Here are my comments for the submissions of this round.
I'm going to try to concentrate my comments not so much on aspects of composition and production this time, but rather on how I feel about the tracks. But don't hold me to that.
A-Lin - Rugo
I'm a sucker for these kinds of tracks: nice repeating plucky patterns and majestic synth lines over them. Plus the sounds remind me of my old Waldorf synths, which I like. So, yes, a bit short, and maybe a bit old fashioned, but I really like it.
cieciu - window with view into fog (how'd you feel)
This one creates an atmosphere rather than a musical progression. It does a good job of evoking emotions, but I wouldn't associate them with what the title suggests. I rather envision a bleak industrial city landscape. But that is very subjective, of course.
imMature - theAdventuresOfKattalinaGoselius(makeCGFAfunAgain)
I think immature mentioned he wanted to channel pachelbel's canon and I think he succeeded in that goal. I don't find the simple raw sounds too jarring and easier to listen to than his last entry. Just using one sampled sound from helm defeats the purpose of the challenge a bit, imho, but it is an achievement in itself. The drums are a bit dull, soundwise, though. Fun track, but not holding my lasting attention.
LAM - overcut
I like the sounds in this very much. The calm beginning is matched by soothing and twinkly sounds and when it gets into motion, the sounds become progressively more abbrasive. And the guitar sound is awesome. I'm always looking for a musical "story" in a track, and unfortunately, due to the way it was constructed in Bespoke, I believe, this feels more like a collection of scenes, than a progression. Still, one of the top tracks this month, imho.
Min Jun Gi - Take the helm!
I guess my title pun wasn't as clever as I thought it was!
Though short, this shows promise. The main melody is easy on the ears and there's even a counter melody. But it's over before you can really get into it.
Two tips for improvement I would have are: a) make transitions between sections more interesting, by building up to them or inserting little ear candy effects and b) make the sounds for the different parts (melody, pad, bass, etc.) more sonically distinct.
I would like to hear a full length track from this artist in the future.
NickTheSic - Navigate Obscurity
This has some interesting sounds but plonks along a bit like a little river with not much macro structure in the first minute. Then there is some development, but the sections do not really have much binding them together. There are a lot of dissonances between parts but they do not seem very purposeful. If you have these dissonances, make them mean something! As you can probably tell, I did not enjoy this very much.
nyx eles - At the Gates of Earth
This is similar in how it feels to sg75's track, but a bit more hard hitting. Easily in the top five.
A memmorable riff, with nice syncopation. I guess this is trying to evoke Djent'ing guitars. Sound design is top, though the main screetchy lead sound may be a bit over the top. Drums could be busier, imho. Good mix, but in danger of triggering listening fatigue.
Sahaathyva - Tribute
This sits somewhere between Trance and Acid but doesn't have all the necessary ingredients for either. For the former it is lacking the big synth hooks, for the latter the drums and the 303 line are too tame.
Add some melodic hooks to this, make the mix more punchy do a more impactful drop and build up and this could be become a banger.
BTW, Tribute to what?
sg75 - u-eh-lie
This somehow evokes strong visual associations in me. As I've written in a comment on SoundCloud.
"I envision flying in my Gunship through the post-robo-calypse wasteland scavenging for precious scrap under constant threat of being detected by the AI drones. "
Also, this takes me back to playing the awesome U-boot shooter game "Schleichfahrt" in the nineties.
One of my top two picks.
Spotlight Kyd - Take the Helm and Engage Fusion Drive
I was trying to recreate an early 80s fusion band in Helm with this track (think Casiopea or David Matthews (not Dave!)). So I restricted myself to mostly six instrument parts (plus some overdubs): keys (e-piano, sometimes doubled with synth), rythm and lead guitar, bass, drums and sax lead.
I spent days on trying to get the drums to sound right, but still think they sound a bit weak in the mix. I also didn't manage to make a good ride cymbol, so I only used different crashes.
I'm moderately happy with the result, but I spent way too much time on it.
Trumpetrespas - Lambda Dance
This feels like bunch of microprocessors coming together after some hard number crunching work for some relaxation, with a crate of cool electrons, and jamming a bit just for fun. Not very coherent and not very consequential but they seem to be feeling it!