The Drunk Violinist


Author Comments

A violinist goes to a party with his musician friends, they get drunk and dance, and the violinist attempts to play improv. His peformance somehow enthralls a married woman, whom he ends up spending the night with.

I decided to use two time signatures because I thought 4/4 was more apt for the dance section, and 3/4 was more apt for depicting the following events, which you can infer from song the description.

I hope you enjoy it! For an interesting challenge, try to discern the viola.

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I like the harpsichord at the beginning and the tempo changes at :13. The mood is pensive and danceable at the same time, and has a fun oom-pah underlying drive. I wasn’t a huge fan of the sample at :18 - it sounds a little sharp and synthetic to me. The energy level and percussion at around :45 are great, although I wasn’t a huge fan of the sudden transition at 1:08, especially given the thin, extremely high-pitched sound of the violin there. I like the more emotionally charged and reserved content at around 1:25, but I’m again thrown off by the re-introduction of the harpsichord and spiccato-style strings at around 1:45. Admittedly, I’m also concerned by the lack of originality in the harmonic framework and rhythmic content here. It sounds very similar to In The Hall of the Mountain King; I know you cited that piece as an inspiration for this track, but at the risk of coming across as accusatory it seems like more than inspiration to me at times, especially at around :35. I think the mix here is a tad quiet during the more mellow parts, but otherwise it’s quite clear and well-balanced. Overall, I enjoyed the melodic content and sound design the most here, although I’m concerned by the choppy arrangement and originality issues. Keep at it, Everratic! :)

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

Everratic responds:

Thank you so much for the review and judging!

Please see my response to the previous review, in which the author made a similar point about originality. As you can probably tell, I vehemently disagree with the idea that this track isn't original, and I think that the similarities between my song and "In the hall..." are just surface level commonalities.

In my track, there's much more syncopation, different chord progressions, different time signatures, a totally different theme and tone, very different structure and instrumentation, etc I did indeed copy some elements from the song in question, but every song does that, and my song has some extremely unique features that should compensate.

I have a lot of respect for you as a judge in general, and I have agreed with many of your previous reviews. It's only natural that we won't agree on everything :)

Thanks again, and I hope you feel better soon.

Inserting. I think you have made a good track but you took a little to much inspection from in the hall of the mountain king. I like how you added a story to this as well.
Also can you explain why this is you may not use this for any purposes.
Edit: The violin is the base formations of the song the inspiration from the hall is not the base fromation. I get it now. My argument is no logner valid I change the rating.

Everratic responds:

I disagree with your assertion. All songs sound similar to other songs that are out there. In many cases songs that sound novel aren't actual novel, and we're just not familiar with the songs that inspired it. Furthermore, there is nothing inherently wrong from copying elements from a song in a noticeable manner. Following that logic, why don't you take off another star because I used a violin, which has been used in millions of other songs. As for the degree to which I copied the song in question, I don't think it's nearly that bad. I used syncopation in my melodies, used different melodies entirely, used totally different chord progressions, switched time signatures, etc. In my opinion, my song barely resembles that song if you look deeply, especially after the intro.

I disabled downloads because I don't want my work to be used freely. Please contact me if you would like to pay to use it :)

Thank you for the review!

It's beautiful

Everratic responds:

Thank you!

Why don't you make a remix

Everratic responds:

Maybe i will :)

May I use this in one of my funny anti-semitic movie reviews?

Everratic responds:

I'm glad you like the song. I PMd you.

Credits & Info


4.47 / 5.00

Sep 4, 2019
11:57 AM EDT
File Info
5 MB
2 min 10 sec

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