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Stellar Highway

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"Yeah, it'll get you there quick. I'd be more worried if it'll get you there in one piece."

Entry for the second round of NGUAC! Enjoy!

Plugins used: Retro Synth from Logic Pro X.
Samples used: Logic Pro Samples, drums areDataDrive's 80s Retro Futuristic Drum Pack.

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I like the cute, pizzicato-y synths at the beginning and the sense of climax into :13. That low, phasing synth at :13 is a little cheesy, but there’s a nice sense of energy and balance in the texture, even if the bass is a tad loud. The drums at :38 are pretty over-compressed and also dry, with not a ton of reverb or other “decoration.” I also would’ve liked to see you use more creative ways of creating variety in the piece besides just adding new instruments at regular intervals. There are some more interesting ideas by 1:30 between the filtering and more subtle oscillations in energy level, but I think the kick drum during that section was far too sub-bassy for the relaxed atmosphere there. The spacey section at 1:30 also drags on for a bit too long imo. I like the shift in the emphasis pattern at 2:55 and the tempo automations leading back into 3:22. I think the transition at 3:48 could’ve channeled the energy a bit better - it almost sounded like a fade-out rather than a stop-start transition. I think the piece gets very repetitive by the end, and also has a lot of cliche harmonic themes. I think the drums could’ve been more creative throughout, and overall I think you failed to maximize the emotional potential of the piece. The structure is pretty flat for long sections of the piece, and at times the arrangement feels really formulaic. Still, I’m enjoying the clarity and loudness of the mix, as well as the atmosphere and rhythmic content here. Keep at it, RealGamja! :)

Mixing, mastering, and balance
1.75/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
.75/1.5
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
1.5/2
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
7/10

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RealGamja
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Score
3.95 / 5.00

Uploaded
Aug 4, 2019
2:45 AM EDT
Genre
Synthwave
File Info
Song
12.9 MB
5 min 37 sec
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