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Anthropomorphia (Crackerjack's Theme)

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iu_147458_6312269.jpgThis one goes out to my boi Crackerjack, who has been my friend for going on eight years now. He made the art seen above. The theme is based on fandoms like Sonic the Hedgehog. I'm starting to learn the ropes of synthwave, and song production as a whole, one song at a time. Inspired by the Blade Runner soundtrack.

Made with Saif Sameer's FLEX presets, slightly modified to fit the theme. FL Studio 20. Almost all synthesis, with the exception of a few drums, which were samples included in the free FL Studio sample packs. This is my NGUAC submission. Thanks to my dad for teaching me some Theory stuff and thanks to Crackerjack for being such a great friend!

That's about it. Peace!

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I like the rich texture at the beginning and the quirky percussion at around :10. Some of the synths are a bit cheesy and generic, especially the pads, but I’m enjoying the melodies at :12, and the production quality is also pretty good. I was itching for a little more structural variety by around 1:30, so I enjoyed the groovy new pads at 1:45 and the subsequent modulation at 2:13. The piece still has a pretty consistent energy and dynamics level throughout, though, so it would be nice to see a bridge or breakdown at some point to give the composition a little more shape. Overall, my main concerns with this piece are the cliche synths and lack of variety, and also the mix could be a tad sharper in places if you cut back on the reverb. Still, I enjoyed the melodies, rhythmic content, and progression of this one. Keep at it, TheSentiment! :)

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Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
Instrumentation and sound design
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
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4.52 / 5.00

Jul 24, 2020
4:52 PM EDT
File Info
4.9 MB
3 min 34 sec
  • FL Studio 20

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