I would say, comment what you're thinking while listening to the track - it can help people learn/develop to hear the feedback. The consistent feedback I got this time help me realise I still have some fundamental issues with my 'music', so it helps me focus on what to improve to get better. Gotta leave ego out of this to grow.maxym.srpl wrote: ↑Tue May 14, 2019 1:52 amI voted already weeks ago, but shuffling with it till today.
As I'm new at this competition, I'm feeling not confident yet to comment on particular songs. At first a range of genres is very wide even touching zones I'm not used to. It surprised me, that single synth is capable to generate such variety of sounds (of course being set up by experienced and creative musicians). On the other side, sometimes it's hard to vote for genres which are not my cup of tea. There are tracks I rated higher only for sound design even if I don't like particular style or arrangement. But most surprising to me is, how many very positive comments were given to tracks which I voted lowest. Not going into details, I'm just curious am I so wrong at how I feel the music or those comments goal is to not demotivate/discourage (?)
Anyway, there is a lot of great music in this compo. I really enjoyed to listen to the whole playlist.
I see OSC as a friendly challenge that is open to newcomers. In general the comments on SoundCloud tend to be positive/encouraging - you soon learn that praise can still mean a 2 or 3 when it comes to voting. But people also want your 5 so tend not to punch down too hard
At first everyone is a stranger, one of the best parts of OSC for me is making friends (join the Slack!) and gradually getting to know people's music, and also voting/commenting style - everyone has different things they like to give feedback on, and you pick that stuff up over time. Sometimes you know a choice you make one voter will like but another won't - it's impossible to impress everyone (a couple people come very close though!).
Everyone has different levels of experience, some here have been making music for 40 years, others (like me) have barely even done it for a year . You can definitely give encouraging comments to a newcomer to help them grow, even though compared to the top tracks theirs still has a lot to be desired.
I am a low ranking member, affectionately known as a bottom dweller so my view is probably very different to the guys consistently fighting for the top spot every month.
Really you have to have a thick skin and a good sense of humour because so many hours of hard work goes into making an OSC track, it can be tough to rate/rank the entries because it's not really taking into account people's effort or experience levels. It's tough for beginners to constantly be at the bottom, but as far as merit goes you've got to earn your place at the top
It makes it all the more meaningful when you start climbing the ranks!
As I see it, there are 3 core pillars to an OSC track:
- Music Theory (composition, arrangement etc)
- Sound Design (synth patches, creative effects etc)
- Production (mixing, mastering, loudness etc)
The guys that regularly come top 5 are strong in all 3 pillars (or at least 2 of them and decent in the last)!
I started doing OSC to start making music and not just endlessly play with synths
In general, regarding genre preference I think most people try to vote without being too biased. So you might give an exceptionally well executed track a 5 even if it's not your favourite genre.
Also a track doesn't have to be perfect for it to get a 5, maybe you just really enjoy a track warts and all! Everyone has their own voting criteria.
I'm rambling, I guess my main point is this is a friendly challenge open to newcomers, and not a contest! Even though the guys at the top may treat it like a contest to keep it interesting for them
ps I made the bottom dweller thing up.