FireEmblem - AKnightsOath (PRC127)
Aug 23, 2008 Tevin-Illithane
***Solemn Oath: Yeah, you just shut up and get back in the corner; I'm still mad at you 'cause you didn't go for the speed up like you wanted to. Bad Tev! *tsk tsk tsk*
***Steel on the Skyline: On a compositional basis, this mix was awesome; an excellent introduction(awesome guitar), solid movements in the center(with some quite nice piano work on top of that), and is deliciously long(I'm a self-admitted whore for long songs). The last minute was a bit weak, but overall it was very well-done.
My only issue: It's infinitely more an ORC entry than a PRC, and I guess I'm enough of a traditionalist for what PRC should be(the gods know I've been keeping an eye on this contest since its inception >_>) that I gotta knock this big time for that. Believe me, I agree fully with the argument that there's really not much there to work with in the original...but the other guys pulled it off, and I feel from this mix that you were more than able to do the same.
***The Heat is Off: The one thing that really got me on this one was the intro of the 4-note progression at :48 until 1:00, where it gets that rather jarring notes in there before going towards something much more aurally pleasing, then coming back at 1:45 in the background(where it sounds much more acceptable). 2:15 to the end of the song was most pleasing; that 4-note progression was *so* much better.
I am amused, though, that I had a major Anime PRC flashback listening to this song...can't remember who did the one I was thinking of, but it may have been Overcoat...*shrugs*
Aug 23, 2008 bundeslang
Tevin-Illithane - Good start, the song is continuing slow. The end isn't very nice, but still the song has nice parts.
Binweasel - The intro sounds like it's going to be a song with a long source. I like that first part and the parts which follows fits well. I like the way you bring in the source (around 2:30), great work. The song is nice, but very long. I didn't like the last section.
DJ Siamey - Funny start, you should have worked this out and made it longer.
Aug 23, 2008 Chickenwarlord
Bin, your arrangement is fun and very interpretive, but it feels like it's run out of fuel halfway through. A bit of shortening and this would be a delicious entry.
Bunde: For some reason I found those claps to be very catchy, even if they were low on the quality side.
Tevin: Your piece as you mentioned was more background ambience than anything else. But even ambience occasionally has some sort of hook to lure you in. Ambience also relies heavily on how well the individual parts are blending with each other. I feel that the over blend of the instruments needed to be much greater in order to get a vote.
Aug 24, 2008 XenonOdyssey
And because i couldn't vote for myself :(
Aug 25, 2008 evktalo
Aug 25, 2008 Hardbeat_Acolyte
Gangsta Knight is fairly cool; though it's repetitive it's something different to the original. That brass-ensemble sound or whatever it is has a late attack time though; I don't know if it was intentional or not, but it put me off at first. Still, pretty good.
Solemn Oath sounds nice, but it's repetitive and not interpreted a great deal. I personally think that energetic types of music such as techno can get away with repetitiveness, and even hiphop to a degree, but I personally feel that ambient, chill takes on themes without drums should vary and stay interesting to keep the listener's attention. Nice sounds though overall =p
Aug 26, 2008 Binweasel
1. Thank you for not rapping over it. XD
2. I like the slower pace here. Even though there's not much change at all to the melody or anything, the mood alteration is good enough for me.
3. Kept too close to the original, I felt. The stutter was cool, but the only real change seemed to be in the instruments and the arpeggios not playing constantly. Would've been nice if it were faster - get the blood pumping a bit.