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    I sing for fun, and write lyrics to videogame tracks.

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    Vocals: Female
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    Vocals-Female, alto-soprano range.

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  1. Gario and prophet both have the production side of things covered, definitely agree that the balance is just not working well here. I do like the personalization to the track in terms of making it a bit harder hitting and adding the industrial sounds in. I wouldn't mind a little more of an adventurous take as the track repeats the chorus and verse, but I think it does get by in that aspect if it was left as-is. Balance for sure. NO (resubmit)
  2. The piano might be following the original with the higher note/lower note motif, but honestly I would never have picked that out on it's own, and even then it feels like a reach for me. The soundscape has a really creepy vibe to it, and I agree with Brad that it feels very harsh and over compressed overall. The soundscape can definitely work for the bleak feel you're going for, but definitely needs to be brought back a little. NO
  3. Brad definitely has this. Nothing I can add here, he summed it up perfectly. I think this is a great piece to really get some solid production practice in on, especially in regards to adding the humanization/pedal in to get a stronger performance aspect. Good luck. NO (resumbit)
  4. Dear lord this source is just about painful to listen to. The arrangement is really a bouncy and playful take on the original. There's a lot of added instrumentation that really fills out the soundscape well, and the use of dynamics really adds a lot of character here. There's also a good amount of variation to what is happening, so no part felt like a repeat, and I was at the end before I knew it. The master is definitely quiet overall, wouldn't mind a bump there. Otherwise enjoyable! YES
  5. Yeah, I'm with Rexy here. The performance is lovely, but this is pulling too much from already existing arrangements. Gonna have to be a NO for me, but I'd love to hear some of your own arrangements! NO
  6. By luck managed to get two of your pieces in one judge night. Hooray! The bass does some solid work here, really enjoying the presence it has. As Jive said, the mix overall has a fairly minimal feel to it, but that really works to it's advantage, being able to focus on specific elements when needed (drums, bass, leads and solos) without cluttering up the soundscape. Everything is well balanced and shines when it needs to. This is definitely the soundtrack to Amarant riding down a highway on his cycle at midnight. YES
  7. What an excellent expansion on a relatively short theme! Really love the overall bubbly vibe, and there's a ton of change-ups to keep the soundscape fresh. Solid downtempo at 2:30ish that transitions nicely back into the pre-chorus. The rising arpgeggio really keeps things tied together well, solid use there without overstaying. Love it, YES
  8. I'm fresh to this one, but I did a quick read over the issues from before. Absolutely agreed that this is an ambitious arrangement that has a lot of great styles and ideas going on. I do think the instrumentation doesn't match up to the strength of the arrangement, but I think it does squeak by here. I'm going to nitpick here, but do know that I think this is a pass. Just want to let you know things to work on for the future. The backing strings sound solid, but the solo violin should be a little stronger in the field, and add some vibrato in to humanize it more. The brass ensemble sound
  9. Yeah, don't see a real reason to hold this back. Listened through and even the noises I was able to pick out were very slight at best. Really nice arrangement, really nice tone and combination of instruments to set the mood here. YES
  10. The balance issue is definitely the biggest factor here, but I'm going to note that the samples aren't doing the mix many favors as well. The brass and low strings feel like the run just behind the beat on some transitions, and makes some of the parts feel sloppy, and many of the other instruments feel very blocky/mechanical. Some of that is a bit by design, but I think adding some more humanization overall would add a lot to liven the performance. Arrangement does stay pretty close to the source as has been mentioned. I think for the number of repetitions through the source that some mor
  11. I think the arrangement is fine, and the transition to metal works really well in context. The drumwork in particular was really great to me, all the fills and rhythms felt like they slotted in just right. The mixing, though, I'm just not feeling. The brass is being super overpowered by the rhythm section, and even then sounds super muddy and like it is in the back of a parking garage. It's just being too drowned out, even for a stylistic choice for me. NO (resubmit)
  12. Yeah, this is gorgeous. Lovely tone on the flutes, and the supporting parts really add a lot of life. I'm not always a fan of sound effects in a mix, but the water flowing really worked out well here, and stayed just enough in the background that you almost forget about it until the end. Great work. YES
  13. Tough one here. Nothing to add that hasn't been mentioned, but I think in the end the abrupt transitions, the weird harmonies at 1:49ish and the production issues are adding up to just not quite making it for me. It's close, though, and I'd super love to hear this one back at us! NO (resubmit, please)
  14. I do think this is pretty coverish, but I don't think it's as bad as the others are making it out to be. There's definitely the addition to the drums, the change up between octaves and the harmony in the third repetition, plus the addition of the second theme (which actually had more arrangement to it than the Fight Theme overall I felt). That being said, I would have loved more change-ups overall. Add to that that the flange on the guitar really makes it feel muffled which really cuts the power of the lead. Similarly, the harmony that comes in 1:10 feel awkward because it doesn't match
  15. Yeah, I gotta go with Rexy here. After 0:35, I'm really not clicking in on the source here at all. Pretty track, but not enough connection here. NO
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