One Hour Compo - Round 74 (OHC074)
Mar 04, 2010 CJthemusicdude
Trenthian's cave crashin' and Starla's never kissed the sky were also great tracks :D
Mar 05, 2010 Jakesnke17
Anyway, right...my reasoning.
Now, looking at diotrans mix and realizing that it was mostly improvisation...that's pretty amazing. It wasn't until halfway through the song that I actually though this fit the theme perfectly. My only problem? Too short...however, I think for what it was...it was an almost complete idea. Awesome job. :P
For second, I chose Arcana. I picture some band of heroes walking across a battlefield littered with skeletons from a battle long ago, in search of some "rare" object that could prevent an even bigger catastrophe. Now, does this fit the image that was actually written in the description? No. But, I like mine better, so....suck it, I'm voting for you. :P
Ok, 3rd, CJthemusicdude. Wow, we've got a first entry here folks...and it's a video game remix. :P
Don't get me wrong, that's not a bad thing in the slightest. Here we have a good assortment of sounds and an wispy background that gives off the impression of a mysterious place. I can't say what rare element the two monkeys are after...but, I can say, this is great first attempt and I look forward to hearing more from you. You should make this longer and finish it, man...it's got potential. :P
Mar 05, 2010 Level99
Arcana: Wow, amazing level of improvement in your compo entries from last I heard. This was complex, evocative, moving, and well outside what I would have expected from you back when. Very convincing samples, and you used them well. This feels more adventurous than I had expected, but it does give the feeling of going very far, working very hard, and reaching the end to find something worthwhile. Whatever you've done to get to this level, keep it up, cause it's working. Working GREAT. I'm a sucker for French Horns, by the way, so you made me happy. Some of the violin procession could have been a little better, and it didn't progress as much as I would have liked. Ending was good.
BrandonS: Kinda Blade Runner-y if Blade Runner had an end credits montage with guitar noodling. Not really evoking a rare elements feeling. What was that ending all about? Despite that, this was a lot better than the other stuff I've heard in the past. It's also good that you're not relying on vocals for stuff, as you really should focus on fleshing out your instrumentation as MUCH as possible. Have the instruments tell the story.
Bren: Dude, where did you come from? This really reminds me of stuff The Biznut/DjMokram/DjBjra/liquidwind has done. Did you assimilate them? Are you the Borg? This was ace, especially for an hour's work. At first listen it didn't give me a rare element feel, but after relistening, I really noticed the amount of chime texture in your selection of synths and pads. That lead you use is really Mega Man X-esq, a huge guilty pleasure of mine (Check out Sympathetic Lead in Pentagon I if you ever get the chance, one of my favorites). Drums could have been a little better, but your effective use of guitar chugs makes up for it somewhat. Fadeout was a bit of a copout, but I'll accept it. Great structure, good builds, and a driving tempo. Stevo stamp-of-approval right here!
CJthemusicdude: Ahhh, welcome, indeed. I'm reminded a bit of if OCRE and Chessmaster010 had a kid. Starting pretty strong, short, sweet, and it jumped around the styles once. Not bad, but focus on arrangement direction and production and you're definitely set to improve a lot. This is sort of a "I found the treasure and now I'm totally just gazing at it" feel.
coda: chilling, great rhodes usage (ahh rhodes, I'm a sucker for it). The epiano lead was also of good tone, the backing pads/strings are a little stale though. That fake distguitar was kinda cool, but this gave me more of a lost-at-sea-trying-to-find-our-way mental image. Close, but not quite there yet. I can see huge potential here though. Nice resonating ending.
diotrans: AMY!!! Amy Amy Amy Amy Amy AMY! For the short time you said you did this, it was nice. Not that rare earth-y but still pretty cool. You make good t-shirts, now it's time to get your game back for compo. I consider this a stepping stone to get your BUTT BACK IN THE GAME DONE HERE ON THURSDAY NIGHTS! (no really, life comes first, and I'm glad you're being productive :D )
el salluz: interesting take...middle-eastern/egyptian almost-rap stylings. I do detect a hint of rare element in here, and I'm thrown back to Knuckles song from that SA game where he had to search for crystals or some shit. Adequate but...could have been a bit better. No worries, I'm glad to see you improving your production a bit more these days too!
