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Old 08-08-2017, 07:13 PM   #1
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Just interested to get any feedback on a new tune.... one which I made for a computer game. My mate was telling me to keep it as simple and as basic as possible..... he was even saying to leave it as just the bassline when I was adding the lead line in. Here is the tune



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Old 08-08-2017, 07:39 PM   #2
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Re: [Ambient] DJ Kotu - K.T.G

I agree with your friend in a way, VGM need to be simple in order to let the videogame "take the lead" for the emotions, but I think that maybe that one is a little bit too simple. I don't know for what kind of game you composed, and when in the game the player will hear that, but I think that listening to this for twelve minutes or more will be a little bit annoying ^^
Maybe you could make variations in the track ?
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Old 08-08-2017, 07:47 PM   #3
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Re: [Ambient] DJ Kotu - K.T.G

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said..your mate could be right about just the base line..that is, depending on how this piece ended up being used. If it was the background to, say, the credits..or something that plays in the background while a menu is showing, then that's fine I guess..it could do the job. But as an Ambient track it kinda falls over a little, in that it's halfway between something like what Brian Eno would do and a more up-tempo chill-out track. As it stands it's basically neither.

The thing is when you have a lead line like that, the listener's brain is automatically primed to expect other elements to come in, like high hats or shakers..followed by maybe a counter melody to balance the lead out a bit..but that doesn't happen here and the end result is you're left wanting more but don't get it.

The bassline is solid..I really like it, though you might want to cut the lows a little, so it doesn't smoother the lead and bring up the volume on it a tad in the mix.

The opposite applied to the lead. If this were mine, I'd take the volume down a bit, so it doesn't stand out as much as it does. You can still keep it up front, obviously..you don't want everything to blend into one musical mess..but as it stands, it kinda obscures the bass a little. I'd also cut the low end on the lead a little, too, as you have some pretty subtle modulation going on there and it tends to get a lost a little. While you're at it, add a touch..only a little, of reverb to the lead, to help give it depth of field..it sounds a little too up in your face right now. Plus reverb would help give it a more dreamlike feel and help draw attention to the modulation in a more artistic way.

Also think about adding a couple of little "sweeteners" to the mix..elements that will add more movement to the mix..like chimes or or something, whatever takes your fancy...and add a touch of panning, alternate each.

I know all of the above reads like a lot needs to be done, but it's not that much really..and, obviously, take all of what I've said with a big pinch of salt, as it's all based on what I would do personally if this piece were mine.

All in all, I like the vibe of this, but I would take it further, as it sounds to my ears like it's crying out to be developed more. Nice work, though.

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Old 09-08-2017, 06:37 PM   #4
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Re: [Ambient] DJ Kotu - K.T.G

Nice track but too simple. IMHO add at least one more sound layer in the middle.
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Old 09-08-2017, 08:30 PM   #5
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Re: [Ambient] DJ Kotu - K.T.G

Sounds good but ir depends on game itself and how many more sounds will cover that game.. It's hard to tell how it would sound in there maybe it would fit just well.. Good luck on your game bro
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Re: [Ambient] DJ Kotu - K.T.G

it is just for the menu

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Well that game looks... Interesting But for the menu I think it's good
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I hope you enjoy playing it!!

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Old 26-08-2017, 04:09 PM   #9
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Re: [Ambient] DJ Kotu - K.T.G

Although I like the track, one thing that I found common among most videogames is that they make their music simple, though that depends on the theme the game is going for, what the maker of the game wants, and the technology it runs upon.

Take Castelvania's first stage BGM, for example. It's a simple 8-bit track, but it sets you in the mood nonetheless. Another is Megaman, where we're treated to the unique, albeit simple chiptune BGM of each stage belonging to a particular robot master.

Unless the game's something like Ace Combat/Metal Gear Rising/Devil May Cry, I don't think you should make it that elaborate.

But, since it's for the game's menu, I think it fits quite well.

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