This is my review for your GCRC submission:
Is the song constructed well or avant-garde?
I was almost taken aback by how exceptional the song construction is with your remix. The simple stems given you’ve taken and ran with the idea, exploring depths that I didn’t even know was possible with the song. You went towards the dubstep genre and approached it with an expertise that I find very few could achieve. Socks did fly with this remix.
Has balancing between each part allows for the listener to understand the song well?
The balance is perfect. Sounds blend perfectly and bend and weave though each headphone and speaker perfectly. The bass is smooth, yet powerful, and defining itself with a heart and shows, and it really demonstrates that you took care in crafting this remix.
Does the song contain two of the three required stems as stated in the rules?
The song uses all three stems as required but deviates in a way that keeps the parts interesting. This is very good and a testament of the creativity that the audio boards can achieve.
Total score for mixing: 20/20
Is the song clean to listen to upon export?
The master is clean. I hear no noticeable differences between the headphones I’m using and the surround sound that I change to for balance purposes. It is clear with this remix that you have been working with the mastering process and it shows. I believe this song demonstrates a level of mastery with the mastery process that other artist should take note of.
Are sound level balance across as many devices as possible?
As suggest above, the song is perfectly balanced.
Is the song clipping? (Clipping will lead to a loss of 5 points)
The song is not clipping.
Total score for mastering: 20/20
Percussion and Drums
Are the drums and percussion, if used, varied?
The drums and percussion in this song is strong and varied in a way too keep the song fresh and interesting throughout the entire duration of listening. The drums play at necessary parts and feel fluid in ways that are both professional and stylish. Additionally, it feels like a beat manipulator like Gross Beat was utilized to ensure that the listener has an interesting break from each part, which is commendable.
Does the percussion and drums add anything?
The percussion and drums add a significant portion of the song, from the intro to the main melody itself, the percussion and drums represent a significant awareness of the potential of an effective bottom line that holds the song together like no other. While other may have opted for the most basic drum pattern, this song seeks to expand and exceed on the traditional ideas of percussion and drums.
Could the song use more percussion or drums?
This song has enough amounts of percussion and drums.
Total for Percussion and Drums: 20/20
Is the bass more than whole notes?
The bass is simply mean in this song. The bass is the right kind of hard while maintaining a smoothness that ensures that the listener feels the bass as well as enjoy the usage of the stems provided to have that perfect level of balance in a way that both admirable as well as enjoyable. Some artist lack an awareness that bass can extend beyond the whole notes, which the stem does provide, but this song ensure that the bass stands out and is its presents of its own.
Does the bass add anything to the song?
The bass in a certain perspective is the soul of this song. From being strong to fading back with the adequate sub bass, the song projects itself in a way that allows for the listener to be as aware as possible about the potential of good bass. To say that the bass adds anything is a significant understatement as the bass is its own presence.
How does the bass sound in relation to the song?
To put it quite simply, the bass is wonderful in this song.
Total for Bass: 20/20
Does the melody utilize the stem in interesting way?
This part was outstanding as well, thought I’m going to really get into the weed with this section of the review. What I’m noticing with this melody here is that significant focus on the bass and percussion and bass tend to lead itself to a melody that seems to be in the background more so than the forefront. While this is not necessary a bad thing, what I tended to notice on two particular section, mainly 1:45 – 2:12 is that the melody used there as an intermittent didn’t quite hit the mark as well as some of the other parts did.
Additionally, the end with the chord changes affect the song around 3:22 that really seem to affect that final presence that the song had been doing perfectly for most of the song. In this way, it may have been advisable to have the chord changes happened at earlier parts of the song or be given its own section in its entirety to get the listener used to that chord. Additionally, the chord seems to not quite mesh together as effectively as it possibly could have worked. While these critiques didn’t quite bring down the score dramatically, it should be noted that careful attention to chord usage should always be strived for when working on a song of this quality because it becomes easily noticeable when something is not quite right.
How creative were you with the melody given?
The creativity was massive in the areas that were being utilized within the melody. You took a simple melody that was given from the stems and really expanded it in a way that keep it interesting throughout the song. While there were a few hick-ups in the section that I noted above, that does not understate the level of creativity that was exhibited by this song.
Total for Melody: 15/20
A song that demands respect and admiration, this song packs a punch that, as the author would say, will knock your sock off. From a mean bass-line to melody that weave in and out so perfectly, this song should command the respect of individuals who might stumble upon a work of this caliber. While some portion of the melody did not quite mesh as perfectly as they could, this song comes very close to achieving a level of perfection that is outstanding and appreciated.
Final Score: 95/100