All 10 audio Reviews


In Remembrance In Remembrance

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

NGADM Round 4 Review

In Remembrance

Ideas: 4/5
You have many good ideas, but I feel you lack unity in them. Your intention is good, but I don't hear it very clearly in the music. Great harmony, though... audacious at times.

Interpretation: 4/5
Overall good execution; ESQL samples, I guess? You used them well anyway. I think these transitions (1:51 / 3:55) are rushed; you could very well use a ritenuto, and you need not to rush your cymbals; at 3:55, the strings enter slightly in advance, being intentional or not, it undermines greatly your transition.

Listening: 3/5
Again, I feel that you composed small sketches and stiched them together. But, I believe it would be great as an in between mvt for something bigger, but it currently feels like we miss a part of it - like you're saying something before and after, and yet we listeners have no clue what it could be, making it impossible to fully appreciate you piece. That, to me, is your biggest flaw.

Mixing&Technical Stuff: 4/5
This is generally well mixed, but some of your crash cymbal sounds sound kinda weak and do not seem to have the appropriate dynamic - or the sample isn't right, perhaps. Anyway, this also diminishes the effect of your transitions.

Total: 15/20 - 7.5/10

Slow rubato piece like this are tough, and I give you credit for doing it - wich is better than what I could do; but I felt unsatisfied by some structural elements.

jiimaan


BlazingDragon responds:

Very helpful comments, especially concerning the cymbals and transitions. I can understand why you'd say this sounds like ideas stitched together, and in a way it was. Each sections represents a different event in my life, and in that sense, they are thematically quite different. But all of these events resolved around death, so I tried to at least keep a similar emotional thread running through them all. I think that I should have found some motifs to employ across sections to build more unity.

Anywho, thank you for the comments!


Fly me to Blue Fly me to Blue

Rated 4 / 5 stars

NGADM Round 4 Review

Fly me to Blue

Ideas: 4/5
Very good ideas here (like many good ideas)...but you have that cool brass idea in the begining and it doesn't come back, wich is disappointing.

Interpretation: 4/5
You definitely know what you are doing, and are a great guitarist (and your bass is tasty).
Vocals sound great when you are surrounded by instruments; you have a nice jazz voice, but it sounds weak when you're exposed, so be careful with that. Also, the drummer I am thinks your drum parts are great, so kudos.

Listening: 5/5
I was entertained by this from begining to end. Never feels long or like you stretch too much.
And very good solos.

Mixing&Technical Stuff: 4/5
Hm...weird things happen to your song's space throughout your your voice moving in the pan, and such. Just watch out when you use different takes to make sure they sound like one. Even though I like them, I find your drums too prominent in the mix, I would have liked them a little more discreet. And I need to mention your nice use of effects here, really carries out that spacey mood.

Total: 17/20 - 8.5/10

Great piece overall. But I would certainly enjoy more of this excellent balafon.

jiimaan


Kor-Rune responds:

Thanks Jiimaan! I'm glad you enjoyed it! Yeah, the chorus has really loud drums and a lot of vocal takes are on bad channels with shitty pans I wanted to solve later. I'm a super shitty singer so I have to do heaps of takes, but with deadlines, I have to deal with the bad takes and compensate with guitar solos LOL

You're right, I would've liked more brass too c: I just didn't get camoshark my track fast enough so he could work on it with his buds. oops

Thanks for noticing the bass <: I thought it might not be present enough in the mix to matter.

Thanks for the review!


-Clutterfunk- -Clutterfunk-

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

NGADM Round 4 Review

Clutterfunk

Ideas: 3/5
I would say this feels destabilizing, but not cluttered. I think you could have done better to musicalize your idea, wich I love, of having multiple styles "cluttered" in one piece to show a cluttered mind; I think you should have sticked with it for the entire piece: create like 4-5 patterns that come and go and mix around in a cluttered way. That theme you develop at 2:46 is a really cool idea, but feels like its outside your main idea...

Interpretation: 4/5
I know next to nothing in this genre, so I can't find any major flaws in your execution, but I'm not impressed either... I would've liked more dynamics, but that's a classical guy's point of view, and may not be relevant to your style of music.

Listeneing: 3/5
The biggest problem is that your ideas are not quite well organized throughout the piece, wich makes the whole thing a little destablizing to listen to. Also, arriving at the 2:46 theme makes what you did before sound like a giant intro. In general, it made me wonder where you were going with this.

Mixing&Technical Stuff: 5/5
Again, I don't quite know what to evaluate here, but it sounded irreproachable to me.

