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#1 Level 99

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 11:30 PM

OverClocked ReMix and Darkside Translations present
Rosenkreuzstilette Re-Vamped!

Description of Project

Overclocked ReMix has been approached by Darkside Translations to take the original soundtrack to the Japanese Doujin game Rosekreuzstilette and overhaul the original tracks, taking inspiration from numerous video game franchises. This project, which is being jointly run by Leif Landevag (aka. TDOMMX) and Level 99, is aiming to get as many tracks upgraded in appropriate style before the final deadline. Leif explains the gist of the project:

Hello, everyone. This is Leif Landevag (TDOMMX), the Project Coordinator for Darkside Translations and the co-producer of the English localization of Rosenkreuzstilette. I'd like to thank you all for volunteering to overhaul the soundtrack of RKS. I have been a fan of OverClocked ReMix for many, many years (I've lost track of exactly how many), so I consider it an honor to be working with you.

Rosenkreuzstilette contains many deliberate homages to gaming classics - in its graphics, its character designs, its levels, and even its enemy AI. A prime example of this is the game's lead antagonist, Count Michael Zeppelin (pronounced "Mikhail" without the 'k'). The confrontation with him is an undeniable throwback to the battle between Richter Belmont and Count Vlad Tepes Dracula, as retold in Castlevania: Rondo of Blood, Symphony of the Night, and The Dracula X Chronicles. Zeppelin's outfit, his mannerisms, and even his demonic form closely resemble their Castlevanian counterpart.

Since the release of Symphony of the Night, the song "Dance of Illusions" has been regarded as the theme of Dracula himself (and has been officially recognized as such in Circle of the Moon and Judgment). Its rousing symphonic orchestra and its powerful organ melody are instantly recognizable, to the point that homages and parodies of this battle practically demand at least a nod to this song. It's with this same rationale that we wish for Zeppelin's theme, "Fighting Eternally", to be rearranged in the same orchestral style as "Dance of Illusions", with as close a match to the song's tone colors and progression as possible. Since there are many official renditions of this song, we have plenty to work with, though I think it's safe to say that the Symphony of the Night rendition is easily the most well-known of the bunch.

Where strong parallels such as Zeppelin / Dracula or Iris / Lumine are present, we'd like to underscore these parallels through the soundtrack by arranging the melody in the same style as its counterpart. Of course, this does not apply to every track. "Winter Breath" is easily my favorite track in the game, but this track is an original composition, not intended as a nod of any kind. With tracks like these, we would like for the musicians to follow the example set by Mathew Valente (TSSF) with his treatment of the Chrono Trigger soundtrack in Chrono Resurrection - producing a more organic, less "MIDI" rendition of the original tracks. For an example of what I mean by this, compare the original version of Corridors of Time to Mathew's rendition.

Naturally, what we're looking for varies on a track-by-track basis, so I'd very much like for each ReMixer to contact me directly by private message or Gmail (TDOMMX at Gmail dot com) to swap ideas and ensure that we have the same image in mind. I'd like to chime in early and often so that everyone has a clear idea of how they are faring.

If you have any other questions or wish to pick my brain for a bit, my inbox is open to all of you. I may not be able to answer your questions immediately, but I can practically guarantee that you will hear something from me within three days' time.

That said, I'm very much looking forward to hearing what you can do. Good luck, and thanks again for helping us out!

Sources and Specfications


To summarize, what the localizers are looking for is more of an upgrade as opposed to full re-arrangement for most of the songs, and have compiled an extensive list of instructions for people who are interested in taking a track. There are genre and style limitations for every track, because most of these tracks are inspired by other video game music. Note that while a song is listed as to what arrangement style or video game song to model it after, do NOT include the inspiration song as part of the arrangement. I encourage anyone interested to download the whole soundtrack bundle and check out the notes for any tracks that catch your ear:

Here is the whole soundtrack bundle for RKS, including tracknotes - contact Leif of Darkside Translations at TDOMMX at gmail dot com if you want to discuss arrangement ideas with him.

The tracks are meant to be replacing these so please do your best to make them somewhat loopable. Each track and its mixing instructions can be accessed separately at http://www.darksidet...ns.com/rks-bgm/, and any notes about them will be updated over time there (NOT in the RAR archive).

One person may claim one track at a time. If they get that finished to the satisfaction of the organizers and have time to tackle more, they're more than welcome to. If you want to arrange a track that has already been claimed, you are still welcome to make a short WIP to pitch your version to the project runners. We may decide to go with your version of the existing claim for time and style reasons. The album can have multiple versions of a song, but the game will only use one.

