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lostcontrol

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New to making ambient etc., looking for critique
« on: December 05, 2012, 06:14:10 AM »
Hi everyone,

I've been reading the Hypnos forums for quite some time, but now that I'm taking my first steps into making electronic/ambientish music, I decided to finally create an account.

A friend of mine and I decided to take a break from our regular music endeavours (alt./indie rock) and do something different for a change. We're currently making a small EP with some ambient/postrock/drone -tracks.

I'm still quite new at making electronic music (started this fall), and would love some critique/comments/pointers. Below's a link to one of the tracks (early mix), which is to be placed between a couple of post-rockish tunes.

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/7018622/postaavikko/postaavikko-BlackMagicWhiteNoise-Gray_Zone_1.mp3

Tried to go for feelings of cold, silent, deserted, dark. What do you think, any pointers on how I should improve it? (Note: Other tracks will include analog instruments as well.)

Thanks :)

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Re: New to making ambient etc., looking for critique
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2012, 09:51:35 PM »
Welcome to the forum, lostcontrol.  I've listened to your track, and have one general suggestion and two more specific ones.  Generally, I would try to resist the temptation to use everything you generate.  I find it is more fun to experiment for the sake of experimenting and not worry too much about whether a given take or piece is the "one" you need to use.  More specifically, I would try to back off the reverb and not use the same amount and setting on each individual track, so that each track is a different "distance" from the listener.  That way you will have both a foreground and a background.  I would also have a few more mid-frequency things happening underneath.  The piece seems to have a high and low set of sounds, but nothing in the middle.

Good luck and, most of all, have fun with it.

HTH,
Forrest

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Re: New to making ambient etc., looking for critique
« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2012, 02:47:12 AM »
Thanks for the feedback!

I whole-heartedly agree with you on the general suggestion of not using everything - learned that lesson through my other projects :) Especially when being new to a genre/technique/method/etc., it definately is important to experiment a lot and pick out the creme of the crop for actual use. However, in this case I do have to consider the fact that the whole (ie. EP) requires a specific kind of song for this slot in order to keep the overall theme/storyline intact. Originally I made three tracks for this slot and chose this one for refining.

More midrange: The lack of mids was a conscious choice, made in order to emphasize the feeling of emptiness/solitude. I think it works nicely as an effect, but after considering your comment I think the current amount of it may indeed be overkill. I think I'll look into adding some midrange action to some sections, possibly a guitar or a simple bassline played higher on the fretboard, or some other non-synth -instrument.

Reverb: This is definately one of the areas on which I need improvement. I'm more accustomed to mixing relatively simple rock tunes (far from a pro), where a master room reverb and some lighter reverbs on f.ex. guitar will do fine, and the positioning/background/foreground can easily be done by panning, stereo imaging and volume control. I'll have to see how adding the midrange tracks changes the overall picture and work out the new reverbs.