logicbdj
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#2
The first reminds me of Kraftwerk, which I like (I don't listen to much electronic music, and so if it sounds like someone else, my apologies). Very up-tempo. With the second song, I would have the second keyboard (synth) come in a few bars earlier; but that's just me... my ears get bored quickly, which is why I tend to do instrumentals rather than traditional verse-chorus-verse type songs (every 4-8 bars I'm changing something). Based on that, a third layer is required in the second song... something to be added 75% way through.
JohnyToms
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#3
I'm not really into electronic music but "For Infinity" is nice. It would be better(for me, of course) if the main riff was being played by the guitar and the solo by a synthesizer instead of this something that its playing(I don't what's its name). Then it would sound like The White Stripes. But overall it's ok.
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#4
Quote by aaron aardvark
I added 2 new synth songs on my music website: "For Infinity" is the song on top, and "Reflections" is the next song down. Please tell me how you like these songs and how they can be improved. If you review me, I will review you, I promise! Here is the link:

http://www.soundclick.com/bands/default.cfm?bandID=224436


(Fingers interlaced and cracking) , I will now review yer song Infinity .....

Dude....U R WIERD ....LOL

OK, now that we got THAT out of the way, lets talk about the tune itself....

The good: The mix is fine, the EQ is fine and the reverb levels on vocals are almost acceptable....The song itself (from a composer POV) is fine for that genre....It's fairly obvious to see where yer goin with the song, lol

The bad: DUUUUUUUDE, you WILL grow hair on yer palms for wankin that damn pitch shifter on yer keyboards !!!! Dammit boy....perhaps a TON more moderation...lol .....SAME on the vocals...Goofin around for effect is one THANG, but when you pitch-shift yer vocals so they go flat it sounds like Alpo....Flat is flat is flat .....

So what does this mean ? Not much....I haven't listened to any of yer other songs yet (I feel like you VIOLATED me, lol) but I promise I will and get back to you ....IF this is the sound yer lookin for, power to ya but you won't be getting rotation any time soon commercially....It's to abstract except for the goonies ...peace out, Lee
skatooter
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#5
I love the quirkiness of your songs, from the start you never know whats going to happen but there is always something familiar in each song...hard to explain lol.

For infinity - The start had me feeling I had started playing streets of rage or something from the 90's gaming era. I have listened to that song 3 times now just to hear that lead synth riff! As strange as the music you make is, I still enjoy listening to it which is weird as it's usually not my thing. Keep it up!
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arnob_oblique
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#6
Thanks for reviewing my sound!

Nice build up to the song Reflections, i like the synth tone .. as bit different from the usual tones yet fits perfectly with the song. May be a bit more dynamics would work great with the composition, otherwise it keeps going at the same pace for two and a half minutes. I see a lot of potential in it though, great job and I'm defnitely going to check out the other sounds! Cheers!


ryan19
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#7
thanks for checking out my song!

Always cool to hear your music. its very different than what im used to hearing. Sounds like video game music or could even be on a movie soundtrack. Interesting sounds anyway. i got no idea how to create this kind of stuff. not familiar with synths. Nice job !
aaron aardvark
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#9
logicbdj, JohnyToms, XF2, skatooter, arnob_oblique, ryan19,
Thank you for the reviews! I appreciate it!

bigblockelectra,
I used a Korg DS-8 synthesizer as a MIDI controller to play a Korg TR-Rack synthesizer module (no synth plug-ins were used) for both songs.
knitest1ck
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#10
I only listened to For Infinity. It sounds like updated Scooby Doo music. I think you should use a more retro-sounding synth.Overall though I'm not sure how I feel about this song, it sounds like it's trying really hard to be interesting but it's just not. I think you should try to throw in a more interesting vocal melody. I really liked the solo though. If you want to give me a crit here's the link
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1609638
trippingiraffe
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#11
For Infinity was different, in a good way though, but I really liked Reflections. I think in Reflections, there needed to be another instrument or riff to change it up a bit so it wasn't too repetitive. One thing you could do, instead of adding something, is take something away for a section, just so the listener doesn't become bored. Both were very well done though.
Guitar Hack
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#13
For Infinity

Music is done very well. the vocals are good too. A little techno vibe going on.

