"Android - Portation" by Android

Android - Portation

by Android

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 Ogg Vorbis version

Originality: 7/10Technical: 6/10
Theme: 8/10Quality: 7/10
Arrangement: 8/10Global: 7/10

Genre: dream / emotrance
Very promising start due to original usage of filters on the lead synth (not the usual high pass or low pass, but some middle pass filter). Nice layering of sounds throughout the first minute. Main theme that kicks in after the first minute is okay'ish, but lacks real strength due to lack of crispyness of the main synths, the muddy sound (too much happening in the middle region of the eq band) and very weak drums (both programming as their sound and mixing). The overall production is nice, but the song would work better if it didn't try to be a dance tune and if the frequencies were better balanced.
Originality: 7/10Technical: 7/10
Theme: 6/10Quality: 8/10
Arrangement: 5/10Global: 7/10

Android's Portation is a nice little tune. It has a sort of melancholic but happy wipe to it. It doesn't bring anything that new to the table and basically the whole tune is built around the filter sweep of one melody snippet. A nice melody, but in the end it doesn't hold up all the way. Probably because it's constantly there. The listener is not given a real break from it at any point untill the song is almost over. As a background song it does wonders, but when actively listening to it I get somewhat irritadet by the constant precense of the lead melody in one for or another.

The snare could be a bit snappier, it has a tendecy to drown in everything else. The track could use more panning in some instances. In other places things are perhaps even a bit too much panned (for instance the strings at 3:00 forward about).

In the end I like the track. It's nothing that special, but it does a good job of entertaining my ears :)
TNK / ATK project
Originality: 5/10Technical: 5/10
Theme: 6/10Quality: 6/10
Arrangement: 5/10Global: 5/10

Originality: 5/10 <-- within the genre
Theme: 6/10
Arrangement: 5/10
Technical: 5/10
Quality: 6/10
Global: 5/10

The perfect just-above-average trance track.

There are some really good points in this song, like the melody that starts right at the beginning which is very catchy, the fact that several melody do blend together is nice too. However this track is also very repetitive, and this repetitiveness is not compensated by the usual power one could expect from a trance track.

Therefore this song - which had it all to become a great trancer - misses it's target because of it's very light sound. I mean, if you play this one in a club, the people will probably not dance to it because it lacks of the power professional trance tracks provide

My hints to this composer : You have it all to create great stuff, now work your sound out. If you want to make it in this kind of music, use Stronger basses & Bassdrums, More aggressive leads & sounds, some original samples here and there.

I have the feeling that this composer is very soon proud of his works because he is able to make some really nice elements. This is a very common trap. Be more critic towards yourself. Do not content yourself of some high points, take your songs to the highest highs !

"Once you'll be famous, you will have to do perfect works. Before that, your works have to be even better"
- One of my teachers @ the film school (this goes for music too).

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