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Old 06-29-2017, 02:54 AM   #811 (permalink)
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Absolutely not like what I heard before. The hook is great at points but goes a little heavy on the autotune, it could have used a little subtlety. Try out that glissando/legato a bit. Your verses are ass though. I will say that you have a kind of inflection to your rapping combined with the effects-riddled element of it that reminds me of Shabazz Palaces in a way. You might just be accidentally avant-garde genius my man. I'll give it a 5/10.



I like the twangy instrument but damn bro. ****ing cringe. The dollar store beats could work in some cases but who told you that was a good idea? You don't have to have a hook, you know. Better verses on this one though, flow is smoother and not annoying, certainly the saving grace of the track. I'll give it a 4/10.
I'm rapping over other people's beats it's for that project. First one is Crawl by Gambino and the dollar store beat was Travi$ Scott's Goosebumps.
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Old 06-29-2017, 02:56 AM   #812 (permalink)
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Well, this is a good song though right.

https://jesusthecarpenter.bandcamp.c...g-of-the-teeth
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Old 06-29-2017, 03:02 AM   #813 (permalink)
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Well, this is a good song though right.

https://jesusthecarpenter.bandcamp.c...g-of-the-teeth
I don't want to listen to a full 20 minutes of a bad acid trip at a dentist appointment.




And MicShazam's album sounded like a dope ass Snes game.
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Old 06-29-2017, 03:09 AM   #814 (permalink)
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What about this one? The verses are smoother and less choppy/trappy in style. And original beat.

Here

I can't even post it because it censors swearing.
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Old 06-29-2017, 03:10 AM   #815 (permalink)
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Well you should review the first five minutes and the last five minutes or something because this is a quid pro quo thread and I just listened to two of your damned tracks. That's a small exchange for ten minutes of one of my many masterpiecios.
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Old 06-29-2017, 03:24 AM   #816 (permalink)
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Well you should review the first five minutes and the last five minutes or something because this is a quid pro quo thread and I just listened to two of your damned tracks. That's a small exchange for ten minutes of one of my many masterpiecios.
First 5 minutes sounded like a painful tooth drilling on acid. With high pitched drill screams and the rumbling buzz of it drilling into the teeth and it ended with this weird sound of the dentist shaking his lips back and forth while using his voice.

Last 5 minutes started with angry walrus lecturing people on the intercom. Reminds me of when adults talk on Charley Brown. But on acid. Now it sounds like an artsy whale is trying to sing. I think you put a kid on a keyboard and let him run his fingers up and down it while you recorded it then distorted it. It ended with the sound of the drill back to normal because the acid had worn off. Suddenly too, which typically doesn't happen.
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Old 06-29-2017, 05:04 AM   #817 (permalink)
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Firstly; thanks a bunch for the effort!

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MicShazam - The Hunt [EP]

The Hunt: The MIDI is going to make this one hard tbh. I'd love to hear this in the context of a live band or some more focus on how your keyboard/launchpad/computer program/whatever you use sounds so that there's more dynamic and it sounds realistic. Definitely dug the keyboard lead at the end.
No doubt I'm holding myself back by still using OpenMPT (an old-school tracker type program, but for Windows) but I just love working in that program. Old habits die hard. Very hard.
It isn't MIDI per se but .WAV samples, although some of the drum/hihat/cymbal samples might originally have been sampled from MIDI or keyboard presets.
All non-percussion instruments are ADLIB sounds (pre-MIDI sound card technology) that I created myself in Reality Adlib Tracker for MS-DOS. So... yeah... real state-of-the-art tech!

