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endK - Midnight Chariots

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NGADM 2019 round 2 submission.
Back to groovy vgm style.
Wanted to do something similar to 'Plug n Slay' and this is what I came up with.
Made it in 2nd week, although I mixed some sounds during the first week.
Also - Halloween warmup song, I guess.

YT video for the song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXsJ147PLv4
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The thematic content with the glitchiness at the beginning was a fun idea, but I think you overdid the stereo crackling a bit. The rhythmic content here is certainly catchy, and the sound design is top-notch as usual. There’s a lot of space in the mix until around :50, when the piece gains a more flowing style. I think you could’ve done a tad more with the drums at some point here, and after a while the piece does get a bit repetitive. Perhaps my biggest complaint is that there are several extended sections of relative minimalism in the piece, especially harmonically. That said, I appreciated the harmonic variety you offered at 1:56, and the piece comes together well with the solos at 2:22. The catchy synth brass stabs are nice, and the horse samples help cement the thematic content. Overall, solid work! All of my complaints are minor. Keep at it, EndK. ^_^

Mixing, mastering, and balance
2/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
1.25/1.5
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
1/1
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
.75/1
Composite score
9/10

endKmusic responds:

Totally agree with you on the drum argument during the chorus - but I was low on time.
The same thought was in my head also!
It sounded good enough so I decided to focus on other things.

The same goes for the 'minimalistic parts' as you said.
I had the call - response pattern and thought it's gonna be good enough, and it did sound ok.
I guess the next song will have the right amount of harmony to compensate.

Thanks for constructive review TL, will focus more on those things for sure. :)

This song is actually incredible!
I love how 'halloweeny' it feels
just wish it was allowed in gd :(

endKmusic responds:

Thanks!
Don't know how the GD thing works, however I allowed 'external API use (geometry dash)' in my project settings - if that means anything.

Great track. Very groovie and atmospheric.
Electro spookie jazzy extravaganza haha.

Really well glued mix and production. It fits the composition really well.

Great work! Good luck!

endKmusic responds:

Hahahaha, love the description. :>
Thanks for the review, appreciate it!

Now that's some groovy shit!

Nice

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Sep 8, 2019
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3 min 9 sec
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