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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

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
4.24 / 5.00

Uploaded
Dec 14, 2018
1:32 PM EST
Genre
Heavy Metal
File Info
Song
11.8 MB
5 min 11 sec
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