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The Calm Before The Storm

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This track is for the NGADM contest. This might be my most brutal deathstep track yet.

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Bruh Moment... But Drop Is Dope... :O

The chord progression at the beginning is pretty unique. The synths were a little cheesy and dry, and didn’t vibe that well with the distorted beat at :13. This piece doesn’t have a lot of harmonic variety or a strong sense of direction. The sound design can be really harsh (example :44), and the harmonic content is minimal. Relative to the synths, the drums are way too loud, and the arrangement of the piece consists of a series of distorted drum patterns and similar synth patterns connected weakly by sweeps and crashes. The awkward pauses starting at 2:09 are jarring, and I would’ve at least let the reverb do the work of bridging the gap there. The drum beats are cool, and you have a good start on the harmonic framework of the piece with the synth patterns, but overall this track was missing a lot of the compositional components that I look for: harmonic development, strong melodic content, phrasing, smooth transitions, good structuring, etc. Sorry if this is a pretty negative review, but I think the drum beats and synths you have now would fit nicely into a more fleshed-out track. Keep at it, TheBeginnersEnd! :)

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3.87 / 5.00

Jun 29, 2019
1:53 AM EDT
File Info
6.4 MB
2 min 49 sec

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