65 posts since 1 Jan, 2013, from Finland
Ok, here's my review for my top ten submissions of this contest.
Bzur - La prima cosa che mi viene in mente (Morning bells): Absolutely beautiful in all levels. Just imagine what kind of impact this song would have if performed live in front of a live audience... Virtual instruments tend to sound a bit off in this kind of compositions, you've done a good job eliminating that feeling. Only the strings sound a little unrealistic, but it doesn't really detract from the overall experience. However, the song sounds too clean. You could add some hall noise or something, and add some timing errors to the instruments: not that much that you can hear them, but enough so you can feel them. Top-notch production. This song is clearly my favorite submission in this contest, could listen to it for hours.
GMoneh - The Darkness Before Dawn: Beautiful piano in the beginning, I could put it on repeat and just listen over and over again. Great production, melodies and chord progression. Still, would have preferred an acoustic version for more emotion. Maybe acoustic drums, piano, violin and a guitar... This song had the opportunity to be the best in my books, but it focused too much on repeating the themes established in the beginning. And while reading this comment, keep in mind, that the better the song, the more critical I tend to be about it.
Evo2slo - Closer to the Sun Part II - The Mission of Today: I really like the sound of this song. Good live singing with meaningful lyrics is always a plus in my eyes. Still, I fealt like the singer could have done a better job and given a more emotional performance. Now he sounds a bit cold. Otherwise liked the sound of the song, the guitar riffs and pretty much everything.
Hellfog - Back And Forth: Nice latino-style guitar playing combined with an interesting if a bit cliche chord and melody progression. Simply beautiful. Could have been even better with developing the theme further, given that the song only lasts a bit over 2 minutes.
Shangsean - PAIN: There's some inexplainable beauty in dark, texture and sound design based music. Brooding atmosphere, a sense of progression, good sound design, what's not to like!
Irion Da Ronin - Back to Childhood: Pleasant soundscape. The melodies sound a bit like Asian/Chinese/Japanese traditional music. Great work!
Aziraphal - Triskaidekaphobia: Definitely something different and fresh! Brings images from Eastern Europe to my mind. From 0:45 to 1:18 onwards like 80's song from Estonia.
Soughtafter Sounds - Mystic Chaos: Interesting melodies and harmonies, evolves nicely throughout the entire piece. Sounds a bit synthy, especially the string runs.
Slartibartfast - HNY: Pleasant sound and melodies. Very good production, could use some more variety.
VicDiesel - Third candle: Nice harmonies and there's just something awesome in live playing. Especially good considering the limitations the instrument choice brings into play. I spent some time deciding between this one and "The Sparkling Brook", in the end I chose "Third candle" as #10.