The 13th Anniversary (PRC338)
Jan 03, 2017 bundeslang
Ready for Take Off
Morse and the Third Child
Sword of Storms (ZELOT)
Dewey Newt - Welcome to PRC, always like to see new people entering. Nice mix, I liked the funny noisy stuff in the background. The mix is simple but nice.
Esperado - Yes I remember this source, 30 rounds ago. Really enjoyed the atmosphere, the bell is working nicely, also liked the variation at some parts.
Evktalo - Catchy start. The kick is a little bit to dominant and repetitive but I liked that it is there. Also liked everything else around it, great use of the source.
HoboKa - There's quite a lot variation in the sampling which I like. At some points, changes are to radical; like that there are two songs in one.
MrHassanSan - Another new face to the contest, welcome. Liked the introduction a lot, nice bunch of instruments. As a result of the length of the song the song could use a bit more variation in style with the instruments, but I liked how you variated along the source.
PlanarianHugger - Really liked the tempo directly from the start, I enjoyed the style of this catchy source. I recognize some of the samples from previous song, they work really nice together. The song is long (maybe a bit too long), but I liked it a lot.
Supercoolmike - The vocals are a nice addition in this original track. The combination between the stuff in the song is good. Liked the outcome of this experiment.
Zorrakh - Another newcomer in PRC (but not in the community (MnP)). The introduction is great and I like the switch around 1:30, the song has a lot of variation, I loved the way how you put everything together. The ending is strange but original.
The following vote is added manually in the scores.
Vote by Dewey Newt
1.Esperado - intro sets up the stage for the main melody, song takes ideas and structure from the intro/melody and expounds on them throughout the song, added bits here and there like wub bass add flavor
2.Zorakh - great use of panning to set spooky mood, midsection has a Metroid Prime feel to it,
3.Hoboka - nice little beat, different instrumentation and slowdown in middle helps add variation
These were songs that I thought best created a stage and then worked within those constraints to produce a new, natural direction.
1. Morse and the Third Child by Zorrakh
The first minute and a half was masterful. I wasn’t as much a fan of the melodic content of the main synth that kicks in after the 1:30 mark. It initially turned me off partially because of timbre and partially because it seemed an odd mix of the major mode. But I think I can see why you would have chosen it.
2. Chillius by esperado:
I just generally really liked this. Has a really cool, relaxing atmosphere. Sorry I can’t be more helpful with comments here!
3. Upcoming Trials by supercoolmike
It’s always great to experiment with new styles! To be honest, this is not superb. But there are a lot of good ideas in here and I think that plus the fact that you made a coherent piece of music that was new to you means you have a ton of skill. To improve in this genre, you should listen to more film scores to pick up on a few key things: 1. Dynamics and expression: All your instruments have pretty much the same volume throughout the whole piece. In reality, composers write dynamics purposefully into a score, and players naturally create their own swells and such on a note-by-note basis. I think you should actually find videos of live performances to study this--it helps to see what players physically do when they create dynamics. 2. Flow and freedom from the barline. Your structure is really rigid here, and at points it felt like the piece was dragging. Most scores are more active than this. You should try re-scoring a scene from a real movie to practice!
Jan 04, 2017 hoboka
Dewey Newt - Gotta love that nostalgic 8-bit stuff. Obviously the production value per OCR norms isn't up to par with the rest - but that's the friggin' point hahaha. Was incredibly enjoyable to listen to and hit a nostalgia vibe like no other.
evktalo - I thought I was gonna slap you into one of the 3 slots evktalo, but the other dudes mention above won out just by a hair - I can easily see the other voters putting you in 1st or 2nd though haha. This is a super swag remix - great balance of retro and modern sounds. Nice to have you back evktalo
supercoolmike - Original works are always appreciated. And this is a real well done one at that. Indeed it is cinematic with a cool march-band feel and a sort of "11th Hour" vibe to it. Nice work Mike :)
Zorrakh - well produced, very catchy and has a sort of Metroid Prime feel to it somehow - mixed with obvious MGS feels. That morse code part sorta threw me off, but it's all good otherwise. I could see other voters throwing you a vote, as this remix is as solid as the others for sure, but I had to make a call T_T
MrHassanSan - Holy shit - the production value - awesome orchestral skills here. I feel like crap not being able to fit a slot in my vote for you, but I can see you winning this round easily :D
PlanarianHugger - sort of by-the-numbers electronic remix, can definately feel that effort and care was put into this remix, however. So nice work PH :D
esperado. Honestly, idk WHY I couldn't find a spot for you in my top 3 esperado - your remix is just as good as the rest. THIS ISN'T FAIR AAHHHHHHGGGG. Awesome atmospheric remix, and a cool jazzy vibe.
