• 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 :-)


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