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AIM - SuperNova

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Ladies and Genrleman, it is time to present my first submission to this years A.I.M. 2019 Contest! For this submission I decided to work on improving my old style of making music since the last time I submitted any song I've made which was back in 2016 NGADM Contest. After a long period of inactivity it was time to wake up again. With that said I was excited to finally be able to participate. The song didn't come up first, the artwork did which @Kamikaye allowed me to use for the contest. An exquisite piece for a fitting song I would say. Which reminds me check it out below;

https://www.newgrounds.com/art/view/kamikaye/forgestar

I wanted to initially name it after Kamikaye's piece but I didn't want to plagiarize the title so I came up with an alternative; Supernova!

For some background of what a Supernova is an explosion of light that is caused when two neighboring orbiting stars collide with each other causing the explosion. A supernova is actually a million degrees hot and on average 6000 times hotter than the sun itself. It is believed that a Supernova 26 light years away has the potential to eradicate Earth's ozone layer. Interesting isn't it.

Hope you all enjoy this piece and checkout Forgestar by @Kamikaye. He's an amazing artist and his artwork is mind-blowing! Another thanks for letting me use his artwork too!

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I like the minimal club beat at the beginning and the sense of anticipation. The atmosphere at :13 is nice, although the synths and pads are a bit generic and cheesy. The piece is a little slow to progress, but I like the additional atmospheric riffs at :40 and sense of build into 1:04. The piece is still a little thin on higher-pitched frequencies, and 1:30 feels a bit like an anti-climax. The melody line at 1:30 is catchy, albeit not very dynamic rhythmically. It’s also completely overwhelmed by the bass lines at 2:00. The structure of this piece is a bit too drawn-out for my tastes. You go back to a downtempo atmospheric section at around 2:20, and overall it seems like it’s been a little too long without an emotional climax in the middle section of this piece. I also wish you did more with the drums throughout this piece, especially given the cliche samples. I also think the drums duck under the mix a bit at times, and you might want to tighten up your equalizers on a couple of these synths and take a little bit off the mix of the reverb. By the end of the song, the harmonic content here seems pretty repetitive, and I wanted you to do more to heighten the structural contrast in this piece.

Mixing, mastering, and balance
1.5/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
1.25/1.5
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
.5/1
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
1/1
Composite score
7.75/10

Credits & Info

Teckmo-X
Composer

Listens
1,167
Faves:
13
Downloads
36
Votes
22
Score
4.47 / 5.00

Uploaded
Jun 10, 2019
12:08 AM EDT
Genre
Trance
File Info
Song
10 MB
5 min 27 sec

Licensing Terms

Please contact me if you would like to use this in a project. We can discuss the details.