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Null Gravity

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The competition eagerly awaits the start of the Sol Grand Prix, studying the track which weaves between the moons and planets floating outside the starship's viewports. They scramble to board their antigravity racecars as the hangar bay doors slowly open....


This is a collab between Hypervolt and Hyenaedon for the VGM music challenge going on right now. We hope you like it!

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This has got a reeaally spacious feeling. Fits perfectly with the description you gave!

I am impressed with your usage of reverb. At first my primary thought was “man this is gonna sound so muddy” when I heard the quite heavy-handed usage of reverb. Thus, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that this was not the case. On the contrary, the mixing is excellent.

However, I do notice (but don’t hear) an anomaly in the waveform around the middle? The 0db level seems to be positively offset by around +0.5 for around 30 seconds, which I think is because of a new bass synth being introduced around then. Analyzing the waveform shows that this causes noticeable clipping, so I’m inclined to believe that some quality may have been lost.

The sound quality also seems a bit… grainy? But I believe this is a conscious choice by you to enhance the retro synthwavy feel.

What amazes me in this is how well you managed to combine a gritty, almost cyberpunk-ish feel yet make it sound optimistic. And then managing to combine these motifs with the beforementioned, this truly is a multifaceted composition! Perfectly nails the iconic 80’s retro futuristic vibe (dammit, we could’ve had flying cars and aggressive neon lights but all we got was a truck straight outta ps1 game)

Composition and arrangement are very solid. It does tend to get somewhat repetitive though as it’s mostly the same synths and drums playing all the way through, but there’s enough small variation to keep it from getting boring.

Also, that loop was seamless AF. Makes me wish that NG would bring back the old smart player that skipped the silence in beginning of mp3 files.

In an ending note, very, very good stuff. This nails pretty much every criteria given by me in regards to the challenge while doing what it does perfectly, and thus even though this was not a compo I’ll grant you 2 the nominal title(s) of “receiving the highest review score by me in this category”

Hypervolt responds:

Thanks for the review, glad you liked it! This composition was super fun to craft and the "competition" as a whole was a fantastic experience!

i like how gritty and cyberpunky it sounds! deffinently gives me the vibe of like some giant hanger where all the ships would be kept. i also like how well it builds on itself

Good

Niiiiceeee

I like the varying moods throughout the composition; it changes from sounding serious and intense to calm and uplifting. There's a lot of detail in the sound design, which feels futuristic. The loop is a nice touch and the transition is well-executed. I hope this gets front paged :)

Hypervolt responds:

Thanks for all the feedback! This was super fun to make. I am eager to see what other artists have entered :)

Credits & Info

Hypervolt
Author
Hyenaedon
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Score
4.41 / 5.00

Uploaded
Dec 2, 2020
9:28 PM EST
Genre
Synthwave
File Info
Loop
13.5 MB
5 min 54 sec

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