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I like the cute synth arpeggios at the beginning, but the synth itself is pretty cheesy, and sounds a bit harsh in the upper register. The kick at :23 has a lot of reverb, and seems panned way too far to the right. Generally, core rhythmic components of your piece (drums, bass, rhythmic harmonies, etc.) should be front-and-center in the mix. The harmonic progression here is a little generic at first, and then after the sudden transition at :38 seems rather atonal. The texture at 1:03 is a little too busy, and there are a lot of rough transitions here. There are some good harmonic ideas, but the arrangement is so choppy that you’re not really using those good ideas for meaningful compositional purposes. I think you should work on transitions a lot more. Adding some drums might help - crashes, sweeps, and risers are very common ways of smoothing over otherwise rough transitions in electronic music. The mixing also needs work, starting with being a little more conservative with the panning. Still, the cute riffs, melodic flair, and rhythmic components of the piece are enjoyable. Keep at it, Calculati! :)

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Calculati responds:

Thanks for the review, but the main problem for me was the lack of instruments I had. The app, Auxy, has 2 drum kits, has 2 bass instruments, a couple leads and synths, a guitar, and a piano... and none of them sound good together. .-. That’s why I had to make use of what I had. Crashes, sweeps, risers, sure, I could add them... for a very expensive membership.

Look, I know I’m not good at electronic music; I got it, okay? So, that’s why I am sticking to classical music. Plus, that song I made was made a couple years ago, before I discovered how to use Newgrounds.

Thanks for the review, though. It’s nice to know that other people can recognize my existence. It’s been a fun journey on NG, but I can’t export my new projects without the audio file rushing through parts, ignoring dynamics, and ignoring quality. So I decided to stop posting on NG and start posting on YouTube.


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