Godzilla (NES) - Saturn (PRC431)
Let Them Chill (Planetary Mix)
Souperion - Great introduction, working great with this source. Liked how you alternated the source.
TheVodouQueen - Unexpected take on this song in the beginning. The main part with the source is more expected and I liked how you mixed the styles after that, also for the ending.
Wassup Thunder - Energetic mix. Nice variation and addition of stuff.
Good work my friends. I liked how you both got Godzilla roars there XD
Wassup T: I like the approach as a whole. Sliding synths are a win for me, and the eurobrass is nice on the fast bits. Really like the additions to the melody, made a nice heroic and adventurous mood. I'd try tweaking the EQ on your Carvin Lead there, try enhancing it's high frequency a bit. Liked the reprise with orchestral hits.
The Vodou Queen: The piece is weird in a way that demands my attention. I don't really get the source in the first segment, but from there on out, it's pretty trippin'. There's definitely a chilling sensation, but I get a little tension in there. I get ya on being busy with projects, but there's plenty to love here.
1) 'Planet Stomper' – Wassup Thunder
- * This was real rad to listen to. OMG... You're always so good with the Rock n' Roll / Eurobeat-style. Legitmately, it reminded me of something between a Power Rangers and a Voltron opening. Perhaps a bit of Saint Seiya, or like The Centurions...? At the very least, something real early-to-late 1980s (super) sentai / anime with big monsters and big robots!
- * Love the supersaws! Did you use an actual electric guitar VST, or was it like a keytar? Just curious. Your synths and arps used packed an appropriate punch in all the right places as well. Well-balanced and nothing felt overwhelming, even the chime bells (which I am a big fan of.)
- * Ah hah, also, excellent use of Godzilla's roars. ;)
- * Your bells were a bit sharpish / hit louder at first before the resonance and reverb. But it didn't break the bank for me insofar as voting went.
- * I think, IMPO, if the first 30 seconds or something started out with some space-y atmosphere or a slower section of swelling synth of the main melody, building up to how you currently start the song, it would've rounded out your composition to the fullest extent. It might just be because lately I've been trying to give my compos a bit more 'oomph' by playing with key and tempo for variation sake, but IDK. It just felt like, to me, the song warranted a “beginning”, like the opening of said cartoon or anime or sentai—but in no means is it necessary.
- * You did a great job on this song. :) Keep up the good work!
2) 'Iridescent Horizon' – Souperion
- * Jeez...the explorative, yet half-creepy, half-mystical unknown emotions one feels in listening to this song up to 2:00 were wonderful. Almost bordered on the atmosphere given off in the soundscape of Metroid games, to me. Also the weird synthy reverb @ about 2:17 onwards was equally as atmospheric, and pretty jazzy.
- * IDK if it's a play on words, or just felt like it as I listened to the song, but it felt a bit on the horror sci-fi side of things listening to it, like Alien or Event Horizon vibes. And I really liked it. I know it's experimental, but I also love that you're putting out the feelers and just trying different things. :) Ambient pieces are still in the wheelhouse you're used to, with spaciousness, cherry-picked instrumentation, and the lovely way you mesh it all together to give that overall beautiful effect to things, but at the same time it's different—and I am appreciating that in what you're producing so far when you do it.
- * Very pretty, and very unique. I actually loved this, what you've done here. If I could do tied-first, I would've, honestly. It feels very awkward and bad putting you 2nd... :(
- * I guess if I had to give a reason why you're second, it's because I am split on the middle section of your song, when it goes from the atmospheric, haunting echoes to a more solidified song with the identifiable harmony and melody. Nothing about that section was bad, or sounded bad, or wasn't balanced. It was fairly straightforward and had its strong points, with like I said, the reverbing synth and the outer space synthwave. But my preference after hearing the whole song a couple of times and comparing it to your beginning and your ending, was your beginning and your ending...
- * It almost felt, to me, like you added the mid-section because you wanted more of the actual MIDI, pacing, and recognizible chunk of the Saturn theme used, so it fit with PRC and people knew what song it was. But I think, because you use the melody notes and harmony chords in the ambience, that was enough. And they were very recognizible and identifiable.
- * The mid-section is about a minute and 30 seconds? IDK...if it were me I would've maybe cut it out and just stuck with the ambience. It was so powerful from the outset, that I think just having a song that was just that, and clocking in at maybe like 3:20 or something, would've been fantastic. Maybe other people would say to keep the song as is, but it felt like two different songs to me, rather than a complete composition. Perhaps with some additional spooky variation on tones, key changes, tempo changes, and certain new instruments going into and fading out of the song could've lengthened and linked the ambient sections together for a full ambient song. ...Again it's just me and personal preference of how I think the piece could've been stronger; but Soup, it's a great song already. I'm glad you submitted it. :D <3
Dang, I accidentally closed my browser before submitting my vote, gotta remember what I wrote!
Souperion gets my first vote. The two sections of ambience and plucky almost dancey exploration make an excellent story. The atmosphere is airy and cosmic. The instruments introduced for the upbeat part all sound congruent with the space ambience, it's not a jarring transistion is what I mean. It's a great progression through the whole thing.
TheVodouQueen gets my second vote. The percusion makes absolute fiyah for the beat, love those sounds! That contrasted with the gentle woodwind/string sounding pads and leads creates a great vibe. Love that saxaphone (I hope that's what it is) too. You nail the "vibin'" effect here. Around 2:03, there's a few faint dissonant twinges as the backing piano comes in. I think it's a few notes here and there that hit a slight dissonant chord with the source. It's kind of an interesting effect. Good work all around.