Rayman - Band Land BGM 1 (PRC125)
Jul 28, 2008 munchi
Mousemuffins: A very interesting take on the piece. The instrumentation is something I'd expect from some trancey-techno type song...or some funk 80's Rock. But the arrangment, partly because you stuck close to the source, is classical in nature. And I think I genuinely like it! I think that some drums might have added to the piece, and there are obvious things you could have done for polish, but I think that goes for everyone without saying. Also the end is...well...not an end. But other than that, good job!
Rexy: Very very very very very close in opinion to being first. Only one thing really kept you from it. And to be blunt the song is a little boring. I personally feel like you did a marvelous job trasmuting the song into 7/4. So good a job that I didn't really notice until I listened to the song a second time looking for it! And having said that, the song feels like nothing is going on because what is going on is so well blend in. I don't know if that makes sense but whatever that's how I feel.
Chicken: You've already said what I am going to say. Good concept though.
Jul 28, 2008 Chickenwarlord
Munchi: Good relaxed bass groove. But you need to watch some of those higher end frequencies, which are just pushing the piercing screech barrier. Nice steel drum-esque background stabs. They really help the piece texturally. Needs a little work on the ending, but most of these pieces do :).
Rexy: Cymbal taps throughout are a bit too constant. I feel they could have dropped out in some places and helped the piece along. Fantastic arrangement as always though. Everything else gels together well.
Jul 29, 2008 OneUp
Too much reverb! Kind of chaotic as usual, and that annoys me a bit. Can't get a hold on it.
* Jazz Band Isle by munchi
Ah, mellow and nice for the ears. You succeeded with your aim, this is a tune for when you've just woke up in the late morning on a sunny island. Everything blends very well. Nice!
* Stretched Taut by mousemuffins
The synths sounds like the standard ones in FL, and especially the bass thing annoys my ears. The pad sounds kind of out of tune, might be the reverb. No real structure in this either, I guess you were going for lounge, but it would've been better with more variation. Welcome to PRC though :D
* Ode to the Great Protoon by Rexy
I almost expected a Happy Hardcore tune based on that intro :) You too went for the ambient style with a strong landscape of synths, but it lacked something... It was too mellow and kind of boring, lacks of variation. It also felt like some kind of constant pshhhh-noise in the background.
Jul 29, 2008 mousemuffins
Jul 30, 2008 Flexstyle
Second place goes to munchi, the jazz shtick worked nicely in this case too. Not quite as tight as Rexy's, but a very enjoyable arrangement nonetheless.
Third place was a bit of a toss-up between Mouse and Chicken, but I decided to go with Chickenwarlord in the end, since his song sounded more original and much less like a MIDI rip. I know this concern was addressed in Mouse's notes, but still. Gotta go with what sounds better.
Thanks for turning out for this one, everyone!
Jul 31, 2008 Rexy
First place went to munchi for providing a rather intelligent interpretation of the track, not to mention one of the better ones I might have heard on a conceptual basis. You stated it yourself that it seemed a little bit sloppy in the production and all that (hence the term "grilled", lol) but to me, you've pulled through and made something enjoyable here. Well done.
Second place went to Chickenwarlord. Actually, it's quite a jump between him and munchi as he at least got to second place on some of his original ideas set into play. You still need to refine your production here, but that's where OCR's help forums would come into play with this one.
mousemuffins, you actually disappointed me. Having listened to your entry I almost wanted to disqualify it, but I decided to keep it in because at least the MIDI-ripping thing was countered by a decent re-arrangement. I'm assuming you're also using FL defaults - nothing wrong with that, since there can be some good tracks done with the defaults (Rellik's Zelda 2 track for one) but I think you need some help in actually making them shine, especially in this kind of genre setup. Don't worry about it, everyone does better as time goes on. I hope this doesn't discourage you from entering in the future :)