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Gapbrick - Vacillation

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My friend Zanzlanz suggested that I should participate in NGADM for a few years now. Looks like this is my entry!

Besides that, this track has been created a few months ago, using voice chops of my room mate iara, and a bunch of hiphop-electronic'ish samples. Good ol' Massive and Serum here and there, a pinch of magic, and here we go.
Probably not the most creative track I've done, but I'm quite happy how it turned out.

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I like the pensive mood and dreamy atmosphere at the beginning. The chord progression is also pretty cool and unique-sounding. There might be a tad too much reverb in the texture, as the piano sounds a bit muddy at :25, but the sound design is cool and the drums still sound pretty crisp. The piece has a bright, uplifting tone about it, although not a lot of melodic content or dynamic textural components. Some sections of the piece, especially the square lead at 1:17, could really benefit from more use of phrasing and automation. There’s a nice sense of climax into 2:08, and overall the texture comes together well at the end. I would’ve liked to hear some more variation on the refrain the second time around, but the catchy rhythmic content and sound design still sell this piece well. My main concerns are probably the distorted mix, lack of variety, and overly rigid structure. Keep at it, Glutenfree! :)

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Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
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This is very good, and with the sidechain, it makes it all sound really smooth and chill. GJ! :)

glutenfree responds:

Thanks man!

this is amazing, super chill!

This sounds very relaxing! I love how chill and smooth it goes, and I love the little sounds in the background that sound like little hats. Good job, keep making more :)

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4.51 / 5.00

Jul 6, 2019
8:40 AM EDT
File Info
6.8 MB
3 min 0 sec

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