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In Search of Light In Search of Light

Rated 4 / 5 stars

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0:00-Cool intro, like the low evolving synth
0:17-Smooth addition of the drums; the drums themselves are quite minimal, but work well for it.
0:33-As the lead gets quieter this section feels quite sparse til the new synth comes in, simply because there's not much else going on.
0:42-Cool synth, but as it automates sometimes it makes the texture feel too empty as it gets higher/quieter. Could definitely use another synth in the background just to support the texture a little more for when the lead peters out.
1:25-Interesting change, like the sense of build the one synth gives you here.
1:46-Sounds very cool going into this new section, possibly favourite part of the track just because everything works together.
2:28-Like how the lead synth gets a lot more distant/bassier and a new synth comes into the foreground
2:48-Again, transition switching the lead synth works well, letting the previous lead form part of the backing synths.
3:00-Cool ending, love the delay on that lead synth at the end.

Nice levels in general, just needs a few looks at texture at points to make sure all the bases are covered.

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_Inspiration_ _Inspiration_

Rated 4 / 5 stars

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0:00-Like how the start is just the one line of melody; as if you were just paying on the piano and thought of something, really links back to the idea of the track.
0:28-This long sustain was perhaps a little overdrawn, but went into a cool section afterwards
1:04 think the lead was a little too muffled, but the really quite background-y synth that comes in is cool
1:21-The cymbal crash here is a little too loud in relation to the rest of the track, but I like how the hi hat has a bigger part for a few seconds
1:35ish-The fact the melody is sort of constantly evolving throughout the song is a really nice touch
2:05-Lead synth is too loud, but cool choir sound underneath it
2:52-Interesting change in mood. One of the cymbals sounds a little odd, but everything else sounds very awesome.
3:20-Guitar comes in to support the melody, think it was a bit much to have continuing on for as long as it did as it's been the same melody for a while, but that's not that big of a deal.

Nicely done track, in all. Kudos on the originality.

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Birdinator99 responds:

Thanks very much; I agree on the last part, though -- it was a little too long!


Dragon Dance Dragon Dance

Rated 3 / 5 stars

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0:00-Interesting start; think the drum was a little too hi-frequency and loud in relation to the other things
0:24-Interesting change in pace. Drum is still the problem for me, needs more than one sample. Strings could also do with being a touch louder, and maybe cover the bass frequencies a little more as theyre catered for only by the drum as it is
1:11-Some kind of bass comes in here which is cool, nice transition overall
1:21-Interesting break to a quieter section, nice flute/string work.
1:58-The drums here do nothing but help the song drag, a lot. Drums are your biggest and kind of only problem, for me. You've got a nice melody going, but it's completely dominated by the drums.
2:25-Like the change in melody here.
2:39-Nice break for the quieter section, but the drums have the machine-gun feel when they do come in.
3:03-Melodically this part needed something else in it apart from just the quiet strings and lead.
3:27-Bell addition is good, though they don't seem to have any sustain on them.
3:54-You get this kinda sense of build, which is cool
4:04-Whoah xD That's a change in pace. Again, possibly needs something else to flesh the texture out a little more for the melodic parts.

I'll not labour the point any more, but the drums need a second look. Having the one note at the one loud dynamic throughout is incredibly monotonous, and wrecks what sounded like a pretty cool track underneath.

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Golden Paradise Golden Paradise

Rated 5 / 5 stars

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0:08-The pad sound could have done with being louder, as the lead is quite sharp. The bass that comes in sounds pretty cool, though
0:47-By here I'm pretty conviced everything else APART from the lead needs to be brought up a little, just because the lead cuts through everything else and there's a lot of nuances behind it that I can't quite hear.
0:57ish-cool melodic transition. Loved the airy-sounding synth that supports the main melody here
1:25-Again, the change to piano. Always great with a song this length to see lengths being gone to to maintain variety and freshness, and there certainly are lots of elements in this
1:49-Nice transition back into the main theme; the lead synth seems to fit a lot better here now you've got those extra ambient sounds coming in and thickening the texture up a bit more
2:44-Awesome break into a more ambient section. Definitely know how to keep changing a song up whilst still making it sound new and interesting.
3:13-There's quite a quiet octave-y synth that comes in here that I really like, not much else to say on that point :P
3:39 again, cool transition back. Like I said, amount of transitions in this>life.
4:00-From here for about a minute you've got the main melody cycling through; generally you've set the song up well enough for this to work without much hassle, though I thought it was maybe a touch overdrawn
5:30-Really like the ending, how everything kind of peters out happily enough.

