I have ONE COMPLAINT: You didn't edit the file properties to give the piece a proper title and credit yourself as the artist.
Seriously excellent work. I linked the original post to a friend, saying "This is the kind of shit I have to compete with. :("
She offered no solace. Only, "That was dope af." Af, she says. Af.
I'm looking forward to seeing what you create for the next round.
Hahaha, that made me laugh, tell her I said "mt", that means many thanks, I'm still cool.
Yeah I always forget about the file data, oops! I'll be sure to fix it before I release it elsewhere. Thanks for the listen!
God damn, fellas. You just shattered my hopes of progressing to the bracket rounds! Excellent sounds all throughout, particularly the bassist. The first half of the song had my head bobbing compulsively, and the last third got me drumming.
There are some mixing issues, particularly in terms of levels, and I get the impression that little to no EQ work was done. But the production still has an immersive, albeit amateurish feel to it.
Spectacular stuff. I won't be upset about losing this round.
hey thanks! But It's quite the competition!! Even if it's a contest, Sports are to compete, art is to share! So 'm glad Im in this more for the reviews, tips and the opportunity of knowing new musicians like yourself! So, let's go at it not so much to win, but to become better artists in the process!! :)
I listened to this on the way to the gym!
It was a terrible, terrible workout.
But this was stuck in my head the entire time. Excellent piano, beautiful vocals. Very reminiscent of 30s blues.
I'd recommend using a lot more breath support behind your voice. You have a great sound, but you're holding back to fit the mood of the piece. Even singing something like this, it's always important to have plenty of breath, and plenty of energy in your voice.
Great submission, brotha. I hope to see you in the next round. :)
Thanks a lot, Jacob! Sorry to hear that your workout was so terrible, but I guess if you had to have a song stuck on repeat in your head at the time, this one would be rather appropriate.
Very pleased indeed to get such a positive review and helpful feedback from a guy who sings vocals on a regular basis! Yeah, this kind of piece always makes me think back to the music of the roaring 20s and 30s. I was actually a little torn with the overall genre since the piano is so very Jazzy, while the lyrics themselves are much more Bluesy in nature. Suffice to say, I am overjoyed that you feel the elements work well together! :D
I really appreciate the advice, and yeah...I was purposefully holding back a bit to tap into the mood of the piece. Unfortunately, I am also coming (very slowly) off a very nasty Summer cold, so my lung capacity is crappy right now. Your words could not be truer, but I found a good space to record lyrics when the neighborhood was quiet, so I jumped on it. Nevertheless, I could have waited a few days longer to see if there would be more improvement in my condition and ability to belt out strong vocals. Hopefully it won't be too damaging in the long run.
Many thanks, my man! Hope to see you there, too. Can't wait to hear what you come up with!
The purity of your classical guitar couple with the organic percussion are pure bliss.
The vocals seem forced an affected, which at times makes them quite pitchy. I would also recommend some EQ work on them, making a cut somewhere around... 900Hz? And a high end shelf for some floating clarity, allowing you to boost the level on the guitar a bit without sacrificing vocal presence.
The electric guitar had mostly great tunes, adding a bluesy flair to the soothing background. But the timing sometimes gave off the impression of improvisation, and the riff at 2:14 seemed to disregard the key entirely.
All in all, excellent stuff here. A great listen, honestly. I have to nitpick because it's a good track. :)
Good luck, Ceevro! I'm glad I got to listen to your track so early. I have a feeling you just might snatch our round.
Well...given the time-constraints, is it any surprise that I had to improvise the solos? And...uh...well...everything? I literally wasn't able to touch a guitar until this afternoon, so all I had was a rough idea, and it actually turned out a good bit different than the idea. If I've learned anything, it's that forcing my ideas into a song that doesn't want them always results in disaster.
But I am very glad you enjoyed the tune, and thanks for the mixing tips. Sadly, I won't get to use them this round!
No one ever needs to write another song ever again.
You've done it.
You have created the perfect song. All Deshiel was missing was a backing track.
I'm crying. I'm in love.
This is the only song I ever need to listen to ever again.
Excellent mixing, perfect sampling, all around gorgeous. I can't wait to give this a proper listen with higher quality headphones.
If you'd ever like to work in some vocals, I'd love to work with you. This is top notch stuff!
Wow, thanks. It's a weird, but very nice feeling to see ''excellent mixing'' on one of my songs. I'm currently studying Producing, mixing and sound design at the moment because I think I have a lot to learn still. So this is great to see. thank you so much for that comment Jacob. I'll definetely keep your proposition in mind for futur projects. Thanks again! :D
Nothing to say. Just, sick.
I'm just gonna take my Madness track down. You guys are all so talented.
So much energy in this. The lead is dirty as all hell, so much so that I can actually feel it tickling my ears. This was a Grade-A track, my friend.
That snare's got a PUNCH! So sick.
Oh shit, these leads.
You've gotta share your secrets on this before I drive myself crazy. Every single synthesizer in this track is absolutely pristine. This gets me excited!
Only issue I've got is that this entire thing feels like it's building up to something massive, and it never quite reaches that point. It tells such a story, and rises so high, but it never quite blows my mind. So close, though! Soooo close!
Phenomenal track, guy. Just phenomenal.
Phenomenal track? really? thanks dude your review is very important and have a nice day!
The intro is excellent! I feel like I'm listening to Nine Inch Nails.
The mixing creates a sick atmosphere. I could listen to this forever.
The only issue I have with this is the lack of a melody. A seriously great tune for background music - I honestly think it belongs in Madness Combat itself. However, as a standalone track, it's lacking that center-panned goodness. Out of the MD2014 tracks I've heard thus far, however, this is my favorite. God, it's like I'm playing Quake III Arena.
Hey wait, where's the ending? Jacob want conclusion. :(
Sick track, Deshiel. I'm definitely going to make time to check out your other submissions very soon. And if you wouldn't mind sharing the VSTs you used for that guitar-ish sound, I'd be very grateful.
Circa 1999 industrial right here. Bringing back all of the memories. All of them!
Hey you don't know how happy your review makes me. I'm sure that we can pretty much relate to each other with our fears that nobody will like what we did. I'm glad that somebody does, so thank you for leting me know. ;)
I'm still learning when it comes to "story & melody progression" in my music and pretty much thanks for confirming my fears that the ending I "threw up quite lazily" wasn't enough. I realy needed that lol
I'm glad that I caught your attention, but be careful, I uploaded around 470 tracks on newgrounds.
As for the guitars...
Three slightly moded and EQued FL SLAYER presets were used.
If you own fruity loops, you should already have them.
God, man. I'd love to make some tunes with you sometime. Throwing some vocals over the top and dominating the charts together.
Your mixing is absolutely immaculate. Every piece has such an amazing atmosphere. I can just lay back, close my eyes, and float.
Keep it up. You're going places.
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