Tuned Logic

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  1. Sounds very cool, but some improvements can be made.

    1. The electric guitar-sounding lead is a bit harsh. You don't necessarily need to lower the volume, but edit out some of the frequencies around 1khz (estimate).

    2. The song gets way to busy around 2:05. I had no idea what was going on there - focus each section of the song on a different part. If you want to keep all of the parts in there, pan some instruments to either side of the sound image, and make sure that each instrument has it's own frequency sweet spot. In a lot of the song, there is frequency overlap, and one sound crowds out everything else. Experiment with EQ. It is your friend.

    3. Your drums sound so quantized that they are somewhat arrhythmic and don't really mesh with the rest of the song. Specifically, your arpeggiated synth clashes with the percussion rhythm, although I can't put my finger on why. Maybe try shifting the arp synth start point forward or backwards by a quarter of a beat or so.

    Good luck with this one - it's very promising!


  2. I'm liking this quite a bit, downloaded (>^^)>

    The atmosphere really suits the piece I think, really chill/groovy, I liked the miramba(i think) stuff and the background sound effects.

    The only thing I'd wish for is more interesting chord changes/progressions in the first half of the piece like the stuff the string section does 3/4 through.

    Keep it up =)

    By the chord changes, are you referring to the arpeggiations? I didn't mess with the chords too much throughout the piece. I'm glad you like it. :)


  3. ^Glad you like it!

    First review posted for those interested:

    DIY-er (“Do-it-your-selfer”) and one-man show Michael Feinstein, a.k.a. Tuned Logic, shows how far the imagination can escape by simply utilizing a computer and some electronic equipment to blend euro-techno rants with contemporary jazz aesthetics and electronic elements on his debut album, 24 Shades. As crafty and artful as the music is, the songs are sometimes formulaic in their structure and hence, become predictable after awhile. Still, they’re no less inviting and pleasing to listen to. These formulaic songs are ideal for movies and television shows that require dramatic, mood-creating loops.

    
24 Shades starts off with mid-tempo easy-listener “Night Lights.” The glittery synthesizer strings and wobbly bass lines are effortless and make this song an ear-pleaser. Like most of the songs on 24 Shades, “Night Lights”’ melody and arrangement shifts smoothly through dynamic variations creating a multitude of moods within each song section. These mini-moods are a signature throughout the artist’s work. “Caught in the Rain” also starts off in a mid-tempo loop and includes a deliberate banging on a classical piano, but then quickly builds into a rhythmic breakout of boogie synths and electro drumbeats. It’s simultaneously playful and dynamic.

    
The record takes a turn for the funk with “Never Better.” Its collage of big beats and synth sounds include a bass-like boom which pumps throughout the song. The song’s catchy melody is craving for some kicking vocals, but instead are lead by a lone electric-sounding synth. “Never Better” pushes an infectious and optimistic mood into the listener’s purview. Some of the moods created on 24 Shades are just the kind of sounds made for television shows and movies. “Still” is a delicate balance of classic piano laced with the sound of pattering rain, echoing clatter and acoustic guitar. The piano loops into a series of repetitive notes that create an eerie aural sensation. The mood and atmosphere is made creepier by the minute as the piano continues on in its repetitive hypnotic rage. Music producers looking for good soundtracks for their thrillers or crime dramas should pay close attention.


    The mood shifts completely with “Midnight Reflection.” The artist reaches into his contemporary jazz repertoire of lounge-sounds. There is enough musically going in “Midnight Reflection” to keep a relaxed listener engaged. However, at times, there were unnecessary touches, like the hissing synth sounds made to define a new verse. Even though the sleepy pace of “Midnight Reflection” borders on music heard in the background of medical offices, it is a well-produced track that complements the other moods played out on 24 Shades.

    Another techno track in the same vein as album-opener “Night Lights” is “Pulse.” Appropriately named for its pulsating bass line spouting throughout, “Pulse” illuminates the artist’s dance and rhythm tendencies with screechy synths, adding a symphonic dimension to the song. “Pulse” would fit in perfectly on an all-night dance-club set along with other electro-techno maestros like The Juan MacLean or LCD Soundsystem. “Unwind” is a trip hop respite from the dance and techno sounds prevalent on the album. It takes the listener into a dusty contemporary jazz progression, led by a series of atmospheric synth sweeps and delicate touches of rain. “Unwind”’s dramatic mood makes it good food for TV crime dramas or movie dream scenes. The pitter-patter of rain and pelting synths toward the end of the song add a haunting layer.

