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About nyKad

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  • Birthday 10/06/1980

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    Old-school nerd with one (!!!) arrangement on the site, all because he showed Mustin a crappy midi file yet had some kind of cool ideas in his head for a remix. :D
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  1. I feel like I just showed up here to repeat things, because I'm blown away at how ENGAGING this track is. It really can't be stated enough because DAMN. Love it.
  2. 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!
  3. One second, let me catch my breath……… Okay… There we go. I totally have to agree with the relentless assessment, because this track very literally has no breathing room, but woke me up better than coffee. This absolutely rocks! I almost appreciate the lack of downtime in a strange way, just for variety sake. I absolutely love ridiculous guitar wankery, but not every track NEEDS to have it. But evaluating this on its own merits standing by itself? I think some space would end up being appreciated; definitely enough solid meet here to make a longer track that still manages to maintain that energy. I also think the ending could use another pass; it's not the most abrupt thing I've ever heard on the website, but for me it came up super fast – but maybe I was just riding the lightning. I feel like I'm being nitpicky with this remix, but it's really worth your time if you love 1) heavy metal 2) synths and 3) tearing up the steps of Dracula's castle in a carriage, while on fire, while slamming a Red Bull. The Red Bull is also on fire.
  4. This really takes me back, and awesome to hear new work! But does anyone notice how this sounds exactly like Jade Gemini??
  5. Seek the Palebloo-wait, sorry, I mean, within my breast, a flame aIlighteth-hold on it's a Final Fantasy mix? Is Alex okay, or does he suddenly have a doppelgänger goatee? The community is concerned. as for the review part I'm not sure if there's anything else I can say about such a relaxing piece. I'm also kind of noticing a theme of postings this last week… Everything seems… Chill. Wonderful stuff. Although I think I will add that I feel like I rediscovered Final Fantasy X's soundtrack recently in the last few years. My heart still instructs me that Nobuo Uematsu* put his best work into Final Fantasy VI, which is one of my favourite Square soundtracks tied with Chrono Trigger & Xenogears. This is also making me realize I'm old. When I checked out Final Fantasy X again something just clicked with me with all the music and I was falling in love, with Besaid being one of the standouts for me. So getting the opportunity to listen to a seasoned remixer give this treatment to the original has left me pretty damn happy. *Note: I'm aware that Uematsu didn't work on the soundtrack solo but I totally think his influence is there
  6. OCR03628 - Silver Case "Lunar Phase"

    Super fascinating thing: is it just coincidence, or is that xylophone that starts around the 00:25 second mark playing chords from Parasite Eve??? Either way adds a pretty awesome texture in several places throughout the remix. Keep reading for possibly pretentious gushing! Swishy, slidy break beats, sleek synths, and smooth all-around (even the sax and guitars). It even inhabits one of those genres that I know exists, but I can't ever describe precisely enough and people can't figure out what the hell I'm talking about. I have to admit I even enjoyed the song so much I finally got around to playing VA-11 HALL-A and hear more of the remixers work. Let's just say 30+ hours of gameplay later, I went and bought Garoad's soundtrack for the game, which is equally as good as this piece
  7. That's one heck of a debut! EXCELLENT performance, definitely living up to prog rock standards, and just plain fun. Loved the call and answer section starting at the 1:30 mark! Only thing I can say: maybe tone it down a bit on the panning & use it more sparingly. Hard to be critical though after being rocked that thoroughly.
  8. This remix does a perfect job of putting you into that classic Western scene, where the grizzled hero saves everyone but has to bear the burden of the consequences alone. Into the sunset he goes…
  9. Very cool sounding track with a pretty great back story. I hope your little sisters enjoyed it (and if not you still ended up with an enjoyable piece here). That said, I didn't really have an issue with "muddiness" as mentioned in DJP's write up, but I can kind of relate to that comment. I did find throughout the backing trancelike soundscape that was going on is kind of drowning out the main leads and other instrumentation… Bad grammar on my part aside, didn't really kill the remix for me but I would've appreciated more clarity. Then nitpick patrol has arrived! enjoyable piece but maybe it's just showing its age. Still good stuff.
  10. Starts quietly, unassumingly. Then you realize you're being hunted, but by then it's too late as the guitars roar to life and rip straight into you. This whole mix just growls the entire run time but with great attention to detail and a great metal soundscape. 9/10, would get punched in the face by satisfying guitar riffs again.
  11. I seem to be a sucker for a remix that uses game samples, so of course the track pleases a nerd like me, especially when it blends together with the track so well. Unfortunately I also feel like on the other hand it doesn't really seal the deal because, echoing what Chimpazilla said, the repetition is noticeably high. That said, looking forward to B-laze's next mix – I like where he's going!
  12. This mix does a great job of expertly ratcheting up the tension for 90% of the song, and ends with a satisfying finish. I'm no expert by far, but everything sounds great with good mixing with just the right length and pacing that you're not bored for second. But I'm a simple man – I get kicked in the face by electric guitar, I love.