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Been working on this one for a little while and I'm still developing my skills, but i like how this turned out. Really tried to branch out on non synth sounds, hopefully its not too out of place!

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I like the synth arpeggios at the beginning and the sub-bass that comes in shortly thereafter. The piece has a bouncy energy to it that I really like, and the slight atonality in the sub-bass is made really pleasant when it resolves to the tonic at the same time as the arpeggios (for example, at :16). I think some of the drum samples didn’t work for me, especially the percussion sample at :31 that sounded like an oversaturated hi-hat. The progression doesn’t have a strong sense of direction until around :55, when that soaring lead synth comes in. I think the lead synth is a tad too present in the mix, though - it’s hard to make out the drums after the 1-minute mark, and it was a little disorienting when most of the rest of the texture fell away at 1:05. There are a lot of cool melodic riffs in this piece, like at 1:15, but not a lot of melodic content that’s truly dynamic. The square rhythms of most of these synth patterns don’t really do the piece justice. The arrangement begins sounding pasted-together and formulaic. The saxophone at 1:56 was a refreshing addition to the texture, and also offers a nice sense of structural relief in its moment of strong atmosphere. Overall, though, the piece was missing a strong sense of ebb and flow over time. A full-length bridge or breakdown with a thinner texture might’ve helped give the piece some more shape. That said, I liked the minor chord at 2:41 in a second half of the piece that had very little novel content otherwise. I think this piece has a cool sound design, atmosphere, and harmonic structure, and the somewhat sudden ending actually works well for me here. That said, my structural concerns, along with the general lack of shape in the composition, probably constitute my main gripes with the piece. Keep at it, Zunixx! :)

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Zunixx responds:

Thanks for the feedback, I always appreciate some good constructive criticism. I do agree with most points, specifically the drums, Ive been meaning to go back to the song to try something different. but otherwise thank you for the feedback!

Loved it! Keep up the good work!

Wow, you really know how to make a Retro Synthwave song better than I can. This actually sounds really nice!

Zunixx responds:

thanks man, I appreciate it. I checked out a few of your songs, they are pretty good my dude, I dig the sound in the synthwave one

This has Alot of potential. I like the melody you made with the synth. You should have a pizzicato string following the melody in the background. That would sound extra dope. I like the add ons around 1:20 as well. Good job! I love it

Zunixx responds:

thanks for the feedback, if i ever go back to work on this song ill definitely try out the pizzicato strings you mentioned!

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4.46 / 5.00

Apr 19, 2019
11:59 AM EDT
File Info
5.2 MB
3 min 49 sec

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