The Coop

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  1. Being a long-time fan of the Amiga game and having read some stuff about this remix elsewhere, I thought that perhaps I should come by and give some thoughts on the remix now that it's been through the judge's panel. I don't know if this'll help, or if anyone will agree with me, but here goes. First, I have to bring up the concept of repetition. Repetition is a staple of music, of that there's no doubt. Melodies, harmonies, riffs, beats, lyrical structure... it all comes and goes usually at least twice in many songs. So the idea is fine. However, there's a difference between repeating something ala copy/paste, and repeating it with something new added to it; some level of growth over what was originally there. It could be more notes, more instruments working in tandem with what was already there, more or different backing harmonies, variations of the melodies that call back to the first version(s) of it without simply playing it again verbatim... a lot can be done. But this remix falls into the copy/paste realm to me, as its 0:37 – 1:37 section is repeated in virtually identical (if not flat out identical) fashion. It's a trap that I've fallen into many times as well, so brynoff11, you're not alone in stepping in it. As such, I feel the call by the judges there about this being too repetitive is a legitimate one to make with this remix. Second, the ending is... abrupt. Unnaturally abrupt, to be honest. It feels like you didn't know how to end it and so just stopped, brynoff11. The judges calling that out was warranted to me, as I too felt it doesn't work or fit with this remix. It feels like it's trying to build up to that familiar melody again during its last minute; to do something for its finale. But instead, we get nothing. It doesn't feel like an artistic choice to end it like that. It comes off as if the remix is unfinished to me. Lastly, the remix is questionable in growth/ebb and flow. I say this because once the song gets to about 1:37, it repeats itself. There's virtually no growth or expansion on the melodies, instrumentation, harmonies... anything. It's not until 2:54 that it gets some new work injected into it. But less than a minute later, the remix is suddenly done. There is so much that could have been done with that 1:37-2:54 section to really take those well known melodies, as well as the work done with them on the remix's first go around, and bring the song to a new place. To build and/or alter it more and make it continue to grow and take the listener on a ride (insert MvC2 joke here). Instead, it treads on old ground, looping around the proverbial parking lot twice before shutting off the engine right after it pointed something new out to the passenger. The end result makes this remix come off as lacking, despite how everything in it feels like it's almost reaching something wonderful. The rhythm is great, the synths are just fine, the mix is good, and the treatment of the melodies walks the line between arrangement and remix nicely. The original source is still very present and able to be recognized, yet it has a whole new vibe to it. But if I were a judge, and God help us all if someone ever offered me such a position, I would have NOed it as well. That said, all of the things holding the remix back are VERY fixable. So while I may not be familiar with where the OCR bar is anymore, I will say that if this remix was close to the bar when it was submitted, then I can see why it didn't get over it, as well as how it could get over it. There are my thoughts on this remix, brynoff11. Take them as you will
  2. The Journey Vol. 2 released!

    The third single is out! This song has several special meanings to me, but rather than go over them, I think I'll just leave the title of the song to speak for itself. Enjoy!
  3. Is everyone still alive? A week ago, I sent out a PM to all those involved. And not only have I yet to hear back from anyone, but only 5 out of 11 have read it thus far.
  4. It's all explained in the first post. You'll find my e-mail there. There's really no review done. Anything review-like happens when the supposedly final track is submitted. And really, all I do is make sure there are no errors in the wav/MP3 so it plays back without issues. If a song is really quiet, I'll boost the volume if it's submitted as a WAV file, but that's about it. Otherwise, all I'll do it tag the submitted MP3s and any MP3s I make from submitted WAV files. That's about it as far as a review goes, unless something submitted is really, really questionable in terms of quality.
  5. As the first post says, this isn't an official OCR album. AOCC has never been one, which is why it's always been open to everyone and not just those who can make OCR bar-level music. I mean hell, I have a song on here every year and I'm nowhere near OCR quality That said, the bar here is pretty low. Just check out some of my earlier entries. Those were some rough-sounding remixes. So if you're at or above entries like "Algorhythmic Bells" and "A Night of Three Visitors" in production quality, you'll be fine. As for "no covers," I don't recall that ever being a thing on AOCC. On OCR, sure, as they expect your take on the song, rather than a note for note replaying of it. But AOCC? There's no "no covers" rule that I'm aware of.
  6. The Journey Vol. 2 released!

    Just put out the second single from this album, along with a quick video. This happier tune's called, "Woven Threads." Hope you enjoy it
  7. The Journey Vol. 2 released!

