Just as I expected, this topic has been discussed many times before, as from what I understand, AudioJungle is extremely fussy about what it will and will not publish.
For instance, there’s one fella - whose name I don’t have to hand right now - who has a YouTube channel devoted to submitting to these sites, and he has one track that had sold 15 times on ■■■■ but was still rejected here. He intimated as much to the reviewer but still got nowhere.
By the way, the reasons that I’ve not taken the time to read the other threads are twofold:
- The generic reply in the rejection e-mail - “This item does not meet the general commercial quality standard required to be accepted on AudioJungle, unfortunately.” - is so vague as to be virtually meaningless.
I’ve read the ‘do’s and don’t’s’ on submitting a file, and I’ve read the general guidelines on why a track might be rejected - poor phrasing, poor compositional technique, shoddy mixing, and what have you - and the generic reply could be referring to any or all of those issues or to something else entirely. The e-mail offers no help whatsoever.
- None of the other threads will relate directly to the track in question, which can be heard here:
I’m not the world’s greatest living composer nor am I anywhere near the worst and, frankly, I’m utterly baffled as to what it is that the reviewer found so objectionable.
As per the advice that was given in my last rejection, I listened to the top-selling tangoes before writing this track, and I’m still dumbfounded. Some are very heavily produced while others are far less so. Mine is nearer to the latter
The phrasing has been carefully crafted, unified and varied; the only ‘orphaned’ motif - for want of a better expression - is the opening three-note figure played on the trumpet in bb. 2-3.
The outer voices are independent of one another.
The castanets and accordion have been used very sparingly so as not to overdo their role in the piece while adding to the tango-y sound they’re meant to evoke.
The snare drum and bass both use traditional tango patterns.
Each of the three sections presents the material in a slightly varied way.
The harmony makes use of a secondary dominant that forces the piece to alternate between minor and major - just as you would expect in a tango.
The mix has a little headroom with no clipping.
And, if I dare say so myself, it’s a jolly catchy little tune. What’s not to like?
If you’ve taken the time to read all of that then thanks very much. I’ve written at length in order to try and make it as clear as possible as to why I’m confused about the reviewer’s decision.
Thanks in advance for any replies.