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Morning Breeze (NGUAC 2020 K-O)

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Here is my submission for the Knock-Out round of NGUAC 2020!

Because it was a music competition, I was in a mood of trying stuff and having fun rather than making something suitable for a large public. So yeah, this is very experimental and I learned a lot from it! And I'm very happy with what I came up with :)

Now here are some details about the track:

The project was started on 12 Aug 2020. I spent 18 hours on it over a period of 10 days, most of them I did while streaming!

The start is very instrumental, but all the instruments (violin, cello, brass, bells) were made from scratch inside Serum! Except for the piano which comes from Keyscape. I used a lot of Serum patches in this project, because I'm very comfortable with that VST.

The very start resembles "Once Again" by Tristam, as it inspired me a lot. But I explored a completely different path: I wanted to blend my cute and uplifting touch to some Trance, Future Bass and Orchestral vibes throughout the track.

I also wanted the piece to be progressive overall.

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I like the bright piano chords at the beginning and the atmosphere. The pace of progression is a little slow at first, but the sound design and air of mystery work really well together. I’m enjoying the arpeggios at :48 and the build-up into 1:04. The section at 1:05 is a bit minimal and drawn-out, and I think the lack of fill in the texture made it feel a bit anticlimactic, especially with the call-and-response between the blissful melodies and the rhythmic percussion at 2:07. I would’ve liked to hear some more dynamism and continuity in the melodic content. The breakdown at 3:06 is nice, though, and I also thought the mixing was good here, despite the compression being a bit heavy at 1:05. There’s some nice variety in the instrumentation at 4:23, but I think the piece could also use some more harmonic depth at times. My favorite element of the piece was probably the mood/atmosphere, which often go hand-in-hand imo. Very dreamy and blissful quality that the piece has, and the sound design just reinforces that. Despite my complaints regarding the compositional details, you won me over here with the production quality and instrumentation. Keep at it, Crazy-Unicorn! :)

Mixing, mastering, and balance
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
Instrumentation and sound design
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
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Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
Composite score

Crazy-Unicorn responds:

Thank you for the feedback dude! It'll help me a lot for sure :)

It's totally beautiful! I loved it

Credits & Info

4.53 / 5.00

Aug 22, 2020
3:50 PM EDT
File Info
12.5 MB
5 min 29 sec

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