Dave Hampton

Dave Hampton

Title: Audio Engineer, Music Technologist, Producer
Genres: Pop, Rock, Hip-Hop, R&B
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song: A NEW BEGINNING
artist: BFATAL

genre: R & B - Soul
stats: playlists: 2 | song plays: 39
General Overview
What Genre is most appropriate for this song?
New Age

What is an appropriate title for this song?
Beginning

What artist does this song most remind you of?
Jean Luc Ponty

What best describes the subject matter of this song?
Inspirational - Imagination

What era does this song fall under?
2000 and later

What best describes the mood of this song?
Calm - Relaxed

Song Analysis
Quality of Instrumentation
3/5

Quality of Arrangement
3/5

Quality of the Melody
3/5

Quality of the Chord Progression
2/5

Quality of the Instrumental Hooks
2/5

Marriage Between Chorus and Verse
2/5

Instrumentation
Quality of the Instrument/Sound Selection
2/5

Quality of the Lead Performances
2/5

Quality of the Meter
2/5

Quality of Piano
3/5

Quality of Keyboards
2/5

Quality of Guitar
2/5

Quality of Bass
2/5

Quality of Percussion
2/5

Quality of Strings
1/5

Production
Quality of Recording (Techniques)
3/5

Quality of Mix
2/5

Originality of Song
2/5

Overall Rating
2/5

Quality of the Title
3/5

General Comments

This music sounds like some generalized mood music. I didn't get the R&B connection. It never goes any definitive place. Similar to what's called generic sound alike. I also know that when string sounds and flute sounds are used as main stays or constantly thru a production they often work very much like a "tell" in poker. In other words the use of these sounds can often que the listener as to a repetitive pattern in the writing style. That means that I can tell the parts of the song that you were sure of. Also using sounds with slow attacks often signifies that your playing or musicianship is not at a fluent level that you can improvise and use other sounds and styles of notes to create transition in a song.
Sonically the blend of the instruments is ok in places but use of delay on a guitar is not transition.
Piano sound is import an as well as the use of the sustain pedal. The pureness of a piano note is emphasized by holding it and letting it decay into the next cycle. Short stabs and piano notes make it sound like strikes on a toy piano.
Also on the Drums several times they go low in the mix they the sons sounding like a fade but not really. Please on drums and instrumentals it helps to close your eyes and imagine that the band is in front of you then create and choose the proper pans sonically for each drum sound. All sound is not stereo L,R in the same place.
When you place guitars and flutes do the same. It helps the listener hear the blend as if it were actually being played . Just because it's canned doesn't mean that you don't have to do a little extra to bring them to life.
On the use of effects. Make sure that your reverb times and delay times do not conflict. The distortion guitar and the flute seem to switch places as lead vocal types in this song. The Rock sound is great and the pure tone of the flute is just as powerful, great choices. They are also helped by building an overall ambience for them to set in with the drums and effects.
Also listen to fusion artist Jean Luc Ponty I find this reminds me of some of his blends of sounds.
Please remember these are production observations from an engineer. If they sound harsh please read my other reviews and also listen to the song as you read my comments.


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Artist's Submitted Question:

Hey Dave, Brennan Brown aka BFATAL, graduate of Lutheran High School 1980. I would love to chat with you, my email is bfatalproductions@gmail.com

Pro's Answer/Comments:

I will connect with you.


Quote From Pro:

"Great contemplative themes for relaxing and reading or just trying to slow down and chill. Not too complicated as to make you fell assaulted by sounds, notes and confusion but instead a collective direction from and to the same place. Completeness!"


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