Ybrik Metaknight

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About Ybrik Metaknight

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  • Birthday 04/04/1984

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    Little Rock, Arkansas


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    Go Frogs.
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    J a r o d D a i l y
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    Technical Writer/Editor; Writing Tutor
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  1. OCR03664 - Donkey Kong Country "Terror Plant"

    So the mixpost doesn't direct to this thread, so that's weird... What isn't weird is this mix. Trance is an odd genre for me; I'm not super into most of the electronica-related genres, preferring more organic sounds most of the time, but for some reason trance tends to grab me more. Still, I'm never quite sure what to expect when I start listening to a mix like this, particularly on a source material that has not only been covered pretty extensively but has actually been done in this style before. I needn't have worried, because this one rocks. I found myself sort of dancing in my chair in my little office at work. Probably my favorite treatment of this source material, and definitely will go into my trance VGM playlists.
  2. OCR03543 - Kirby Super Star "Fluffball Rampage"

    Holy crap, this remix is crazy! In the best possible way! I'm generally not a huge fan of chip-heavy mixes, but I've always thought it works really well with Kirby for some reason, and particularly this game, which is very near and dear to my heart. I didn't really notice any of the transition problems others have mentioned, at least not enough to pull me out. Great mix, start to finish. Edit: Oh, and on a second listen, I'm really, really digging the transition that starts around 7:50, leading into Gourmet Race. Awesome stuff.
  3. OCR03537 - Donkey Kong Country 2 "Seagull Sonata"

    Cool mix! I love the mixture of vibes here. I love it when an old standby gets a new and unique treatment. Definitely a solid arrangement of my second-favorite DKC2 source (I like Forest Interlude ever so slightly more than Stickerbrush Symphony; it's super-close). Nice Work.
  4. OCR03535 - Super Mario RPG "Honky Town"

    This is my favorite track from a very solid album. My one and only complaint is that it isn't longer! But oh well, that's why God made the repeat button. Such a fun mix of a source tune I've always loved.
  5. The arrangement here is fantastic -- and I particularly love the selection of the Link's Awakening overworld, which I feel is a highly underrated variation on the main Zelda theme. Other highlights of the arrangement are Saria's Song (I prefer that title for the track to differentiate it from ALttP Lost Woods) and Hyrule Field. Unfortunately, I found the synthetic samples quite grating in many spots, particularly toward the beginning; being a brass player, synthetic brass always bothers me a bit. However, I can't let that drag down my opinion of the mix too much -- after all, relatively few mixers have the capability of getting actual instrumental musicians to record for their mixes. In the end, the arrangement shines over the synths. Nice Work.
  6. This is something truly amazing. I'm not saying this is my favorite mix of all time or anything (that kind of a declaration usually requires a source material I'm already really attached to being handled in a way that feels absolutely perfect to me), but it's definitely something special. Here's why: Until this mix, I always regarded this source material as a forgettable and, yes, boring little ditty that accompanied a minigame that I hate (Triple Triad>>>>>>Tetra Master). This mix, however, truly has, as djp hoped, cast the tune in a new light for me. The instrumentation, the liberal arrangement, the overall vibe (and, oh yeah, those wonderful vibes...see what I did there?) make this mix one of my top ten standout tracks from a great project album, and probably the biggest pleasant surprise I've gotten from an OCR album since Balance and Ruin.
  7. How did I miss this gem a couple of years ago? Glad I decided to stumble around on OCR today, because this is quite enjoyable.
  8. OCRA-0040 - Final Fantasy VI: Balance and Ruin

    This album is awesome. FFVI is my all-time favorite game and soundtrack, so I had high expectations, all of which were met. Do I like every track? Not really, but I didn't expect to. I don't get too into most techno mixes (though I did enjoy the Mega Man sounds around 2:41 into There's Nothing Like Flying), but there are so many other styles represented (and represented so well) that I really don't care that a few tracks fall outside of my personal tastes. From the incredible arrangement of the theme of my favorite character, Shadow, in A Fistful of Nickels (the first Shadow mix that I've felt really captured the essence of the original) to the amazing Bohemian Rhapsody treatment of the opera to the piano and violin piece covering the entire ending (not to mention the impressive number of other pieces using live and/or acoustic instruments, which is what my tastes run toward), there's really just so much to love from this album. Easily my favorite in an already impressive line of OCR albums.
  9. OCR02699 - Final Fantasy VI 'The Impresario'

    I'm a bit behind on my OCR-age, so I only just downloaded the album this afternoon and have only listened to a few tracks thus far, but I still feel confident in saying this is easily one of the highlights of the album. The Queen homage is both obvious and amazing, well-executed to the point that I feel I could recommend this song to non-VGM fans and, other than the length, they wouldn't bat an eye. If most of the other songs are even one-third as good as this, I'm very much looking forward to the rest of the album.
  10. OCR02031 - Super Mario Bros. 'The 2-2 Blues'

    This is one of the best ReMixes I've downloaded from OCR in a long time. Pure awesome.
  11. Games that were nostalgic but now suck

    I love DKC2, but not quite as much as the original. The first DKC, there was just something almost magical about it. Particularly, level design and aesthetics were just a bit better on the first one, in my opinion. Gameplay might have been a little better, as Dixie added some good dimensions, but I still love the original the best.
  12. Games that were nostalgic but now suck

    I keep trying to replay Xenogears. The lack of quicker text doesn't bother me too much, but I keep getting distracted by shiny objects. I still love the story and the soundtrack, and the gameplay's OK, but I've never been able to get back into it. I think that after I get through some of my massive RPG backlog, I'll give it another shot. Maybe that'll happen in another year or so. I definitely won't get rid of it, so I figure I probably have time.
  13. Games that were nostalgic but now suck

    Hahahahaha yeah, voice acting was terrible, writing wasn't much better. The PSP version makes some improvements to both of those areas, but not a whole lot. I still love the game for its gameplay: The battle system, the skill system, item creation, private actions. Oh, and the music. One of my all-time favorite soundtracks. Just love it. The graphics aren't bad either. At least, the backgrounds are gorgeous. Characters close up are way too pixely and spell effects are kind of meh, but those backgrounds were always awesome. On Lufia...I have both SNES games but never really played them. Funny enough, I just decided earlier today to try them again. Barely started Fortress of Doom before I remembered I had to do some other stuff. But I hope to get back to it tonight. I think I'm glad I'm playing them in order of release and not in story order, because based on everything I've read and heard and what I remember from my little time with each game, I think that I'd be sorely disappointed with Fortress of Doom if I play it after Rise of the Sinistrals.
  14. Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest

    Fireburg has the same theme as the other three towns, just a very different arrangement. I'm talking more about the more subdued, relaxing versions. I'd love to hear either a piano or acoustic guitar version of the music that plays in the other three towns (Foresta, Aquaria and Windia, I believe). Actually, there are two very slightly different versions of that (basically, different synth instruments) but they're substantially the same theme.
  15. Games that were nostalgic but now suck

    Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island I remember loving it the first time through. Never did get 100 percent. Now I can't stay with it more than a few levels, a couple of worlds at the very most. I replay lots of games, but that one just doesn't seem to work for me. I still really enjoy Star Ocean 2. One of my all-time favorites. I replay it frequently.