Reflections. Like the intro. Your recording is very polished. I'm still learning myself. I can see this as the background music in a movie. Well Done.
awesomo41894
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#14
For infinity: This song is pretty good. Compositionally, its great. I loved the synth parts in it, The synth leads were SUPER awesome (SO ORIGINAL sounding, and they sounded almost crazy train solo esque around 1:15ish, but much crazier) I really loved listening to the synths. I liked the more minimalist approach on vocals too. I wasnt the BIGGEST fan of the vox on this one, but they did fit, and gave it an almost scary vibe. Overall, good song man, and sorry for the late crit back, ive been so busy lately its crazy
DrewsGotTheLife
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#15
"For infinity" definitely has some old elements like Gary Numan, which reminds of that for some odd reason, I like the creativity with the synth too. Has a nice feel. Overall great stuff!
john.hoos.3
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#16
Just checked out for infinity. Not my cup of tea, but is quite cool. Drum beat is a bit outdated, hence the kraftwerk comparisons above. Definitely think you could do more on the drum side, even if using a sequencer and just adding some more to it (ie, changes, fills, etc). Cant fault the keyboard work - very good indeed. As an overall song, fairly listenable, quite liked it.
CarlosAlejandro
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#17
Hello Aaron. I am not a huge fan of electronic music. I just end listening for infinity track and reflections, there is some things i want to say

About for infinity, well, this track is way away for my music taste, i liked the bass. Did you made it with controllers and stuff? Anyway, it sound great! And some of the rare sound you used were good, one thing i did not like was the drum sound... And some drum fills, but i think is a matter of taste (Talking exactly about the fills, the sound sometimes was pretty weird to me?) ... If you will need some bass lines tell me, i'll be glad to work with you on the bass

About reflections, well, is different from for infinity, of course. I did love the piano melody (i think it's a piano!?) . I think the strings you made should be enter on fading, it was weird for me that it just plop on the song (Maybe it's because im seeing the song like a soft balade or something) ... Then! The tambourine, oh... Simple but i love it.

I hope my opinion help you in future tracks and of course, keep in the mind the thing i told you about the bass. ciao
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aaron aardvark
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#18
mysteronyx, knitest1ck, trippingiraffe, ChrisHiggs, Guitar Hack, awesomo41894, DrewsGotTheLife, john.hoos.3, CarlosAlejandro,

Thank you for the reviews! I appreciate it!

CarlosAlejandro,
I commented on your song "Post Rock 13", the first song. I used a Korg DS-8 synthesizer as a MIDI controller to play a Korg TR-Rack synthesizer module (no synth plug-ins were used) for both songs. "Reflections": there is a sampled Wurlitzer electric piano in that song. I play synths, electric guitar, and electric bass also. It depends on the song (or my mood) whether I decide to use synth bass or electric bass for a particular song. Thank you for the offer!
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Innercelph
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#19
Thanks for the feedback!

For Infinity - love the synth sounds and melodies, really sinister. Agree with the above comments on the drums though, they need to sound way bigger and more upfront. Personally I would also drag out the outro a bit more, ends way too abruptly imo.

Reflections - really like the composition on this track, sounds like it belong in the title sequence of an 80's sci-fi movie. Some background percussion buildup in the second half would really add to it as well, does get a bit repetitive towards the end.
GuitarGuy2387
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#20
Definitely not my style but I love that intro. The little sounds in the background (I can only described them as twinkling or whatever) got kind of annoying after a while. overall fun.
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eatfresh1736
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#21
The opening synth bass riff in For Infinity is great. I'm mainly a metalhead, but I can appreciate electronic music, especially instrumentals, which brings me to my next point: The vocals sound kinda weak and odd. I'm sure that you weren't going for a mainstream type of voice on the track, but I find that the vocals distract from an otherwise interesting synth track. That may just be my own bias, because when I listen to other electronically influenced music (like Muse), I find that the vocals are often the weakest link.
In summation, you're pretty good with layering electronic elements to create an interesting track, but the vocals can stand to be a little more aggressive. I can picture Trent Reznor singing on this song.

