Alien Genre Challenge-Trance Experiment

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« on: May 21, 2020, 09:42:13 PM »
I had loads of help with this, and I can't remember who all helped me. @PaulAds for sure and, I'm pretty sure, @pompeyjazz but I can't remember who else...please remind me. I've been really distracted the past couple weeks with my dad in and out of the hospital (drama is winding down now--he's being discharged tomorrow).

Anyway, here it is, my Trance Experiment. I was "donated" several more tracks I haven't managed to figure out how to include, so if you think it needs more "stuff", I can go back and see if I can get more of them in without it getting too mushy sounding. I know vocals are not a trance thing, but I think that part works okay, and I assure you, it is not as campy as it started out.

Feedback I want: Is this enough? Is it too much? I know trance can go on for hours, but I limited it to five and half minutes on purpose. Other than that...whatever you notice, please let me know. I did nothing for production except try to add some reverb to some of the tracks but I don't think it worked. Oh, and I moved things right and left of center and it sounds pretty evenly divided to me, with only the drums, I think, still in the center.

What else should I do? Or redo? Or undo? Feel free to be really critical; I like having my stuff picked apart.



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« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2020, 09:46:19 AM »
This whole Alien Genre challenge (Not competition !) has been an absolute revelation to listen to all of you guys working on something that you might not otherwise. I think it's also been pretty inspirational. Great to hear this from you Vicki, fascinating to hear you experiment. I'm sure that you would never have thought that you would be doing something like this a couple of months ago. I love the contrasting rhythms and the little bits of speech that you have dropped in. There's a kind of menacing hypnotic feel to this. Very trancy indeed  :) :) :)


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« Reply #2 on: May 22, 2020, 03:25:41 PM »
I think you have had a really good go at creating a trance track ( not that I really know what a trance track is) but I do like to listen to  EDM (Electronic Dance Music) occasionally. As such I thought the begining bass string orchestral samples were great however the high violin/synthpatch  sounded a bit weak to have playing throughout the track.

I also thought  the initial kick drum sounded good at the begining however this  seemed to quickly fade back in the mix and the drums did not really develop (snares, toms hi hats etc) I also think that you need a strong bass line in there that ties in with the kick and drives and supports the piece throughout.

I really liked the use of the vocal samples etc but again I thought they got a bit lost due to being mixed a bit too low.

I hope you dont think Im being too critical as I really admire what you have achieved with this track particularly as its probably put you out of your comfort zone. All the best and Im looking forward to MC CaliaMoko's next megamix.


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« Reply #3 on: May 22, 2020, 05:49:21 PM »
Hi Vicki, hope your dramas are over....I've said before that the guys who've had a go at this genre challenge have done really well, and that includes this song too! I can only applaud, as I'm not sure I can do any genre well enough ;D, let alone an alien one :P. My only comment would be that there needs to be a bass line thumping away at least some of the time.



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« Reply #4 on: May 22, 2020, 05:50:17 PM »
The beginning had me in mind of a spy/thriller movie. Had a MI vibe going on. Nice one, Vicki!
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« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2020, 08:56:46 PM »
Hi Vicky

I thought the synth was very ear-wormy and still have it going 'round in my head.
I think a bass would be good to add.
You really hit the brief on its head - so good effort there.
I've got you tied for first with two others at this point having heard only three :D

BTW - it's too short! :D


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« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2020, 07:35:39 AM »
@CaliaMoko  Diggit, all of it...especially the vox. It would be heaven on earth for stutter edit and riser....2 useful Edm plugins.

A couple of ideas i stick a filter something like soundtoys filter freak on the main hook in places to add contrast, they add colour.

I’d be happy to help...

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« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2020, 11:07:05 AM »
Vicki, great work, you hit the nail on the head there.
Thougts, just wondered whether you could strip it back down 2/3rds the way through and build it rip again.
Did you enjoy it?
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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2020, 02:33:21 PM »
Hi Vicky,

Love how you've been inspired into doing this.
Kind of trance meets Bomb The Bass.
Perhaps needs a few more samples thrown in - or maybe just need to be in rave to full appreciate.  :D