I love the aleatoric feel of this! Were the melodies written algorithmically? I'm curious about your process.
I could use some more highs in the mix in general. It feels a bit soft around the edges, but then again that might have been on purpose. Anyway, it's deliciously bizarre and now I'm going to have to listen to the rest of your music.
wait... was this an actual review? i literally used FL studio's random arpeggiator and stacked every note within an acceptable range. this song was literally a meme i made in 5 minutes lol
Nice work. I like the slow build. The Mogwai wail at 3:30 is awesome!
I really like the subdued snare on the 2 and 4. Your writing has the sensibilities of a jazz musician which reminds me of some of the D&B coming out of Japan in the early to mid 00's.
I love retrowave! Your sound design is really good. What is your sound design process?
Thanks! After reading your description from your NGUAC submission I have updated my OP. Nothing too special with this track to be honest but I have the details in the description now ;)
Love this. There's an awful lot going on here, and it'll take several more listens to really hear everything. The break in the keys at 1:14 is really nice. I'd love to hear this with some live brass. What are the chances you'll get a performance out of this?
Ay! I see you found my insta bro! I don't know if it was by chance or what. Haha. Thank you dude. Definitely a lot going on with this one. Chances are somewhat high? I have a few pieces in the same style as this one that I plan on uploading in the future though the goal is of course getting a full group for performance. Having a full group even though it's more of a pain to do, there's always those tweaks that you can't adjust if you are tracking separate. But I might talk with some local players and see if they'd be up for a session, not sure when. Thanks again dude!
I really like that popcorn snare. It has a nice punchiness that cuts through the synths effectively. I think the understatement of the percussion works well against the arpeggios. The choir pads feel a little murky in the mix, but they set up a sort of tension that is released once the chip synths come back in. If you decided to pick at this some more, you could potentially make that B section do more, but considering the project timeline, this came out super well. You did a lot of work in 6 hours. nice job.
Thanks a lot for the review, SFW! I agree about the murky pads - I probably should've at least toned down the reverb there. Or I should try to avoid using Nexus presets altogether. XD I'm glad you liked the snare, though - personally, I liked how it meshed with the rest of the sound design. :) Thanks again and good luck in NGUAC. ^^
Found your stuff on here randomly at one point. Really nice work! I like how this one is significantly more dissonant than a lot of other tracks I've heard of yours. It makes me think of some sort of 80's film version of Castlevania. Keep it up!
Love the retro vibe in this. Those swirling synths are the jam! I feel like the drums could be mixed a bit higher. I want this to drive a bit harder. The mix is also a bit right channel heavy. I'd set that main melody synth more towards the center to balance things out. Other than that, great work! I'm going to go jam out to this again.
Thank you for your feedback, I've added a boosted bass version a friend did, I'll try to master the song a bit more, I'd like to submit it to NewRetroWave youtube channel, wasn't sure it was up to snuff. But, maybe with a little more work it will be.
Really great approach to the source material! Your style always has a sort of mystical flavor and I'm not sure where that comes from. It's great. In general, I think you could EQ the highs up a bit more to make it sparkle. Some of the edges feel a little fuzzy. Other than that, great work!
Great track! It inspires me to attempt similar at some point (though I suspect imminent failure). The bed of voices is great! I could use some more highs in the mix in general. A little bit of sparkle on the upper end will help the bass drum cut and will make those high hats really punctuate those triple to duple hiccups. Maybe mix the handclaps a little higher as well (or use them to trigger sidechain compression so the rest of the track ducks a tiny bit when they hit)? Those end up being sort of like fenceposts that the stretchy taffy of beats you have going on get wrapped around. Thinking of them like landing spots in the track will really make this fucking kick.
All in all, really fucking great. You handle tension and release expertly. Looking forward to hearing more.
Huh, never thought to sidechain the clap. Thanks for the tip! I'd love to hear you try trap haha. Thanks for the review!
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