Reviews written by VOiD

Technicolor (Part 2)
Reviewed: September 06, 2010
Artist: Fredrik Cole
Solid piece of melodic ambient synthpop executed with great focus and attention to detail. The song is not without its (minor) drawbacks, detailed below, but remains a compelling listen well worth visiting - and revisiting.
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Think
Reviewed: April 08, 2010
Artist: ancient.medium
A nice, dreamy little number with a subdued yet airy atmosphere here. Unintrusive pads, smoothly chopped guitars (?), some simple organ phrases and light percussion adds to a promising piece which ultimately lands just short of its potential.
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Empty Pieces
Reviewed: December 13, 2008
Artist: yello73
With a moody opening featuring some classic dialogue from the moon landing, this song really kicks into gear at the half minute mark: Drums and bass create a tight groove over some deliciously laid back synth pads, with an electric guitar contributing stabs at key moments. The bass and guitar parts
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To Be Frank
Reviewed: October 09, 2008
Artist: edcowan1
Some gorgerous electric piano chords and a wicked synth bass line starts off a two chord vamp in this smooth chillout track, and although the opening holds a lot of promise, the rest of the track doesn't quite deliver - mainly because of a lack of variation. The opening chords and bass line are rep
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Shuffle on down the Rhodes
Reviewed: October 07, 2008
Artist: trekkiejj
Here is a great, no nonsense, thorougly funky piece of jazz-rock fusion in a simple four-piece band setup, with no extra frills or effects. It captures all the fun of a great band kicking back and jamming, and here lies both the song's main strength and its weakness: While there are plenty of great
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Chilling in a Nebula
Reviewed: October 07, 2008
Artist: mechanoflora
So you've flown past the outer rings of Betelgeuse, you've delivered some mining equipment on a desolate planet orbiting Rigel, and now you've headed over to the Horsehead Nebula: it's time to set the ship on auto pilot for a while, lay back in your seat and just enjoy the scenery. Solid piece o
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Reka
Reviewed: September 24, 2008
Artist: Viszlat
Here is a gorgeous solo piano piece that hasn't received the attention it richly deserves. At the time of this review, this song has been available at Trax in Space for one year and two months, and during that time it has racked up a whopping total of... six plays and zero downloads. And I'm here
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Those were evil times
Reviewed: September 19, 2008
Artist: athos
Extremely stark and pensive piece that never quite manages to fulfill its promise. Unfortunately, not enough attention to detail means that the song ends up sounding unfinished. Still, it's well worth the download simply for the gorgeous opening, which sounds very much like something someone like L
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Point Zer0
Reviewed: September 12, 2008
Artist: K-Lyd
A short track featuring a good ol'timey chip-sounding synth riff and a bouncy, danceable rhythm. Although it's fairly competently put together, it needs either greater rhythmic complexity or a stronger melodic structure - preferrably both - to avoid sounding like a generic backing track. But there
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Picnic
Reviewed: September 10, 2007
Artist: DuskWire
One fine, smooth piece of music that delivers everything you'd expect from a chillout track. Deep bass, sampled drumbeat, warm pads, and a laidback, funky atmosphere all the way through. Some of the instruments are a bit below what I'd expect to hear, both from the genre perspective and compared t
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Strand
Reviewed: September 05, 2007
Artist: hukka
Overall a very nice slice of ambience. Some synthetic marimba (?) work and a couple of elegant details makes this track stand out a little bit from your average ambient track. A couple of arrangement and variation issues are really the only drawbacks to this track, but they add up to make the track
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7
Reviewed: July 17, 2007
Artist: Breakthru
A smooth little piece of ambient, faturing lush and swelling synths, subtle guitar and piano work, and an unintrusive beat throughout. Altogether a very enjoyable track, but a couple of minor issues prevents a top score.
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Do Not Detach
Reviewed: July 16, 2007
Artist: mickrip
This is one very enjoyable slice of nicely chilled ambient, featuring unintrusive female wordless vocals and just the right balance between repetition and variation. And WHAT a mood in the opening!
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Calamity
Reviewed: July 16, 2007
Artist: Tyr
This is a song with a very unfinished feel. After a very good intro that sets a great mood and seems to hold the promise of things to come, things instead just settle down and maintain the same melody and low intensity throughout. I'm less than impressed with the rhythm track, which features a bass
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Christmas waltz
Reviewed: July 12, 2007
Artist: Stout
My, how very baroque! Even for its short running length, this is about as good as it gets. There are a couple of issues, namely in the sound department, but as it does not detract from the listener's enjoyment, I am more than happy to award five stars.
