AoE 2 - Shamburger (MnP46)
Dec 19, 2015 hipnotyk
In second, fxsnowy. Also good patch selection, but two things had me being overly critical of the track. First, the backbeats on 4 sound fine but on 2 I'm hearing a flam effect and while it might be my opinion, I think it detracts from the vibe. Second, while some of the deviations with the flute line are cool, I think some of them are a little ambitious. The original source is a prime example of "less is more" working very well.
In a close third, Trism. I REALLY like the idea of turning this into a rock ballad, but I feel like the sustained guitar chords are very in-your-face. I think a great way to utilize this genre would've been more subdued guitar chords (by a "non-lead" player) and then the two melodies in the B section could be done by lead guitar and piano. Right now those two lines sound a bit jumbled as the instruments playing them sound too similar.
Ultimately, I like all of the renditions and feel like they've all got good potential with some tweaks.
Dec 19, 2015 NickC
Trism - Distorted guitar is an interesting choice for a chill theme like this, doesn't quite have the same tone but it kind of reminds me of End of Small Sanctuary in that regard, one of my favorite tracks from Silent Hill 3. This is really loud!
hipnotyk - Did the best job of preserving/utilizing the synth bass pad from the original. The choir is also a nice touch, kind of emphasizes this feeling of genesis/creation/discovery that I've always gotten from the original, I wonder how much of that is associative from watching my villagers build and explore so many times in the past...although this song played less(not much at all if I recall) after installing The Conquerors expansion, so I've listened to this more out of game than in...I like the percussive additions to this but not so much the subtractions, like fxsnowy's I'm really missing the meatier snare
esperado - I like the tremolo and echo effects used sporadically in this, also using the glide synth in place of the string instrument used in the original. The swing is an interesting choice, it actually makes it the most liberal with the source since the bass and drum rhythm is so integral to the feel of the original. Also pretty quiet, lots of volume adjustment between this and Trism's track, just normalizing it brings it up to a good level.
Dec 20, 2015 Chickenwarlord
FXSnowy: Aggressive groove, but some wonkiness in the flute part here and there.
Esperado: I feel like this was way too quiet, even if it is supposed to be mellow.
Trism: That electric guitar feels out of place with your other instrumentation choices and can be quite harsh. Still gets my props for going for being something a bit different.
Dec 20, 2015 fxsnowy
esperado: I like the swingy groovy beat you gave it. Drums sound very unrealistic though, and everything sounds muffled. Also volume is way too low.
Trism: Nice idea to give it a metal/rock twist. Biggest problem is that every instrument is really poor quality and needs an upgrade