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    Does my electronic stuff suck?

    I\'m wondering if I should change up my sound, I mean with my \"electronic\" stuff... I\'m
    wondering if you guys think I should make my \'electronic\' stuff more commercial sounding.
    But the thing is, I tend to be bored by the typical \'techno\' sound that seems to be the \'in thing\' for \'electronic\' pieces in film/tv etc.


    I dunno just thinking in regards to what my next moves are?

    Anyway, please check these out if you feel like it.... thanks! (As always I don\'t mind harsh
    criticism... honesty is best in my book)


    <a href=\"http://home.earthlink.net/~jsmiley1506/_uimages/Running20Mascara.mp3\" target=\"_blank\">Running
    Mascara</a>


    Torso


    Maggot


    Matrix spec There\'s some music in it.

    Advice? Thoughts?


    THanks!

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    Good stuff. I really like the sounds and dark kind of gothic vibe. Just some initial reactions - who am I to critique anything anyway, I just saw that nobody else had posted so here\'s my 2 cents....

    It\'s hard to comment on a piece of music when you don\'t really know what type of scene it\'s for. I would say your stuff has a cool almost European sound. Sounds like a dub or electronica artist - if you had a breathy female vocal over some of it I can hear some good songs. With that regard, some of the drum stuff sounds very \'song\' oriented, maybe some percussion or odd-time signatures, or accents would make it more \'score\'-like.

    I would try some key changes. Sometimes you get going on a vibe and it\'s cool, but at some point it needs to change key to surprise you, or to go with the picture - not just like a bridge in a song, but maybe going somewhere totally different.

    Also, you can still weave a little more melody in there more prominently I think. Overall, I would say it\'s very organic electronic - I don\'t hear the typical synth pads or arpeggio things that everyone uses. So, for what its worth, I think you\'re on to something very cool...

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    Hi Kid,

    Liked it overall...(Matrix was nice demo of some familiar sounds to me ;-)

    The biggest area that you could improve is your mixes. Everything is pretty dense and not real focused sounding. I think you could improve by not relying on reverb to get \"bigness\"...the heavy reverb dates it a bit IMHO.

    Ideas are good though....maybe try to never use a reverb unit for a month or two. That can teach you a lot about ambience and creating size in your mixes actually. Sometimes I will arbitrarily place a limitation on myself like that, in order to force myself into learning a new approach, and stop relying on the same old tricks I already know.

    hope that\'s useful for you....keep going, it defintiely doesn\'t suck...far from it!

    spectrum

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    Disregard.

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    Re: Does my electronic stuff suck?

    Jeff C-

    Thanks for the tips! Yeah I agree with a lot of your comments, especially the \"Good stuff\" comment. [just joking [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] ]. But seriously, yes I think I need to focus on doing some of the things you suggested. Thanks for listening!


    Spectronics-


    Thank you for the tips as well! Yeah, I just installed Atmosphere today (man, that was easy....
    what\'s the catch? [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] ) so I\'m very excited to use that now too. Very cool soft synth! I\'ll get the
    others soon enough...

    The funny thing is, I\'m about to buy a TC M-3000 [img]images/icons/grin.gif[/img] . I hear what you\'re saying though, I\'ll try that, that\'s a great tip. Thanks for listening!


    Munsie-

    If you\'re gonna stop by, at least say hi. ;-)

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    Re: Does my electronic stuff suck?

    Some good advice here. I really like your stuff Kid but as Eric said, possibly dated by too much reverb in places. Who knows? We may both be talking c..p!

    Chris

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    Re: Does my electronic stuff suck?

    Can someone post a link to something that doesn\'t sound dated, I wanna hear what you mean.

    BTW... Is it mostly the drum sound or generally just everything that sounds too verb-y?

    *ps. This is my \"only\" job, so I need to do it well!!!


    Thanks!

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    Re: Does my electronic stuff suck?

    BTW...

    Does this cue sound dated? ------> Steril

    There\'s not much to it....

    I\'m gonna be dropping 8 to 10k in the next few days, so that will probably help my sound. Electronic and otherwise (orchestral).

    Thanks for the help!

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    Kid

    Your stuff doesn\'t strike me as being especially dated just a bit over-wet in places. There are some really interesting sounds in there I thought and some nice ideas.

    If were to be critical, I\'d say some of the more musical/orchestral lines are a bit stiff, quantized and lacking a little in expression.

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    Re: Does my electronic stuff suck?

    Thanks for the tip as well as listening, Marsdy!


    I know the first piece \"running mascara\" is the worst as far a mix goes, way too much verb. I hear it now that I have my genelecs [img]images/icons/wink.gif[/img] ... it\'s a mess.

    Thanks guys!

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