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NGADM Round 2 (top 16) submission!

Eventhough this one's shorter than the previous ones I made during this contest - it took me much more time to make.

The idea was making music for Sonic vs Megaman encounter.

First part - Sonic ; Second part - Megaman
[OBVIOUSLY]

YT video for the song:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pShj_y862jo

Hope you dig this one!

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Catchy beats and fun sound design as usual, EndK. I like the low slap bass at :14 and the synth brass melodies at :27. The piano fill at :38 was a nice touch, too. I think you could’ve potentially done more with the drums, but my main complaint in the piece is that it just doesn’t feel structurally complete. There’s a dense texture rife with killer melodies, energy, and funky syncopations during the first 52 seconds of the piece, and then the ‘B’ theme and its variations dominate the rest of the piece, giving the overarching structure an awkward AB arrangement that doesn’t really allow you to develop and expand on some of the strong melodic themes you introduced earlier in the piece. Maybe that seems like a bit of an over-specific complaint, but I think that’s a missed opportunity at the very least. Still, the mixing is really strong, the melodies and instruments are fantastic, and it’s easily a piece that’s stuck in my head. Solid work overall, EndK! I just wanted to hear a final refrain that hit this piece home. :)

Mixing, mastering, and balance
2/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
.75/1.5
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
2/2
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?)
1/1
Composite score
9/10

endKmusic responds:

Your review is totally right if you're looking at this piece as a 'could-be-full-length-song'.
From that perspective it sure is, as you said, 'awkward AB arrangement'.
But as I said in the description, I tried to make trailer-like music for 2 opposite things.
There wasn't meant to be a wrap up, eventhough I could've done it (if I had more time / ideas / etc.)
As always, I'm really grateful for your detailed review!
It sure makes me wonder of how would it sound if it really was one unique full-length wrapped up idea.
Thanks TL! :)

NiccE

endKmusic responds:

Thanks! :)

This needs to be on Spotify.
10/10
Amazing song.

endKmusic responds:

Thanks!
Will be in about two months. :)

Oooh this is nice! Definitely resembles the styles of the Sonic and Megaman franchises' OSTs, and does a damn good job at it too. Crisp mixing and clean design. Good luck with the contest!

endKmusic responds:

Yay!
Much thanks for the kind words!
Thanks for stopping by. :)

Not a major fan of Sonic (I prefer the spin-off games more than the main series), but the music is undeniably some of the best in all of medium. Mixing in a bit of Mega Man and, most importantly, a healthy portion of endK talent really turns this into one of my favorite Why-the-fuck-is-this-masterpiece-so-short! tracks that I normally only find in SiIvaGunner albums. I'd wish it was longer, but I'm always afraid the extended version would ruin the magic of the piece.

Anyways, good luck in the competition, Filip, and, as usual, I'll wait until this is on BC to download it.

endKmusic responds:

I'm sure that if there was no deadline it could've be longer.
However, I imagined this as a trailer, short and sweet.
Thanks for the feedback Phro, always love hearing from you! <3
I'll check those albums out.

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