Sonic 2 + Bahamut Lagoon (PRC209)
Jan 09, 2012 bundeslang
Sggod89 - It's a pity your friends lyrics couldn't be used, but still it's interesting. The guitar is the highlight of this qualitive song. The last part could have used a little more variation, but still this work is great.
DjMokram - Nice start and a very nice style. It really works well on this song. Especially the middle part. The ending comes very direct.
Evktalo - There are a few problems at some points, probably because of the quality of the MID file. The song is simple and easy, but really funny to listen to.
Jan 09, 2012 sggod89
Across the Dunes by DjMokram: I must say, awesome remix. I wish I had electronica chops like that. I can tell you put some effort in this, and it really paid off. I love how you translated the feel of the source intro the world of electronica.
Jan 09, 2012 Blackrazgriz
Jan 10, 2012 evktalo
sggod89 again had a interesting combination of guitars + synths (or subtle backing orchestral sounds). Good ambience, there's definitely a cohesive feel in the piece, and it's really different from the source. The structure feels a bit incomplete. The fade out at the end is good, it fits the mood of the part. But it feels like the piece would benefit from that part building up to another main melody section. (With perhaps a calm bridge and then the build-up coming back and eventually fading out.) Also the mix feels a little muddy (though I'm on cheap headphones). The guitars are well played and arranged, and making the mix a bit clearer would give them a bit more room, that they deserve.
DjMokram did a more complete piece in my opinion. I thought the structure was that of a finished song. Good variation throughout, and a sense of tension/release, there were sections that took it easier, and sections that had more energy. Good percussion, good contrast between the pipe instruments and nice selection of old school / lofi / analogue synths. I really liked the synths in this one!
Jan 10, 2012 DjMokram
Noriko Matsueda for the WIN! Great source from Binweasel, who sadly didn't enter this round.
Wish there could have been more remixes from Underground Zone too. Oh,well...
On with the vote then!
First place - sggod89:
I swear the beginning from 0:13 screams UNATCO from Deus Ex! Cannot unhear it now.
Source is used prominently and easily recognizable, with some intricate variations and nice backing harmonies that make for an enjoyable and diverse arrangement.
Production was much more harmonious than in your previous track for Round 208 imho, so props for that.
It's a pity you couldn't get the lyrics in as well, cause vocals would have totally fitted the piece imho.
Maybe you'll be able to record and add them to the song some day. ;)
Second place - evktalo:
First off, thank you for remixing Underground Zone.
I see you went for a FM sounding, Genesis-era interpretation, and I couldn't agree more with that choice.
Particularly enjoyed the subtle variations in the notation, insane synthbass and the fact you kept the upbeat feel of the original.
The chorus that enters at 1:38 was really great, filling the soundscape quite well. Too bad it cut so abrubtly, cause I wanted to hear some more.
Arrangement itself is a little on the short side, but there are some neat ideas that I'd love to hear developped into a full length remix.
Fun take on the source nonetheless! :)
See y'all next time. ^_^