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Beyond Gravity - Beyond the Horizon NGUAC Entry (Instrumental)

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Well this is my NGUAC KO-Round entry! This project is something I will be refining in the future, but I have a deadline to keep and I think this is indeed presentable. Where will it get me I don't know.

OOOOH BOY! Midi routing... I should have paid more attention during that workshop back in the day. I think I just got lucky that I got my Yamaha PSR-550 running again! (I seriously need a better Midi Keyboard.) But that is where I started jamming on. And that is where the Saxophone line was born. Everything else pretty much just fell in to place after that. I also have version with vocals planned, but I would never get the recording done in time. So for now enjoy the Instrumental version.

Now the technical stuff!

DAW:
FL Studio 20
Project Info
This Project was started on the 29th of July
Total time spent on it 10 hours 16 minutes
Plugin Count: 32
Channels: 17
Mixer tracks: 16
Playlist tracks: 13
Playlist clips: 34
Notes 2246

Bass:
A combination of Harmless and BooBass with some EQing

Pad:
Two layers of NI Massive Fruity Parametric EQ and Fruity Reverb

Pad Layer:
A combination of NI Massive and NI Hybrid Keys

Arp:
Again NI Hybrid Keys, EQing

Lead Sax:
DSK Sax - Tenor Saxophone

Drums:
FPC - HQ Rock Kit, with replaced kick and snare, EQing

FX:
Image-Line:
Fruity Parametric EQ2
Effector (Reverb and Delay setting)
Fruity Reverb 2
Fruity Stereo Enhancer
Fruity Multiband Compressor
Fruity Limiter

Native Instruments:
Guitar Rig 5
Super Charger

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I like the atmospheric effects at the beginning. The pads at :06 sound a bit cheesy, but once the texture fills out a little more the piece sounds really cool. I think the kick at :33 has a tad too much treble, and the drums could sound a bit wetter to fit with the atmosphere. The saxophone was a nice touch, but I think you could’ve foreshadowed its entry a bit better. The melodies it plays also seem a bit meandering at times. I see what you’re trying to do with the gradual escalation of the piece, but it might help keep the listener grounded a little more if the composition was a bit more drawn-out. I like the more legato melodic elements at 1:52. I think the piece could’ve benefitted from a bit more structuring - the instrumental hierarchy is pretty much the same from around :52 onwards, and the one-climax model is hard to pull off in my experience. I also think you could’ve had a bit more intensity at the emotional height at 1:52. Another layer of harmonies or something beyond the synth arpeggios would’ve really given the piece that extra “oomph”. Regardless, I admire your sense of harmony, progression, and sound design overall. Keep at it, BeyondGravity! :)

Mixing, mastering, and balance
1.75/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
1/1.5
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
1.75/2
Instrumentation and sound design
.75/1
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
1.25/1.5
Originality and uniqueness
.5/1
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
.5/1
Composite score
7.5/10

I like the beginning intro. Comes in strong and fast. I can tell where it's going and I like it. The drums are great for this type of song. I can see this in a Final Fantasy game. Is that you playing the sax? It gets a bit stagnant before the 2 minute mark but not too bad. Those scales though... Nice. I think I would have left out the sax at the end.

BeyondGravity responds:

Thanks for the Feed back! And no sadly I can't really play any instrument, no less afford one. This is a lot of midi. I am pretty much self taught when it comes to the keys. Planning on taking lessons in the near future.

As for the melody going stagnant, I agree with you there, At the time I was rather satisfied with what I had made. Perhaps when I get the vocals for this song I will change up the melody a bit more.

Great chilled out synthwave piece

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Aug 2, 2019
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Genre
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4.2 MB
3 min 3 sec
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