Total: 15/20 - 7.5/10

I really loved your idea, but I felt disappointed by the

jiimaan


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Mio/Homura Mio/Homura

Rated 4 / 5 stars

NGADM Round 4 Review

Mio/Homura

Idea: 5/5
You have great ideas, and well developed, and a very nice vocal counterpoint.
Also made good use of pentatonic scale

Interpretation: 3/5
This is what I don't want to say, but since I judged you, I have to: you have a beautiful mezzo-soprano voice ( here, I insist, it's amazing.), but unfortunately, you often sing out of your range in this song with makes some of the notes sound out of tune.

Listening: 4/5
You keep the listener interested with good development throughout the piece,and it sounds very catchy. My only negative point is the outdo, wich is not bad in itself, but feels like a let down after all that wonderful music. I understand what time constraints you had, but your material wants to say more (at least, I want to hear more). I would very much like to hear a continued version of this piece.

Mixing&Technical Stuff: 4/5
Your water sound is too loud for my taste; that's a background element, and you have it in the foreground.The bass frequencies of that sound just clutter that range and makes some of your instruments, such as drums, hard to hear. Seems to distort sometimes.

Total: 16/20 - 8/10

Beau texte, en passant, mais on ne comprend pas toutes les paroles cause de ton contrepoint vocal. Excellente pièce. Ma pièce préférée du ce tour.

jiimaan


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Rain Pours On Clouds Too Rain Pours On Clouds Too

Rated 5 / 5 stars

I too cry for your virginty now...

I shall go cut myself in the darkest corner of my room, remembering mine...

Damn you for being such an expressive artist!!

Goodbye, to you and to life...

jiimaan



-*}MAC{*-Fractal Memories -*}MAC{*-Fractal Memories

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Ah yeah!!!

after all this work...the final result sure is worth it...

it's fucking epic man...

i have nothing to say excepted that some of the trumpets parts sounded weird...
from the other end of the appartment...now I know why...

also I'm pissed for not being credited on this piece....
I helped with title, image, and found your microphone on kijiji...

nah, just kidding...tough I want to say supersteph did on hell of a job here...

so yeah, cheers man...

you've deserved it...

peace jiimaan


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The Middle Path The Middle Path

Rated 3.5 / 5 stars

Nice...

I like the ideas a lot...

I enjoy the way you write for strings...
though, from the MAC point of view you don't use other instruments enough....
but who cares? It's enjoyable to listen to...

Two or three things bug me though...
-normalizing the song would have been an idea...or just using dynamics at all...
because right now, the volume is quite static...or my speakers don't render...(wich may also happen...)
-this is rather an ambient song...
I don't personally mind, but that may be why other users have bashed you
-also try humanizing your playback, because it's quite stiff at some places...

so yeah...overall, it's good...

keep up the good work!

peace

jiimaan



The Rise of Carthage The Rise of Carthage

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Hey!

I liked it overall...
great work with symbolism here, that definitely is your song's strong point...

something bugs me with your horns parts...
I listened to the loop for like ten minutes, and still can't pinpoint exactly what bugs me with them...
maybe if you used more dynamics, I don't know...

damn I can't find it...so I won't take points off for it...

anyways... I also appreciated that all instruments used were kind of historical (percussions, lyra, and horns) and could have been heard in these days...

great work overall...sorry I can't find that detail...

peace

jiimaan


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samulis responds:

Thanks for the review, I don't know why I didn't see this earlier. I am glad you liked the piece... the horn part could be a bit louder I think.


Game Smooth Loop 1 Game Smooth Loop 1

Rated 4.5 / 5 stars

Hey there!

I like it a lot:

it's simple, effective, and loops perfectly.

bass part is like the coolest ever: no show off in here...

drums are also cool...ezdrummer you say? never tried this one...sounds good...

I would've wanted to have something longer, with more variations,
beacause hear you can clearly hear that you have gotten
all you could out of those thirty seconds and two chords progression....

but hey...i guess you aware of all that, so I'll just cheer you for this great loop...

peace

jiimaan


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sorohanro responds:

Thanks for the review.
It was just a fast test to see if I remember how to use FL after several years of working exclusively in Mu.Lab.
Got my ezdrummer from Sweetwaters at half price or less, bought most of the expansions. It's a good choice for the price :)


One more taste (wonky jazz) One more taste (wonky jazz)

Rated 5 / 5 stars

Feelin' cool....

Wow...

I like this a lot...

Nice loungy song...
the voice, then the jazz organ, that sweet little reverb, the drums, everything contributed to get this sloppy, nonchalant atmosphere...

So yeah nothing else to say about this...

Would like to hear more...

5/5 10/10

Jiimaan