Just got Plastic Superhero mastered today. I posted it on Reverb Nation (song #1 in the player). To celebrate, I’m enabling the track to be downloaded for two weeks. Stop by, check it out, and download it if you’d like.
Downloading it now. I’ll spin it a few times at work today and get back to you.
Thanks, bud. Hope you like it.
1st and foremost, I like it. I’ve given it about 10 replays. So first off I’ll say, Nice Job man!
A few points:
@ 2:23 I like the modulation/transposition
@ 2:31 I like the breakdown
@ 2:50 I think the silence and reset is anti-climatic
The very nature of the tune (to me) means that some elements will be repetitive. And you break it up nicely. But after the break/bridge @ 2:36 I was looking for more. More what? I dunno… IMO, the breakdown is the setup for the climax and everything up until 2:50 keeps me onboard. However, after that I found myself either wanting to rewind back to around 1:20 and play it again or move on to the next tune (whatever that might be). There wasn’t enough to keep me tuned in as I keep thinking the new motif should go somewhere (and I’m willing to follow) but it doesn’t. At least not for me it doesn’t. Now if their is a visual aspect to this and not just an audio journey then I can see where it all might work out nicely. As a matter of fact as a soundtrack to short film or similiar I can see the many pauses/breaks working out well.
I’m going to give the rest a listen tonight. And I hope you don’t mind me sharing my thoughts 🙂
Thank you very much for listening and commenting.
“1st and foremost, I like it. I’ve given it about 10 replays. So first off I’ll say, Nice Job man!”
“@ 2:50 I think the silence and reset is anti-climatic”
I hear you. I’ve fretted over that area more than you can imagine. Originally I kept a bass drum with a light multi-tap delay going through there (with no space) but it didn’t feel right either. I think the problem now might be that the space is maybe a second too long. I dunno.
“The very nature of the tune (to me) means that some elements will be repetitive. And you break it up nicely. But after the break/bridge @ 2:36 I was looking for more.”
Another good point. This started out as a trance pastiche, but people weren’t getting the satire aspect of it so after a certain point I just sort of let it find itself. The structure is very simple — ABA (with a few variations). Harmonically it’s very simple, too. I needed an uptempo song in the worst way because most of my stuff is dark and down. I need to add an intro piece (which was done in Podium) and one more song that is part-way done, then I’ll re-release the EP as a full-length next year.
“I’m going to give the rest a listen tonight. And I hope you don’t mind me sharing my thoughts.”
I always enjoy and value criticism. Please bear in mind that everything on the site (except tracks labeled “In Progress”) are complete and mastered, meaning I won’t be making any further changes to them. Just mentioning so that you don’t feel like you’re wasting your time. I value input, however, and want to keep striving to get better and push myself more. So comments are always valuable to me.
I’ll post the intro and a render 3 version of “Stars Around My Head” later this week.
I can’t tell you enough how much I appreciate your time. I’m very grateful.