Realm by Ian Ritchie

Ian Ritchie

Broadjam Artist: Ian Ritchie
Song: Realm

Reviewer: Edmond Allmond

Positive Comments: The first thing that jumps out at me is the harmonic structure of this piece. Beautiful. I really enjoyed that cloud as the vehicle on which to take this journey.The instrumentation is quite nice. I’m pondering what else I would use if I arranged this for a different recording. I can think of no other instruments except those used here. I’m enamored of the instrumentation.The arrangement is powerful. Good structure. (build, instruments added at crucial times, etc)Thank you.

Constructive Comments: Use mastering dips to allow the instruments to live in their own space a bit better. Overall, I love the instrument choices. I just wish I could experience them more fully.Synth voices can spread in certain frequency ranges find those ranges and corral them. Use a meter over the whole performance, find the offending frequencies, and either limit just that small bit or eq that. Maybe slight compression and pull back in the mix a little bit.Mix a bit more room space around that guitar…Upper mid-range is heavy with many voices. Find the dips where each can live. It’s tough…

Melancholy by Douglas Amell

Douglas Amell

Broadjam Artist: Douglas Amell
Song: Melancholy

Reviewer: Edmond Allmond

Positive Comments: I enjoyed this piece. I feel it as backdrop to a walk outdoors in brisk evening air, possibly with snow around… that is what this evokes for me.The beginning is very well thought out. I love the piano beginning.I like that the ‘cello was featured as the melodic lead. The trading of parts of the motif between the ‘cello and the higher stinged instrument (violin, viola?) is quite lovely. Very well written.

Constructive Comments: The mix could use a bit more brightness. Needs some mastering dips. It’s a tough proposition with a rich palette such as is presented in this song, when you try to put it all together for the small speakers we tend to listen with today. (I’m using AudioTechnica headphones through my computer)The cello could use a bigger pocket in which to sit in the mix…The piano performance could be more nuanced, and it would add TREMENDOUSLY to this piece. The ‘cello has that nuanced performance…This piece seems a nice potential background for a beautiful video shot in the snow, in a forest somewhere… I would love to see that. Thank you!

Melancholy by Douglas Amell

Douglas Amell

Broadjam Artist: Douglas Amell
Song: Melancholy

Reviewer: Edmond Allmond

Positive Comments: I enjoyed this piece. I feel it as backdrop to a walk outdoors in brisk evening air, possibly with snow around… that is what this evokes for me.The beginning is very well thought out. I love the piano beginning.I like that the ‘cello was featured as the melodic lead. The trading of parts of the motif between the ‘cello and the higher stinged instrument (violin, viola?) is quite lovely. Very well written.

Constructive Comments: The mix could use a bit more brightness. Needs some mastering dips. It’s a tough proposition with a rich palette such as is presented in this song, when you try to put it all together for the small speakers we tend to listen with today. (I’m using AudioTechnica headphones through my computer)The cello could use a bigger pocket in which to sit in the mix…The piano performance could be more nuanced, and it would add TREMENDOUSLY to this piece. The ‘cello has that nuanced performance…This piece seems a nice potential background for a beautiful video shot in the snow, in a forest somewhere… I would love to see that. Thank you!

Boomerang by Greg Lambert

Greg Lambert

Broadjam Artist: Greg Lambert
Song: Boomerang

Reviewer: Edmond Allmond

Positive Comments: I don’t know how this song wound up in Classical Contemporary, but no matter! I like it a lot! Production work is great — recording, the mix– very pleasant. I enjoy the mandolin a lot. It’s such a pleasant groove, such a nice chord progression. Very easy on my ears.Lyrics are sweet and gentle. happy. Sunny. Thank you.

Constructive Comments: There’s nothing I would technically change. The mix is pleasantly shaped, the vocals have a nice pocket in which to sit. I suppose the only thing I might change is I might mix the main guitar, the ‘rhythm’, with more space around it, pulling it back ever so slightly in the mix. I enjoy this song. Thank you very much.

Boomerang by Greg Lambert

Greg Lambert

Broadjam Artist: Greg Lambert
Song: Boomerang

Reviewer: Edmond Allmond

Positive Comments: I don’t know how this song wound up in Classical Contemporary, but no matter! I like it a lot! Production work is great — recording, the mix– very pleasant. I enjoy the mandolin a lot. It’s such a pleasant groove, such a nice chord progression. Very easy on my ears.Lyrics are sweet and gentle. happy. Sunny. Thank you.

Constructive Comments: There’s nothing I would technically change. The mix is pleasantly shaped, the vocals have a nice pocket in which to sit. I suppose the only thing I might change is I might mix the main guitar, the ‘rhythm’, with more space around it, pulling it back ever so slightly in the mix. I enjoy this song. Thank you very much.

Arise by Jeana Potthoff

Jeana Potthoff

Broadjam Artist: Jeana Potthoff
Song: Arise

Reviewer: Randal Dunkle

Positive Comments: I like the way the piano sounds at the beginning, from soft to loud and then back to soft – very cool sounding tune.

Constructive Comments: I really like this one, I wish it was a little longer and yes I think it would sound better with drums coming in right at the point where the song stops and then bring in a saxophone and then end with the quiet piano sounds similar to the beginning however, this is just my opinion, it’s still a very good piece as is.

Arise by Jeana Potthoff

Jeana Potthoff

Broadjam Artist: Jeana Potthoff
Song: Arise

Reviewer: Randal Dunkle

Positive Comments: I like the way the piano sounds at the beginning, from soft to loud and then back to soft – very cool sounding tune.

Constructive Comments: I really like this one, I wish it was a little longer and yes I think it would sound better with drums coming in right at the point where the song stops and then bring in a saxophone and then end with the quiet piano sounds similar to the beginning however, this is just my opinion, it’s still a very good piece as is.

Piece of a Dream / Latin Tango by Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods

Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods

Broadjam Artist: Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods
Song: Piece of a Dream / Latin Tango

Reviewer: Jeff Maguire

Positive Comments: Nice melody in a latin/jazz style, maybe a cross a a few different Latin styles, most prominently a bit of Jobim. Suitable for prominent use in dentist offices around the world.

Constructive Comments: Nice tune, easy listening jazz with a bit of Antonio Carlos Jobim , overall well constructed and arranged piece, piano sound is a little cheesy, it is certainly usable commercial settings.

Piece of a Dream / Latin Tango by Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods

Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods

Broadjam Artist: Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods
Song: Piece of a Dream / Latin Tango

Reviewer: Jeff Maguire

Positive Comments: Nice melody in a latin/jazz style, maybe a cross a a few different Latin styles, most prominently a bit of Jobim. Suitable for prominent use in dentist offices around the world.

Constructive Comments: Nice tune, easy listening jazz with a bit of Antonio Carlos Jobim , overall well constructed and arranged piece, piano sound is a little cheesy, it is certainly usable commercial settings.

My Eyes / Rock & Roll by Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods

Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods

Broadjam Artist: Uncle Spider & The Electric Dirt Clods
Song: My Eyes / Rock & Roll

Reviewer: Matt Mereu

Positive Comments: A very pretty melody starts to emerge at around 37 seconds. It would be nice to see that developed a bit more — shifting key, adding a more minor feel and then back to the main theme.

Constructive Comments: Although I think the song has potential because of that lovely melodic line, in it’s present state there are some things that get in the way — some timing issues, lack of a developed arrangement, lack of movement and variation, the abrupt ending. Have you every used EZ Drummer. to me, that is the best (and easiest) way to get real drums sounds that will help you build a groove. Good luck.