Music Critique Club!


#41

Just joined. Going to give everything a listen in a couple of days….work is killing me at the moment. Looking forward to hearing everyone’s music.


#42

Hi guys!

Here is a new sequenced, ambient track that I made using (primarily) the op1. I ran audio from my op1 into my Evolver and SRV2000. Please let me know what you think if you get a chance to listen.

https://soundcloud.com/joshua-stefane/whatever-light-remains

Thanks in advance!



#43

Ooo @tetsugakusha66, I really like that! I love all those different layers that you bring in and fade away throughout the track. Each layer has the same melodic theme but brings unique sounds and rhythms into the mix. I’m not familiar with those other machines you mentioned… what parts did they play? Apologies for not offering any constructive criticism - not sure I would change anything!


#44

Ok here’s a track I really wanted to post in this thread a few months ago, but ended up not posting for some reason.

Making music on these machines we all GAS about is such a fun hobby, but rarely have I created something I actually like. But in this case, I really like it! So in a way, I feel like I achieved a goal by making music I’d actually want to listen to :slight_smile: However, I’m sure there are problems with it and would love to hear if somebody had some criticism on things to watch out for so I can learn and improve.

https://soundcloud.com/yoof-1/grindavik

It’s quite a simple tune. I sampled the drums from the beginning of “Energy Level” by B.T. Express and made a kit out of them. Then I came up with a number of different rhythms using the kit and captured them on tape. I then loaded different bars of drums into the drum sampler and played them with slightly different spring settings to the L and R channels (giving that lovely wide drums effect). I added a melody (FM, I think) and some extra drums here and there, but that’s pretty much it.

Anyways, let us know what you think.


#45
Ok here's a track I really wanted to post in this thread a few months ago, but ended up not posting for some reason.

Making music on these machines we all GAS about is such a fun hobby, but rarely have I created something I actually like. But in this case, I really like it! So in a way, I feel like I achieved a goal by making music I’d actually want to listen to :slight_smile: However, I’m sure there are problems with it and would love to hear if somebody had some criticism on things to watch out for so I can learn and improve.

https://soundcloud.com/yoof-1/grindavik

It’s quite a simple tune. I sampled the drums from the beginning of “Energy Level” by B.T. Express and made a kit out of them. Then I came up with a number of different rhythms using the kit and captured them on tape. I then loaded different bars of drums into the drum sampler and played them with slightly different spring settings to the L and R channels (giving that lovely wide drums effect). I added a melody (FM, I think) and some extra drums here and there, but that’s pretty much it.

Anyways, let us know what you think.

Hi Yoof!

Very cool track. I’m definitely down with the tremoloed melody running through the track. Indeed, very boards of canada.
The reverb seems just right and the sound is haunting and lo-fi. I love it!
The drums are cool and there is definitely enough variation to keep the listener interested. However, I did feel that–compared to the FM sounds–the drums were too clean and direct. There were points when they seem to stand far out from the melody, almost as if they were coming from an entirely different sound source. Perhaps some reverb and echo would remedy this.
That said, I think that track succeeds as is. I listened to it several times and never got bored. You’ve created a very chill vibe here.
Good on you man!!

joshua

#46

Hey Joshua, thanks a lot for taking the time to listen and comment :slight_smile: Yes, I totally get what you mean regarding how the drums sound almost too clean against the FM. I find it quite difficult to get the balance right with FM sometimes… when you turn blue right down and get those nice sine type waves, they can distort quite easily with a touch too much volume. Actually, I must remember to redo that drum kit and save / share it one day as it does provide some super clean drums! Thanks for the thumbs up :slight_smile:


#47

I like it a lot as is. The clean drums tied to the Fm just make it more interesting to me. If the drums were fuzzy the intricate hhat rhythms and nice kick sound may get lost. It’s cool to me that I can pick out each individual drum hit.


#48

I am listening to everything now. Dammit/Damnit….you fuckers are way too good. Detailed responses are in route.


#49

Hey @Tbcase, thanks a lot for your comment. I’m glad the contrast between drums and synth made sense for you. Without premeditating it, I guess that contrast became the main feature of the track. I also quite like some of the drum sequences themselves, which rotate in similarly sized chunks throughout the track. Some of them have a nice groove. Thanks for listening :slight_smile:


#50


#51

Live session with OP-1, PO-12, Volca keys and a Pocket Piano into a Zoom H2.


https://soundcloud.com/reuver/shotgun-regatta


#52

Hey @GhostDog you need to give a critique to receive one. All details are on the first thread :wink:

how long have you been making music? Where are you based?


#53
i'm glad to see this group getting some action again. I've been writing some stuff on the OP-1 during my lunch breaks at work, here are a couple tracks. all the tracks are composed and recorded to album on OP-1, then converted to MP3 on media.io and uploaded to soundcloud - so the start/finishes are a little rough. Thank you in advance for any feedback.

http://www.soundcloud.com/soundestmusic/measure-of-man

http://www.soundcloud.com/soundestmusic/moments-before

( sorry, for some reason I can't get them to embed conveniently. )

Hey Soundest really like the variation of styles here!

