Ya know what this song needs? More cowbell. Doesn't have any thematical significance, I just wanted more cowbell. Maybe it's a loose part of a car's undercarriage that keeps bonking off something. Woosh!
My Bonus entry (Don't vote for it).
I busted out my orchestral vsts to work at a military march vibe. I slowed the composition down to aim at an almost pensive, reflective style, more (dare I say it?) cinematic composition. Had imagery of dramatic military scenes from various movies in my head. This turned out long, 5:40 or so, but I kept finding ways to change instrumentation and emphasis as I went, so I believe the experience doesn't stagnate. It was fun to take a really fast piece and explore it at a lower BPM.
I wanted to capture the FIRE component of the song, and aimed for a real warm instrumentation using guitars, drum kit, brass, and a little strings. I wanted to balance the original's delicate, elegant vibe with a bit more intense rock composition. I didn't change the song's structure much, but extended a few parts for melodic variation. It sure was a fun song to work with.
This is a REALLY fun source, but took me a while to settle on a direction. I aimed to use african instruments for rhythm and percussion for a tribal vibe, and went for a calmer, serene vibe over all. Around halfway through I decided to mess around with the chord progression, and introduced an acoustic guitar for a little more energy. Then I couldn't resist using my new choral samples to build up the finale. And most of this was done in a single day XD
There's only one option in schmups: THE SPREAD GUN!!!
I really enjoy this kind of music, but it's different than the kind I normally work with. But I tried my hand at mimicking the chord-focused melody style. To try and spice it up, I introduced a few watery-themed instruments, like tropical metal drums and guitar. And sonar pings. I got some things that I'm pleased with in this piece.
DONT VOTE FOR BONUS ENTRY.
I busted out a bunch of folksy, organic samples that I haven't used for a while, aimed at getting a real festive, lively interpretation.
To help flesh out the short source, I added a reprisal and variation to the first part where I mixed up the chords and bass parts some, along with melodic variation. I kept bringing in new instruments to keep things fresh as I went along XD. The second half of my composition aimed at getting a bigger, grander feel with wide string chords. And taiko drums!
Took me a while to get traction on this, despite loving the source. I settled on a two part piece, starting with a lively sort of contemporary... thing involving strings, drumkits, and synths. And a little guitar. The last part settles down for a slow, gentle reprisal and finale. And to liven up the composition, I tried making a drum solo!
Don't vote for the bonus entry!
I defaulted to one of my favored styles, rock orchestral music. I aimed for making a slightly more dry sound to this than the original to bring out the fun baselines. Two runs through the song with variations and extended a few parts some.
Alternate title: Dinorex has the High Ground.
I hit the gas for a eurobeat inspired approach! Y'know, if the text adventure included finding a cool cool car to break some speed limits in. I've been in a phase of interest for Eurobeat styles, so Zork is my latest victim. I bumped the whole thing to 165 BPM's in the process, and accidentally worked the whole thing on a 4/4 piano roll, not realizing it was in 3/4 time. Not sure how I missed that XD.
For best results, you'll need stereo sound to hear the panning (symbolic of left and right socks). My attempts to create Eurobeat continues, with feet t0o hot to touch (the gas pedal) and probably drifting. And a violin happens, because I don't do vocals. Or violin, really, it's just a vst.
Named in honor of the artists that picked these fun sources! I covered both sources in a medley. I structured it to treat each song separately (mostly) to be sure that I kept things faithful for both songs to stick to the spirit of the MnP.
For Inner Darkside, I employed samples of authentic japanese instruments to take the lead and used some synthetic bass and pads to add atmosphere. And Taiko drums! I went for capturing the original's atmosphere, a kind of mystical awe of a strange, slightly sinister place. I primarily stuck to the original, but revisited the melody for some variation. The dark parts of the song connected well with the BFH03 Builder bassline.
Speaking of, I tackled the BFH03 Builder with my best attempt to replicate the gritty electronic vibe of the original. I used several FM instruments, and threw down some sfx's I found in my library. I used part of the original drumline, the almost militaristic snare beat. I distorted a piano vst for the thrumming chords of the middle, which made an interesting effect. After a runthrough, I adapted a few parts of Inner Darkside to call back to Shinobi. Right before the end, I got a bit carried away and created something almost dancey by changing the bass progression, and I hope it's not too outta line for MnP cause it was real fun to make.
This was great fun to create, a real eclectic experiment.
I really don't got much knowledge on orchestral arrangements, I should probably do some actual studying on how to make cinematic scoring. But since I didn't, I created my best shot at a dramatic, heroic arrangement for a cinematic space
marine soldier fighting for FREEDOM.
BONUS ENTRY, DON'T VOTE FOR IT.
I interpreted my remix as the result of giving mercy to a little froggit, who then goes on a journey of self discovery with the life you spared him. And he ends up hopping into Secret of Mana for a little bit, because Distant Thunder from SoM kept playing in my mind as I worked with it.
I never played Chrono Cross and know next to nothing about it But my instrumentation choices made the song have a slightly beach-side vibe. And I hear that Chrono from Chrono Trigger can appear in the game So this happened. And against my better judgement, I tried using electric guitar samples.
I saw koi fish and thought of japanese instruments, so I used some samples of shakahuchi, shamisen, and koto to set something of an oriental mood. Also tried working in time, which is not my usual time signature. Good learning experience. My mental imagery was the flickering colors of koi darting about under the shadows of lilypads.
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