• Submitted on time! Apr 8, 2023
Fifth Element

Layering loops felt like it suited an electronic song best, so I leaned into that a bit and tried to push my production chops past my comfort zone. Featuring baby’s first synth solo 🙂



I dreamed a vision of the way things ought to be
Connected, assembled; I’m nervous of what it means

Now that I am
Fighting through the branches
Tearing through the brambles
Trying to imagine why I’m here

I die again

Looking for feedback on

I still feel like a n00b in terms of mixing and production, so lemme know what you might have done differently :-)


Ben October 7, 2023 7:18pm

so did i just not comment on any of the submissions for this assignment or something? wtf. This is so cool. love when the kick drum enters. It feels radioheady at first, then it becomes Alecy when the Alec comes in. checking in here – what’s the status on the spanking?

alechutson October 7, 2023 7:44pm

Thanks dude! Alas, I am still woefully under spanked 😥

nick April 13, 2023 12:21pm

Cool to see you getting techy! Would not mind hearing some further digital exploration from you. Definitely into some of the glitchy vocal elements, and with your dynamic voice, I think a lot of good be done. But yeah, cool track.

alechutson April 13, 2023 1:13pm

🙏 thank you :))

Ryan April 10, 2023 11:47am

Lot of great sounds here, holy moly! Love that synth entrance at 0:30. Really all the ethereal sounds are awesome. Synth solo also rad as hell. Evocative track as always, man.

Re: mixing and production — I’m no master. But I want these drums to be beefier. More compression, more saturation, a little darker. And I think the vocal chops and screws should either take things further or be reserved for the synths. I think they’re a little in the middle right now.

alechutson April 10, 2023 6:58pm

i totally agree with your analysis!

juliapiker April 9, 2023 9:22pm

OOOoooo Someone is going to get a little spanking for not following the parameters.

alechutson April 9, 2023 11:42pm

i’m pretty sure i stayed within parameters so the spanking better be unrelated!

nick April 13, 2023 12:19pm

Well seems like a spanking for one reason or another is inevitable, and that’s good news in my book. @@juliapiker may be referring to the “non-drum” loop part of the parameters, but curious if you read this a different way.

alechutson April 13, 2023 1:12pm

Spanks abound! I didn’t see anything strictly forbidding use of drums. The parameters specified a structure for a 4 voice loop with another line over it, which I had. The drums I didn’t treat as a static loop – they cut in and out, evolved, etc. But even if they were, I still met the requirements for 4 stacked equal length non-drum loops plus a fifth element, introduced one at a time