I love it!!! Melody is great
IM SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!
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Damn dude I just discovered you, this track is amazing.
Also, BLM indeed. :)
This piece fits into that perfect balance of being music that you'd listen to in order to feel better and music you'd listen to when you feel fantastic. That IV V vi chord progression with the use of minor 7ths (so I hear) really elevates that straddling feeling, especially with how the notes move around this progression.
For me, the intro is what truly shines. Those subtle, filtered, fast-moving notes leading to the melody that really cuts through (especially the delays, because those are fantastic). Everything leading up to when the drums feels like it flows naturally. And then you have those higher, off-beat super thin rising notes that just elevate the texture even further. It also makes it interesting because not everything is so on the nose.
Now, as the piece progresses, I think you generally do maintain that same mood throughout, which is great because the composition lends itself to holding on to that one idea up until the end. Once the lead returns at 1:25, I feel like it overwhelms the rest of the other layers of instruments. I know it's different cycles that gradually come in, but I think that sweet spot would have been to really hear clearly how all these layers that I've previously heard culminate. Maybe I'm just hearing things, but I do hear a bit of an arp that's slightly echoed and I wish it was not as subdued.
At 1:47, when the drums leave and there's a really punctuated bass, I wish there was more of a velocity on the bass so that the notes don't always feel like they hit the same. Perhaps a crescendo would alleviate some of the uniformity that suddenly arises given how sparse the notes are in this section. That nasally wave coming in towards the end with that same melody when the percussion is back was a really great touch, though.
I've yet to listen to all the entries in AIM, but this is among my favourites thus far. I did go back to replay it frequently because I genuinely wanted to. I think it's very well crafted and captures the essence of what I also feel from looking at the art used as inspiration. Great work.
Hey, thanks for taking the time out of your day to comment a long intelligent response with constructive criticism. I agree with most of what you said too.
Around 1:25, I could've polished up the mix a bit to make breathing room for every element but I just got lazy in the end and worked on other stuff instead lol. The quietest part of the track is actually the arp from the very start of the song, which was originally a chord progression instead but I ended up getting rid of it due to vst/cpu issues. I'm assuming that's the subdued arp you were referring to.
If you want some insight on what's going on in that section, there's bass, drums, a new synth and 3 seperate arps. the intro arp i just spoke of, a modulated square arp which can be heard best around 3:35 and the main white-noisy arp from 0:21, all playing together for the first time in the track so I can see why it comes off as overwhelming.
For 1:47, I didn't do anything to the bass except turn off the sidechain for that section. Any modulation or automation would've gave it more life throughout the track, I'm sure. A slightly longer attack time so it isn't so punchy would be my first change personally. Could've used a different bass entirely to be honest. Nothing is set in stone when making music ...well, until you render and upload it. lmao
I appreciate the support. I'm happy you liked it enough to comment and replay it. <3
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