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So, for those who may not know, every summer, Newgrounds (which many of you may know is the site Geometry Dash gets its music from) hosts a music competition known as the NGUAC, for artists who have under 100 followers on the platform; this category includes me, since as of this writing I have 55 followers. I've entered once or twice before, with little success, but I decided to enter this time, and much to my surprise, my song "Wonder Beats" got me through to round 2/3 in the competition! I personally count myself very lucky to have made it through round 1, as 444 artists total were entered into the competition (amusingly enough, a few of my haters were among the artists entered, none of which passed round 1), and half of them were eliminated.

However, round 2 is much harder, as only 4 of the remaining 222 artists get to move on to round 3, one per tier (the contestants are split into 4 tiers based on follower counts; I am in the 2nd highest of these tiers). While this means I only have to worry about 55 other artists instead of 221 (tiers were not broken up evenly), that doesn't mean at all that I can take my foot off the gas pedal. If I want to make it to round 3, I gotta blow this out of the water. And so, this project was born.

I personally took a "go big or go home" approach to this track, doing many things I haven't really done before. For one, I'd attempted to make this a Jetfire-styled fusion of big room house and rock, but I also decided to do something I haven't done in at least 2 years and add a key change to the song (2 key changes, in fact). Fortunately, since then, I've learned from my mistakes, so I think I've executed the key changes better this time around than I did back then (in basically every way, I actually know what I'm doing compared to 2018 me). Admittedly, I also drew a little bit from Dimrain47 in this track, mostly towards the end, which was inspired by the last minute or so of Dimrain47's hit "At the Speed of Light" (AKA arguably the best part of any Dimrain47 song ever). Overall, I'd say this was a very hard track to make, but I think I did a good job with it. I hope my work pays off, and more importantly, I hope you enjoy listening to the song!

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What's everyone talking about, the mastering was good and the sidechain is pretty apparent to me! The chord progression is amazing, i think the pacing is great, i love the sounds and the mastering is pretty solid! Sometimes the snares get a little drowned out, the drop should be a bit louder, and the lead in the back of the drop at the end should be just a bit louder, but overall this is an amazing song i would love coming back to.

(I don't get the inspiration though, this is very different than at the speed of light, pacing wise, genre wise and atmosphere-wise, but I'm probably missing something)

Synfang responds:

You are correct about ATSOL; however, my inspiration was in the sense of having the key change towards the end, and also I took inspiration from ATSOL in the ending piano sections of the songs. Anyway, thank you for your feedback! :D

Nice track, but the mixing could be better, especially when the electric guitar comes in.

this is a ton of improvement
i mean, it has the basic stuff of a house music
but it's lack of mixing, not so good overall, maybe there was no sidechain either

Synfang responds:

On the contrary, I was actually taking more professional advice on mixing this than I usually do, and as a matter of fact, the sidechaining here is no different from what I've been doing for the last half year at least.
Thanks anyway for your feedback.

Credits & Info


3.88 / 5.00

Aug 19, 2020
11:26 AM EDT
File Info
7 MB
5 min 35 sec
  • FL Studio 20

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