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endK - Resonance

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NGADM 2019 group stage submission.

Always wanted to do something synthwave-ish but I always went kinda 'naaaah' during the process.


Glad I managed to wrap this one up.

God bless the deadlines and Newgrounds.


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I like the pensive mood at the beginning and the catchy synth riffs. The injection of intensity at :22 is nice, and I like the bass-y snare sample tom-toms at the transitions. The melody line at :44 is also nice, and the piece is pretty downtempo for a track of yours. The piece doesn’t have a lot of structural variety, but rather a constant sense of energy. I also think the piece gets a bit repetitive after a while, especially with the tom-tom transitions, crashes, and lead synth riffs. I also think it would’ve helped create some more contrasting energy and dynamics levels if you had fleshed out the breakdown at 2:48 without re-introducing the other harmonies so quickly thereafter. Still, the production quality is crystal clear here, and the modulation at 3:49 really helps hit this piece home towards the end. I still feel like this piece sounds like a danceable piece trying to be a slow jam, but otherwise you nailed the mood, atmosphere, mixing, and melodies. Keep at it, EndK! ^_^

Mixing, mastering, and balance
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
Instrumentation and sound design
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
Originality and uniqueness
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
Composite score

endKmusic responds:

Totally agree with every word you said, eventhough it's structured of four different parts in total that repeat with few changes now and then.

I had the same thought about 2:48 as you mentioned, maybe if I had few days more I would've made a proper breakdown or something like that.
'dancing piece trrying to be a slow jam' - This is so well described, maybe it could be kind of a trademark? ;D
Even if I try to stay within the boundaries of a genre there's always something that kinda 'betrays' me. I don't mean that as a bad thing. I GUESS.

Thanks for the amazing review as always TL. ^_^

Loving it, It has that 90s feel oddly which is in line with something like Stranger Things which is amazing to me.

endKmusic responds:

Much thanks! :)

Great mix. Great production.
Composition is very retro-ethereal. Hits the Synthwave spot just right.

endKmusic responds:

Really glad you dig it man.
Thanks for the kind words.

I'm amazed that on your first attempt, you made a song outside of your comfort zone that's this good! And you managed to avoid a generic sound as well.

You became really good at making your percussion and melodies work well together; I remember I used to comment on that a lot. It now seems like an area of strength for you.

This might be typical for the genre, so take this with a grain of salt, but I'm not a fan of the use of what seems sort of like white noise. I find it a little distracting, which is unfortunate because there's so much ear candy in the song. I also think that the song is ever-so-slightly over-compressed, and it creates an effect that sounds like all the elements are glued together into one wall of sound; perhaps you wanted that, but I can tell you put a lot of effort into making the leads sound highly expressive, and I think the leads would shine more if they were a little more detached. I hope that makes sense :P

Still, this is a great track, especially considering the genre change.

Like Chrono, I also love the key change.

endKmusic responds:

Yeah, everything you ever said I took in consideration, and I'm glad you did.

About compression -
I wanted to glue it and make it slightly less dynamic.
There are four different parts of the song I wanted all the major ones to have the consistent energy since they were a little bit different in terms of dynamics.
Sound of leads may be better without it, I agree, but it was not so much of a sacrifice, since I wasn't going that harsh on compression. I GUESS.
Next time I'll double check for sure.

Thanks for the review, I'm glad you enjoyed it!
Always love hearing from you! :)

This sounds so serious... as if it's for an eighties training montage that occurs just prior to the final event that differentiates itself from a typical training montage by also intermittently showing clips of the traumatizing moments the film's protagonist had to deal with throughout the rest of the movie. (Also, it's a good song.)

I'm so glad to hear a new song from you again, Filip.
I missed ya.

endKmusic responds:

Missed ya too Phro!
Love how you described this.
Had to imagine it myself and it works great despite the ear fatigue (of hearing the melody 1000 times ._.)
Much thanks, always appreciate your support! <3

Credits & Info


4.46 / 5.00

Aug 15, 2019
11:18 AM EDT
File Info
10.6 MB
4 min 38 sec

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