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Wertw - Universe Travellers

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Come with me on an epic adventure all across the universe!

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YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjJ9mDKEQnnIYo5pIMbBBrQ

SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/wertw

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- This track was made it for the NGUAC 2020 -

I think this track represent everything that this competition meant to me, that feeling of amazement and excitement that I felt through this journey.

I like to see this song like a song of superation, a song that bring you motivation to do whatever you want, and regardless of the result, the most important thing to me was that I won, I won against myself, and that is priceless.

Good luck for everyone, and thank you for let me be a part of this!

Main VST's used: Serum, Harmor, Sylenth1 and Nexus2

The voices was recorded with a Behringer C-1

Estimated work time: 55hs.

👉You can use my songs for any purpose you want, as long as you give me the corresponding recognition for the original work.👈

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I like the glitchy beats at the beginning and the blissful synth riffs at :17. The mix is nice and crisp and well-balanced, and the melodic flair starting around :30 is nice. Some of the synths are a bit cheesy, but I’m enjoying the variations you introduced during the drop at :56. The second build-up/drop cycle happens pretty fast, but the extended breakdown with the dissonant piano and melancholy strings works well. The gritty texture at 2:46 was a nice way of re-introducing the electronic elements and re-establishing the intensity before the third build-up. I’m glad you varied the drop the third time around at 3:14, and the filler riff at 3:26 made me smile. Cool rhythmic content throughout the piece, and the modulation at 3:46 was a nice touch to hit the piece home towards the end. The glitchy details during the last few seconds are a nice homage to the intro, too. Overall, while I’m not a huge fan of the sound design and repetitive use of cliche build-ups, the compositional details, variety in the drops, and production quality here make this a thoroughly entertaining listen. Strong work, Wertw! ^_^

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

score: 7.5/10

what I liked:

• clean A section, sounds very professional
• I like the switch in style at 3:14
• good idea to modulate at 3:43, though it's also the same as the first drop, it's not as redundant as the 2nd drop is because of the new key
• interesting way to end lol (in a good way)

what I think could be improved:

• because you more or less used the same instruments for the "drop" as you used in the A section, the drop wasn't as impactful as I expected
• the second drop is basically an exact copy of the first, and I think a better choice would've been to just remove the second buildup and drop completely (1:24 - 2:19)
• not a fan of the harmony/dissonance around 2:30, but maybe just personal preference
• 3:26: this little riff is cool! I would've liked it to be louder

beyond the critique I mentioned, this is very well produced and an enjoyable listen overall, great work!

Interesting take with our bitcrushed intro. It lends a lot to our -- if slightly abruptly transitioned into -- drop, particularly the appreciation of space.

Very much enjoying what's going on here. I think the flute before 1:39 could both come up in the mix and have a lot more done with it to sound less flat. It's both hiding volume wise and doesn't have a lot of modulation.

At 2:34, you could probably apply a saturator to that violin and modulate the lfo of that base so it's not just the same vibrato rate sounds like.

Beyond that, I'm chilling with you vibing right on about to 3:33. I find myself wanting more of your snare, about 0.5 dB. I find I enjoy the transposed key but want the lead in the right channel to be a bit less shrill.

Mix wise everything is very full and low mid heavy sounds like -- might be suffering minorly from reverb-itis. Try turning down the reverb wets particularly on any sustained notes, bass synths, transitions, and cymbals. Rather, I would apply on cymbals a slapback delay at a slightly lower volume and bring the cymbals themselves up in the mix. Cleaner is always better!

Anyway, great work. Thanks for coming out to NGUAC!

-Official NGUAC 2020 Final Round Review-

Incredible sound design, this is amazing! The balance is top notch, and the chord progression, even if in some parts it could have been a bit less forced (i'm referring to the sections at 0:57-1:23 and 1:51-2:18), it's well composed, with a good usage of sidechain, and heccka solid. The build-ups are my favourite parts of the track, made me say "Superbe!", that kind of sentence; like also how you variated a bit the melody at 2:47, putting some sfx to surprise the listener. 3:14 is just :D
You have all the credentials to become a famous artist, hope that NGUAC will help you boost your status and get recognized for your works. Great job, and good luck for the finals!

Originality: 1.7/2
Composition: 2/2
Structure: 2/2
Tecnicity: 2/2
Impact: 2/2
Total: 9.7/10


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4.58 / 5.00

Sep 13, 2020
12:59 AM EDT
File Info
10.5 MB
4 min 35 sec

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