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Connect the Dots: My same advice from earlier still applies, but it's certainly an improvement on the opener. You do have some cool melodic ideas in the middle of the song and I dig your structure, especially in the beginning of the track.
I'm glad you liked the intro, because I almost cut it. I felt like it was maybe a bit of a non-sequitur, considering what goes on for the rest of the track.
I chose too keep it and feel like it was the right decision now

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Tarot Card: The intro is kind of unnecessary imo, but once it takes off it goes to high places for sure. The first two tracks had me worried that this whole album would be formatted off of a base of very straightforward beats but this subverted that so good work. Definitely the highlight of the album so far.
I'll do more detailed drums on my next thing. I was kind of intentionally keeping things simple this time, with fewer layers, more looping drums, simpler structures, focus on hooks, etc. My own favorite part of this track is the lead harmony early in the track.

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Tigris & Euphrates - Ja this builds on the other track in that it's the best track on the album, but the drums do bring he plasticity back into the picture.
Thanks! I wrote the tracks in the same order they appear in the playlist, so maybe I'd gathered some momentum for the final one. I wasn't sure if it would feel complete with such a simple structure, but again, the idea with this mini-project was to do something very straightforward.
Mixing is sort of bare bones. A bit of chorus effect and reverb, very little in the way of background tracks.

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Final thoughts: At first I was pretty skeptical but it turned out quite well and if you formed a band to play this with you it would be pretty incredible, especially if you could expand on them. Great work for sure. 7/10
I'm totally happy with my 7/10. I'm only just starting on learning to play keyboard, so a band isn't gonna happen for the next couple decades. If someone else stole my music and played it live, that would be the coolest thing ever!
I will try to make something that feels more fleshed out next and see what I can do to make things sound nicer.

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Old 06-29-2017, 05:15 AM   #818 (permalink)
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And MicShazam's album sounded like a dope ass Snes game.
I was always more of a DOS kid, but I appreciate this comment very much all the same.

PS: Can't give a time horizon for my review of your stuff. Hopefully within a couple days, but it depends what happens.
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Old 06-30-2017, 01:55 PM   #819 (permalink)
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Lucem Ferre - Something sick Is In Me
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Links to both tracks:
https://soundcloud.com/lucem-ferre17...-sick-is-in-me
https://soundcloud.com/lucem-ferre17/nightmares

That was intense! Rap isn't my usual ballpark, but this has some real energy to it.
The vocals are interesting and theres a bit more flair to the delivery than I expected there to be.
That bone chilling scream later in the track completely caught me off guard!
The lyrics aren't bad either and the line that is repeated most often hits pretty hard:
"Something sick/is in me/it hopes I die/all alone".
Whoa there! That's going to some dark places!

The backing music is pretty neat too. Has a sort of 90's gangsta rap vibe to it (or maybe I'm specifically thinking
of Coolio?), but without in any way sounding like a rip-off. There's a constant feeling of mild distortion. Something that sounds
like an electronic organ sound pops up here and there, sounding really great. Generally, the sounds and samples used here
are crisp and full of expression. Definetely not boring!

I could live without the slight touch of auto-tune. Even more raw vocals would fit better - especially considering the lyrical themes.

Forget about that though - this was excellent.

Lucem Ferre - Nightmares
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Auto tune again... which I'm not a huge fan of. What I really like is the rumbling, ebbing and flowing bass in the background.
There's also some good sounding samples, but were definetely in way less in-your-face territory than the previous track.
The part that starts at 3:42 is really great, but the auto-tuned hook is not all that strong.

Final thoughts
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The second track was pretty well made and I liked parts of it, but the first track is vastly, vastly better.
Actually downright great. I can't think of much hip hop I've enjoyed as much as this track. Keep in mind I don't listen to rap, so what do I know?
For what it's worth, I think it's as good as most of the stuff people have tried to convince me is good hip hop.

As a last point, I'll say that the sheer energy of the vocals is a standout element here. Vocal variety is also good and worth focusing on in the future.


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Old 07-07-2017, 06:26 PM   #820 (permalink)
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check this, I think you'd actually liike it https://troublesalad.bandcamp.com/al...age-satellites
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Hmm, what's this in my pocket?

*epic guitar solo blasts into my face*

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