Robowarrior - Keep Moving (PRC117)
Apr 05, 2008 Sir_NutS
2nd-lol accordion. Bonus points.
3rd-Too much boom, not enough tiss. Not enough everything else too.
Apr 05, 2008 ziniz
Love the lofi piano break. Much nicer than the crowded soundspace. The cymbals don't help.
I like the amount of arrangement and interpretation diverging from the source that is implemented, too. Tighten up the mix, and this would be really ace.
Then there are the two entries I have trouble with. In the end, I thought Chickenwarlord's is a bit better, though not without loads of personal bias... and bribery. ;)
Sir NutS' entry is technically impressive. The mix is well put together and sounds crystal clear. The kicks kick, the snares punch, the synths.... uh... synthesize, well, you get the idea. There's a cool vocoded vocal in the intro for good measure. There's loads of cheese here, folks. Grade A cheese, too. I love it.
And yes, there are deviations from the source. They are are nice. They aren't overbearing. You can recognize the source, and the interpretation makes you want to dance. Hard.
Chickenwarlord's entry sounded strange to me when I first heard it. The piano sustain pedal is abused here. There's some ringing sometimes. On first listen, the arrangement sounds foreign. You can't instantly recognize the source, and later, you realize bits and portions of the source appear here and there, though in a different context than you would normally think after hearing the source. It really is, as the title "Slow Down" suggests, an antithesis of the source material.
However, I believe that Chickenwarlord's interpretation is intelligent enough to warrant reinspection, and adventurous enough to warrant a vote over a technically competent interpretation. Sure, there are some technically rough spots in Chickenwarlord's entry, and I do believe that some portions of Slow Down were simply too bare, like (hohoho) around the middle, which just stood out as boring to me. But I can't say I didn't start getting bored during Mainframe Directive, as it was somewhat close to a rehash of the source. And I have to say I really liked Slow Down's resolution chord (not so much the cheesy octave jump, though, but each to his own).
Apr 05, 2008 Chickenwarlord
Bin's track had slightly simpler synth design than Sir_Nuts, but pretty much everything else was on target. This snags a second place vote from me.
Ziniz's track felt very plodding and spaced out to me. Pretty empty throughout. Perhaps there's something there that my speakers aren't giving to me, but I felt that the song needed to end much sooner than it did. Really didn't have enough ideas to fill the time it was given.
Apr 06, 2008 bundeslang
Chickenwarlord - The piano is doing the song. There's not much 'else' in it. Try to add something next to the piano next time, the piano is a good basic.
Ziniz - The beginning hurts, the bass is too loud. It takes forever before something happends. I don't like what's coming in at 1:45, it's all noisy. The next part is better. Almost all parts are too long.
Binweasel - I like the begin, it's interesting. I like the way you mixed the song together, the accordion is really nice. The song is a bit too long.
Anyway, it's good to see new contestants, hope to see them around next time too.
Apr 06, 2008 kylenin
Chickenwarlord's piano mix gets third and ziniz gets fourth.
Apr 08, 2008 Binweasel
Slow Down by Chickenwarlord - I applaud the Chicken for completely changing the song's mood, style... heck, everything. It's a welcome change amongst the electronic-driven remixes, but I would've enjoyed it anyway. The problem is, it felt a tad rambling at times and I often found myself losing track of the melody. If it had been longer and a little more precise with what it was doing...
Keep Dancing OR I KEEL YOU by ziniz - Very... interesting. No, I mean it. It was interesting, yes, even a GOOD sort of interesting. Clean, clear production and nice effects. However, I just don't understand how you can have such a great source tune and not incorporate as much of it as you possibly can into a song this long. There was room to do so without ruining the mood.