Zelazon Official NGADM Round 2 Review
Is the song constructed well or avant-garde?
With a song like this, it is a waltz structure that is made for a duet between two instruments. The initial issue that I have with the song is that even though the theme is for a lost joy, there is a lot of confusion within the expression of the song structure itself that lends itself to confuse the listener with a direction that takes more away from the sense of joy than it adds to it. While it isn’t too destructive towards the score, I think that the motif with this particular song runs at odds with the title itself since the melody feels of dread than of joy.
How creative are you with your melody?
The melody was very structure, but deviates from the path a bit, which is a good thing. One of the issues that have with the particular issue is one that seems to be a recurring theme with solo/dual instrument songs. I really enjoy the fact that the song is expressive on the types of melodies used, however, it does appear pretty lacking in areas that could have played with some more instruments (piano or violin) parts added to it, or harmonies with both of the violin or piano playing at the same time.
Are the drums and percussion, if used, varied?
No drums used.
Is there more than whole notes with the bass?
Yes, but this will be more of a discussion for the production side..
How’s the ending?
The ending is interesting but I think more could have been done to give the end more presence with either a flow of the song into the minimal parts that you have right now. Currently, there is a lot of breaks which affects the pacing of the song, not necessarily a bad thing, but it is noticeable.
How does the waveform look?
The waveform looks like it is at about -6 db, which is fine but it could have been brought up a bit as it does sound somewhat unnecessarily quiet.
Is there any peaking happening at any parts of the song?
Not necessarily peaking per se, but the striking of the keys causes some frequencies to leap bound above the waveform, and the violin follows suit as well.
Are there any parts that sounds muddied?
This part is going to be an interesting discussion. On the one hand, you have a nicely composed song that is doing it’s job at expressing a message that you are trying to state. On another, the issue is that the song is not balance. One of the first things I notice applying a spectrum analyzer to it is that the song seems to have a low-pass filter which causes high-end frequencies to be reduced significantly. I’m not sure why this is happening, but like other solo instrument songs that I have review in the past, the objective is getting the high notes and the melodies to be able to stand out. Right now, the bass is overwhelming the high end notes.
Are there parts that are too loud or too quiet?
At the moment, by observing the spectrum analyzer, the bass is overpowering the high end quite a bit, which makes the melody pretty hard to hear without turning up a sound system.
Has the balancing between each part allow the listener to understand the song well?
On this song, I would expect certain key to correlate with the direction that their being pressed, however on the spectrum analyzer and just by listening, it is not panned correctly. While this is a particular way of looking at sound design that might raise some eyebrows, it is important to note that the sound should be panned correctly to get a sense of stereo atmosphere.
Are there any sounds in the background to provide variety to the song?
Between the piano and the violin, I think the spacing could have been better placed as they seem to take up the same space.
Is there any elements that could be added to create a fluid design?
Everything discussed above.
What is the artist doing to keep the song interesting?
The melody with the waltz is helping to keep the expression going with the style of music being presented here. I think one of the issues that keeps me from staying interested, as suggested above is the fact that there are many pauses throughout the song that I don’t necessarily feel adds anything to it. I would prefer more of a lead in to each part that has the break or does something that makes it worth waiting for each pause rather than a pause being used just to pause it.
Is what’s being done with this song original or similar to the same genre of music? If similar, is there anything being produced that stands out?
Many people don’t usually produce song in ¾ as it is hard for a lot of people to understand the song structure or how to fit the notes in correctly. I think the song was done well on this part
How enjoyable is the song?
I enjoyed it.
Is there more than one chord progression being used?
There are a few chord progressions used in the song, and I think the creativity here is shown with the ability to make them fit together. However, the theme and the breaks cause some of the chord structure to break apart from expectation to expectation, which isn’t necessarily bad but the breaks create a predictable level of what the chords are going to do.
If no chord progression are being used, what is keeping the song cohesive?
Does the artist push their boundaries or stays safe?
On this one, even though it is the waltz style, it does feel more on the safe side than a push for exploration.
Total Score: 39.5 x 2 = 79