At 5/31/13 12:28 PM, SkyeWintrest wrote:
You don't have to comment on them all either, you could just comment on a few you liked or didn't like.
After listening to all of them at least twice, here my thoughts on each track:
--> I actually see a lot of color in this one. Very bright and happy-sounding, but perhaps not that well-suited the theme. Also, it sounded like 2 completely different songs. Very nice composition, although at the end..well, I thought'd ended- but then it didn't! That second ending probably wasn't necessary.
--> I really like the melody in this one. Instrument-wise, it's simple. Composition-wise, it's short, and extremely repetitive. Didn't give off any monochromatic vibes.
--> Okay, so I think it is pretty hard to convey this phase's theme. Rather than a single color like intended, I am getting something like 2-3 colors. The composition is very nice, however- I like the chill, gentleness of this piece; It's calm and relaxing, and beautiful.
--> A somewhat colorful one, in my opinion. Again, pretty cool composition. I think that with this genre, a more full sound could really do do this song some good. Otherwise, the restrictions on the number of instruments just didn't do this one any good. With maybe just one more synth or even two, this could sound better.
--> Beautiful, beautiful composition. I don't like the sound of the violins too much. The addition of the choir was the only thing that really added (unnecessary for this contest) color. The cello and that soft piano are the main contributors to the single-color monochromatic theme. Somewhere between the midpoint and the end, however, it gets pretty emotional, which does bring in color.
--> Nice sounding strings. Slow, and pretty, but not very memorable - which is good in this case. It borders boring, with the composition being rather dull. The ending is not too bad. Does feel pretty monochromatic at times.
--> Interesting guitar melody, and that repetitive riff thing in the background is the main contributor to this phase's theme. Otherwise the melody appears to give off a bit of color. But...ending? Perhaps let that last note linger for a couple seconds longer, or let the mild decay be included in the recording instead of letting it end half a second later.
--> This one is very nice sounding. Unique composition, and just very nice overall. I like it a lot. But again.. ending?? What happened? Unfortunately, this one seems to exhibit heaps of color.
--> Probably the most monochromatic one I've heard. The soft plucking with that necessary decay is perfect for this theme. Adding in that dry cello did it no worse. In fact, it was pretty much perfect. Beautiful playing, too, though I'm pretty sure I heard a missed note or two. There's some slight issues with the quality, with the lower notes of the cello booming a bit. Heard some clipping at one point.
--> A pretty fun, simple piece.. composition-wise. I didn't really appreciate the vocals(??) though- speaking of which, I couldn't understand one word (again, if that's just a synth, excuse me). With the same melody, or similar chords, but simplified ...and played in a different fashion, this could probably fit the theme a lot more. But the way it is right now just doesn't seem to cut it, though. I blame it on the rhythm of the drums and bass, for the most part, however melancholic and dancey they were.
--> In the middle I think it got too busy sounding, and tried to creep in some color. Dark blues and purples, really. :P The very beginning and the toward the end were the most appropriate sounding for this contest. Also, the song ended too suddenly. I made sure it's not just the fact that the next songs in the playlist were coming right after another; a couple of extra seconds and perhaps a slightly better ending would have done this one much better. The piece, however, is one my faves for sure.
--> I almost started writing my mini-review for track 13 here, lol. That was pretty quick. The composition is intriguing, for sure, but I think with some more effort this could have been extended more. This was way too short, and I was really liking the mood this was setting. However, it didn't last whatsoever. Kind of monochromatic sound.
--> Nice recording quality! I like the tone of this one, yet it doesn't seem very monochromatic at all. Fun piece though. Pretty cool composition, indeed! The guitar work is very, very nice. The drums also made me happy.
--> Unlike the one prior, the quality is a little lacking. Composition-wise, I can only hear one chord the guitar plays, a simple E minor. Nothing here is too exciting nor colorful...and it takes a second listen for sure in order to hear some of those softer details. The intro was a little slow and laggy, but there were some interesting parts throughout the piece. Piano could have used some amplification at parts, especially at the very end, unless that was intentional.
--> I'm not really sure what to make of this one. There are some conflicting parts, and it sounds too busy in general. Perhaps not an appropriate piece for this phase?
--> Nice use of vocals :) The guitar sounds pretty cool - its tone gives off a kind of melancholic tone, and kind of goes back and forth between being colored and not; I can't really tell if this one's monochromatic or not! At some parts it does. Somewhere between the midpoint and the end, that guitar solo certainly didn't help with the theme. That was too colorful, in my opinion. And with that same guitar work combined with the singing didn't make it any less busy. Too busy, I think. Nice lyrics, though. I liked this one.
--> Hmm...I didn't really get any monochromatic vibes from this at all. I hear exactly four instruments. This one also sounds pretty busy. Too many instruments at once...I think the song could have take a break and let only one or two do the talking for a just bit. You kind of do that for a few seconds right before it suddenly speeds up, but ...ehh. The instruments are also extremely quiet...it kind of feels like the the microphone is here, but the instruments are too shy to come forth! This piece is also pretty short. Overall, I'm not really feeling any monochromaticity (whatever, I will invent this word now) I think this song could benefit from some extension and variation. Variation! Yes. That was the word I was looking for. With four instruments all in the mix, variation is definitely something that could have been dabbled in, without taking away from the theme of this phase in the contest.
As for my vote, that will be sent in a PM to each host ! :)
Great job with the music, guys! ^___^