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Incise ~ Uncertainty

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edit : updated the music, mixing is now better than before, with some slight changes (not too drastic) to the arrangement to make some elements fit in/stand out better than before

Alrighty, some music every once in a while. i've recently entered college, so this may sound a little rushed doe

> i actually worked on this for about only 2 days, because i didn't check my notifications until 1 week before the deadline

> this is my first original piece to include a key change, i usually do that only in remixes where im a bit more daring to mess with things

> it took me quite a long time to find some inspiration for the main theme, which can be encountered throughout the piece (the Bb - G - A - Bb melody phrase) and is the first phrase that you hear in the drop

> i've been getting into classical music lately (and had also picked up a violin) so my approach to this song tends to the atmospheric and chamber-ish sound (hope i conveyed it well enough)

Key : G minor - G# minor

Tempo : 128bpm

Chord progressions :

1) VI - i - VII - III - iv

2) i - VII - III - IV - VI - VII - V - VI - IV - V

(rearranged into major key for theory purposes???)

1) IV - vi - V - I - iv

2) vi - V - I - II - IV - V - III - IV - II - III

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Something is going on with chord 3. I think you could try a different inversion or change the bass note and it'll work better.

Mix wise, I would sidechain any elements that are sustaining in your intro. Drop's chords on the sides sound great but I feel they may be overly sidechained.

The percussion is throughout pretty muffled sounding in the 13khz+ plus range. Some of that may have to do with sections of percussion being bitcrushed. Overall I think it has to do with trying to get a spacious sound with loads and loads of reverb. You really don't need that much reverb. Instrumentation and arranging, transition noises, and cymbals accomplish a lot of that. I would turn all your reverb wet signals down by a LOT and low cut up to 250 hz on each of them. By the end, I can hear the reverb wash higher than even some of your auxiliary accompaniment. It covers up a lot of your writing and makes it hard to pick out finer elements of your piece. And in electronic music clarity is key.

Not to mention, reverb grabs freqs on your sustained instruments and pushes them all out of balance. That throws off compression and a lot of other things.

Mix wise your chords on the side are riding all over your bass and perc and I can barely hear them during drops at all. So just turn everything down until you hear the bass and the percussion clearly in those instances. And always mix with your master FX off. It's impossible to make good decisions with them on.

Anyways thanks for coming out to NGUAC!

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4.07 / 5.00

Aug 24, 2020
11:16 AM EDT
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10.2 MB
4 min 28 sec

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