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Hey, I'm back! Been a while, I've switched to some new music-making software (LMMS) so I needed some time to learn the ropes. This is my first song in LMMS! This also means I can now finally start making music on my own computer at home, which is great.

This is also my submission for the NGUAC 2019 Tryouts, so that's cool.

Just some more synthwave, because I like synthwave I guess ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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I like the pensive mood at the beginning and the instrumentation. The smooth pads, synth bass, and cheesy drum samples at :16 combine well. That said, the panning on the drums was a bit excessive imo. The piece is a little slow to progress, but the mastering quality is solid. The synth at :52 struck me as a tad cheesy, but it fits along well with the 80s vibe of the rest of the track. This piece is missing some prominent melodic content for the first half or so, but there’s still a nice, gradual sense of progression. I like the breakdown at 2:04, although at some point I would’ve liked to see you change up the chord progression and really aim for some structural contrast here. The synth lead that fades in at around 2:20 has a lot of melodic motion about it, but it’s still very in-the-chords and doesn’t provide the kind of catharsis I crave in the midst of all the escalating tension throughout most of the piece. This tension is even exacerbated by the lead synth as it gradually gets louder. The various elements of the piece come together well at 3:20, and, despite my typical branding of fade-out endings as lazy and overused, the abbreviated one here actually works quite well. The presence of the pads at the end in isolation feels like the only point of resolve this track is willing to provide, which in a way fits the way the tension in the piece never quite boils over. Overall, solid work! Despite my criticism, this piece has strong production, a really solemn moodiness, a pleasant atmosphere and texture, and a cool progression. Keep at it, RealGamja! ^_^

Mixing, mastering, and balance
2/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
1.25/1.5
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
1.75/2
Instrumentation and sound design
1/1
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
1.25/1.5
Originality and uniqueness
1/1
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
.5/1
Composite score
8.75/10

RealGamja responds:

Wow, this is a really detailed review, thanks for going into so much depth!

Really chill track, I love the vibe here. i love the progression, its one of the ones that doesn't get boring. One thing I think was lacking is the kick. It could use a little extra umpfh to get the track moving, and side-chain. (coming from a man who did an entire synthwave style album XD). very true to the genre though :)

RealGamja responds:

Thanks! I've been having that problem with the kick for a while now, and I'm starting to think maybe I need to find some new samples. May I ask what drum samples you used?

I really think this is good! :)

RealGamja responds:

Thanks!

I really liked it its calming and realaxing keep up the good work!

RealGamja responds:

Thanks! That's kind of what I was going for, so that's pretty cool.

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RealGamja
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Score
4.22 / 5.00

Uploaded
Jul 4, 2019
4:15 AM EDT
Genre
Synthwave
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5.5 MB
4 min 16 sec
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