“Measure of A Man” is filled with nice FM and that rad delay chorus effect on the pad! Was that metallic synth made in OP? It would be great if it changed timbre throughout to keep it interesting, maybe even some transposed notes?
“Moments Before” brings me back to being stuck in the hospital after a bad bike crash, the bleeping sounds from my heartrate monitor and almost the sounds of gurneies wheeling away patients. I love the glitchy stuff and think you could expand upon it, varying the tones and maybe a slow filtering lfo? Really dig your style!
Heres one I made today, attempting to recreate the Swarmatron by Dewanatron EMI. I used an Analog 4 in poly mode to achieve the hive of 8 slightly detuned ocilators. I then made macros to simulate the imfamous THX opposite detuning effect and the glide function.

Thanks for making this awesome club!

Listen to Bees In Space by Vanilla Sun #np on #SoundCloud
https://soundcloud.com/sunbergsound/bees-in-space


#54

Here’s my first tune on the Arcade. Feedback very welcome. I’ve only had a day with the device and absolutely love it. It’s the first time I’ve completed a whole song in under a day! Really looking forward to getting the Robot.


CB

https://soundcloud.com/drinking-bird-experiment/stop-playing-games

#55
Here's my first tune on the Arcade. Feedback very welcome. I've only had a day with the device and absolutely love it. It's the first time I've completed a whole song in under a day! Really looking forward to getting the Robot.

CB

https://soundcloud.com/drinking-bird-experiment/stop-playing-games

Hi CB! This is a sick track. The layering is great and progression throughout the song is impressive.

Arcade music isn’t a genre that I’m terribly familiar with, so I can’t really offer any criticism. I just love the track! Keep making sweet tunes CB.

Joshua

#56
i'm glad to see this group getting some action again. I've been writing some stuff on the OP-1 during my lunch breaks at work, here are a couple tracks. all the tracks are composed and recorded to album on OP-1, then converted to MP3 on media.io and uploaded to soundcloud - so the start/finishes are a little rough. Thank you in advance for any feedback.

http://www.soundcloud.com/soundestmusic/measure-of-man

http://www.soundcloud.com/soundestmusic/moments-before

( sorry, for some reason I can't get them to embed conveniently. )

Hey Soundest really like the variation of styles here!

“Measure of A Man” is filled with nice FM and that rad delay chorus effect on the pad! Was that metallic synth made in OP? It would be great if it changed timbre throughout to keep it interesting, maybe even some transposed notes?
“Moments Before” brings me back to being stuck in the hospital after a bad bike crash, the bleeping sounds from my heartrate monitor and almost the sounds of gurneies wheeling away patients. I love the glitchy stuff and think you could expand upon it, varying the tones and maybe a slow filtering lfo? Really dig your style!
Heres one I made today, attempting to recreate the Swarmatron by Dewanatron EMI. I used an Analog 4 in poly mode to achieve the hive of 8 slightly detuned ocilators. I then made macros to simulate the imfamous THX opposite detuning effect and the glide function.

Thanks for making this awesome club!

Listen to Bees In Space by Vanilla Sun #np on #SoundCloud
https://soundcloud.com/sunbergsound/bees-in-space

Hi Vanilla Sun!

I love the track. The droning noise is ominous and distressing–indeed, perfect for a soundtrack. The buzzing drones remind me of the scene from Beyond the Black Rainbow when the Barry (the doctor) goes for a trip into his mind.
The beats that come in in the latter part of the track go excellently with the main theme. You seem to be making the most out of the OP-1. Keep creating!

Joshua

#57

This is a new ambient-drone track I composed on the OP-1 and then ran through my DSI Evolver, some Roland reverbs, and miscellaneous pedals. Most of the sounds are sampled field recordings. The screeching bird calls were produced through increasing the resonance on the Evolver when playing through some of the aforementioned samples.

Please let me know what you think. I’m always grateful for any feedback!

Joshua

https://soundcloud.com/joshua-stefane/uninhabitation-from-city-of-signals-out-on-illuminated-paths-imminently

#58

@tetsugakusha66 The layering is really well done - subtle, evolving and works well with the modulation. There is a grit to the sound which adds texture without being harsh on the ears and the reverb is present without being overbearing. Its a really great track - I’ve given it the Soundcloud thumbs up as well :slight_smile:


#59

Aw thanks for the compliment @tetsugakusha66


CB

#60

@tetsugakusha66 I usually don’t have the patience to listen to “drone” tracks, but this I find different. It seems like there’s a purpose to this track (maybe it’s just random, but it seems like it’s not), and the tones and textures often present in drone stuff (harsh, grating etc) are not present here, which actually makes it a great listen.


The tonality is very pleasing and I think that’s part of why I was immediately drawn to the track. There are actual melodies to be found, and they’re very pretty.

So, coming from a non-drone person - really like your drone :slight_smile: Sorry I don’t have any constructive criticism.