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Huh...kinda surprised at this return...thoughts?

Post by coxnvox » Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:37 pm

Even the brief critique doesn't really have the language of a return. It has more the language of a "forward but could be a little better" in my experience. Would love your feedback. Thanks!

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"The intro works. The percussive elements here work in many areas, though I feel more "handmade" and real percussion performances could be added and less of an emphasis could be made by the harmonic/melodic instruments to keep the focus on the drums/percussion and the dynamics."
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Re: Huh...kinda surprised at this return...thoughts?

Post by andygabrys » Tue Jun 26, 2018 3:27 pm

To me:
"The intro works.
Good start with the right "tone".
The percussive elements here work in many areas
Meaning the sounds are a good choice.
I feel more "handmade" and real percussion performances could be added
Things started good but good old fast as it didn't build much on the initial motifs - and could have really either got denser with other cross rhythms or could have been doubled with lots of interesting sounds
less of an emphasis could be made by the harmonic/melodic instruments to keep the focus on the drums/percussion and the dynamics."
Meaning although the third ref had a low string / synth note or pad that just underpinned the piece, the emphasis was on the drums / percussion on top. And if you listen to the first two refs, the emphasis was on the percussion and drums - which to me is a sign of what they really wanted. Percussion and drums.

Yours had the melodic content come in as a layer and it was higher in register so it sounded like a melody instead of a pedal tone underneath. It started as short notes around 0:30 and could have been another drum doing those accents instead of going to instruments there.

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Re: Huh...kinda surprised at this return...thoughts?

Post by coxnvox » Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:54 am

Thanks, Andy...I think you nailed it exactly. Extremely helpful!
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