I just received a return tonight, that was somewhat confusing. I have to admit, I put much more effort into this one, with regards to structure, parts and building of the piece. I actually thought I was pretty close to the mark as my kid came walking into my music room, and began asking what viking movie I was watching, because he heard the piece, and that's what he thought of. That aside, I had done several posts for feedback well ahead of submission, where others thought I was on the mark too. I can certainly accept if I wasn't, but I'm confused at the review, and how to correct.
Here's the link to my submission: Path To War
*Please note - to me it always sounds like the default taxi web player, plays at 128Kbps, and not the 320Kbps version I had uploaded. You will hear the difference most in drums and cymbals. If this is what bitrate it was played at, it would have killed it in the first 7 seconds.
The review I received was as follows:
What I like most about this song
The developmental and dynamic arc of this are very good as is the duration and overall production. Nice job.
I think you could improve this song by
I returned or forwarded this song because
It's too repetitive, it has too many cymbal hits, and it needs more low end drums playing more of an accented pattern that builds, varies and explodes at the ending.
Style was listed as "Not Contemporary"
Composition deemed "Too Repetitive"
That said the first comment was the development and dynamic arc were very good. I'm confused.
Recording & Mix "Need Improvement"
Any feedback would be appreciated.
The following was the listing:
MASSIVE PERCUSSION-Driven DRUM INSTRUMENTALS and/or INSTRUMENTAL CUES are needed for Film Trailer and Video Game placements by a fast-growing International Music Library.
They’re searching for Mid-to-Up-Tempo Instrumentals and/or Cues in the general ballpark of (but not limited to) the following examples:
Earth Shaker (Massive Hybrid Drums) (The Expendables 2 Trailer Music)
[Epic Tribal Percussion Trailer Music] - Death Dance
Give them epic, impactful, heart-stopping Instrumentals (and/or Instrumental Cues) that can be purely drums and/or percussion, or they can also have growls, non-lyrical vocalizations (big group chants, etc.), and other minimal (but huge and dramatic) sound design elements combined with your drums and percussion. Rises, drops, dramatic stops, and edit points could be welcome additions, but are not required.
TAXI Tip: Think of what you might hear as the Visigoths, Vikings, or the Huns, are about to crest a mountain ridge and rush into an epic battle in the valley below.
All submissions should be at least Two-Minutes long with non-faded, Stinger endings. Do NOT copy the referenced music in any way, shape, or form. Use it only as a guide for tempo, texture, tone, and vibe. Broadcast Quality is needed.