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Derpcat - Crystal Caves

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Thats what my pc can do sadly XD not my best but u know if you love it enjoy mostly experimenting till my cpu cant no more

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*REVIEW*

The intro was nice, felt I was dragging myself into your track. I really liked your bell-like synths there, that really spiced up your track. Using those epic hits was a nice choice, too, gives you kinda anthem-vibe. Although, it sounded a bit robotic there, so that was quite a shame. The worst thing that I could point out instrumentally was the guitar, it sounds too sharp and ear-piercing, which was uncomfortable for me. I was hoping for quite a smoother instrument than that (at least, less sharpen your guitar sound), And I had to lower a volume a LOT when the guitar came in. The waveform looks fine, but I think the dynamic is too vast. I liked that duck effect section, the sidechain was deeply cut, but it got really confusing when 1:47, the drums got a bit faster than your sidechain which feels off-beat. I liked the part after that.

The chord progressions were pretty solid, and I could hear the melody, but it wasn't really memorable in my opinion, and it sounded a bit generic track (especially the duck part) but you used your instruments well. Emotionally, those bells soothed me quite nicely, so that was good.

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*SCOREBOARD*

Composition 7/10
Production 6/10
Theme (How engaging is the melody?) 7/10
Emotion 7.5/10
Uniqueness 6.5/10

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Total 68/100

DerpCatOfficial responds:

Tbh thats the score that it really deserves lol thanks for honest feedback ;)

I like the cute, atmospheric synths at the beginning and the blissful mood. I have mixed feelings about the glitchy guitar synth at :35 - I get what you were going for with the added intensity and drive there, but some of the glitchy elements kinda interfere with the flow of the piece after a while. There’s also a rather heavy contrast in mood with the abbreviated breakdown at 1:10 that never gets fully explored imo. The bridge at 1:18 was a bit bland, as were the drum patterns throughout the piece. I really like the atmosphere at 1:53, and I think you could’ve capitalized on the emotional quality of the piece there by incorporating more gradual transitions into this piece. Overall, there’s a lot of promise here in the mood, sound design, mixing, and rhythmic content of the piece, but the structure feels a bit thrown-together and choppy right now. The piano outro is great, but I’m not sure you have me sold on this piece as a cohesive composition yet by the end. I still think 1:18 functions like a bridge (as :35 feels a lot more climactic), which leaves the last half of the piece without a major point of arrival to hit it home. Still, nice work with the production, atmosphere, and instruments. Keep at it, DerpCatOfficial. ^_^

Mixing, mastering, and balance
2/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
1/1.5
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
1.75/2
Instrumentation and sound design
1/1
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
1.25/1.5
Originality and uniqueness
.5/1
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
.75/1
Composite score
8.25/10

DerpCatOfficial responds:

UwU thank

it's *can't anymore* you fucking americanism

ok, that guitar is so memorable, I love it, that's the best part of the whole song imo, the structuring is pretty nice, my only problem is that the break thing before the drop sounds a bit unfinished, all in all a beautiful song

This song is magical. Can i use this in GD? Btw 69 downloads

DerpCatOfficial responds:

yea

atmospheric, in a way. feels like being in the Nether.

Credits & Info


Listens
1,534
Faves:
16
Downloads
81
Votes
43
Score
4.54 / 5.00

Uploaded
Sep 2, 2019
11:14 AM EDT
Genre
Experimental
File Info
Song
6.6 MB
2 min 54 sec

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