Undertale + Godzilla (PRC321)
May 02, 2016 bundeslang
Tragedy of a Comic
Sans Vs King Ghidorah
Only PlanarianHugger and myself attempted to mix both sources in one song.
PlanarianHugger - This introduction is similar as my song for the first 18 seconds. I like the bells coming in after 1:00. The background, it is hard to recognize Chidora in it, but I give you the bonus for attempting it. I enjoyed the calm part around 2:30.
RonaldPoe - I like what you did, the drums and other samples are a good mix. The song is a bit repetitive, as the source is. I liked that you added a sort of ending in it.
Supercoolmike - Nice variation and use of the source, many different instruments are used here, what I likes a lot.
Xsquader - I like the style you used here. The songs a bit noisy at some parts in the background. I like the part around 2:00 and the ending a lot.
NinjaPenguinDan - The sampling around 0:30 is great, nice feeling here. Your interpretation is different as the other submissions, which makes this a very creative entry.
Chalis - Good that this is a bonus, otherwise it would have been even more difficult to pick a top 3. I like the strings in the first part of the song. The part after that makes a good use of the source. Great pick btw.
Bundeslang - Why did you pick that Chidora theme, it is almost impossible to remix that. It's good that you mixed both songs to get the bonus, otherwise your score would be 0.
May 03, 2016 Xsquader
May 04, 2016 NinjaPenguinDan
RonaldPoe, I enjoy what you have here, but I’d like to hear more prominent backing elements, such as countermelodies, sustained chords, or maybe some arps. As it is, I just can’t hear enough variation. What you have here would work well as a part of a longer composition, but I think as a standalone piece it needs more development.
Chalis, I like the composition you have here, but I believe you could have made better instrument (or EQ) choices. I’m not sure the glockenspiel meshes well with this style of electronic music, and the lead you introduce at around 00:48 needs a bit more substance to it. You could layer it, if you like, with some other mid-range instrument, or just replace it altogether. As is, it causes a problem for you at around 01:08. The bass just seems to come out of nowhere. You have all these high-end, treble-y instruments, then, by itself, you have this giant bass that dominates the low end of the spectrum. All in all, I think you have a very good composition that just needs a bit more balance.
PlanarianHugger, the main thing I’d recommend is expression. The instruments seem to stay at around the same velocity throughout, but I think there are several points at which it could have used a bit more humanization. That’s a pretty long discussion which I’m sure others can explain better, but next time, just imagine how concert pianists or other professional musicians might play it. Would they stay at the same volume? Might they get louder at more energetic points? What would they do at calmer portions of the song? If you play an instrument, you might already do this sort of thing while you’re playing, but if not, that’s alright. It just takes some practice. I know electronic music doesn’t always use expression in quite the same way as other genres, but I think a lot of the basic theory still holds up. I really do like the composition you have here. You combined the two songs in an interesting way, and, more importantly, you made it work. Excellent job!
supercoolmike, I really like this one. I’ll be honest, I wanted to hear a bit of crazy soloing somewhere, but that’s just a little quirk of mine which you may freely ignore. The last measures you mentioned? Honestly, if you hadn’t said anything I probably wouldn’t have noticed or cared. I can hear some spots when I listen closely, but even so, it’s passable. The EQ seems a little off. A bit too bassy, maybe? Just pull up a professional mix as a reference, start tweaking things and see how far you get. The melody works fine, but I believe you might have used too much repetition at various points.
Xsquader, I approve. You put a lot of work into this one and it shows. I’m not sure you needed to follow the original bassline exactly, because it has a couple notes (approximately 00:51) that don’t work terribly well with your new chord progression. Personally I’d have just cut the last two notes of that segment and replaced them with something that fit the arrangement better. All in all, though, I’m really impressed. Nice work!