I like this stuff!!!
I like this stuff!!!
GReat start and tune !!!! liked the fast tempo !
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
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?)
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.
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.
"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. :)