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Traction Beast

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Note: Listen with headphones for the best experience (I use JBL headphones making music, so the music is tuned to that), or just put a big fat soundbox on if you want. As long as it accepts both low and high frequencies.

As a submission for the Knockout-Round in NGUAC, I hope this piece is as rewarding as you think I deserve, after a whopping 36 hours of work. I also encountered several problems with my software, which often resulted in frustration.

But further on, I am really glad about the results. I firstly wanted to do something Industrial, like Revolutions from Jean-Michel Jarre or something, but I ended up working with an EDM-type song. It starts off with an ambient piece that lasts for about 1 minute, and then it transforms. The vocals are all done by me, as well as basically the rest of the song. I used 26 audio tracks and the project was as big as 1.84 GB. I also spent time with the equalizer, which I tuned to the beneficial comforts of a JBL headset.

I forced myself to the deadline of 23 August, so that I'm still in time for the second round of the NGUAC, which is until the night between 24-25th of August. Good luck, fellow Newgrounders, keep up the fantastic work that makes this website great!

Technical specs:

BPM: 136

Genre: Industrial

Tone: F#, D

Instruments: Pads, Leads, Choirs, SFX, Voices, Drum sequencers, Chronimum, Equalizer, Bass, Pulses, Arpeggiators, Hit noises, Glitches, Digital Strings, Growls

File Bitrate: 320 kbps


''It's a beast, a big fucking BEAST.''

''He won't go out of the way, and he won't know fear.''

''If he has to, he will kill.''

''If he has to, he will burn.''

''It won't bother him anyway. His only objective is destruction. That's what he is made for.''

''Behold the spectacle that nature unleashed upon us.''

''He has got traction''



*much later

''Someone must stop this force! It's about to divour our citizens.''

''Fight evil with evil.''

''Good luck, both friend and foe.''

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I like the ominous drone at the beginning and the cutesy plucks that outline the harmonies around it. The progression is pretty slow-paced and the texture rather minimal for a while, but I like the more energetic vibe at around 1:20, and the blissful tone at around 1:50 is a nice mood shift. The tone at 2:02 is a little darker, which fits the lyrics at 2:16 well. The vocals themselves were a bit cheesy - the pitch shifting effect is cool in and of itself, but the vocals were also a bit dry, and could use some more mixing effects to add some intrigue and variety going into the instrumental section at 3:00, especially since the rest of the texture was so bare before that. The sound design and atmosphere are both cool here, but I would’ve liked to see some more harmonic depth at some point. After around 3:15, the snare doesn’t come through the mix very well, although generally the mixing is pretty good here, with mostly well-balanced and distinct frequencies throughout. The atmospheric bridge at 4:00 is another nice detail of the arrangement, and I like the darker tone it takes on by around 4:30. The minimal rhythmic riff at 4:47 seemed a little bland of a follow-up, though, and I would’ve liked to see a more climactic or melodic section later on to hit the piece home. Instead, there’s quite a bit of repetition of the main riffs from earlier, and with all the twists and turns of the arrangement I lose a sense of overarching direction a bit. Overall, the piece has some solid production quality, atmosphere, and a good sense of flow. I think the composition is a little underwhelming, repetitive, and drawn-out at times, but you’re really good at shifting between moods, which is a pretty advanced skill to have. Keep at it, BlighterProductions! :)

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

Wow such a good intro really well constucted I also love the use of the bass really well done
Really well done and the build up of the song is really good well done

Good to hear that you are done before the judgement rounds of K-O Round begins in NGUAC. Good luck, my friend.

Also, it sounds very good. Greetings from Poland!

BlighterProductions responds:

Hey, good old Polish friend! Thanks. Appreciate it.

Really Nice!

BlighterProductions responds:

Thanks for that, man.

Epic dude!

BlighterProductions responds:

Thanks man. I appreciate it a lot.

Credits & Info

4.35 / 5.00

Aug 23, 2020
1:09 PM EDT
File Info
17.6 MB
7 min 41 sec

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You are free to copy, distribute and transmit this work under the following conditions:

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You may not use this work for commercial purposes. *
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