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S1LENT GHO5T - Mechanically Alive


Author Comments

My submission for the Knock Out Round of NGUAC 2020.

I originally decided to go for something with some uplifting and energetic power, but then I decided I'll do what I like and then make it dark in the drops just to make it fun. Because honestly, I think you can find enough energetic power from stereotypical NCS songs.

Project Time: 13 Hours 46 Mins

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I like the pulsing pitter-patter of a synth riff at the beginning. The dreamy melodies at :19 and the build-up into :34 also work really well. The lyrics are nice, but I would’ve liked the vocals to sound a bit more authentic, as I think it would’ve fit the smooth, blissful instrumental track better. The repetition of “-live” at 1:05 was also a little much, especially when you continued to play with the chopped vocals for the remainder of the phrase. The re-intro at 2:00 or so is strong, but the content gets pretty repetitive in the second half. The production quality is really solid here, though. All of the instruments are really well-balanced and clear. Overall, I think my biggest problem is the lack of variety later on in the piece. I wanted to hear a little more of a sense of direction, but instead it’s almost like the piece just loops twice before a brief outro. Still, you clearly have a good sense of harmony, progression, and mixing and mastering. Keep at it, LordJabeebus! :)

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

LJTLegendaryL responds:

Thanks for the feedback Tainted! I was running short on time due to university starting again and a few other projects in progress. So, I had to settle with the scope I was able to reach with this track. I had a plan to get my vocalist friend to help but it wasn't a great time considering he already sang for my next project.

Long story short: Time isn't always your best friend, but it was still good to get something submitted ^^!

Also, I go by S1LENT GHO5T now, Lord Jabeebus is my old username. I would change it but I have to be a supporter to do that.

Another long story short: Thanks :)!

Great song. Love the vocals, are they yours? Fits the uplifting progression really well :)

Good luck in NGUAC!

LJTLegendaryL responds:

Thanks, and I made the vocals with Vocaloid5. I decided to add some extra detail and an opportunity to use it again.

Credits & Info


3.55 / 5.00

Aug 24, 2020
12:50 PM EDT
File Info
6.6 MB
4 min 49 sec

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