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Endeavor (old/bad production)

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i made this for the NGUAC Knock Out Round!

i really cut it close with the time on this one, i only have two days left before the deadline. also this song is pretty different from most other stuff i've made. for one, it actually has mixing that isn't horrible, there isn't a whole lot of clipping this time, and usually there's some good headroom. i really have no idea what the judges will think of this song =]

also the guitar is played by IAmYrFather (if you care, IAmYrFather is a name for someone who i know in real life that asked me to use that name instead of their actual name)

142 bpm, A# minor and A# harmonic minor i think? 4/4

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That intro reminded me of Glitch Mob at first! The audio cutting on the kick and snare drums is not very good, to be honest. More irritating than anything. Also, the main synth in the intro slides around too much and throws the chords way off. I love the drop though, lots of variation. The synth horns are absolutely epic.

I like the dark atmosphere at the beginning and the cute synth riff at :12. The heavy compression sounds a bit bizarre when paired with the authentic guitar, but the drop at :25 was catchy, if a bit minimal. The mixing is solid, with crisp and well-balanced frequencies throughout. The synth-heavy part at 1:21 has a much richer sound than :25, and also some more engaging rhythmic content. The entire piece could use more fill in the treble range of the frequency spectrum, though, and towards the end of the cutesy breakdown at 2:23 is one of the few places where the texture seems like it really bridges the frequency spectrum. I also would’ve liked to see a bit more harmonic complexity after a time, as the chord progression here was a tad cliche. I like the variations on the second drop, but the piece could do with more of a proper outro. Overall, the production and sound design are probably my favorite elements of the piece. Despite my complaints with some of the compositional details, the eerie mood and gritty synths really won me over here. Keep at it, Entropicvoxels! :)

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

entropicvoxels responds:


Nice song man
Very hard

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Credits & Info

4.42 / 5.00

Aug 22, 2020
9:40 PM EDT
File Info
6.5 MB
4 min 43 sec
  • Sytrus
  • Serum
  • LABS
  • FM8
  • Harmor
  • Nexus

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