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Description : Hey everyone, back again! Looking for some feedback on this new tune. I Learned a whole bunch making this thing, would love to know what y'all think of it. Constructive criticisms, and or if you liked it or not. If you have a fun title suggestion I'd love to hear that as well. Thanks again for the listen, I appreciate it.
-B

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  1. xcalyba
    xcalyba on Wed 21st Apr 2021 - 3 months ago

    Hey Badnode, I used this music in an opinion piece I gave on TOR vs VPN browsing.

    I give links to your page in the description. Your music rocks man!!

    BadNode
    Reply by BadNode

    Thanks man! You rock!

  2. EricMilligan
    EricMilligan on Wed 14th Apr 2021 - 3 months ago

    You really captured the 80's sound with this track! Nicely done! I actually agree with Lek that it would be a great track for vocals.

    I have a couple of suggestions if you were to do any further work on it. Several members have suggested it needs a bit more embellishment/variation. You've got a good ear for melody, so one suggestion I have is to repeat the melody line a maximum of 8 bars, not more in any section of the song. That's basically two phrases of the melody. Since you seem to have a good handle of generating memorable melody lines, disciplining yourself to compose more variation should be do-able.

    It's a thing I struggle with myself. You get attached to a melody and just like to hear it over and over again. But, without at least additional elements every couple of bars, that tends to wear thin. You also seem to have a good sense of adding additional elements/counterpoint parts, so getting more variation that way works as well.

    I found the part starting at 1:03 where the high arpeggiated synth takes over the lead to have a drop in energy, compared with the part with the lower pitched lead melody synth which preceded it.

    Generally, a track should build in intensity and excitement. You definitely can have short parts which drop the energy level down, and you do have that later on, but this is an extended section which I felt needed more.

    If there was a vocal, the backing of this section would be OK, except that the high pitched synth part might conflict with the vocal. I'd be looking for a different synth patch for the arpeggiated line and probably would shorten this section by at least four bars.

    All that said, I definitely really liked the track. One "test" I have for the instrumental tracks I hear on Looperman is whether a vocal melody line starts forming in my head as I listen. When that happens I find that I invariably like the track, regardless of whether it's perfect or actually ready for vocals. It happened with this track so, at least for me, you've got something very good here. :)

    Eric

    BadNode
    Reply by BadNode

    Wowzer, Eric! I thank you for the thorough and complete analysis. Earnestly! I am fairly new to all things music production, so this is such a valued response. As I am still learning things, or better understanding things music wise I realize the less I actually know about it all! I'm still trying to building my confidence in my decisions I make musically, but often I feel limited and whether it be a lack of knowledge or pure ignorance I often feel I get stuck or reach a point where I don't know where to go. So again, you as well as others have given me much to look forward to as I hopefully improve. I will certainly be attempting a handful of the suggestions yourself and those below have made and see if I can't give this little lady the sparkle and attention she needs and deserves. So keep your eyes and ears peeled for a V2 in the future! I so greatly appreciate the feedback and encouragement and more-over taking the time to listen! Nearly everyone I've encountered on this site is super helpful, knowledgeable, and empathetic to the dream and craft. I'm a very grateful to be a part of the looperman(person) community!
    -B

  3. Hugheymusic
    Hugheymusic on Sat 10th Apr 2021 - 3 months ago

    man sounds so good, you are definitely a master of your craft! sounds radio ready to me the mix is on point and those synths sound lush - Perfect bro just perfect!!!!

    BadNode
    Reply by BadNode

    Hughey! Thank you I'm honored that you took a listen! Such high praise coming from a mix master himself! Really admire your style, so I appreciate your feedback here! Keeps me inspired man! Thanks!
    -B

  4. 0Equinox0
    0Equinox0 on Sat 10th Apr 2021 - 3 months ago

    Definitely has an authentic 80's synth feel too it. Everything from the kick, snare, pads. Has that late night car cruising vibe, Nice work here!

    BadNode
    Reply by BadNode

    Thank you so much for the listen and compliment Equinox, late night car cruising vibe is definitely what I was aiming for! cheers!
    -B

  5. 2nick8
    2nick8 on Sat 3rd Apr 2021 - 4 months ago

    this brought me back...thks for the time travelling my friend..

    BadNode
    Reply by BadNode

    2nick8, thank you!! I'm glad I was able to transport you back in time! That's literally such a cool compliment, I'm beaming over here!!

  6. ValveDriver
    ValveDriver on Thu 1st Apr 2021 - 4 months ago

    Ok, I was there. In the 80s when all this was happening live. If you had put this in a mix with other tracks that were actually produced back then, without telling me, I most likely wouldn't have questioned it being there. The reverb on the kicks and snare, the "kick/snare/kick/kick/kick/snare" beat, the brassy synths, the bouncy bassline. It's got it all. I think as far as the mix goes, there may be just a little too much clarity in the top end. I seem to remember it being just a little muddier. But, man...not by much.
    I think the "missing element" that every one seems to be searching for, (aside from Robert Smith style vocals)is guitars. I know it's 80s synth style, but considering we were just coming out of the "classic rock" guitar driven decade, they were still a prominent feature across the board. Even in the then infant genre of rap. There needs to be some reverb drenched, low gain guitars in the backing rhythm section.
    I wonder if the other artist that Lek can't put his finger on is Gary Numan. It kind of reminds me of him. Maybe just a touch of super early "With Sympathy" era Ministry. Or even some Eurythmics. Damn, there were so many good ones!

    Excellent work! Keep it up!

    Take care.
    V.

