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« on: December 10, 2012, 08:02:03 PM »

Alright, so I've been wanting to get into composing music for games for a while now. For some reason though,
I've been putting off doing some very important things (Including making an account here.) For way too long.

Because of this, I've never really received criticism from anyone who knows anything about music.

Soooooooooooooo... Do your worst.


http://soundcloud.com/justsometoast


NOTE: The songs aren't entirely in chronological order.
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« Reply #1 on: December 11, 2012, 08:55:20 AM »

Nice stuff man! Really enjoying the chip melodies, keep it up Coffee
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« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2012, 06:43:02 PM »

I'm sorry to say that your music has cancer...

...AWESOME cancer that is!  Aha!  But no seriously...
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« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2012, 10:31:45 PM »

You're good and you should feel good.
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« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2012, 12:47:59 AM »

None of the songs are bad, they're all put together well, they're all good enough to find some sort of game that they would fit pretty well in.

If I had to be really, really nitpicky, I'd say that they were lacking in personality. By that I mean that they tended to the generic side - I could see a largish-set of possible games the songs could fit, rather than just a very specific one - like I'd enjoy the music as I played the game but I wouldn't remember the song afterwards.

Of course it's hard to say how to "add personality" with game music, and it's not appropriate to do so for every scenario - it's just my personal preference to like game music that I can tie to specific experiences, which is why I brought it up. Just something to think about? Keep it up!
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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2012, 08:17:31 AM »

self-deprecation in your signature as well!

You've got a solid foundation but it doesn't sparkle. You're doing nothing really wrong is what I'm trying to say.
I think I agree with seagaia on the generic front. I think the electronic stuff placed alongside other electronic stuff would come off as pretty tame and wouldn't particularly stand out. Same with the orchestral track.

It seems your main focus is on electronic stuff so I'd try and focus on upping production values (quite vague advice, i know), getting more experimental with your use of synths/effects to get some more unique sounds. Also, just generally I'd suggest trying to break out of using triads, 2 or 4 chord repeated sequences, staying in one key, sticking to 4/4. That'll help separate your tracks from the herd greatly. You'll notice that those who are successful are those who's styles are unique and generally who's music is really interesting and well thought-out & developed!

Generally, though, you're pretty much ready, you just need to make things shine and stand out from everyone else. I'm sure there'll be people more than happy to work with you and you only really learn by doing, so go for it!
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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2012, 09:54:17 AM »

Thanks for the feedback guys! I'll be sure to take all of this stuff into account during future projects.

And speaking of the future, expect a new song to be posted on my soundcloud later today.
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« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2012, 04:50:52 PM »

Dude you're wicked sick. Really.
Loving your stuff all the way through.
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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2012, 11:59:51 PM »

A lot of your songs don't really have a coherent melody. They've got leads that just sort of meander on aimlessly. A big part of writing strong tunes is understanding how the lead melody interacts with the bass. Listen to some of your favorite songs and try to identify your favorite parts - what are the melody and bass doing at these parts?

Part of what makes your main tunes kind of boring is that you use the same chord progressions over and over. Try to be a little more experimental. As you learn more about the way melodies and basses interact, you'll get a better understanding of chord progression. For now, try to force yourself to write in different chords and maybe different time signatures.
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