InvisibleObserver: Well, coming from you, I guess you COULD call this a happy entry. Still coked out the wazoo with great glitchiness that I envy despite you explaining it to me :p Definitely a searching for rare elements feeling here, and I have no complaints on your usage of out-of-place sounds and noises. Unsettling and inspiring. Nice ending fakeout.
Jakesnke17: You had me with the intro, but lost me with the happy lead warble. Not so much rare element feeling in mental imagery, more of a happy field frolicking. Make it longer, make it tighter! GO JAKE, I KNOW YOU CAN DO IT, BOY!
Just64Helpin: What a drastic change in your styles has happened since I left...I kept telling you you'd find your way and really improve, and here you are. Definitely a unique approach to the themes and this is a relaxing and, more importantly, IDENTIFIABLE style. This is a JH song. I'm very impressed. A nice message in the lyrics too, and the piano is great. Bravo, my friend. Bravo.
Level 99: I'll just say that my two main influences making this were NIN and John Carpenter, particularly John Carpenter's score for the movie The Thing. Glad you all enjoyed this, despite the lack of guitar wankery. WHAT'S IN THE TREASURE BOX?
OCRE: ....WHERE DID YOU GET THIS FROM?!?! I had it on repeat all morning. If you don't make this into a full song and/or remix (you mentioned pixeljunk shooter, is it from that?), I'm going to kick you. Very hard. In the crotch. CROTCH KICK HARD. And this even has a rare element get feel, this feels like victory after hard work. DO IT MORE.
ProjektZero: Not bad, interesting, but a little too simple for my taste. Not a real rare element-y song, and it's not solid enough, but you've got a definitive place to improve from here. Keep at it!
RAMPKORV: Mmmmm almost like neo-Lemmings music. Some small arrangement and play issues hold this back from a top-placing but just know how much I enjoyed it, and that it really is nice. Does indeed have a rare-element tinge to it, but not enough to put my foot on.
Rellik: You old coot...nah, I'm just kidding. This is like a merging of the sewers OHC with this one, kinda cool. Jazzy and glitchy. In outerspace. Nice bass, and smooth atmosphere. You have my thumbs up, except for some of those dissonant pads. Dreamy more-so than finding rare elements, even in space. ARGH! NEEDS MORE THEREMIN!
Shael: I really am the only girl at this 40 man....ugh, even urging her to be comfortable makes me uncomfortable, especially with the beejee's style falsetto vocals. Catchy, and a unique take on what a rare element is. And I can't stop laughing at the midget line. The backing programming is outstanding, I just want to point that out. Even with your choice of subject matter for the words, your syllabic rhythmic phrasing is GREAT. Nice work, Shael.
Starla: ...I'm saying nothing more about this until I talk to you tonight. This needs to go on your album. I'm dead. Fucking. Serious.
swordofdestiny: I can tell what you were trying to go for...I think, but your drums definitely need some improvement. Tighten up your song structure too, but you're about halfway there. It gets too repetitive without changing anything dynamics-wise. Noodling was alright, but too much of it. Not really a rare element feel either, but I expect you to keep at it. Don't disappoint Papa Stevo, now!
trenthian: Damn this is hot stuff. The only reason this isn't toplisted is I feel like you could have made it feel more rare element-y. As it is now, it sounds quite noble and battle-ish. And I want your drums to have my babies. The instruments you had there were great, but some more chimey stuff would have really given this the feeling I wanted to hear so badly. Lots of fake endings were a nice treat, and the bass was sexy.
Great jorb, everybody!
Mar 07, 2010 bjkmenu
starla - great vocal stuff. harmonies r good. can you play treasure trove cove on guitar? number 2.
invisibleobserver - sounds great, number 1 this week. great mixing and matching, i love the way you use fx for transitions, or whatever it is ur doing.
trenthian - groovin' bass'n....gets better towards the end, eh?
arcana - shout out for brass, woodwinds, good sound.
coda - nice improv, right?
cjthemusicdude - great cover sir. good debut, see you next time. honorable mention.
projektzero - recording nude sounds awesome. but i'd at least have to wear briefs so my nuts could be comfortable.
rellik - cool changing drums....
rampkorv - catchy, well played.
i'm gonna try to participate soon you guyz. very entertaining round....
Mar 07, 2010 Chickenwarlord
Arcana's probably fit the mine under the earth feeling the best.
Starla's was pretty catchy, if incomplete.