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poodyglitz

 Genre: Electropop
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I'm finally getting around to working on my showreel, starting with this soundtrack. My ears are shot and I've spent so much time obsessing over this that I may have lost my objectivity. So, I'm turning to my friends at MacJams for feedback. I particularly need feedback on the mix. This is essentially to be used to underscore my motion graphics and video work. Just for the heck of it, how would you categorize this piece?

Thanks!
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Comments: 10
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Plays: 65
Downloads: 0
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Uploaded: Nov 12, 2008 - 10:17:17 PM
Last Updated: Nov 12, 2008 - 11:20:06 PM Last Played: Jun 01, 2019 - 01:47:26 PM
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Hardware:
Dual Core iMac
Software:
Protools, Moog Modular V, Sampletank, Sound Effects
Comments
kristyjo said 3902 days ago (November 12th, 2008)
Energetic
So I am assuming you don't photograph flowers and Japanese gardens:) Lots of energy! It is a little bit 'low' to me. The higher trumpet parts could come forward a bit more, or there could be another higher register instrument. Otherwise, you give everything space, and you have a really powerful bass sound going.
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Roxylee said 3902 days ago (November 12th, 2008)
No idea how you do this...
but it's quite cool!
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Kicbal said 3902 days ago (November 13th, 2008)
Killer
I think this is pretty sweet. The fat bassline is the best thing going in the whole song, so much so that I wonder if a very brief drum and bass break somewhere in the middle might be tasty, no longer than a measure or so. I've mentioned this to you before and this may just be my preference, but It seems that the snare and the overall mix could brighten up just a bit, may give the whole thing a bit more sizzle. I realize that this is a short ditty for a reel, but you could add a couple more segments to this and have a pretty groovy tune. But hey, nothing wrong with short and sweet. Cool stuff.
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EEFliess said 3902 days ago (November 13th, 2008)
ooooh, very nice...
I agree w/ Kristy, bring up the trumpets a little

and a smidgen of reverb in the master track as well

nifty little gem!
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drakonis said 3902 days ago (November 13th, 2008)
wiggly
I like the energy in the music. But there's something almost "claustrophobic" in the mix, partly because it is very bass-heavy, partly because of something I can't quite place as far as EQ and/or presence strangeness... it is as if the whole band is playing in a giant mason jar. You have stuff spread out nicely. I'd agree that the percussion is too regular, need to do a little break, even in this short piece. I love the ending bend. But something's funny about the mix, maybe "undo" some of the EQ settings to flatten it more, or see if there's some light phaser left on accidently, maybe over by the coffee table. :-)
ttfn,
Drakonis
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michael2 said 3902 days ago (November 13th, 2008)
cool
sounds good, for my two cents worth: maybe at the very end when the pitched drum hits, you could do a breakdown of drums or percussion and then go back to the main theme for a bit. almost reminds me of ghostbusters (the movie not the song) for some reason. has a retro feel, which is good. you know what you're doing. good luck with your reel.
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poodyglitz said 3901 days ago (November 13th, 2008)
Thanks Everyone
I think part of what's happening is that I've employed a whole lot of compression. Between that and the pad, the other rhythmic track and the drum loop, it's sounding a bit dense. I should probably just lead with the bass line and orchestrate the other instruments, if needed. It became apparent when I listened on the cheaper iMac speakers. I heard some kind of phasing. I wanted try to maximize the volume as well as have something thick and driving.

I tend to like deep bottom end, influenced by my love of R&B music. Instead of augmenting the drums with another separate kick drum, I tried to boost the Garageband loop and darkened it too much.

Perhaps part of me pulled back on the horns to avoid fighting with the visuals. The mix could be a little brighter. I had put a little reverb on the horns to help separate them out a bit.

I'll go back and focus a little more on mixing. Sometimes get caught up in mixing while I'm composing and I get distracted %u2014 as well as tired.

Thanks again for the input. It's a big help.
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paul f. page said 3901 days ago (November 13th, 2008)
To MY ears...
...This strikes me as a 1-minute loop...the rhythmic underscoring is very appealing and upbeat, though awfully far back in the mix...The "trumpets" are even further back, so that can't be such a good thing == though if this is a background, I guess you'd want the WHOLE thing somewhat "back." I don't get much of an authentic timbre out of that brass, though. Maybe something else would work better... Um, I don't know you, but if it's a background sound track for video that you are looking for, I have a piano solo track with the kind of upbeat feeling you have here that you MAY be interested in hearing and possibly using. If you have any thought of entertaining such an idea, just drop me a note with an e-mail address and I'll shoot an mp3 to you. ... Don't get me wrong: I DO like what you have done here.
Peace.
Paul
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poodyglitz said 3901 days ago (November 13th, 2008)
Just One Minute
It's not really a loop, just a one-minute presentation. For the horns, I wasn't really trying to be authentic. I really liked the strange quality of the trills and it had the right timbre. I like them also because with all the electronics going on, it was nice having something non-Moogish and evocative.

Thanks for the offer, but I need to do the soundtrack because I'm trying to build up that part of my business as well. Then, there's the voiceover reel...
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LunaTrick said 3901 days ago (November 14th, 2008)
Good backing track!
I like the altered horns - I would have probably given them a bit more reverb but they sound fine. Since this is a backdrop piece for visuals and voice, I think it will be effective. I'd categorize it as carnival bingo boogie!
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Char said 2843 days ago (October 7th, 2011)
Neat.
The second version is better. Thanks.
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Electropop (also called Technopop) is a subgenre of synth pop music which flourished during the early 1980s, although the first recordings were made in the late 1970s. Numerous bands have carried on the electropop tradition into the 1990s and 2000s.

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