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

Don't Look Back by CAG

Round 66
Author CAG
Title Don't Look Back
MP3 Link
Module Link sdc66_CAG-sdc66.xrns
Filesize 3731KB
Score 5, 3, 2, 1Total Points: 11 (4 Votes)
1st Place Vote5 Points2nd Place Vote4 Points3rd Place Vote3 Points4th Place Vote2 Points5th Place Vote1 point

Authors' Notes


Comment by organic_io on 2012-04-30 11:39:00

Hey CAG! Really glad to see you are somewhat active these days. This is a really nice song.... Lush soundscape, great use of chords and chord progression. Once the percussion starts picking up more around 2:20, there's a beautiful interaction between the arpeggiating synth and the percussion. Lots of cool polyrhythmic textures, combined with the pleasant melodies. I really like it.

The one thing I don't like is the unprocessed clap sound at the beginning and end. I guess I just don't "get it" why this sound is in style again. I think it's popular with r&b, right? Although in the 90's people avoided it like the plague. To me it just sounds too 80's and crappy, but whatever... To each his own :)

Comment by Shadowbane on 2012-04-30 14:22:49

Really good atmosphere in this piece. I thought it started to get a bit stale before it opened up around the middle, the build up may be a little on the long side. I actually liked the clapping sound.

Comment by tenfour on 2012-04-30 15:11:25

Is there significance to the title? This song is so rich with emotion that it seems like it came from a concept more than just sdcompo. I think the pace of the song, while very slow, is extremely tasteful and never ever boring or flat.

Seems "dry" at times, fx-wise. For example the first time the clap comes in, I feel like it should be about 100x "bigger".

Love the use of a plain 7th chord in such an atmospheric piece; usually only the big thick chords get used but it's really perfect here.

Comment by JustinCredible on 2012-05-02 14:39:43


very moody atmosphere- i especially like the "Arp" sound - cool.
The break was a bit suprising, which is always nice.
I think i personally would have added a different percussion, it sometimes "killed" the atmosphere for me.

All the best

Comment by juolac on 2012-05-02 16:50:37

Atmospheric indeed! I second the above speakers.
Also the drums felt a little dry to the rest of the prod.
All in all, well done!

Comment by chunter on 2012-05-05 17:09:01

If this had some vocal samples, and some delays and reverbs that sound like the Grand Canyon, I'd say this sounds like an Orb track.

It sounds so much like an Orb track, that I'm tempted to load the whole song file in as a track with a lush reverb and try mixing some swirling vocal bits around it just to see if I'm right.

Comment by CAG on 2012-05-06 22:55:33

Hey, thanks! I think now that I can sit down a listen again, I have to agree about the clap.

Haha, some swirling vocal bits... I was thinking of experimenting with that, but was running up against the deadline. Aw yeah last minute jobs.

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