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S1LENT GHO5T - Mechanically Alive

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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
2/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
1/1.5
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
2/2
Instrumentation and sound design
.75/1
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
1.25/1.5
Originality and uniqueness
.5/1
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
.5/1
Composite score
8/10

LordJabeebus 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!

LordJabeebus responds:

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

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Votes
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Score
3.55 / 5.00

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

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