Compo Status :: Round 89 Voting :: Ended 2015-01-29 00:00:00 *CST () :: 7 Votes

Haphazard Nostalgia by Shadowbane

Round 29
Author Shadowbane
Title Haphazard Nostalgia
MP3 Link
Module Link sdc29_Shadowbane-Haphazard_Nostalgia.psy.rar
Filesize 117KB
Score 3, 2Total Points: 5 (2 Votes)
1st Place Vote5 Points2nd Place Vote4 Points3rd Place Vote3 Points4th Place Vote2 Points5th Place Vote1 point

Authors' Notes

hope you like it.



Comment by Mickrip on 2008-07-28 06:44:31

Comment by Necto_Ulin on 2008-07-29 02:03:03

Shadowbane, allow me to tell You some weak and strong sides of Your music (I mean rendered .ogg version). Its only my opinion so I tell as I really think.

strong: very original music :-), loud and clear.

weak: too loud :-), limited much, too much music information put to right side, 00:52-00:59 and 01:23-01:27 I dont like it at all,too much discords with main theme.

resume: very very unusual music. It cool because it exactly unusual :-)

Comment by Airmann on 2008-07-29 06:41:13

Nice melody ... a bagpipe would surely raise the lead sound. What I miss is a more suspenseful development of the melody - means: I expected that the melody would go up more dramatically. You could put it in a refrain or something. And the bass synth is indeed much too loud especially on the right channel. Bass belongs to the center.
Moreover, I like the drum rythm, it has this scotish style :-).

Comment by ambtax1 on 2008-07-30 07:06:05

Hey shadowbane... Really liking this you know. I think it has some excellent moments. The drums sit really well. I don't see the bass sound as a 'typical' centred bass so to me it doesn't sound out of
place panned. Listening to it for the third time now. The little dropped sections are pretty cool too. I see this as excellent progression over previous entered tracks shadowbane. Keep it up buddy. :):)

Comment by Airmann on 2008-07-30 09:16:44

@ambtrax regarding bass in the center: of course you have every artistical freedom to adjust panning like you want it. It's surely also a matter of taste, but
to place the bass in the centre has some really sensible reasons:

- first, the bass is the fundament of your sound, you should hear it therefore on both stereo channels (imagine you sit on the right in a room and there's almost no bass).
- second, bass needs a lot of "energy" and space in the mix (you can see that in the spectrum analyzer). If you place a deep sound event too much on the left or right channel, there'll be less headroom for the other instruments and the bass itself can't evolve as when distributed on two channels. One goal of a good mix should be to distribute the instruments at suitable places in the frequency spectrum, so that one instrument doesn't disturb one another and to fully use all technical parts of your speakers. E.g. if the bass is only on the left/right you only would use one of your bass membranes.
- third, you surely will get problems with the mono downmix (radio station) when using a panned bass.

last but not least: I don't want to appear arrogant or something - far from it, and I'm no audio engineer and always open for correction and learning, but this knowledge I have from a professional audio engineer and it makes sense to me.

Comment by ambtax1 on 2008-07-30 12:32:10

Hey Airmann. I won't take what you say personally (or in an arrogant way!!) this site is all about critique and having your own opinion.
Keep up the comments.

Comment by chunter on 2008-07-30 17:46:17

Uneven time signatures... way to keep it sounding together- I'm against the use of a real bagpipe on this tune, because a real bagpipe can't change its pitch like you have. Then again, the critique disliking the discordant sections is probably consciously or unconsciously for that reason. Greetings from CyberScotland! (or something)

Comment by Airmann on 2008-07-30 18:44:55

@ambtax1: thanks for your reply ... well, sometimes I'm not sure if I'm writing too much. This just happens sometimes when I'm digging into a topic :-). Moreover, I'm a newby here ... so I just wanted to state that I don't want to offend anybody ... my goal is too learn, share and improve. Regarding commenting: I'll keep this up for sure :-), whereas I have to say that to comment all those songs is very time intensive. But the cool thing about it: I learn while commenting.

Comment by organic_io on 2008-07-31 11:39:39

Definitely does evoke imagery of Scotland while listening. This is a fun song. Good melody work and progressions. Very strong theme and consistency which is always a good thing in my book. The mix lacks clarity and as Necto said, it's too loud. Not a lot of dynamics. But those things will come with time. I can definitely see you progressing here. Keep it up dude :)

Comment by hexmode on 2008-08-02 11:32:03

Nice one Bane, this is your best track so far I think. Definitely has a happy Christmassy vibe to it for me.

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