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Omens of the Deep

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Made for the final round in the 2019 NGUAC contest.

I'm not sure what to think about this. It was kinda rushed (like under 12 hours) so the writing is probably a bit messy. I wanted to do something else a bit cooler and risky but there wouldn't have been enough time to allow it, so here's this. I only really did one super risky thing and that was making a synth out of white noise.... so yeah. I guess the other risky part is that it's kind of a mixture between synthwave and dubstep so that's kinda cool too

Anyway hope you enjoy

Fun stats:
Made in FL studio
140 bpm
D minor
heavily utilized Serum
sytrus is in there
sub bass is 3x Osc
utilized cymatics for percussion

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I like this stuff!!!

GReat start and tune !!!! liked the fast tempo !

Spadezer responds:

Thanks!

I like the sound design a lot. It feels gritty, which helps me envision a story about people try to escape from a futuristic underground laboratory guarded by robots with lethal laser weapons. I think I sense several production flaws that are somewhat masked by the strong compression; it feels like things that are actually separated have been hastily glued together - not everything seems to fit comfortably in the mix. Sometimes the panning feels unbalanced, with the perceived volume being louder on one side than the other. I don't have much else to say because this genre isn't my area of expertise. I enjoyed it and think this is a clear improvement from your previous submissions in the contest :)

I like the gritty, industrial sound design at the beginning and the ominous mood. The texture is really punchy and engaging, yet also not over-compressed or too harsh. I think the piece is a little slow to progress, and I think the glitchy content at 1:01 could’ve used a bit off the top end of the frequency range in the equalizer. I also think this piece is missing higher-end frequencies for long stretches at a time, which is a bit of a missed opportunity after a while. I like the rhythmic content and atmosphere a lot, and the progression does keep things engaging for the most part, but at some point I would’ve liked to hear some stronger melodic content. Even the solo at the bridge at 2:05 isn’t really that prominent in the mix. The piece does get more melodic as it goes on, and the drop at 2:56 just sounds like insects are falling from the sky and clawing at my head (which is a good thing, as it complements the foreboding mood of the rest of the piece). The ending could’ve been a bit more creative, but overall I like the structure of this piece. There’s a lot of variety in here, yet after a couple of listens I can tell that the arrangement is actually pretty traditional, which is a fun dichotomy to have. Overall, solid work, Spadezer! You’re always welcome back on the NGUAC judging squad, but I do enjoy listening to your tracks. ^_^

Mixing, mastering, and balance
1.75/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
1.25/1.5
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
1.5/2
Instrumentation and sound design
1/1
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
1.5/1.5
Originality and uniqueness
1/1
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
.75/1
Composite score
8.75/10

Spadezer responds:

Very appreciated!

It's interesting, I've never noticed the lack of highs. I'll have to look through it again and see what's up. I'm glad you clarified your insects from the sky analogy lol.

Thanks again!

Oh. My. Gods. what a start! I already know I'm in for something truly epic. Nice chord progressions. Uh, get it! 1:00-2:22 and then that drop into those break beats or dub step percussion. And it just gets better and better. It sounds like a death machine being worked on in a garage from hell. Just a death tank that's about to be unleashed on the world. I can't think of anything you could have done differently or better...maybe a little repetitive from 2:57-3:27 but that's if I'm trying REALLY hard to find constructive criticism. I found a new favorite artist today. Thank you for this!

Edit: If this is you being rushed then what do you sound like when you take your time? Do you have any links to social media that I can follow? I'd love to hear more from you.

Spadezer responds:

"It sounds like a death machine being worked on in a garage from hell." Dude, huge lol. So far the best analogy I've heard. Big thanks for the complimentary review too.

My audition piece Coarse Sand I spent over 28 hours on so there was definitely a lot of work in that one. If you go on my YouTube channel I did a remix of Yours by Andrew Huang that I put a large amount of effort into it and I'm pretty proud of how that sounds too.

Thanks again. :)

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Spadezer
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Score
4.52 / 5.00

Uploaded
Aug 25, 2019
11:40 PM EDT
Genre
Dubstep
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4.4 MB
3 min 49 sec
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