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About nyKad

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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. So Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, and Sting's mandolin somehow had a love child named Juan Medrano just so he could make this song. This arrangement is FANTASTIC, so I've got nothing else to say that hasn't been said already.
  2. THIS TRACK IS AMAZING. Unless you're actually allergic to piano, this is a must listen. In fact, it's cool, just stop reading right now and listen to it, my rambling will still be here when you're done. I'm particularly in love with the choice of song, because everyone knows almost every single track in Final Fantasy VII has been remixed to hell and back… Well, maybe not hell, but the remixes spent some time with Sephiroth in the core of the planet. Of course that really speaks to how great of a soundtrack it is, but it's definitely refreshing to hear new material that hasn't really been done that often. Mining Town has been one of those pieces that has always stuck with me yet has relatively few remixes. Also, because who doesn't love nostalgia, before I even hit play, it really brought me back to playing through the game for the 1st time & all the events that take place there, especially Barrett's back story. Back to this remix, however, it's those story moments that really seemed to inspire the remixer to have a very particular impact, especially in regards to the emotional tension. Particularly the section that winds things up starting at about the 1:25 mark, and really reaches fever pitch around 1:50. Contrasts the rest of the work beautifully and dynamically, especially when it returns to the delicate piano at 2 1/2 minutes or so. It's a great ride, backed by equally great arranging and work on the keys (to my untrained ears anyway). I daresay this easily ranks amongst the top tracks in this genre/style ever released on the website.
  3. I can't get enough of the song; it's almost like a famous European DJ stopped by OCRemix for the afternoon. The track has a nice slow build until the bass just DROPS all over your entire being, but nothing ever seems boring, stale, or overused. Some great variation that always keeps your ears interested. From what the judges are saying, it's great that you took the song and retooled things before resubmission, because now it just shines. What a great EDM piece, I might just have to put this on loop.
  4. The missing piece has been found, and lo' - it is good. Mmmmm, that snare though at 00:13 is delicious, as is the whole track. Chiptune-like segments are wonderful here and never jarring; it fits in as does the whole piece fit with an excellent SoM fan album, which you should DL immediately. ~ Thanks for putting it on the main page or else I would've missed it - shame us torrent peeps lose out (in .flac especially)
  5. I've never been the world's biggest Sonic fan, but I'll be damned if almost all the Sonic mixes on the site are amazing, and this miniature remix flood just adds more evidence. You can argue that the ending is a little bit flat, but honestly I'd rather have what happened in this track then just a simple fadeout. Everything here is just so good (on the heels of two other remixes that are also JUST SO GOOD)… Like DimeTower said, we're not worthy of this groove. Get listening – you're going to have fun listening to musicians have fun & with talent to spare.
  6. I like this piece does a great job of exploring the theme and squeezes every drop of juice out of the marimba and other instruments. Fresh squeezed marimba juice is what all the cool kids are drinking. Also I find it really works for Mario games in general, like all the more sombre parts are just variations on the melody. Made me think of Super Mario World's soundtrack and when I noticed years ago things like the underwater theme is a rearrangement of earlier music.
  7. Still proves that there isn't a bad track anywhere in this release. Maybe if you really despise jazz in all its forms, but even then I'd tell people to hurry up and snag that torrent immediately. So. Get it. Download it. Love it.
  8. 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.
  9. 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!
  10. 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.
  11. This really takes me back, and awesome to hear new work! But does anyone notice how this sounds exactly like Jade Gemini??
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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…