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Old 2010-01-30, 19:53
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Ok people! here's our first review ever. ...I didn't think it was gonna happen, but these guys proved me wrong. If you enjoy these reviews comment away, and feel free to participate in future ones.

I'm posting the first two, and waiting for the third one to be completed.

Pete! enjoy man! Hopefully we weren't too rough on you.

Without further ado:

Here we go!

Artist: The Auteurist (Pete)
Song title: "Raintown Road"
About song: (A robotic monk meets Animal from The Muppets).
Genre:Robotic TechRock
Vocal/Intrumental: Contains some vocal snippets
Tools: Started in Reason 2.5 & remastered in Record.

Review 1: SoftEnerji (Mark)
Review 2: Ecopro (Ed)
Review 3: AvatarOne (coming soon)

Here's a quote from "The Auterist":

"It's an older one of mine that I remastered recently, called 'Raintown Road'. It was originally written with Reason 2.5! It's since had the record treatment. It's a track like, and would like to try and do 'something' with one day, so some opinions could be helpful"
"It was written using R2.5, but remastered in record (simply, by running the old exported wav through the master bus compressor). Thus, there are no combis or thors in the track at all. The lead 'vocal' sound is a single subtractor with a scream!"

Soft Enerji’s review of The Auteurist’s Raintown Road

Review 1

Let me start by saying that since I’ve been hanging out on the Music Forum I’ve been listening to a wider variety of music than I would normally do. That’s not to say my musical tastes are limited, far from it but I have to say my ears have been opened and for the most part it has been a very pleasant experience. I don't think we ever stop learning in music and this Propellerheads community we are part of is probably one of the friendliest out there and we can all help and learn from each other. Ecopro's idea for these song reviews is another example of how this community works and I'm happy to be involved.

Anyway, that’s enough waffle from me, on with the review.

I did start off by trying to comment on each of the categories but I struggled with that and felt that I would be better to put my overall thoughts down first and come back to the categories later so I decided to first review the track on it's merits as I found them.

Raintown Road starts with an intro section which at first I thought was a bit overpowering (it actually drops in level slightly on about 0.8 so maybe start off at that same level or a subtle fade in would suit it better), but once the bass and drums kick in on .15 it does all comes together.

The pounding 4/4 beat and ominous synth bass line really gets this track underway and once the hats kicked in I definitely got the feeling that this was really going to get big, and I wasn't to be disappointed! All of a sudden the vocal sample jumps right out at you! I was instantly reminded of a Deep Forest or Enigma style chanting but soon I realised Pete has taken this to another level altogether. His comment on the track about a Robotic Monk is probably right on the money. The vocal starts to go ballistic at about 1.19 just as nearly everything else drops out which is a nice touch and the effect had me smiling. The steady build from there has a nice sense of space and the almost dub style stutter and stop at about 2.10 sets the scene for the rest of the track. When at about 2.53 the vocal really goes off the scale I was grinning like a madman. It is seriously that good!

The end section from about 3.31 took me by totally by surprise. I wasn't expecting such a dramatic change but it works so well. The track could have just stopped at 3.31 but this just adds another dimension to it.

Part 2

I guess now that I've put my thoughts down in black and white I should be able to address the categories, funny that, so here goes.

Originality: Yes it has a certain degree of originality. Pete has very cleverly got the vocal chant to take the song through different levels.

Essence: Pete has absolutely nailed it with Raintown Road. It's an emotive and thought provoking journey that has a feeling of euphoria flowing throughout. It has a degree of unpredictability as well which is always good in my opinion.

Production Technique: It sounds pretty damn good through my Sennheiser headphones but I will give it another listen through my monitors on the weekend before I post and come back and edit this.

Edit: Saturday afternoon on a warm sticky day in Sydney. Air con on, monitors on. As noted before I'd maybe drop the level of the synth drone at the start and perhaps there's a little bit of distortion on the drums that could be cleaned up. Could it be the MP3 file? I'm really not a fan of these. I'd love to hear this as a WAV or AIFF. Aside from that I reckon it sounds pretty good.

Sounds/Instruments and Quality: The synth drone, hmmmm I keep coming back to that, I wasn't so sure at first but the more I hear it the more it works. The bass sound is excellent and sits well. The drum programming is top notch and the vocal, as already mentioned is superb!

Overall appeal: I really enjoyed it! Pete has got just about everything right from where I stand. Pete, you mentioned you wanted to try and do "something" with it one day and obviously you have your ideas but something I kept hearing in the back of my head is some piano, something really light and simple....just a thought.

Well there you have it, my first ever full review of a piece of music. It definitely wasn't easy but it was inspiring and fun to do. Thanks for the track Pete and for putting yourself on the firing line.


Review 2 below >>>
A new day is coming...

Last edited by ecopro; 2010-01-30 at 23:30. Reason: Makink it easier on the eyes