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This is my submission for the NGUAC 2020 Knock-out Round. I used FLEX for most of the synths/instruments and the main drum sample are from a free sample library I found online. The vocal sample was recorded by my girlfriend.

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I like the relaxed pads at the beginning. It’s a bit jarring when juxtaposed with the frantic hats/shakers, but that groovy bass and quirky snare at :10 help contextualize it a little more. The piano riff at :32 is cute, if also a tad out-of-place imo. A bigger problem is that the texture is pretty minimal here, with not-a-lot of harmonic depth or melodic content. The production quality and sound design are both strong, but the piece is lacking variety in the core riffs that make up the harmonic structure, and after a time the piece is also lacking a sense of direction. The vocal samples are a bit overused by the end, and the police siren sample came off as pretty generic. You clearly have a good sense of rhythm, sound design and atmosphere, but I think the composition and arrangement of the piece needed a bit more thought to really capture the mood you were going for. Still, it’s a catchy piece with some good mixing and memorable instrumentation. Keep at it, Bassclefff! :)

Mixing, mastering, and balance
2/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
.5/1.5
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
1/2
Instrumentation and sound design
1/1
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
1/1.5
Originality and uniqueness
.5/1
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
.5/1
Composite score
6.5/10

This is one of the best battle themes I've heard this year
Reminds me of "The Show" by waterflame

Credits & Info

Bassclefff
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Faves:
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Downloads
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Votes
10
Score
4.09 / 5.00

Uploaded
Aug 23, 2020
3:29 PM EDT
Genre
Drum N Bass
File Info
Song
6 MB
2 min 38 sec

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