This is an impressionist piece (think of Debussy) with a minimalistic theme (of course with lots of reverb).
I thought it could be useful as background in art videos, film, documentaries, with reflecting or dramatic angles.
What’s wrong with it?
Hi, I have no tracks here so I am still learning. I loved it (I love Debussy and this type of music anyway). The only thing that I can think of is the reverb, maybe there is a bit too much? And the piano high frequencies are a bit missing? I don’t know! However AJ is rejecting a lot of stuff these days. What I thought were good tracks have all been rejected.
Hi Julian, thanks for your comments. Hope you get some tracks approved soon. I think the frequencies for the piano are all there and yeah lots of reverb (church, which belongs to this kind of piece). Don’t know if it’s too much for AJ or that this kind of music is not suitable here. Maybe someone else knows?
It’s a wonderfully composed piece Hummingbird. It’s a shame that the reviewer didn’t accept it, because I really do think there is a commercial need for this kind of track, both in cinema and video. The only thing I could possibly fault about it is the over-richness of the reverb you used. I think a slightly more subtle effect would have been better to emphasise the delicacy of the melody.
I was inspired by Tomas Dvorak’s incredible score for the Machinarium video game to make a minimalist track that had a similar feel to yours which was also rejected. There are many versions, including my own, of Debussy and Satie pieces that are available here, but not so many original compositions in the same style which is disappointing.
Hi Cris, your claire de lune is also nice. If the problem is the reverb, I could change this in a split second. No need for a hard reject. I can give many examples of music with this much reverb. Normally I use as little as possible to keep a clean sound. Don’t know what is right anymore…
I know what you mean about reverb choices! One day I can think that I’ve nailed it, then the next day, I could come back and totally change it! It is unfortunate that the reviewers don’t tend to give soft rejects for mixing decisions, because as you mentioned, some things are easily fixed. The only time I’ve gotten a soft reject for this kind of thing is when they asked me to reduce the dynamic range of a track because a couple of percussive notes were excessively loud.
@Hummingbird-musicwor I love this piece! First time I listened to it I was thinking maybe the issue could be that the “mood” is not consistent all the time. Second time I did not feel this, so I guess its a piece that grows on you. Anyway it´s an awesome piece of music and I´m convinced that you can pitch this to other sites that have a more “sophisticated focus”. I agree the reverb could be dialed a little bit drier. This might not be the average top seller, but the right people would pay decent money for super music like this. Just my 2 cents! I am not in any way experienced in this genre of music.
@criskcracker The machinarium soundtrack is one of my favourite soundtracks! Amazing blend of fun sound design and crazy quirky relaxyness
Hey André, have you heard the music that he makes under his pseudonym ‘Floex’? The clarinet that he plays on that makes me really want to take up clarinet lessons.
Thanks, I’m blushing here Appreciate the feedback. Another classical track a few days ago was also hard rejected. Still one in queue with a Christmas feel, probably will happen the same.
@criskcracker Have not heard so much of it, but should definitely check out more of his work. That man is really unique.
@Hummingbird-musicwor Just keep doing what you are doing would be my advice. If the music does not fit AJ, find another home for it. Simple layered great piano compositions will always be needed somewhere I believe. Good luck!
Reduce the verb wet mix by 6dB and try again. It’s a nice melancholic composition.
Is this CFX btw? I think I recognized the pedal noise.
It’s a very nice film underscore piece and the sound and use of reverb does not bother me at all. It is absurd that this composition would be rejected. This could be used in dozens of films as “sadness underscore”, or within an episodic tv drama show. I can also see it and hear it on a higher end advert with a more serious and cinematic approach to the story. It is perplexing as to why it would be rejected, but do not get upset, just move on to the next market. You do not need to change anything with this piece. Realize that many of us have had rejected tracks that have gone to other markets and have sold very well or were used in nice TV projects.
Very deep piano composition, I like it so much! I don’t know the reason of rejection, for me this piece is suitable for sad or romantic video scenes, the reverb seems to me perfect, but I’m not a very specialist, anyway I think it’s a great and emotional track! Sorry if I can’t suggest something helpful, maybe you can add the pedal noise to increase the ‘commercial viability’… good luck!
@Floberaudio Thanks very much! I always turn the pedal noise down, because I don’t like it. Can do that of course.
Barely a third of the way through it but l had to press the heart button.
Intro was bitingly cold, but there is a message of hope at the end, with a hint that the person (the subject) knows it’s all futile nevertheless. Very emotive piece. Hmmm l don’t think l’ll submit anything as l can’t beat any of these rejections. Nice cover image for the track btw.
I cannot think of any fault.
Love it @Hummingbird-musicwor. Excellent composition. I’m also a Pianoteq 6 user. Great piano sounds.
Sorry I don’t have anything critical to offer. That probably doesn’t help you, but it’s very nice work.
Update: I made changes, less reverb, changed the room etc… Just approved
That’s great news Hummingbird! A much-deserved approval. I wish you many sales from it.