This absolutely oozes old-school flavour and I feel like I just walked through a smoke-filled lounge in the 1960s. You should already be grabbing it from the server, really. What a trip.
The brass parts for me are a bit of an issue, albeit maybe not as much as DJP or the judges may have thought. To my (super average) ear, it kept going from "this is near perfect" to "okay a fake but it still works wonderfully." Maybe that's why they were far in the back at times? Might bother some more than others so I think it's worth noting.
Regardless it's an awesomely well-crafted piece and is worth downloading for that electric piano solo alone, not to mention the overall atmosphere. Hurry, before the Rat Pack takes the stage!
This is a very faithful orchestral remix. With your choice of source, your biggest challenge is making your orchestral remix sound realistic. The Super Mario Galaxy music was performed by a real orchestra so an orchestral remix of any of its songs should be as realistic as possible. The piano sounds okay, but the strings don't sound realistic at all. I agree with AngelCityOutlaw on the volume of the french horn: it's way too loud. It sounds great, but it's too loud. I feel like the trumpet volume is too high as well. What samples are you using by the way?
Also, just so I'm clear, realism is achieved by how you program the MIDI information. Low quality samples can still result in a great-sounding remix if the arrangement was programmed well. You could have the Vienna Symphonic Library, but if you don't know how to use the instruments effectively, it doesn't matter. A good example of the low quality samples with great programming yielding an awesome remix is here: http://pisanifamily.info/will/music/Zelda Medley.mp3. I don't know who the author is, but they did an amazing job with it.
This is definitely a good first remix! Changing the dynamics would improve this remix a lot. I'm looking forward to hearing your future works.
I showed a coworker, he thinks it looks great. But, he remembers how hard the old rockman games were. I agreed with him.
He's a young guy, so he's lucky his mom's going to get him a switch for xmas when he visits her. He's a native of China.
Anyways, my point is, he and I both will definitely pick this up when it is released.
Thanks again for bringing it to everyone's attention.
Don't let this influence your votes, but here's a (better, I hope) mix of my submission, where the piano comes through better during the busier sections. (It's the same arrangement, just a slightly different mix.)
At the risk of being accused of necromancy... I'm doing some of the mellower songs from Golden Sun (one per week) if anyone's interested:
Dance of the Wolves (Garoh)
I reckon my capacity at about ten songs Suggestions for which other ones to do would be welcome!