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Macrocosm [NGUAC Final Submission]

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An uplifting/chill house track. Would've liked more time to work on this, but life happens. Not my best, so I don't expect to place very high, but I'm happy to have made it this far. Good luck to all, there's so many talented people in this competition and I'm looking forward to next year. Hope you all enjoy this track.

Made in FL Studio 12. Plugins used include harmor, 3xOsc, and Keyzone Classic. FX used include OTT and default FL plugins. All other samples used in this project are royalty free.

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I like the warm feel of the synths at the beginning and the crisp drums. The mix is well-balanced and clear, but not particularly loud here. I’d suggest exploring some more compression techniques. The piece is a little slow to progress, but I like the emotional appeal of the section at 1:04 and the atmosphere/build-up leading into 2:03. The harmonic content is pretty minimal for a lot of this piece, and I think you could’ve done a lot more with the composition here overall. You’ve definitely done a good job of sculpting these phrases, especially the drawn-out risers and snare rolls, even if they were a bit cliche. The section at 3:04 feels like the main arrival point of the entire piece, and I also like the rhythmic variations at 3:34. I also thought it was a smart choice to return to the more airy piano line at the end. Overall, nice job with the production, mixing effects, atmosphere, and flow of this one. I think you played it a bit safe with the composition, though. Regardless, it’s been a pleasure to listen to your tracks over the course of the competition, and best of luck with your future projects! ^_^

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

That kick in the first half is so soft and luscious, it sounds like a pillow. This is definitely the type of house I like

Very beautiful and emotional track. You can hear and feel the love you put into making this. Definitely worth the 5 stars I'm giving ya for it. Keep up the great work!



Very chill so far. Lift me up, DrayxMusic. It has rhythm and ambiance to spare. Very pretty drop into that piano. A tinge of sorrow in an otherwise uplifting melody. It all fits together like a puzzle and I don't think there are any pieces missing. It builds slowly and before you know it, it has transformed. Like a magician, you did it right in front of us. That's not easy to do. And thank you for the break-beat dub-bass style that carries your melody off into the ether. Good choice.

Besides a few blatant mixing errors, I think this is a beautiful, well-executed track that evokes a lot of emotion. In the future, you might want to avoid saying that your submission was rushed or is incomplete; it caused me go in with low expectations, but fortunately, it's good enough that I disregarded this comment by the end :)

Credits & Info


4.49 / 5.00

Aug 25, 2019
10:33 AM EDT
File Info
6.4 MB
4 min 38 sec
  • Keyzone Classic
  • 3x Osc
  • Harmor
  • FL Studio 12

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