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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
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

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 :)

Abstrack responds:

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

Credits & Info


4.08 / 5.00

Aug 23, 2020
11:35 PM EDT
File Info
8.3 MB
3 min 38 sec
  • 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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