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Mix Info:Scherzo 9:25mins @61BPM Classical

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Artist:B.Stockwell



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I've attached super-low resolution files of the complete work-in-progress. It actually sounds better in crappy quality. The detail is gone and it turns into at ambient sonic mush. This would sound great if I burned it onto 78 rpm discs! I'll do more work on this thing after I finish my current Big Deal project; a fundraiser on Freddie Mercury's birthday. For the next month, I'm all about Freddie. You probably saw the promo I created for the event.

US2K Review: This is such a large composition and although I appreciate all types of music, this is not foot tapping material so I am doing this review with the aid of a beer (just one to help me relax and listen to such a niche style of music).

The piece begins with brass horns or cello (not always easy to tell) and timpanis/orchestral drums at first, shortly accompanied by violins.

The common theme is variations of a punchy repeated note sequence. This I would say does feel a little bit empty and I would have included a tremolo string to add some body, it’ s still not bad though. Towards the one minute mark when a piano enters the arrangement to harmonise and drive a more interesting theme develops. I sense regret and melancholy in the emotional mood.

Leading up to the two minute mark there is choir sound to add further emotion but shortly afterwards a harp accompanied (pizzicato plucks) by cello (slow long notes) play a slightly happier musical theme, but this is short lived and by the three minute thirteen position a violin introduces a very unhappy melody line.

Progressing to the four minute thirteen mark a few cello plucks or brass stabs and orchestral drums and a more optimistic theme returns. A happy musical melody on brass/chello creates a sense of overcoming the negative emotion from earlier. There is periodically some interesting percussion which sounds more like a typewriter than a cymbal of any type.

The piece Progresses further to rapid 8th or 16th note scales on piano and brass creating a sense of skipping or playing at some times, marching at others, and a generally more jovial theme. A thud of a double bass or a tuned orchestral drum changes this mood around the seven minute ten seconds position.

There seems to be a return of sadness or regret via the musical notes heard from the choir and the bells that later join the accompaniment not for celebration perhaps more for a state of alert. Around this point a church organ is heard for the first time in the arrangement playing an additional accompaniment.

The notes are harmonic but parts of a rather miserable chord progression. As the listener journeys on, the bells cease for a short whilst around the eight minute twenty six minutes returning again at the eight minute thirty seven position. The bells this time round seem to follow the chords of the organ which has been temporarily substituted for a horn or brass instrument of some type.

The bells leave the arrangement at the eight minute fifty six position and the organ returns harmonise the brass which now plays a more optimistic rising scale again. This is interesting because there is a sense of defeat or relief created around the nine minute five seconds position a slow melody on the brass/cello introduces a conclusion on ringing bells, choir and a final series of organ stabs and a last strike of the bell to end the composition at the nine minute seventeen seconds position, but with neutral emotion.

My usual criteria are difficult to apply to such a piece but my final analysis is: Use of variation 10/10, General musical skill 10/10, Interesting themes (instead of catchiness which does not apply in descriptive music) 8/10, Musical arrangement 8/10 (let down by what I term empty parts at the start), Wide audience appeal 5/10, use of instruments to announce changes 8/10, structure 10/10 (three sophisticated themes that flow into each other cleanly).

Letting my imagination wander the music describes the following, a lost battle where the survivors regroup and march on their enemy. Although the battle ends with a defeat of some sort the piece is let down by it is unclear who the victor is because the composition ends in neutral emotion, perhaps that was the point , “not a defeat a draw”, "no one wins" or was it an error of the composers?

My final score is 8 out of 10, and I leave it to other visitors to decide and comment on the goal of this very interesting descriptive classical composition, I am sure others imaginations will create a different scene or theme.


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Mix Info:Calling Love 5:10mins @131BPM Rock

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Artist:TJay



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Rock version of a "calling love" vocals set. I like especially how the guitar worked out during the verse.

US2K Review: This rock song begins immediate with the vocal 'I'm Calling For Your Love', followed by a bass drum fill which announces a catchy guitar rhythm. The bass drum fill is used once again to introduce a full rock drum pattern including what sounds like a human free style snare pattern. The combination of the drum pattern with the guitar is well catchy (chorus hook I think).

To add further interest to the song there is a guitar feedback screech which is followed by a more delicate acoustic guitar lead section with no drums which reflects and answers the previous musical section nicely. After this point the rhythm guitar and drum section returns with a bass guitar. Vocals based on the title also are heard up to the 33 second song position and are used to introduce along with a snare drum roll , what sounds like a bridge section.

The bridge has an alternative musical arrangement of just drums, bass line and repeats of parts of the vocals. A crash and a snare roll introduces a verse section which has a one chord chugging guitar rhythm This is another vocal which is interesting but then gets confused because the vocal from the chorus section return and in my opinion do now work so well. At the one minute twenty five seconds position this verse finishes and the catchy guitar rhythm hook section returns after a snare roll. After a few repeats the delicate acoustic guitar and hook sections again.

