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Still not sure about the ending (I know it abruptly ends, as most of my music tends to do - almost like it is leading into another emotion rather than carrying through a story, so I may work on another part of this at a later date to 'complete' the story...not sure yet of what I might do - or if I might just move on - which is why I am posting this in a finished capacity for now.) 

 I am still learning the basics here, but I am learning non-the-less, due to the tremendous help of feedback, critique, and criticism I receive. I appreciate any feedback as I seek to not only just continue to make more music, but also to improve. 

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So far as the ending goes, yes, abrupt. It neither ends on a cadence nor just fades out, just stops - trailing off on that very quiet sound. I suppose this is a perennial problem of this genre - how does one end a piece to offer it as a stand-alone piece.

The production/balance seems pretty good except at the end - I bet a few of your tracks were touching or exceeding the red line!

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7 hours ago, Quinn said:

So far as the ending goes, yes, abrupt. It neither ends on a cadence nor just fades out, just stops - trailing off on that very quiet sound. I suppose this is a perennial problem of this genre - how does one end a piece to offer it as a stand-alone piece.

The production/balance seems pretty good except at the end - I bet a few of your tracks were touching or exceeding the red line!

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Well, shoot. I was intentionally turning things up because I tend to err on the side of caution and not boost my master volume enough where it's hard to hear... sounds like I might have over-done that!  Also, I think I might have messed around with the Equalizer a bit too much and I think overemphasized the higher frequency instruments... I can tend to be a perfectionist and not post anything, so I'm glad I did, that way I know it wasn't just my ears picking that up toward the end. Also, I hear a sort of background static, I'm thinking from the Equalizer emphasizing certain high frequency instruments that are already crisp enough as is. When I first started creating music, I received a lot of feedback indicating that while the melody was there, there wasn't much depth and crispness to my music... I think to compensate that, I might have over-done the 'crispness' factor resulting in what you hear toward the end... The more I listen, the more I think I'm at the 'almost, but not quite' stage... I'm a photographer more than a musician or composer, so I can relate it to overexposing and oversaturating an image... At one point you can tell the photographer is not a professional, just by looking at their post-processing abilities. I appreciate the honest feedback! Thanks. 

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I found it really effective, creating a powerful, evocative atmosphere. I'm very interested in background music for film and slideshows, so I think this would work brilliantly for a dramatic scene in a film where the director needs strong energy and emotion. I really liked the abrupt ending with that quiet sound left hanging. It's a very realistic emotional effect, where you've just gone through a very moving experience and are left a little dazed.

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