    BadNode
    Reply by BadNode

    Valve, thank you for your review and feedback! I think some reverbed LA studio sounding guitar might be a really fun thing to try out on this and I'll definitely be experimenting! In my head I heard a saxophone solo somewhere so that might be something I investigate next too! Such kind words, It really motivates me to keep at it! I love the sounds that came out of the 80's and 90's and they constantly inspire my music. I hadn't heard of Gary Numan I am ashamed to say or the Eurythmics but I thank you for introducing me as now I have some new tunes to listen to and learn from!

  7. Lek
    Lek on Thu 1st Apr 2021 - 4 months ago

    Hi, this reminds me of very early Depeche Mode (Vince Clarke era), the bassline slightly later - 1982ish. I don't know if you intend for this to be a standalone track or you want vocals. It needs vocals really I think or if not, some more variation in the track. It reminds me of another early 80's band as well but can't put my finger on who. Nice feel though throughout - well done.

    BadNode
    Reply by BadNode

    Lek, thank you for your feedback, I always envisioned this as a purely instrumental track personally, but I could see someone with more talent than my self adding vocals to this. I am planning on revisiting this as I hopefully improve and seeing where I can add some new touches to it! Again thank you for the feedback and kind words! Inspires me to keep working and making music! Cheers!
    -B

  8. Diskonnect
    Diskonnect on Mon 29th Mar 2021 - 4 months ago

    Yep, nice synths as most people are saying! Mix sounds fine to me, good variation in the structure, maybe a little embellishment here and there to keep us on our toes. Enjoyed the listen!

    BadNode
    Reply by BadNode

    Thanks Diskonnect! I appreciate the listen and feed back, I think you're right as are some of the others, it needs something else somewhere to give it a little pop and flair. I'm hoping when I learn a little bit more about productions and have some more tools in my belt I can revisit this and give it what it needs. Thanks again! Cheers!
    -B

  9. Triiverse
    Triiverse on Sun 28th Mar 2021 - 4 months ago

    definitely had that nostalgic vibes to it! good job

    BadNode
    Reply by BadNode

    Thank you!!

  10. ClickbaitCabaret
    ClickbaitCabaret on Sun 28th Mar 2021 - 4 months ago

    Nice building tension in the intro. Definitely has an 80's era British pop wave feel to it. Great job man.

    BadNode
    Reply by BadNode

    Such a compliment, thanks for the listen and feed back! and hey I love your tracks as well!

  11. Lesw
    Lesw on Sat 27th Mar 2021 - 4 months ago

    Keep going and stay "On" with your music.

    BadNode
    Reply by BadNode

    Thanks Lesw, I'll do my best to stay "on" music and I are often having fights and they're usually my fault! Lol, anyway thanks for this listen!

  12. samws1533
    samws1533 on Sat 27th Mar 2021 - 4 months ago

    , fvkjdf

    BadNode
    Reply by BadNode

    hmm, good point! I'll consider that for the next one!

  13. SunnyOfficial
    SunnyOfficial on Sat 27th Mar 2021 - 4 months ago

    Synths are godly to me so this sounds crazy fire. Did you use any synth hardware?

    BadNode
    Reply by BadNode

    Hey Sunny! Thanks, that's super kind of you to say! The synths are all software based and all free to use. All I've done is tweeked and appregiated some of the presets. I used Surge, and the PG-8X. Hope that helps, and thanks again for the listen!

  14. xcalyba
    xcalyba on Sat 27th Mar 2021 - 4 months ago

    So good. can i use this in a youtube video?

    BadNode
    Reply by BadNode

    Hey, thanks! Yes you can absolutely use this in a yt video. If you remember, come back and post a link here, would love to see what you made! Cheers!
    -B

  15. Underleven
    Underleven on Fri 26th Mar 2021 - 4 months ago

    The 80's music is the best years!

    BadNode
    Reply by BadNode

    \m/ hell ya!! Thanks for the listen and comment!

  16. cyberflares
    cyberflares on Fri 26th Mar 2021 - 4 months ago

    Lovely track you have here man i enjoyed it i have been dipping my toe in of late into synth not as good as this but i forgot how cool a sound you can come away with. great work.
    Timeless endangerment :)

    BadNode
    Reply by BadNode

    Thanks Cyber! synth are so much fun, it's the most fun I've had with music in a while, still have a lot to learn about production and music and everything but I look forward to hearing some more of your toe dipping synthwave! Thanks for your support and kind words!
    -B

  17. CinCoCent
    CinCoCent on Fri 26th Mar 2021 - 4 months ago

    Adore Amor for title. Think music was at its best time during the 80s I love all 80s music good job

    BadNode
    Reply by BadNode

    That's a great title! Thanks for listening 80's was really something special for sure! Thank you for the feed back Cinco!

  18. DsideK
    DsideK on Thu 25th Mar 2021 - 4 months ago

    I have always wanted to make a synthwave track just like this.
    Great job on the arrangement of the track. I would have to agree on working on the mix and also I really feel it was missing something that would have sent it over the top, possibly a different lead or instrument. But overall, really good.
    Keep up the work!

    BadNode
    Reply by BadNode

    Thank you so very much! I would agree with you, it does feel it's missing something but I've not the skill or creativity to figure out what it is at this time, I'm hoping when I improve I can revisit it! Thanks again DsideK!

  19. DijamMusic
    DijamMusic on Thu 25th Mar 2021 - 4 months ago

    Hello mate,
    I love the vibe.
    Great track.
    I would focus on the mixdown.
    Well done.
    Maj

    BadNode
    Reply by BadNode

    Thank you kindly Maj! I appreciate the feed back!

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