Official NGADM '20 Review for TeslaX11
Composition and Structure:
I was kinda surprised by the intro knowing what you've put out in the past from what I can remember, but I was definitely not disappointed. Loved the emotional feel that you brought out that initially started heavy, but had a nice intimate moment before getting really huge. I never expected anything less from you drops, and you continue to share with your characteristic sound design that I'm envious I can't quite replicate. What I keep getting surprised by is how beautiful and detailed your "quiet" sections are, and I think I enjoyed them more than the drops themselves (which is already a high benchmark). I don't know why I’m quite surprised by your use of orchestral elements with your sound design, but you frame it really well. Especially with the first big section, it's such a nice marriage of the organic and electronic elements that work so well to compliment each other.
I notice you have a dark tag which I found highly intruiging because yeah it's dark, but it's not dark in the same way that stuff like Lich's music is dark lol. It's not a bad thing though, I like it actually. It didn't quite come across as brooding or overbearing as much is it felt rich and full with the deep and wide sound design. It matches with your deep purple that's shown in your profile pics (at the time of this writing). So yeah it's dark but in a difference sense, and it's also packed full of textures, emotions, and outright character. So with all that being said, I really don't have any issues with your writing in this.
Production and Sound Design:
Like I mentioned earlier, between you and Tomhson, you guys have a very unique and expressive sound design, however you do an increasingly good job of incorporating organic elements along with it way past the point of it just being simple wubs and dubs. And your dynamic range is huge in this. You have quiet sections that are so quiet that they're almost inaudible compared to the huge block of wave forms that come in during the drops. After taking a day to wait to listen to it, I can tell that the VST's your using aren't the best for the strings, but just to the fact that it took quite a few listens before I noticed shows that you have an idea of how to make them sound pretty decent. If there's anything that I don't like about the sound design, it's that bass take up just a bit too much space…. I think. I'm not actually sure because you do a good job of making sure it doesn't sound overcompressed, and it doesn't get in the way of enjoying it.
Masterfully put together, a new push of the boundary for you, and I really enjoyed it
Sound Design: 9
Seems pretty good, nice drop. Only issue, GOSH THAT INTRO IS LONG
Very orchestral !!!
I still think it's one of the hardest styles to perfect
Great job on it
It sounds SICK
also the Wub wub Be going wub Dub
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