Anyway, here's my stuff. Enjoy, and good luck!
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#22
i had a listen to reflections, and no offence i just found it to repetitive to continue listening, HOWEVER, to infinity was awesome, sounds like one of the midi tracks you get with keygens and trainers for games, and from thats a compliment because i love them.

It wasn't to electric and dancy but still kept enough fun in it and enough strangeness to be interesting throughout.


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Skyvalve2012
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#23
Sonic-new wave thing. Nice. Love For Infinity! Is that you singing?
aaron aardvark
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#24
Innercelph, GuitarGuy2387, eatfresh1736, wozzsta, Skyvalve2012,
Thank you for the comments! I appreciate it! Yes, every song that has male vocals on my music website is me singing.
ComradSputnik
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#25
I'm digging "for infinity"

The bass is catchy and the organ aswell, kinda moves from old school spooky cartoon territory to John Lord vibes. The singing made me think of ozzy osbourne, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

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#26
For Infinity - Dig the groove and overall quirkiness of the tune, though drums could be a little more in the forefront. Overall, good song if a tad short.
Bigets
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#27
Thanks for the feedback!

I'm not really into electronica music and because of that I turned 'For Infinity' off half way through. It didn't really do anything for me but I really did like Reflections. It was really mellow and laid back. I listened to it 3 or 4 times in total.

Keep up the good work!
Declan87
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#28
I liked both songs
For Infinity -
Loved the solo! This song has sort of a detective-y vibe to it!
Reflections -
Nice melodies! The string sound you used however doesn't lend itself well to a lead melody. Perhaps something more dynamic or with a shorter attack would suit it better. I liked your rhythms but maybe you could change them up a bit later on and see if it works well.
Waff
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#29
Hi Aaron, thanks for responding in my thread.

I don't have internet at home and listened to your recordings at a public computer, only have time to listen to the first 3 for now. So far I liked Reflections the best, and your work reminds me of Pink Floyd, which is not a bad thing. Keep up the good work.

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futurejmmy102
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#30
For Infinity is sick. So ambient and spacey but the drums drive the song, put a method to the madness and I love that. I think the biggest thing I would even call a flaw is I feel that the bass and snare drum could be a little bit warmer, but that being said I think the actual part is perfect for the song, and it compliments the delay and panning of the techno goods perfectly.

Reflections is arranged wonderfully, and I love the way each part built off of the last. It really is layered very well, and an awesome song I guess For Infinity is just more along my tastes lol

Here's a link to some of my music if you want it check it out https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1611480, and be as honest as you want, any feedback is better than none. Thanks brother.
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#31
Thank you very much for your reply

For Infinity totally brings me back to a time when I was a kid staying up all night playing games, also kinda reminds me of stuff heard in flash games these days. Fun, uptempo beat, addictive.
Those vocals aren't really my piece of cake though, and I didn't quite enjoy the drum sound.

Reflections instantly reminded me of those success story commercials or motivational TV shows, simple, kinda uplifting. "Until I started drinking donkey yogurt, I hadn't taken a shit once in my life..." kind of things.
On the other end, it gets kinda repetitive.

I listened to some more of your stuff, overall, pretty unusual and quirky, the vocals especially. I liked How do you feel? and Keep in touch. Keep it rockin'!
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#32
For Infinity is groovy but I don't like how basic the drums feel. I'd go for a more 808-ish or 909-ish kinda drum tone really. And you sound very nasal-y, I really don't like that. It's also a fairly shot song but apart from that it's okay I guess.
Reflection has a nice progression going, I dig it but it goes on for way too long. Change it up, have it build up to something: it was literally one riff with a synth lead coming in midway.
salamander121
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#33
Critting 'For Inifinity':

Very old school vibe in terms of synth choice, sounds good - vocals sound slightly off when they come in, both in terms of notes and mixing. Sound 'hollow' in relation to the synth parts but nevertheless it works. Love the synth at around 1:10, sounds very Jordan Rudess.

It's a solid track you've got for this style, but I think it could benefit from having either more vocal parts in it or none at all.