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Nebula (Official Release)

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I love the eerie-space feeling you put upon this song. And you did it really well! Good job!

I like the quirky synths at the beginning and the rich atmosphere. The rhythmic content and spacious mix are really neat, and I’m enjoying the build-up into 1:04. The chord progressions and many of the arrangement and sound design details strike me as a bit cliche, and sometimes the synth arpeggios (e.x. 2:07) sound a bit harsh in the mix. That said, the production quality is really strong overall, despite the very heavy compression towards the end, and I like the emotional appeal of the breakdown at 2:25 or so. I might’ve liked to see some more variety in the harmonic content of the piece towards the end, and honestly I thought the second drop was a bit underwhelming, but overall the piece comes together well and maintains a lot of the tense undercurrent throughout. Strong work, Denis! ^_^

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

Я вижу на странице, что вы из Владивостока, итак приветствую! Стараюсь на русском писать отзыв, чтобы мы с вами друг друга лучше понимали. Простите меня за возможные ошибки. Не все термины сведения и музыкальной теории мне знакомы.

Скажу прямо, мне очень нравится песня. Жанр совсем недавно был мой любимый. Вы выбрали приятные аккорды, и показали хорошее знание и структуры и прогрессии того жанра. Единственный недостаток -- я бы хотела слышать чуть чуть поменьше сайдчен. То, можете просто делать большой барабан немножко громче, может быть и басс, и малый барабан. Мне кажется, что сайдчен вот здесь лишь 1 2 децибел по громче, чем должно быть.

В общем, сведение мне звучит чисто до 0:50. Потом я бы делала реверберацию тише, чтобы барабаны звучали как можно яснее, может быть увеличить уровень сайдчен. Проблема не повторилась около 2:52, но тогда звучит, что возможно все треки играют чуть громко для компрессора.

Но как уже сказала, песня мне так понравилась, что я слушала 5 раз. Очень хорошо сработали!

Спасибо за участие в конкурсе NGUAC!

-Official NGUAC 2020 Final Round Review-

I’m absolutely in love with this piece! The mix is not too bright neither too deep, and you did an awesome job with EQ and bands balancing. The title is appropriate as well, since this track, just like a Nebula, may seem simple but it’s actually really complex and full of many different things. There are a pair of constructive suggestions I want to give though: even if the sounds you used are quite captivating, some variations on the main chord progression could have made it just a little bit more original; also I think that the snare which comes at 0:51 and 2:34, while still being good the way it is, could have been improved by making it more open and impactful, to give more power to the build-ups in particular. The transitions are original and dynamic and there are no sudden breaks, therefore the track flows really nicely; I can tell you raised the stakes for this final round, so props for that. Podium or not, you’ve finished your journey in this competition with a banger!

Originality: 1.75/2
Composition: 2/2
Structure: 2/2
Tecnicity: 1.85/2
Impact: 2/2
Total: 9.6/10

This needs to win

Credits & Info


4.27 / 5.00

Sep 10, 2020
9:07 AM EDT
File Info
8.5 MB
3 min 45 sec

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