bundeslang - hehehehehe this is so 2004 OCR - has a certain nostalgic 90's charm to it. Not bad bundy. Pro tip: I think if you capped the volumes off 3/4 of the way and did a bit of EQ, then the whole mix wouldn't be a wall of sound - that was a problem of mine for yeaaarrs...and it still pops up its ugly head here and there lol.
Jan 07, 2017 esperado
Sword of Storms (ZELOT)
A Tuna Leaf With Potatoes
Evktalo- I like the bassline and the Arpeggio in the beginning.This is definitely similar to the source theme, but I think the chippy makeover suits it well. I might be mistaken, but your remix seems to have a bit more groove to it than the original, which i always think is nice. Good stuff here!
Hoboka- This reminds me a little bit of Legend of Legaia, That piano melody is quite peaceful. That crackle in the beginning is a bit distracting, was your system overloaded? Otherwise I enjoyed this one.
Supercoolmike - Other than some humanization with attack and velocity, you did Pretty good for a first time attempt at a cinematic score. The samples are decent as well! The only other thing I think could have been improved was the Dynamics of the instruments. Theyre all pretty close in volume. Really nice job on this though! Especially for an original piece
Dewey Newt- Im not too knowledgeable on the TMNT IV soundtrack but from what i listened to, you did a good job covering Spark Mandrill withing the constraints you set for yourself. I wonder if you used samples or a tracker, I cant tell anyways. Cool!
MrHassanSan- quite the orchestral piece! Im usually not a bit fan of Song of storms remixes but you did a great job with this. It almost reminds of the soundtrack to a western adventure movie. I cant find anything to critique on this one! well done!
PlanarianHugger- I like the arpeggios, this sounds like a racing track. That makes sense given the source. Im not sure if its deliberate, but i feel like a break in the pace might have worked well for this to break things up and keep it fresh. Otherwise nice job!
bundeslang- This is a nice throwback to oldschool EDM. Im gettin Cascada vibes. I enjoyed the melodies and the uplifting atmosphere. The kick is perhaps a bit quiet, which could be helped with a little sidechain compression and make some eq? I wish there was a big breakdown, but Otherwise, i enjoyed it!
Jan 08, 2017 Zorrakh
Second: Sword of Storms (MrHassanSan) - This arrangement of these two themes sound great. I love how it sounds like it's ripped right from the 25th Anniversary CD that came with Skyward Sword. The piano near the end sounds especially nice and reminds me of a track from Starbound, which surprisingly doesn't sound out of place.
Third: One Must Fall 2064 (evktalo) - The beat for this is very catchy, and I appreciate and enjoy the use of the Commodore 64 samples. It reminds me of the days of the Amiga and the limited software capabilities of the times. The mix really helps in merging retro sounds with a modern genre.
Jan 08, 2017 PlanarianHugger
Evktalo – Playful and fun. Love chipyness of it and how it moves the music through the song. Ending was sudden but worked.
Hoboka – I like the atmosphere. The percussion was too loud and the song sounded like it ended 30 seconds earlier than it actually did. I enjoyed it.
Supercoolmike – Good attempt at a cinematic track. It felt like a journey of some kind. If the instruments were more realistic then it would be better.
Dewey Newt – interesting concept taking one source and putting it in another’s style but this didn’t work for me. It sound just like the original but with worse instruments and balancing. Good try.
MrHassanSan –. Orchestral isn’t my style of choice but this was great. It never rested on one idea for too long and when in a logical direction. I wish the instrument sound more real though.
Esperado – I like this source to begin with and this version is no different. The chilled but creepy atmosphere is helped by the source and the choice of instruments. Although the bells at the beginning didn’t work for me.
Bundeslang – This has the energy and feel of a victorious credits theme. Although balance was off at the beginning with the percussion and the rest of the song seemed like the different sounds where clashing. A bit repetitive but if new ideas were added to it I couldn’t hear them.