I hope I will not sound like a pretentious snob, but I kind of have a tip for you...
When you try to emulate a dream-like atmosphere, write down your notes for a certain instrument in a tab editor ( such as guitar pro, or anything you can find free online), then take those notes and put them together from last to first. So for example, if in your head it's ( random sound lol): bim bap prr pok, then input them into your VST as pok prr bap bim at for example 130% the normal tempo ( so if your track is at 100 bmp, input those at 130 bmp) and 6 semitones higher. Then run them through a sound editor such as Audacity and do two things:
1) edit:change the "velocity"/speed by minus 30% ( that way you'll have the sounds back at 100bmp and at the original key)
2) edit:reverse the whole things, such that it's bim bap prr pok again.
Then add it back into the final mix.
That is practically a reversed instrument, and if done well it will significantly increase the eeriness and dream-like atmosphere of the given track, or that is at least how I found it to be.
As for an actual review of this track, I am in agreement with most of what's already been said, only that I don't actually find it all that repetitive, and I must add I'm really fond of its atmosphere.
It's really nice for a day's work!
Once again, it wasn't created with dreams in mind. The title came afterwards.
Thanks for the review!
In response to Blacklawn, it is ESPECIALLY focused, considering its genre ( or rather the blending of genres).
This is a straight 5*! I love how it sounds almost like a track Kubrick could've used on 2001: A Space Odyssey.
This is a well-done experimental, there is not much to review since I believe it's only a matter of taste. I liked the use of bass, percussion, rhythm variance, sound effects, the loops, everything. It is such a beautiful blend, it could almost be a track from the Downward Spiral, maybe even a different spin on The Mars Volta. I hear a lot of talent, will surely check other tracks.
QUICK EDIT PRESUBMITTING: This is just so good, it gets better with more listens.
Oh my! Thanks! I'm glad you like the track, I only recently started really experimenting with stuff and got myself a Maschine Studio. This is actually the first track I made with it. The workflow change really lets me just get out there and go crazy.
Thanks again for the kind words, I really appreciate it! You can check some of my other stuff from my soundcloud http://soundcloud.com/itbegins . Maybe keep an eye out for the album too (mid-late summer)? ;)
From the start I'll mention that DnB is out of my area, so everything written here might be a bit biased, but it's up for you to decide! ( not that I find this track seriously lacking at anything, really lol)
First of all, for me, this is very moody, even though it's a very specific mood, I don't necessarily correlate it with DnB so for me that is a big plus, mood helps the listener's ear develop a narrative and that is always something I seek in my music.
The mastering is crisp and with taste. I really dig the atmospheric intro. It has a sort of Mass Effect Reaper-quality about it, and I'm a huge ME fan. So ++
The 01:21 is a real surprise, I like the sudden crush of pacing, and honestly I think it should've been a motif throughout the song, I know you repeat it a couple of times, and that the motif starting with 1:47 is a variation of that, but it doesn't work as well - although to be fair the fact the weirdness in that beeeaaaAAA, AAAaaaeeeb does add to the general mood of the song. Repeating that chord from 1:21 every four measures would be catchy, I think.
You have enough breaks and the pacing is good. But I believe the pacing is good for a longer track. You could definitely extend this piece.
From what I know of DnB, you sort of lack a melody. The whole thing could underpin a pretty strong synth melody. And from there, the track could easily go to 4 minutes with a bit of tweaking, more breaks etc.
The instruments and effects are of my taste.
Hm, re-listening, the atmospheric intro I really like, and the whole piece does hint that this is not your style of choice, and that intro makes me curious what else do you make, I'll check.
But, yeah, I think you fulfilled your purpose, this is a nice little experiment, hope you learnt enough from it!
Thank you so much for the review!
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