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My biggest and most difficult project at the moment. VSTs : Serum, Massive, Kontakt, Quanta.

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I like the piano at the beginning - it sounds a bit square rhythmically, but the atmosphere and mixing effects help keep things interesting. The vocals at :26 are really nice, and that airy section flows nicely into the synth pads at :51. You may have overused the reverb a tad here, and the texture is still pretty thin during the climactic parts. The echoey synth riff at 1:36 is nice, but after a while it doesn’t have a very strong sense of direction. I felt like the piece was missing the dynamism in the composition that I usually look for. The atmosphere and sound design are both really nice here, and I enjoyed the production quality as well. I think the composition could use a little more fleshing out, and a stronger point of arrival with more memorable melodies and build-ups might help create that sense of direction. Still, solid work with the progression, instrumentation, rhythmic content, and mood. Keep at it, ImSoAlive! :)

Mixing, mastering, and balance
1.75/2
Structure, transitions, phrasing, and variety
1/1.5
Melody, tonality, harmony, and texture
1.5/2
Instrumentation and sound design
1/1
Emotion, atmosphere, and catchiness
1.25/1.5
Originality and uniqueness
1/1
Overall (how do the elements above interact?)
.5/1
Composite score
8/10

I find myself agreeing a lot with trunotfals.

Some exceptions I wanted to note -- on your intro, a lot of that reverb I know is necessary for transitioning into that nice sidechained synth line. I feel like by the time that cuts in, you should be able to safely drop it down. Right there it covers up your percussion, which is muffled. It might help to tune your kick to the tonic of the piece.

That said I really like how laid back this piece is. It's really relaxing. Just would cut back your verb sends by a lot throughout. In the intro they cause your vocal samples to almost distort trying to stand out.

Other than that, really enjoyed the piece. I think you could stand to maybe try ... there's a plugin called IRID, which is makes reverb out of the harmonics of whatever lead you run through it. :)

Thanks for coming out to NGUAC!

Overall pretty good here. The main theme seems to get a little repetitive, and I couldve used a more catchy melody even if it's simple, to latch onto. The chord progression is great, but there weren't a lot of rhythmic variations throughout. There also seems to be a ton of parallel movement in your chords, where every note in every chord is usually all moving in the same direction every time. Using inversions can spice up the same chord progression in many ways.

I love the overall vibe and the way you mixed a lot of your background noises to be heavy reverb, and your snare to be light on the high end, yet somehow that snare still kind of pierces through the mix in a way i was uncomfortable with, though it still kind of worked. The section at 2:08 i dont think needed a double time, maybe just a more active high hit to give it a more driving sense of time. Your chord progression on the piano was quite splendid.

Overall Composition; 7.5
Overall Production; 7
Overall Impression; 7

Score; 7.1

-Official NGUAC 2020 Final Round Review-

The beginning is indeed the best part of the track! It gives the piece an excellent start: I liked the piano notes as well, with a correct amount of reverb. The next segment is solid too, and shows clearly that you are pretty good when it comes to create “ambient-ish” parts: however, the track falls a bit lower when the synths come in, and becomes less appealing as a result. This makes a strong influence on the strong structure, and it’s clearly audible. The drums department is not bad, even if the kick is very loud on the low frequencies: eQ-ed like that works well at 1:42, but not as well at 0:52 where it becomes a little overwhelming. Try to make it more punchy and less “bass-ish”. Despite the tweaks here and there, I enjoyed this track quite a bit.

Originality: 1.53/2
Composition: 1.7/2
Structure: 1.42/2
Tecnicity: 1.3/2
Impact: 1.75/2
Total: 7.7/10

Yeah, this is beginning something. Although in my opinion it remains a beginning, it doesn't really go anywhere. I really like the chords and synth introduced at 0:51. The mixing is really nice and every sound has a clear part in the song. My biggest complaint is it that there's missing a real melody to bind the song together. It sounds like 3 separate parts, the intro/outro, the chord-progression and then the part starting 1:42. Nothing really binding those three parts together imo.
So, like your title suggested, it feels like the beginning of a song. It has a lot of potential. Now go and finish it ;)

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ImSoAlive
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Score
3.87 / 5.00

Uploaded
Sep 7, 2020
11:30 AM EDT
Genre
Experimental
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7.2 MB
3 min 9 sec

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