The game itself is Japanese-only and does cost a small bit, but the English localization patch has been and will continue to be free, and it's those people that do the patch that are requesting this musical treatment.

Timeline and Deadlines

You should send your WIPS to both project leaders via email. When you have a WIP, email it with the subject line containing "Rosenkreuzstilette Project", your remixer name, and your source track name. The recipients should be:

level99remixteam [AT] gmail [DOT] com
TDOMMX [AT] gmail [DOT] com

Previously, the project had an endgoal of mid-June. After further discussion, the final deadline has been extended and a new timeline has been created. See below:

1st Deadline: June 18th, 2012
Requirements: Rough WIP showcasing track ideas and progress

2nd Deadline: August 27th, 2012
Requirements: Full-length WIP

3rd Deadline: October 22nd, 2012
Requirements: Pre-Final track, only minor tweaks or feedback needed

FINAL DEADLINE: December 15th, 2012
Requirements: Absolutely final track

Note: you may get your final track in as early as you wish, and if you are looking to claim multiple tracks, you must get your final for one song in before claiming another.

Tracklist and Claims

Legend:
normal = unclaimed
red = claimed
purple = WIP'd
blue = FINAL

01 - Arima's Music No. 13 - Claimed by Calum
02 - AM Fight No. 1
03 - Dancing Snowflakes -Turning Everything White-
04 - Human Heart, Divine Might
05 - The Ground Which Can Shine
06 - Arima's Music No. 07
07 - Arima's Music No. 03 - Claimed by mak
08 - Snow White Soil - Claimed by Dj Mokram
09 - March on the Haunts of the Wicked - Claimed by theshaggyfreak
10 - Stage Start - WIP'd by Metal Man
11 - Pegasus
12 - Arima's Music No. 22
13 - Stardust Love Letter
14 - Red Pollution
15 - Sinner
16 - Arima's Music No. 28
17 - Untitled
18 - Outnumbered
19 - Arima's Music No. 26 - Claimed by Level 99
20 - Arima's Music No. 11
21 - Deep Purple Moonlight - Claimed by Dj Mokram
22 - Deep Purple Moon -The Rebirth of Death-
23 - Crash Man
24 - Flame in the Night
25 - Arima's Music No. 30
26 - Dear
27 - Arima's Music No. 33
28 - A Little Mischief - WIP'd by Moomba
29 - Untitled
30 - Arima's Music No. 14
31 - Untitled
32 - The Fabricated Truth
33 - Arima's Music No. 10
34 - Meteor Strike
35 - Arima's Music No. 15
36 - Party of Ghost
37 - Cathedral -Second Movement-
38 - Fighting Eternally
39 - Sovereign's Oath
40 - Untitled
41 - Shining Man
42 - Winter Breath
43 - Arima's Music No. 18
44 - Closing Venue
45 - Head Serpent
46 - Pray to Muse for
47 - The Final Confrontation
48 - The Devil Loves a Fallen Angel
49 - Last Battle -Requiem for Myself-
50 - Untitled
51 - Mirror in the Sky
52 - The Winner
53 - First Love - Claimed by Rexy
54 - Untitled
55 - Vampire Revolution
56 - Fighting Spirit - WIP'd by MeteoXavier
57 - Kingdom of the Last Elf

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#2 Meteo Xavier

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Posted 04 April 2012 - 11:49 PM

Oops, question answered.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 05:36 AM

Are there any vocal tracks in the game at all?

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 06:54 AM

Stevo, I think I could do something with "First Love". Cue me in. :)

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 08:02 AM

the target deadline for all tracks is June 15th, 2012.


Hell, that's soon. This is pretty cool, though - good luck getting it all done by then!
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 10:26 AM

Are there any vocal tracks in the game at all?


I just woke up but off the top of my head, no there aren't.

Stevo, I think I could do something with "First Love". Cue me in. :)


Done.

Hell, that's soon. This is pretty cool, though - good luck getting it all done by then!


Yeah, that's why it wasn't possible to realistically organize a FULL roster of songs, so really, just seeing exactly how much can be done in a short time. Will definitely be interesting to see how it all turns out!
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 03:15 PM

I just woke up but off the top of my head, no there aren't.



Done.



Yeah, that's why it wasn't possible to realistically organize a FULL roster of songs, so really, just seeing exactly how much can be done in a short time. Will definitely be interesting to see how it all turns out!


Thanks for the info. Best of luck, everyone!

