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Reviews for "Cracking the Code"

OMG this is so groovy but enjoyable. I'm loving it! Way to go Chrono :D

ChronoNomad responds:

Hey, thanks for the groovy review, Techmo-X! You're one cool cat. So glad you dig the musical vibes, and I hope that life's been treating you well. :)

This reminds me of johnfn's music from several years ago :D

I love the automation on the main lead. The orchestration is very good. I'm not as fond as the melodies, but the interesting orchestration and bass line mitigates that to a great extent. The piece is rhythmically catchy.

The one thing I dislike is the panning on the snare. It feels a bit odd and arbitrary to me. It's not so bad though.

Overall, I enjoyed this a lot and it improved my mood :)

ChronoNomad responds:

Hey, thanks a bunch for the feedback, BlueOceans! You're aces, man.

The automation on that main lead was fun to do, but took a lot of fine tuning. I'm glad that it was worth it. Not much I can do about the main melody since this is for a remix contest and that progression couldn't be altered much, but knowing that the fun and funky bass line mitigates the damage is a relief. Also glad that you dig the rhythm!

I panned the kick to one side and the snare to the other. Not particularly arbitrary, but duly noted. I was ultimately trying to create a nice, wide stereo field for all the elements.

Hooray for mood improvement! It always makes me happy to hear things like that. :D

Oh wow! I love it! You really made this something special. You're really good!

ChronoNomad responds:

Woo! Thanks a bunch, Zophar. Really glad you dig the jam, dude. ^__^ Much appreciated.

That's got some really good production quality on it man.

ChronoNomad responds:

Thanks, man. Really glad you dig it.

First of all, the bass work is ace! The feel that this gives is probably a cross between Daft Punk and some johnfn's chiptunes (dreaming of robots in space, I believe that's what the title is, is what it brought to mind). I love the lead at 0:40, AND the key change at 1:09 and 2:22!

There's a general 80s vibe about this one, but also something that reminds me of arcade games at 1:40 onwards. It was, in my mind, a nice experience, something to semi-chill out to but also something to pump up to, say, after a long day. Section arrangement felt a bit weird to me -- very different intro, A, A2, very different B, A2, A, and so I did feel a bit disjointed after hearing it -- but nothing musically out of order, and nothing production-wise, at least to my ears. Keep up the good work, and all the best!

ChronoNomad responds:

Well hello there, Troisnyx! A pleasure to see your thoughts make an appearance here, to be sure. Apologies that it's taken me the better part of two days to write up a response, but I'm here to set that to rights. Without further ado...allons-y!

I'm seeing lots of high praise for the bass work I put into this track, so I guess I must have done something right in this crazy remix contest. And yeah, I'm also particularly fond of those key changes, especially the first one with the drop and subsequent build-up. Very proud of those bits and bobs. And to hear that it sounds like a cross between Daft Punk and johnfn (aka Grant) is very high praise, indeed!

The feel was meant to be a funky Chiptune groove with a bit of 80's Synthwave thrown in, so I guess I managed to hit that particular vibe, too. So bonus! I do enjoy breaking down conventional walls once in a while, and this track took a few bizarre twists and turns even for me. But hey, that's just how it is: sometimes you write the music, and sometimes it writes itself. C'est la vie.

Hey, it's a decidedly weird ride at times, but suffice to say I'm really glad to hear that it somehow remains thoroughly enjoyable. Many thanks once again for leaving such a lovely review, and - as always - I wish you the very best in all you do!