda ruined it for me because its just so muted in the bg. The hihats you added after added a bit of needed high end at least.

The percussion around 3:30 was cool, much clearer at least.. not sure about the addition of piano though, although it made more sense around the 3:50 mark, once again though once everything else comes in afterwards the piano is basically almost lost completely.

I appreciate the effort you put into this into trying to make it so complex, but it still needs work in fitting it all together into a nice cohesive stereo package. Still it could have been a LOT worse and I have heard much worse attempts. I will give this a 3.5 out of 5.

-shawn (Chronamut)-

Pretty cool hearing metal tracks in here! Especially with the low range on the guitar. Congrats, as I can imagine the all work writing and recording all the parts must have been. Really like the orchestral intro/outro and arrangements during the song. Would love to hear your work with better samples/production quality for those!

Nekro-Kitty responds:

Thank you; I am really glad you liked it.
One of these days I will gain access to better orchestral samples; also I will learn FL studio a bit better. I am sort of unfamiliar with the program, but I am getting there.

Dope, the bingo contest has two metal tracks so far. I can tell you had a lot of fun putting this together. Those zooming guitar crescendos were super cool. Well written track Nekro Cat. That piano & drum breakdown later in the song was my fave part. Way to go the extra mile and jump around from program to program. Must have been a tedious process :p

Nekro-Kitty responds:

Thank you; i am glad that you liked it.

I guess it didn't feel super tedious to me, at least in hindsight, because it was just a lot of fun.

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Nekro-Kitty
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Score
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Uploaded
Dec 14, 2018
1:32 PM EST
Genre
Heavy Metal
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11.8 MB
5 min 11 sec
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