It is what it is. Awesome and varied.

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DJ-Chilvan responds:

Thanks so much for the review! Yea=/ I totally understand about the lead, it was REALLY hard to EQ because it's basically the resonance from a saw wave with a low cutoff filter, so it's very hollow.
Yea, I love it when the bass comes in, that's my favorite part=P
I'm glad you liked my transitions. They take me a while to conceptualize because to me, they are one of the hardest parts of music structuralism.
Haha, yea, that octavey synth is probably one of my favorite reFX Nexus presets. After EQing it and modding it, it sounded amazing.
Thanks for the review, I'm really glad you enjoyed the song. It's probably one of my personal favs.


Experienced Loss V2 Experienced Loss V2

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

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Very nice start; you set out the emotion right from the beginning. I like the pizzicato chords that just give it a quiet sense of pace above the longer sustained melody lines; although you couldn't really pick out many of the notes of the chords, that served to give it an almost lightly percussive effect.
I really liked the several pauses in this; they were incredibly effective in making even silence feel very powerful, and are execute well. Definitely fits with the title; when you do lose something you truly cared about, you do have that point at which everything external fades somewhat into abscurity and everything's a little fragmented.
1:11, really like the introduction of the soloish violin, gave a nice extra bit of colour to the warmer string background.

I think it's the atmopshere here which really is quite astounding; although there's been no major buildups or melodic changes, even by the second minute you still feel yourself engrossed, as opposed to thinking it repetitive. Definitely a highly emotional song, and very effective for it. Definitely keep it up, this has a lot of promise to it.

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-)S(- Elevator to the Sky -)S(- Elevator to the Sky

Rated 5 / 5 stars

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Aha, interesting point of inspiration. Space elevators? xD

0:00 Nice intro, like the minimalist nature of the drums, very jazzy
0:16ish-nice introduction of the synth here, works very well
0:25- Cool transition into some warmer synths/a really subtle bassline. Like how yhou incorporate the more traditional elements and the more electronic sounds.
1:11-How the drums start glitching for a few seconds here surprised me when I first heard it, but was quickly sold on it. Very unique idea in a jazz track
2:09-Very intriguing break to just the drums and bass. I think the bass was a little too boomy for my poor headphones to pick up on enough, but sounded very cool nonetheless
2:40ish-Think the cymbal crashes were just a touch too loud in relation to the rest of what was going on
3:00-Awesome drum changeup. Can change the feel of something a lot with a change in beat, and you did just that. Slight change in bass and piano as well, s'all good
4:00-The melody is such that you can just keep playing though it for minutes on end and still have it not sound boring; got a lot of potential chords and keys there, and it just has that kind of quality that allowes you to just sit back and listen happily enough.
4:43-Liked the ending. You don't quite know what chord it'll end on until it does. Especially like the little flick up the piano at the very end; kinda thing to make you smile.

What can I say? Really nicely done.

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Stupor responds:

Ooh, a chronologic review! Thanks a lot, glad you like it!!


Inter web Inter web

Rated 4 / 5 stars

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0:00-Interesting start, the bass line seems somewhat quirky, and works well with the guitar.
0:08-Vocals are too quiet in relation to the instruments. But the lyrics sound pretty cool, might be an idea to put them in the a/c just so people have a chance to read through them.
0:24-Liked the guitar line here, the kind of half-bends you had on some of the notes sounded pretty cool.
1:06-The vocals and guitar seemed slightly out of sync in this little section
1:21-Liked the change in vocal feel here; the vocals in general are pretty clear, so it's not too difficult to work out the lyrics
1:46-"Just burn down that firewall", nice line. Also like the...string-type...sound?...that's come in, as well. [/descriptionfail]
The ending is alright, but seems a little abrupt

In general you've got a pretty alright song. Some EQ problems here and there, but it works well nonetheless.

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NeverHundred responds:

I always have trouble with endings. I can rarely find the best conclusion for a song. Personally I thought this was one of my better outros, even if it is a fade-out.

As for the lyric clarity problem. That's pretty typical of my stuff as well. I guess I'm a terrible producer.