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 04:48 PM

Some questions..
I found lot of interesting tracks, but I'm complitly confused. What actually i need to do?
Cover? RMX? Or what? And the most unclear thing is: WHICH actually track in the folder I need to .." what?"..Megaman? For what purpose all this youtube links to megaman or zelda or whateva. I'm confused.
Sorry.. MegaThanks to someone who can tell WHAT actually i need to do.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 05:47 PM

I've already got mine about 90% done. I had some trouble with the latter part and I need to tweak some more stuff inside, but I'm at a point where I can put it off for a little bit and show it to Stevo when he's around.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 08:02 PM

Some questions..
I found lot of interesting tracks, but I'm complitly confused. What actually i need to do?
Cover? RMX? Or what? And the most unclear thing is: WHICH actually track in the folder I need to .." what?"..Megaman? For what purpose all this youtube links to megaman or zelda or whateva. I'm confused.
Sorry.. MegaThanks to someone who can tell WHAT actually i need to do.

yeap, i'm dumb:<


I'll send you a PM with more elaborate instructions if you need it.

I've already got mine about 90% done. I had some trouble with the latter part and I need to tweak some more stuff inside, but I'm at a point where I can put it off for a little bit and show it to Stevo when he's around.


Fantastic!
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Posted 05 April 2012 - 08:22 PM

Alright, well let me know when you're around on AIM please, I need to run it by you because I had some trouble in the latter section.

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Posted 05 April 2012 - 08:24 PM

If this is open to anyone willing, I would love to at least try something for this, even if it may not end up being up to par. I do have a lot of free time coming up in the near future to work on some music since I'll be done school. I'll give some tracks a listen when I get home and see if anything catches my ear.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 12:00 AM

I'm not a mixer, so I'm useless.

But if I was, "Party of Ghost" sounds badass. I'd pick up my guitar and try to learn it by ear, but it's probably more effort than it is worth.

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 11:27 AM

If this is open to anyone willing, I would love to at least try something for this, even if it may not end up being up to par. I do have a lot of free time coming up in the near future to work on some music since I'll be done school. I'll give some tracks a listen when I get home and see if anything catches my ear.


Its open to anyone but the final music must be up to par, yes. You have it exactly right but that shouldn't discourage you from trying at all. Do let me know if you find something that tickles your fancy.

I'm not a mixer, so I'm useless.

But if I was, "Party of Ghost" sounds badass. I'd pick up my guitar and try to learn it by ear, but it's probably more effort than it is worth.


Even if you don't pick it up, I highly encourage you to use this music to learn and improve your musical skill! There's no such thing as "more effort than its worth" if you get something out of it!
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 12:15 PM

I have an idea brewing for 28 - A Little Mischief based on the "inspiration" they included if I could possibly claim that.

I do have one question though - if the source is only about 1:30 in length, does it matter if I don't end up creating an arrangement that's 3+ minutes? i.e. there's no minimum length to aim for?

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Posted 06 April 2012 - 01:37 PM

I have an idea brewing for 28 - A Little Mischief based on the "inspiration" they included if I could possibly claim that.

I do have one question though - if the source is only about 1:30 in length, does it matter if I don't end up creating an arrangement that's 3+ minutes? i.e. there's no minimum length to aim for?


You're marked as claimed for that.

In regards to your question, I've asked them and will get back to you with a response. I'm fairly certain that as long as you do at least the length of the original, it should be okay.
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Posted 06 April 2012 - 09:42 PM

Ok, so I didn't see anything about not posting tracks here, so here goes (I'll delete it if I need to later).

EDIT: 98% finished versions. I just need to add humanization and articulation in some parts
http://tindeck.com/listen/bgjd - Fighting Spirit Redo A
http://tindeck.com/listen/pxwg - Fighting Spirit Redo B

The different is that damn part 1:36-1:58. One is slightly more full than the other and I saved both just in case. I've never had so much trouble with 20 seconds of music before. The rest of the track took like a few hours - this section took 2 days. That's as good as I can get it, it might need to be fixed in mastering unless I'm just being way way way too anal about frequencies.

The loop point needs to be set at the section starting at 0:01.50, or back to the beginning without the introductory four bars. I tried to do that myself and it was causing volume and automation problems.

Now I just need Stevo to hear it and let me know. :)

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 06:56 PM

I'd like to claim "Arima's Music No. 3" for now.. If it possible
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Posted 08 April 2012 - 10:00 PM

Your links are dead MeteoXavier ;(

Do, do we up here?

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 10:03 PM

Both of them? I re-upped one of them and fixed it, but I didn't know they were both dead.




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