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Abstrack - Reflection

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- Hey, did you hear the "Boing" in there? I'm pretty sure I did hear something, on my side.


[... atmosphere goes "swooosh~" ...]


- ... Nothing? You must have missed it. Now, now, take your time and listen: I think it's coming once again.


[Reader BOUNCES from the bottom of this description and starts reading the whole thing yet again]

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I like the somewhat ominous fade-in at the beginning and the cutesy synths at :05. The melodies are catchy, but the chord progression is pretty generic, and the texture stays pretty minimal for much of the piece. Sometimes, the drums also sound a bit distorted in the mix - like at :37, for example. I think there’s a tad too much reverb on the claps sometimes, but there also could be a little too much compression on some of the other instruments. The lead synth at :48 was cool, although it didn’t add much in the way of novel harmonic content. I like the rhythmic variations between mini-phrases (2:28), but otherwise there isn’t much in the way of variety or melodic development later on in the piece to keep me engaged. The extended pause at 3:01 threw me off a bit, although the airy outro thereafter was a nice touch. I think some more variation on the main melody at 2:19 would really help give more of a narrative arc to this piece, but it might be even more important to have a stronger point of contrast towards the middle - an atmospheric bridge or harmonic shift after the first refrain, for example. Still, your work here shows a strong sense of atmosphere, rhythm, and harmony. The minimal texture and cliche chord progressions and arrangement are probably my main complaints here. Keep at it, Abstrack! :)

Mixing, mastering, and balance
1.5/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
.75/1.5
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
1.25/2
Instrumentation and sound design
.5/1
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
1.25/1.5
Originality and uniqueness
.25/1
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
1/1
Composite score
6.5/10

Abstrack responds:

Thanks TaintedLogic for your big review! You always do this by providing so many details, it helps me so much!

If getting better at music production is like exploring a dark cave with a light torch, then getting a constructive review is like having someone else lend you their torch for a bit.

Omg this is beautiful :o

i love the second part of the first drop, and i like the way that the drop end blends into the in between thing in the middle of the two drops. i think the second drop could be worked on a bit, though i love this bit (2:27). usually second drops are louder or more intense than the first drop, and it kind of sounded repetitive. the entire song wasnt repetitive though, as there were two melodies and a variety of instruments.
all in all, 4 stars :)
[edited]

Abstrack responds:

Thanks a lot for the feedback! I'm taking this into consideration for my next thing :D

Credits & Info

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Votes
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Score
4.08 / 5.00

Uploaded
Aug 23, 2020
11:35 PM EDT
Genre
Dance
File Info
Song
8.3 MB
3 min 38 sec
Software
  • Harmor
  • Fruity Compressor
  • Maximus
  • FL Studio 20
  • Fruity Reverb 2
  • Fruity Delay 3
Misc. Kit
  • effector
  • Fruity Balance
  • Fruity Flanger
  • EQUO
  • Fruity Patcher

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