8th Anniversary: Free Round (PRC208)
Dec 21, 2011 bundeslang
Sggod89. Coal vocals. The guitars are excellent, they fit perfect in this song. The combination of everything is good. Nice string to end it.
Chroxic. I liked the track a lot, it's a living track with a good bassline. The 3xOsc worked very good.
DjMokram. I'm very happy you remixed this song. This makes PRC still have one song for each round. This style really works good for the theme. Could be the theme for a Warlords theme (wait, it is..)
Marcusg. Good work. Drums are making the song. They overpower the other samples a little. Ending is a little abrupt.
Evktalo, his one year old daughter and Pleiade. It's a short piece and it's funny and relaxing. Very funny to use your daughter to end this.
Binweasel. Really good take. There's a lot in the song, it's interesting from beginning to end, it's building up very good.
Dec 24, 2011 sggod89
kirby save hut by marcusg: Nice and easy track to listen to. I really Liked the pseudo 80's sound of all the pads and synths, sounds more raw and not so over-processed like modern synths can sound.
Codename: Gumshoe 1942 by Binweasel: Fantastic! Really, strong, emotional, and thematic. I just wish it was longer!
Crash and Burn by DjMokram: Props for taking on this source with out a midi. Great production quality. Live instruments always have that amazing quality you just can reproduce with samples. Great piece!
Caltrops by evktalo: Pretty dark and moody except for some of the those chords at the end. Track is a little dry tho, could have used some more layers to fill it in.
Dec 26, 2011 DjMokram
Happy anniversary to the People's Remixing Competition!
Great turnout this round, with quantity as well as quality.
1st place: Binweasel - Codename Gumshoe 1942
Originally not a fan of 80s music, I do have to admit that this is a pretty well thought out mix.
Interesting sound choices for an arrangement at times reminiscent of the Rockman Zero serie.
Nice pacing and emotion, plus I really liked the filtered synth personally.
2nd place: evktalo - Caltrops
Dat synth bass! Loved the buildup as well as the general atmosphere/sound design.
A compelling ambient piece that would certainly suit an infiltration sequence in a game.
Admitedly I was waiting for drums to come in at 0:36, but I reckon the song works without them too. ;)
3rd place: marcusg - kirby save hut
Really enjoyed the work on percussions and overall sound design, but the lead entering at 0:15 didn't click for me.
I know Kirby music is supposed to sound quirky, but with such a great combination of sounds, I was expecting something more chill/ethereal.
Like what you have from 1:36 to the end. That part here was really good.
4th place: chroxic - Kirby Benassi
You've nailed the good 'ol Benassi bass thing in this busy, club rendition of the theme.
It does get a bit redundant at some point, and I mean besides the repetition inherent to the genre itself.
Good production values however make for an enjoyable listen.
5th place: sggod89 - My KillerInstincts
One of my all time favorites VG tunes right here. :)
Great guitar play and personality in the interpretation, but harshness on the highs made this really gritting after a while.
Spoken words were a good idea though, so with some more work on the prod it could be great.
A round to remember, as the compo nearly died this year.
Through our combined effort, it is now safe and will rise once again.
Let's hope remixes continue to pour in throughout 2012.
See y'all next time. :D
Dec 27, 2011 evktalo
Structure-wise, this piece feels a bit skewed.. I feel like this is the later half of a piece, where after the build up and the high point it sort of winds down. The vocals felt a bit strange in that I thought there were going to be more of them. When I think of them as something of a half-spoken intro, it works better - but I still think this piece here is missing the first half. This just means this would be a good start if you decide to keep working on the track! The vocals themselves were a little weak (and you seem self-conscious about them - they even sound self-conscious!) - maybe you could try to go for the "half-spoken" route, trying to make it sound calm and cold-blooded, rather than the aggressive tone it sounds you're going for. Just an idea!
Kirby Benassi - I agree that's one hell of a bass line, and I didn't mind that it dominated the mix, at all. I also appreciate the craziness of all the synths. The source (which is new to me) is very deranged (and great), so that's kept here. The breakdown with the drums in the middle was very cool. Structure/flow wise, the piece evolved very well (with things like that drum break), up to a point. I felt the last minute was quite lacking - it felt like the piece ran out of steam but still kept going. Just cutting it at 02:32 would've left a better final impression (although still an incomplete feeling). Other than that, I really enjoyed this track.
kirby save hut - Fun percussion and an enjoyable ditty overall! Light and airy, and fun, but at the same time a little weird, in a very good way. The mixing is pretty off, with the percussion being very high on top, and most of the other things buried underneath. It leaves an impression that there's not enough melodic foreground activity, which is probably not true in itself and could be fixed with mixing. I'm glad you decided to submit this, I enjoyed hearing it!
Codename: Gumshoe 1942 - This one is oozing with atmosphere. Very proggy/pink floyd feel, which I quite enjoy. Synthy cinematic, too. The sources seem to mesh together very well - being unfamiliar with them, I can't detect any "seams" between them. I like the MT-32 sound! I agree the warbly synth is a bit detracting. A little wibbliness is fine, but it should really vary up more. The piece also ends a little suddenly. I'd love to hear a more developed version of this piece. And although you say there's very little work done into mixing, the overall sound is pretty good and balanced already, so I suppose this could sound pretty fantastic.
Crash and Burn - epic, cinematic orchestral/rock/synth hybrid. It's not my personal favourite genre, but this here is pretty successful, and I like how the chippish synth and the rock drums (the snare sounds unusual to the style, in a good way) mix things up. Kudos for taking on the Warlords III theme! It's a very good source and I think you did it justice here. I especially like the sombre intro. A great mood-setter. And the rock beat + bass + percussion that follow it up is a great change-up. I also like the distorted bass coming in about at 00:55. The orchestra sounds pretty well handled and the balance between it and the rest of the elements is good.
I think there's a little issue with the timing of the string figure on the left, around 01:40-01:55, it sounds like it comes in a little late. Structure wise this seems a bit underdeveloped - feels like it starts to build towards something, but then just ends. Enjoyable piece none the less.