    Perhaps a couple of you remember last year when I released "The Journey Vol. 1," a collection of original music that was based off of the novels I've been working on. Well, the journey's not over. Today, I released the second album, "The Journey Vol. 2." Like the first album, it's comprised of original Classical, Orchestral and Chamber Music of varying moods and atmospheres. If anyone's interested, you can preview and buy the album (as well as "The Journey Vol. 1) for $5 here... Thanks for reading this and hope you enjoy the music Edit: Oops, I almost forgot. Here's the video for "Desert Wraiths" from the album...
  8. Thanks for the WIP, but for future reference, keep WIPs contained to private messages to me if you want to send something. That was, it keeps the folks guessing what they'll be getting for Christmas and doesn't spoil the surprise
  9. Cool. Three potential remixers and I've already got my remix well under way, along with getting the cover started. Progress!
  10. I know not of what you speak... >_> ... o_O ...
  11. And here... we... GO! With Dyne having officially stepped down from this project, we're starting a new chapter in this long-running album series' life. No, it's not going all death polka or grunge barbershop quartet, it's simply been put under my watchful eye. And what that watchful eye saw was that we kept having one of two things happen. Either 1) it was started two months before the deadline and people had to cram work in for it, or 2) they had so much time that they kind of forgot about it. So, we're trying a middle ground this year. And what better middle ground than July, the month that retailers love to have a second Christmas in? Yes, while 2 months was awfully short notice and a full year made it slip peoples' minds, I figure a good five months might be about the right amount of time. Guess we'll see, huh? This project is open to any and all OCR members, regardless of whether you're a posted remixer or not. And now, a few details... When's The Project Deadline?- December 20th, 2017 at 11:59 P.M. EST. This is now a REALLY hard, non-negotiable deadline, since it's very close to Christmas. We've had lots of last-minute entries and updates over the years and, to be perfectly honest, it shouldn't be that way. With months of time, having to hold off as long as possible for people made things pretty hectic for myself and Dyne in the past, between updating the artwork and getting everything uploaded. Treating this project like a college paper that doesn't get worked on until the last minute got annoying rather quickly when it kept adding up to lots of hurrying year after year. As such, you have until one minute before midnight EST on December 20th to get me the final WAV or MP3 of your song. After that, you're shit outta luck until next year. I need time to do everything, including possibly make a little website to host this one if Dyne isn't online for one reason or another. So this deadline's set in stone... PERIOD. What Information Does The Coop Need?- When you send me your final versions, I'll need what name you want to use (real or remixer handle), the name of your remix and the name of the song you're remixing (in case someone asks what this or that remix is from). Plus, if you have a website you'd like to pimp, supply that as well and I can add it to the MP3 tags. What Can Be Remixed?- Any song, really. Traditional Christmas carols, video game music, published music by a signed artist, music from TV/cartoons/anime... whatever gets your heart racing and into that Christmas spirit. This isn't an official OCR album, so you can draw from more sources than just VGM. Plus, you can take a non-Christmas tune, like the Main Theme from Space Harrier, Stage 6 Mission 2 from Metal Head, or I Defend STM from Truxton II, and turn it into a Christmasy one. So know that it's not limited only to songs that are Christmas-like to begin with. All that said, do keep in mind that if you want to submit your song to OCR later, you'll need to keep this site's guidelines in the back of your mind. But for this album, you can take it in just about any direction you want and get as crazy as you'd like (but please, no "Silver Bells" done in farts or something). How Long Can My Song Be?- As long as you want it to be. There are no restrictions on this, so whether it's 1:30, or 9:51 with a five minute guitar solo ala Metallica, it's all good. But again, if you want to submit your song to OCR later, keep their guidelines in mind. What Genres Can I Remix In?- Again, the door's wide open here. Rap, Metal, Pop, Piano-solo, Orchestral, Jazz, 8/16-bit, Barber Shop Quartet, A capella... it's up to you where you want to take it. What Format Should I Submit My Song In?- WAV and/or an MP3 of at least 192KB/s quality. I'll be tagging the MP3s and making MP3s from any submitted wavs, so you don't have to worry about that. But, if you'd like your website to be in the MP3 comments section, be sure to give it to me when you submit your song. How About A Little Music To Get Us In The Mood?- To help everyone along, here's a YouTube list of Christmasy tunes made by Ocre a number of years ago... But remember, not all famous Christmas tunes are upbeat and cheerful. There are some that are more somber or haunting in tone, so you have more moods to play with than happy happy joy joy. What's The Website's Address Again?- It's got a new home at... This album will still be download there as well, as Dyne will continue to host the albums on his site. How Do We Contact This The Coop Person?- If you've got questions, comments, concerns, or your track is done and ready to be sent to me, you can PM me here on OCR, or send me an E-mail at So yeah, there we go. You've got over five months to get something done for the lovely people of OverClocked Remix and the millions of listeners around the world who've become followers of our project. Good luck, have fun and make everyone some Nice Work™! Artists involved thus far... The Coop (director, cover artist and remixer) JohnStacy (remixer) wildfire (remixer) Ronald Poe (remixer) HoboKa (remixer) Ridiculously Garrett (remixer) Skull (remixer) PlanarianHugger (remixer) TheChargingRhino (remixer) Yannic Geerts (remixer) Earth Kid (remixer) CelestialSonata (remixer)
  12. According to his profile, he hasn't been on OCR since February 2. Guess the Ferrari broke down going back to Frye's place.
  13. Any updates? At all? ... Bueller?
  14. Ridge Racer: Unbounded. I was going along just fine, beating races with three stars most of the time, until I got close to the end of the game on what I think was the second to last group of races. There was a drifting race near the end of that group that I just couldn't do well on. I got a decent score with two stars, but I was 400 points shy of unlocking the next event. I couldn't get better scores on the previous races (all with three stars already) in that group and couldn't get a better score on the damn drifting race that was keeping me from getting to the last two races in that group. I tried over and over, literally dozens upon dozens of times before I just stopped out of frustration. Months later, I tried it again and just couldn't come to grips with relearning the odd way the game does the drifting mechanics. The end result? I quit the game, uninstalled it and I have no plans of ever going back. I got my $5 worth from it and don't feel like wasting anymore time on that damn track.
  15. There sure are quite a few crickets in here.