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Maelstrom

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Made this song for the audio competition. I'm actually quite happy with how it turned out. I will, however, be making it a bit more interesting after I submit this version to the competition as I want to mix up the structure a bit and make the drums a tad more interesting at times.
I mostly used Syntronik and GMS (Which is native to FL) in the track.

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I like the pensive mood at the beginning and the quirky synths and automations. The piece is a little slow to develop, and the sweep at :47 sounds a little harsh in the upper register. You might want to get a little stricter with the equalizer there, and maybe also add some more effects to the sweep. Still, I like when the texture starts to fill out at :48. There might be a tad too much reverb in the texture, because the mix sounds a bit distorted. Another problem could be too much bass. Try using high-pass filters to cut out some of the muddy lower tones. Otherwise, I think this piece has very little harmonic variety, and most of the transitions are either abrupt or simple fade-ins. The result is that the arrangement feels a bit formulaic, and there isn’t a strong sense of dynamism in the composition by the end. I also thought you could’ve done more creative work with the drums here, and you begin to overuse the sweeps by the end as well. I like the atmosphere, mood, and harmonic content here, but the composition is a bit underwhelming and the structure feels too stagnant. I’d encourage you to keep working on this track - it would be really neat if you could go for a bigger climax to capitalize on the ominous tension in the piece. Keep at it, Electronox! :)

Mixing, mastering, and balance
1.25/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
.75/1.5
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
1.5/2
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?)
.75/1
Composite score
6.5/10

This is my kinda sound! I like the harsh low synth and the quiet eerie/trance parts. Sounds like something bad/intense is approaching 5/5

Electronox responds:

Thanks! I'm really glad you like it! I was afraid it may have gotten too repetitive or the bass got a bit loud, but I think it's okay all in all. But yeah, thanks for the nice comment!

Credits & Info

Electronox
Author

Listens
280
Votes
8
Score
3.97 / 5.00

Uploaded
Aug 1, 2019
4:31 PM EDT
Genre
Dance
File Info
Song
10.3 MB
4 min 31 sec
Software
  • FL Studio
  • LABS
  • Syntronik

Licensing Terms

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