So... yeah... This is great. Yes, its simplistic and repetitive, but the construction makes up for it. Sometimes simplicity is where it's at.
This track is prime for a melody and/or lyrics. The bassline could be dirtier of course, and the tempo could be moved up for a bit more energy but overall, love it.
Personally, I have no idea how this song made it into the top 30.
The layering on this song is bad as well as the instruments are low quality. If this is supposed to be a for a video game, perhaps it could work. This work classifies more as a low quality 8 bit tune for a video game and strikes me as such material.
Some of the drum sequences are decent, but canned and recycled. The arpeggios are alright, but the tune itself fails to inspire or even capture the imagination much. With sub-mediocre work, and low quality synths this should not be a top 30 song.
For a beginner's work, it is not too bad, as you have a solid basic composition. You are right that the transitions are rough. That can be covered by using perhaps a break method, or you can work on fixing them.
You have the most basic of melodies, which is really nothing more than a backing track consisting of a drum track and bassline with a little bit of midline to support it.
There -is- enough of the right elements to consider this track as techno, but I would only consider this a first-fruit effort.
Understand I'm not trying to be harsh or anything.
What equipment/software did you use to make this track?
I made this over a year ago and I no longer even have the files for which I made it with. But I did it with a combination of Fruity Loops 7 and Reaper.
This song was intended to sound kinda cheesy/video game-esk.
Indeed the instruments are low quality, that's what happens when one does not have the money to buy 1000$ sound pack libraries or sample accurate editing software.
Regarding the drums...I'm not sure what your implying by "canned and recycled." Every single drum part you hear I wrote literally note by note, beat by beat, and sound/voice by voice. In-other words none were pre-made, though I did repeat some of the grooves after developing them.
This doesn't quite qualify as HH. It has a hardcore thread, and vibe. It's got the right speed. The problem is in the note/chord progression. It gives a much darker feel rather than being light and happy. No amount of high end bright and happy will fix the mid and basslines if they aren't written with the same energy.
The note progression rising by only say a half note/step at each section is hurting you, and the key changes jumping the way they do could be re-structured for a better sound. As it is, this sounds more like fight music from say Final Fantasy Adventures or maybe one of the other Final Fantasy games.
Good attempt, but I think you might want to go back to the drawing board a little bit. I do agree the track needs more of a dance influence.
Thanks for the breakdown. I'll go back to the drawing board. This was really my first attempt at HH.
You know you like something when:
I hit download twice just to make sure I had this song.
I think I've become an instant fan. If you do take the contract, you must let us NG'ers know what name you'll be using so we can buy your trax!
Instant dl. 5/5 10/10 - also going into my Audiosurf folder!
Hope your lady likes this a lot for her birthday.
I don't usually give much credit to the Hip Hop section, as it's usually all the same. This however, is a beautiful peice.
Could you tell me what piano setup you used for this. It sounds fantastic!
Thanks for the kind words, Tearstone.^^
The piano vst I used for this is called jazz baby and it's free of charge, you can get it here: http://www.kvraudio.com/get/2605.html
How the hell...
do you people do this stuff so easily?!
Seriously I want to know!
I cant wait for a full and complete version. This rocked.
Be on the look out then!
This particular song reminds me of some work by Jon Hallur aka RealX. He's a professional composer who works for Crowd Control Productions or CCP Games, specifically creating music for EVE Online and probably Dust514.
I'm glad you like it!
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