Pure Carnage -GST Mix- Pure Carnage -GST Mix-

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

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0:00-The very start is quite quiet, but slowly gets into more audible volumes as more things are added.
0:29-Like the synth that comes in here, nice automation lets it add to the buildup nicely
0:38 Break works well, there seemed to be a VERY deep drum sound just before it which sounded very interesting.
0:58-New synth is good, can see you're going lengths to try and make the song less repetitive.
1:18-Really liked the intro of the piano, it sounded like an automation from the previous synth into the piano, which made for a very cool sound.
1:39-The pad synth is waaay too quiet, can barely hear it. It was possibly deliberate, but still seems a little odd.
1:55-Cool automation on the lead synthl I like all the instrument changes trying to keep the variety up
2:30-Like the verrry slow sense of buildup you get from the bassy synth, though I think the buildup generally is a tad too overdrawn
3:00-Cool thing after the build, but after having the same melody for almost a minute, a change in melody would have been very good idea, especially as the melody doesn't change past this point til 3:30
4:00-Drums getting louder was a plus, Definite change of feel with the synths was a nice move.
4:19-PIano was cool...seemed melodically unrelated to the bass synth underneath, though, moreso when the other synth took over from the piano.
5:02-and 5:11-the lead synth in 5 seconds following these two timestamps, and going forward from there, are the only times the bass melody and the lead melody fit in my head. The other 50% of the time it didn't really seem to fit.
6:07-same kind of thing as before, having the same melody looping for a whole minute should ring alarms. Melody fits with the padsynth farily well, though

Generally you've got some nice sounds and a good atmosphere in the track, but by the 3rd minute it does start getting quite overdrawn with 4 minutes still to go. Having more definite structural breaks and changes in melody would have countered this a little, but more than that; more melodies. Having two for seven minutes is just punishing yourself into an impossible task, y'know? :P Keep it up, nonetheless.

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Garbage People (Jeffaro) Garbage People (Jeffaro)

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

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0:00-Lol, awesome beginning lyrics. 'Nuff said.
0:25-Nice heavy guitars, think the drum was somewhat lacking in complexity but you had some nice beginning riffs melodically speaking.
0:46-I'm slightly deaf in my left ear so this could just be me, but the guitar melody here sounds wayyy too quiet, especially when it's sort-of-duelling with the lead
0:56-Nice volume of lead here, though the riff wasn't as good as it could have been, I think. Went into a cool rhythmic riff, though.
1:38ish-Did I mention I like the riffs? This one is possibly my favourite. In general I prefer this half of the track to the first, especially because...
1:46-...of this solo. THIS solo, I liked. Definitely had a lot of weight and attitude to it.
2:17-Cool riff towards the ending, I think it could maybe have been built up a little more, but works fine as it is.

You've got some good ideas, some pretty kickass lyrics in the a/c...just work on the solo parts a little more, maybe even try to find a vocalist on NG and you've got yourself a pretty hardcore song.

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Jeffaro responds:

Thanks dude. I appreciate your comments. You have really boosted my ''Soling'' self esteem, I'm glad you liked the solo.

As for vocals, there will be vocals coming soon. I will PM you and all of the other guys who review the non vocal version when the new version is uploaded.


[CG]-Utopia [CG]-Utopia

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

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Firstly, kudos on making a few of the synths yourself, always very impressive when someone's done some DIY and still managed to come up with very good production values.

0:00-Really awesome, epic start; you can tell 15 seconds in this is gonna be a good track
0:18-Nice entry of the drums; think the snare maybe cuts through the texture a little, but it's not that much of a deal. Nice cymbals at 0:35ish.
0:52-Either you're changing things very subtly, or have somehow made 56 seconds of the same thing sound nonrepetitive due to a drum beat. Whichever one it is, it works very well.
1:06-Interesting break into the more techno-like sounds, it's cool that you mixed them in with the sounds that preceded.
1:33-Think the cymbals could have been louder, but they break...
1:40 ...into an interesting change of pace. After having that choir/pad sound going through for so long, having it suddenly sort of gated makes for a very interesting change of feel
2:15-Very abrupt, but effective transition into what seems like a totally new section for 8 seconds. Structurally this perhaps isn't incredibly intricate, but it is interesting and adds a fair bit of variety when it wants to.
2:30ish? Like the additions of the flute, kind of taking the place of the choir/pad sound and giving a more minimal feel.
2:44-Awesome break. 'nuff said. ;D
3:48-Love how from here to the end it's essentially just that main theme over and over again with those subtle variations here and there. Works very well in itself.

What can I say; great production values, nice theme, very atmospheric...definitely keep going, you've got a lot of talent here.

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UncleSqueezins responds:

Thanks for the review! I'm glad that you took the time to carefully review each section in full detail. It really helps out a lot :)