Another snare roll introduces a new fresh vocal accompanied by bass and drums alone again, this would have been better for the first verse in my opinion too, although after a drum fill the theme from the first verse returns but it sounds better this time, maybe because a vocal based on the chorus is fresher this time because of the alternative vocal before.

The chorus returns after the two minute thirty two seconds position, followed a powerful drum fill and a really interesting middle eight bridge (or would have been had the 'Give me All Your Love' vocal not been already over used).

The alternative guitar and bass line for the middle eight bridge section is brilliant, I wonder if it would have worked better as an instrumental. At the three minute eight seconds position an intelligent touch is used which is the dropping of all instruments including drums to allow the echo of the lead vocal to re-introduce variations of the verse and chorus. The song continues and the vocal becomes really grating (put the singer out of their misery, shorter song perhaps). The song finally finishes at the five minute seven seconds position on drums, percussion and what sounds like a whoosh sound.

My evaluation of this song is: Musical structure and arrangement=8 (Middle 8 ruined by vocal), Catchiness=7(excellent guitar hook dragged down by repetitious vocal), Use of variation=5, (vocal again), Use of drum fills and sound effects to announce changes=9, Actual singing=8, Use of mastering effects including reverb, equalisation and stereo position 10, demonstration of musical skill=9.

My final overall score for this mix is 8 out of 10. This song starts off as very competent rock/pop and ends up let down by the overuse of the same vocals.


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Mix Info:Mood 2011 09 03 mix set pt2 1:42mins @126BPM Minimal Techno

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Artist:Dj_Mood



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US2K Review: This is the second part of Dj Mood' s excellent minimal techno mix.This mix begins with some chimes (very old skool and much appreciated, Colin Dale of Kiss FM would have cheered at their sound) and both click, cymbal and ethnic or Latin drum percussion which is used to flow the listener for 30 seconds until a synth sequence is reached which sounds almost laughter.

The laughter is soon joined by a sub bass line, but having done its job to add interest and announce changes to the mix, the synth laughter exits the mix arrangement allowing the percussion to take the lead, enhanced by an accenting snare/clap on every beat. Although the roots of the mix are house music which has potential to be monotonous, the percussion is more danceable than you would expect, the underlying drum groove is like a four on the floor with a little bit of a swinging syncopation. This theme is kept interesting up to the one minute 14 second position with subtle drum or percussion changes, possible even human drum hits at times, the periodic removal and return of the sub bass line and occasional sound effects or vox. After this point the conclusion of the mix is announced with what sounds like a synthetic orchestral crash or stab.

The ending of this mix is of course a coda based on the percussion from earlier with a few extra percussive fills and snare hits. The final end to the mix begins with the departure of the sub bass line, and all percussion except the bass drum and snares. This pattern is faded out to silence at the one minute forty two second position.

My evaluation of the mix is that is it scores the following: musical structure =8, Variation of mix=7, Catchiness=8 (percussion is addictive), Use of vox, sound effects, drum fills to announce changes or maintain mix interest=9, Mastering such as reverb, delay, equalisation, stereo-positioning =9, general musical skill demonstrated=8. My overall final score is 8 out of 10. This is a good listen for minimal techno fans but the next parts get better so stay tuned...


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Mix Info:voce,Iustin Narcis Ianau,(aaa) 4:00mins @127BPM Atmospheric Techno Trance

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Artist:Dj_Mox



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US2K Review: I cannot really review or score this submission as it sounds more like a dj promo mix instead of a single composition. Normally even a dj mix I can score or review but each track seems a little too short although those teaser sections sound very well produced with catchy hook melodies. I am unsure why Dj Mox submitted this promo to me, but would love to hear the full length tracks.


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Mix Info:Jamie For Amie Pt2 3:45mins @130BPM Funky House

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Artist:Jay_Sissimo



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US2K Review: This excellent funk mix is yet to be reviewed but my finall score is 9 out of 10. This artist is pending a video promotion next year instead of a review.


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Mix Info:Allegro 10:30mins @75BPM Classical

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Artist:B.Stockwell



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Bass Mom & Dj CrusadeReview: I love classical music and this track takes me away! This is this reviewers first time reviewing for this artist and I like what I hear so far with this track! it has a sweet sound yet climaxes to a powerful theatrical sound and the use of the obo and the cello and the saxaphone and the violin work very well with one another as does the piano which adds variation to this mix. It is a bit lengthy but still leaves me with a feeling that I have just left the hall where the orchestra was playing! I give this track a solid 10 for creativity, and overall production as this could make for a very good film score like the one I wrote!!! Well done!
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US2K Review: A review will follwo shortly but in the mean-time my provisional score of 8 out of 10. The composition demonstrates top musical ability, pity about the minor distortion.