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Nos veran saludando desde tan alto
Reviewed: July 06, 2007
Artist: Likuid
Simplistic ambient melody driven by piano and some lush synths. A couple of sound quality issues are the main drawbacks to this song, but it ends up being quite enjoyable nevertheless.
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Answers and Questions
Reviewed: July 03, 2007
Artist: mickrip
Two closely mic'ed acoustic guitars in beautiful harmony playing a serene melody that picks up in intensity throughout. Overall, however, this song sounds like a diamond cut to shape, but not yet given the final polish.
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Just Cant Move
Reviewed: July 03, 2007
Artist: Wiseman
Nice, laid back chillout pop song in the vein of early Leftfield, well produced but ends up not fulfilling the promise it offers in a great opening.
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Battle Tune #1 - The Fairy Tale
Reviewed: July 03, 2007
Artist: Tricky
Sloppily made "battle" tune that could have benefitted from a total overhaul.
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Zhou Mo Hao
Reviewed: July 03, 2007
Artist: Likuid
Laidback, eastern-flavoured song built around a highly repeating synth chord progression. There are a number of flaws in this piece that prevents a higher score, though - each addressed below.
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Floating equilibrium
Reviewed: July 03, 2007
Artist: Qumran
A promising slice of laidback rhythms and shimmering synths. Not enough variation and the obvious lack of a climax does detract from the overall listening enjoyment, however. There are also a couple of issues with the sound quality that could have been addressed.
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The Fourth Garden
Reviewed: July 03, 2007
Artist: OverCoat
Short, slightly creepy melody featuring a laidback brushed drum track and some trademark OverCoat textures and soundscapes.
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Fall on the Glass Plateau
Reviewed: July 02, 2007
Artist: YellowArcher
Lovely ambient piece that creates a wonderful, rainy and somewhat disturbing atmosphere. Overall, the song is too heavy on the lower frequencies to remain 100% enjoyable throughout, but it really is a fine slice of ambience.
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love lost
Reviewed: July 02, 2007
Artist: hiddenplace
Gorgeus soundscape which brings Vangelis to mind already after the first two notes on the lead synth. A slight lack of variation is the main issue here, although enough efforts is put into subtle effects that it never becomes a huge problem. If you're at all into ambient/relaxing music, be sure not
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Olga i england
Reviewed: July 02, 2007
Artist: Qumran
Nice, upbeat little chip song that is hampered by sound quality issues and a slight lack of variation. But really worth the listen if you're into chiptunes.
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Holy Wood
Reviewed: July 01, 2007
Artist: aGp
This short, upbeat song has a nice idea behind it, but features a number of drawbacks that unfortunately gets in the way.
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Teh Machinaf0nk0r
Reviewed: July 01, 2007
Artist: Gazus Snake
Very upbeat and funky old school track featuring very groovy rhythms and an enthusiastic melody. The use of typical tracking samples detract a lot from the enjoyment of this song, however. Some better samples would have ensured a better score, as I was in doubt whether to award 3 or 4 stars and deci
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Citar
Reviewed: July 01, 2007
Artist: Likuid
Short guitar instrumental with a laidback feeling to it, but it unfortunately never really gets going.
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Camel Ride
Reviewed: July 01, 2007
Artist: Qumran
Nice, laid back, Arabic-tinged song with a lack of variation as its biggest flaw. Also, this is a tracked song that on purely technical terms hasn'taged very well. However, a plus is given for the nice atmosphere it creates.
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Reindeers jumping through fired donuts
Reviewed: July 01, 2007
Artist: Gazus Snake
Fun chip song that really manages to catch that old-school feeling. I could easily imagine this music in a Razor 1911 splash screen before the actual game starts loading. Solid handiwork.
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Depth Charge
Reviewed: June 29, 2007
Artist: zircon
A good, driving piece of drum & bass done with confidence and gusto. The sound is very polished and punchy, and shows good production value. I'll definitely be looking forward to more music from this composer.
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Daddy Pulled My Tooth Out
Reviewed: June 29, 2007
Artist: DuskWire
Wow, that's a gorgeous intro. Sound effects, exotic string instruments - and then some lush strings enter the fray. Beautifully done. However, variation issues and the inclusion of an annoying voice sample that comes up a little too often detracts a whole lot from the overall picture.
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Rezo y Disparo - Praying and Shooting
Reviewed: June 29, 2007
Artist: Likuid
A very relaxed-sounding song featuring a couple of synths and some sparse percussion. Some sound issues and a lack of variation are the major issues I have with this song, otherwise it has nice potential.
