Zelda 1 - Labyrinth (MnP93)
May 31, 2018 Dex
Xenonetix - Liked all the rhythmic ideas. The 16th notes that come in at 0:32 are a bit harsh. Liked the voice used for the lead at 0:54. It's rocking toward the end but fairly simplistic overall.
Chalis - Ooh, harps and strings. Like the new melody. Ooh, now drums and a light synth? Neat. We don't even get to the 16ths on the piano until 2:00 and I didn't even realize they were missing until this point! That's pretty cool. Percussion could use a little more humanization.
Trism - The looped parts could have used some more variation...Ooh, I write this right as the electric guitar comes in. Nice! Overall I felt the looped parts were more just stacked right on top of each other rather than mixed to sit alongside each other harmoniously, if that makes sense.
hoboka - Neat beginning. Was hoping you'd eventually "lift the veil" over the song that the high end screechy synth was contributing and go into double time on the drums, but maybe that's not how acid works? I dunno. I'm not familiar with the genre. The speedup didn't have the same effect that just changing the drum beat would have.
Zorrakh - I haven't played BOTW but I looked up the theme you mentioned on youtube and this is quite similar to that, no? Anyway I enjoyed it, although the bass (?) part from 1:07 - 1:42 kind of overstayed its welcome. For voting purposes I'm sticking to the tracks that are closer to the original Zelda 1 theme. Also whoa that organ is loud.
Jun 01, 2018 hoboka
Chalis - Stuck to the main material with some original reinterpretation that mixes well. Production is miles off from the rest here, but that's alright to me. Mood is slightly altered as it feels more like a sneak-theme than a dungeon theme, but it's still pretty cool.
Starphenix - sort of what Xenonetix did, but this is much lighter and chill. That being said, the production is killer and the chipwork, glitching and so forth are really well done.
Zorrakh - tied for 3rd for me. Brilliant evolution and the awesome finale is the shit, but you put in source material from another tune and REALLY altered the mood of the source tune. Don't take it as a hardknock, as this is a fucking awesome remix, but in the context of mnp, might be a bit too liberal. This would totally win in PRC though. At least for my vote. Who knows - you have a good shot of winning this round, with or without my vote :D
Dex - Always have awesome drum-fills Dex. Good late 80's synthwork here haha. Great mix and production value and some cool breakdowns and creativity here. This is very MnP and bad-ass. I daresay, 'Dodongo Dislikes Dancing', but he sure likes winning. You won this round in spirit Dex hahaha.
Jun 01, 2018 Zorrakh
- I love the retro feel of the track, very reminiscent of the Iron Whale Theme (and others) from Shovel Knight. It sometimes veers a little bit too much from the source track for my taste at times, however for such a short tune, I like the liberties taken with the melody and it suites the style well. The production is, as always, great to hear. I really should get some advice from you. XD
2nd: Chalis - Hyrule Jungle
- The woodwind and strings work really well together and give off a great mood. I enjoy the variations of the melody while not straying too far from the source. I'm not quite sure the drumkit gels with the rest of the mix, but it might just have needed a different set of samples to fix it. I'm reminded of the Watery Grave track from Plants vs. Zombies, and for some reason it makes this mix a bit brighter, but it works well.
3rd: Xenonetix - Force of a Triad
- Such a strong opening! I enjoy how the melody is kept in the lower end of the mix like the original. This one's pretty straightforward, but I would have liked to have it back off for a moment to vary things up a little. As for instrumentation, I love the bleeps of the arpeggio, as well as the higher lead instrument.
Runner-up: hoboka - Zelda_Acid Core
- I definitely get a chaotic feeling out of this one, and I enjoy the slight variations in texture. But like with Force of the Triad, it suffers a little from not giving us a break. I like the switch-up of rhythm halfway through, as well as the speeding up of tempo beforehand. I love the drums, though, and it really does give off that raw industrial feel.
BONUS: Dex - Dodongo Dislikes Dancing
- The instrumentation and production sound really good. The lead sound that kicks in halfway through is neat, and the bells at the softer part of the mix, paired with the piano, sound cool. I've got to say, I was waiting a while for the second half of the source tune to kick in, but then I got it at the end, so it makes me feel better. XD