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Don't Sleep On It

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This piece was a really fun one to make, mainly because of the amount of time I put into fine-tuning loads of MIDI stuff.

First off, the swelling in the beginning of the song was probably the trickiest part of the entire piece. I honestly didn't think it would take as long as it did, but balancing the levels between all the layering instruments took a good amount of time. In the end, I think it all worked out pretty well!

Second, the drums. Oh boy, did I have fun with those things. This was the part that I saw as THE challenge. I wanted that drum solo to sound as authentic as possible. The main thing I messed around with was the velocity of pretty much EVERY midi note. It was tedious for sure, but I think it paid off in the end! Btw, for those who are wondering, the song, up to the last big fortissimo moment at 1:55, consisted of a 4 measure phrase with the first 2 measures in 7/4 and last 2 in 4/4. I REALLY like odd time signatures and syncopation XD

Lastly, the ending was definitely the least worked on. I wish I had more time to adjust some levels and even add some variation in some layering parts (I might just reupload a better version...might be longer too). I think it sounded alright even though it was kinda rushed together, but idk, the perfectionist in me is scolding rn :'(

All in all, it was a really fun piece to work on! I learned some interesting ways to be more efficient towards some tedious tasks, and I feel like I'm getting better at working under pressure as well. This piece was basically a really good learning experience and I can't wait to apply what I've learned to future tracks!

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Good luck in the next round ;) judging by the quality of this this is gonna be tough haha

heck 1:55 is so effective

I like the dreamy quality at the beginning and the instrumentation. There’s a distinct emotional quality in the texture, and I really like the string swells (like at :38). The piece is a little slow to progress, and I was a little thrown off when the texture thins out so suddenly at 1:06. The crisp drums and string harmonies are nice, though, and the production quality here is really sharp overall. I would’ve liked to hear a more dynamic composition here, though. The texture falls together nicely at 1:58, but I think you could’ve done a lot more to give the middle section (1:06-1:57) a more distinct sense of direction. The dreamy mood, sound design, and progression of the piece are all really nice, but I think you needed to do more to hit this piece home. Still, solid work for such a short piece. Keep at it, vocaloutburst! ^_^

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

I like the lush strings. The drums do a really great job of breaking up the calm stuff too. Its almost like a Drum concerto! Beautiful composition!

vocaloutburst responds:

Thanks! Never thought about it being a sort of "drum concerto" but I love that!

Wonderful feels all around. I really love the use of strings too. Great work!

1:06 is a funny buildup haha

And very interesting rhythmic choices for the drums!!! are you a drummer by any chance?

Very interested in the inspirations behind this track! It's quite unique, great job :D

vocaloutburst responds:

I'm actually not much of a drummer, I do wish I had the time to get good at it tho. I programmed the drums and coming up with that whole drum solo was a pretty fun challenge! My goal was to try to make it sound busy and complex but also authentic. One thing I always kept in mind was the fact that some drummers might listen to it and I didn't want them to think that the solo didn't make sense and was obviously programmed. Sometimes I'd air drum some parts to make sure that a 3rd arm wasn't needed and it really helped, even if I did look stupid doing it XD! Also, I take in inspirations from all over but I guess the biggest for this track, in particular, was probably neo-classical composer Ólafur Arnalds. His compositions have greatly influenced me recently and I highly suggest checking them out whenever you get the chance!

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4.71 / 5.00

Sep 9, 2019
1:04 AM EDT
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3.9 MB
2 min 52 sec

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