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Robot Computer
Reviewed: June 29, 2007
Artist: thekhin
A fun and slightly campy song that ends up sounding like a cross between Herbie Hancock (as another reviewer suggested) and Kraftwerk. Some issues in production means a lower rating than I would otherwise have given, but this one is well worth the listen - it sounds unlike most music you're likely
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Mirando Fotos
Reviewed: June 29, 2007
Artist: Likuid
An ambient sounding intrumental with a sparse instrumentation. It does have some potential, but the main drawbacks lie in the choice of samples and a couple of minor arrangement gripes. Still, it makes for an enjoyable listen.
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Red Ashes
Reviewed: June 29, 2007
Artist: Gazus Snake
A very good, moody song which is marred by muddy production and some lack of variation. I was very unsure whether to call this song a weak 4 stars or a strong 3 stars - in the end I decided on the latter; it seems obvious to me that the composer of this song has sufficient skill to improve on this,
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Thinking
Reviewed: June 28, 2007
Artist: thekhin
Very pleasant electronic pop tune that manages to be bouncy and melancholic at the same time. After all, the best pop songs are the bittersweet ones, right? Due to some production issues and a lack of variation I was actually a little torn in the beginning as to whether I should award 3 or 4 stars t
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twenty two ten
Reviewed: June 28, 2007
Artist: thekhin
A very moody track that creates a great, tense atmosphere. Some production issues and a lack of variation detracts a bit from the overall score, but it's stillworth a listen for anyone into soundscapes and drones.
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Earth Cycles (Awakening)
Reviewed: June 28, 2007
Artist: solo
A Hellven release from 2000 that showcase some of the best elements of the ambient genre, and still sounds very fresh today. The arrangement is very competently done, and flows nicely from one part to the next. The mood stays pleasant and subdued throughout, and the sound effects complement the trac
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Changes
Reviewed: June 28, 2007
Artist: Void Pointer
A short experimental piece that creates a wonderful mood and ends off a bit too prematurely. I'm really torn whether to give this track 3 or 4 stars, but in the end I decided upon 4.
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Wormfood (Radio Edit)
Reviewed: June 27, 2007
Artist: thecanary
Rhythm-driven song with dirty and sinister sounding synths marred by a distinct lack of variation in mood and melody.
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Pandora
Reviewed: June 27, 2007
Artist: thecanary
A very long, very repetitive song that could have done with serious editing and a lot more work on both melody and production.
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In The Park
Reviewed: June 27, 2007
Artist: noahcohn
Short classical piece that features some interesting melodic movement and quite complex instrumental interplay, but is marred by poor production value and a very abrupt ending.
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Way To The Pleasure
Reviewed: June 27, 2007
Artist: patosz
Guitar-driven instrumental with a good buildup towards a hectic climax. Features some nice guitar soloing, but the song ends up sounding too artificial to warrant a higher score.
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Overgrown Windchime
Reviewed: June 27, 2007
Artist: noahcohn
A very short, very chaotic tune that unfortunately fails to achieve the artist's admirable aspiration of being "melodic". It sounds like it was quickly thrown together, and could do with a lot more work.
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Light Beams from Water Drops
Reviewed: June 27, 2007
Artist: Error303
Beautiful atmospheric track with a bouncy rhythm and uplifting atmosphere. Attractive production values and pristine sound quality are obvious highlights of this song, which belong in every ambient/chillout fans' collection. A slight lack of variation means that I'm only awarding 4 stars to this o
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Taivaanmekaniikka
Reviewed: June 25, 2007
Artist: kuv
Ambient music usually puts less emphasis on melody than your average track, and focuses more on - you guessed it - ambience. Minimalistic ambient and drones usually eschews melody altogether, in favour of texture and mood. This song belongs firmly in the latter category.
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Bring Her Down
Reviewed: June 25, 2007
Artist: Wiseman
Very good, laid-back song that almost sounds like something Beck could have written. Some minor issues with the production and a slight lack of variation are the only drawbacks to this track. Overall this is makes for a very enjoyable listen, and the rhythm section is absolutely wicked!
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The Bed Melody
Reviewed: June 24, 2007
Artist: DuskWire
An enthusiastic, if slightly flawed attempt at a cross between chillout and dance which actually ends up sounding like neither. The arrangement alternates between uptempo parts driven by some nice sounding synths and calmer, piano driven parts. While the piano parts sound nice enough, the uptempo on
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Cent Credits
Reviewed: June 24, 2007
Artist: roncli
A great piano arrangement done in slightly cheesy, 80's fashion. The pulsating bass pattern really drives the song forward, and the tune has been stuck in my head for some days now! A very short song length and a somewhat clumsy ending are the only problems with this one, otherwise it's very well
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