AIM - Pain Drain

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My entry for AIM 2019! This is probably the longest i've worked on a track yet, and I really tried to improve all my skills here. It took me quite awhile to find an art piece that really inspired me, and finally I found this one! I tried to incorporate the "vaporwave" aesthetic but also kind of add a more organic, breakbeat style to it. Hopefully you can see what I was going for ;P

Inspired by "p a i n" by PussyShark:


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You are a fucking mastermind dudeeeeeeee totally tubular yeahhhh

Your best work so far IMO

Hyenaedon responds:

Aww, thanks man ;)

I was off put by this entry at first because on first listen, it feels like it's all over the place. The sound design kept me intrigued enough to appreciate the composition the more I listened to it.

The vibrant soundscape complements the brightly coloured palette of the art. The middle section of the piece feels like it's wandering all over the place, but I find that's what I like about it. Like capturing different aspects of a city during the day. I like the weird use of the augmented second around the 3 minute mark; it provides such a stark contrast to the more joyous sounding melody heard in the first half of the piece.

There was only one big issue I had with the piece. I don't think the key change that occurs at 4:40 clicks with me very well. It might be that the melody didn't quite sound like it was taking the key change into account while the rest of the accompaniment was, so it felt super jarring, especially given that it came right at the end. I also found the key change was unnecessary; bringing back that melody from the beginning and maybe repeating it a second time probably would have sufficed. At that point, it just kind of felt like the music was trying to go somewhere else last minute instead of bringing things down to a conclusive and "satisfying" end.

But overall, I think I like this piece the more I listen to it. There's just so much weird stuff going on surrounding the music that I can pick out and focus on different aspects of the music the more I listen to it. Great entry.

The piece feels quite surprisingly upbeat and cheerful, almost an antithesis to the artwork -- but perhaps, the artwork with its utilitarian buildings might belie a certain "forced" cheerfulness that's meant to be observed by people living there, I can't quite say.

There is so much with this piece that is on point, musically, even though it isn't my cup of tea per se. I love how you layered those instruments. I love the bounciness of the song, and of the lead synth. I love how saccharine it feels. And most of all, I love that you seamlessly blended so many musical devices together -- regular chords, pentatonic scales, all while keeping it within a trippy sort of feel. That is musical technical mastery to me. Well done.

Hyenaedon responds:

Thanks for the great review! I knew the relation between the song and the art was going to be kind of strange from the beginning, but like you said the song pretty much depicts a false sense of hope I suppose. I really went for the almost melancholy feel of the art.

I really tried to give it my all musically here, so i’m glad you noticed those things! Again, thanks for the thoughtful review ;)

It's pretty nice ! By the way, what actually is AIM ?

Hyenaedon responds:

It’s the “Art Inspired Music” contest, just have to pick an art piece of Newgrounds to base your track on. Here’s the thread for it: https://www.newgrounds.com/bbs/topic/1440849

Maybe you can enter next year! =}

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4.03 / 5.00

Jun 16, 2019
2:23 PM EDT
File Info
12.7 MB
5 min 32 sec
  • Massive
  • FM8
  • FL Studio 20
Misc. Kit
  • Various Samples/Soundfonts

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