    “Pure Imagination,” the song from the 1971 classic film Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, is a euro techno spin of the classic Willy Wonka song. The synth maestro pulls off his version using carefully drawn industrial-sounding synthesizers that whiz, ping and whine throughout. Perhaps a disco mash-up with “The Candy Man” would have been an appropriate touch on 24 Shades? Nonetheless, the cover song choice is a smart and whimsical selection, and will definitely serve as a fan favorite on this album.

    Music producers looking for some soundtracks to their crime drama or thriller projects would benefit from Tuned Logic’s ear for atmospherics, while fans of ambient and dance music acts like Moby, The Juan MacLean or any of the pioneering electro-dance music borne out of DFA records would perk up to the sounds of 24 Shades.

    Review by Michael Morgan

    Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)


  4. That's cool that they are reworking the original melodies. Like most things, I'm sure some will be great and others blah. Either way, you've got to give Retro benefit of the doubt as to how DKCR will turn out, but after losing their three key developers, I'm not so sure. Following the commercial failure of "Other M," I'm worried as to how this one will turn out.

    Well it's not like Retro made Other M. Plus, Kenji Yamamoto is a beast; I wouldn't be too worried.


  5. Hey all,

    Just an update with some more links, in case anyone is interested.

    Amazon MP3:

    http://www.amazon.com/s/qid=1287460964/ref=sr_shvl_1-all?ie=UTF8&keywords=tuned%20logic&rh=k%3Atuned%20logic%2Ci%3Adigital-music%2Cn%3A163856011%2Cn%3A%21624868011%2Cp_n_feature_browse-bin%3A625150011

    Last.fm

    http://www.last.fm/music/Tuned+Logic/24+Shades

    eMusic: http://www.emusic.com/album/Tuned-Logic-24-Shades-MP3-Download/12151612.html

    GreatIndieMusic: http://www.greatindie.com/ipnmusic/store/list.php?item_number=884502786071

    Bandcamp will hopefully be up in the near future; I have no time! Haha.

    Anyway, even if you don't buy it, please have a listen on YouTube! I always appreciate comments/criticisms from fellow forum members so I can keep making better music (including better ReMixes :D).

    Thanks again!


  6. Yeah. Well, yes and no.

    The current plan is to implement a custom, admin/staff-only system of structured, agreed on tags that would be maintained & displayed on the mix page, as you say, and then opening up tagging via the forum threads to the community.

    Thoughts/concerns?

    So you're saying an initial tagging would be restricted to staff only, but then forum members would have to option to add tags?

    I think some sort of tagging system would be hugely beneficial. It would be neat to replicate the music genome project (aka Pandora Radio) in terms of the tag attributes, such as the type of beat, mood, etc... rather than simply genre. Typical genres aren't really helpful these days, IMO, since there's so much variety.


  7. UPDATE: Thanks for all of the comments, and I hope you enjoy the music!

    See http://tunedlogic.com if you haven't grabbed the album yet!

    Hey all,

    I just released my first album, and I think many of you would appreciate it; my style is heavily influenced by game music. These are all original pieces (with the exception of my cover song single), and they are all pretty different from each other.

    I had trouble classifying a genre for this album; it really has a bunch of different stuff; think of it like an OCR front page of originals :)

    Anywho, the iTunes link for both the album and the single is below. Many of you will probably recognize the song I covered in the single (it's not game music, and I apologize ahead of time, but the cover song is only available in the US; album is international). I hope you all enjoy it; this place has been great to me. The album will be available on Amazon, eMusic, CDBaby, and others in due time.

    24shadesr.jpg

    http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/tuned-logic/id393980110

    Update: CD Baby Link: http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/TunedLogic

    Update 2 : You can listen to the tracks here: http://www.youtube.com/user/TLogicM

    Update 3, by popular demand: bandcamp_130x27_black.png


  8. Thank you all for the compliments and criticisms. I'm glad most of you enjoyed it, and to those who didn't due to lead choices, I'm sorry, and I understand exactly where you're coming from. Looking back, I would have changed the second lead (guitar) to something else, but I feel the main lead held the song together; without a powerful sound like that, this would have been a pure ambient piece with little energy; that just wasn't what I made this mix to be :/

    Once again, thank you all for your comments.