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OCR01464 - Castlevania: Circle of the Moon 'Time's Anxiety'

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After listening to both versions, I prefer the collab version. It works better with the additional instruments and it moves smoothly throughout. Excellent

When I was listening to this song for the first time, I was reading I, Robot. And now, for some reason, everytime I think about this song I think about robots, the Three Laws, Trantor and the might of the Galactic Empire as well as the genius of Psychohistory.

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A very great piece - it sounds a little dark but has wonderful emotion. I don't mind the "lack of humanity" because of said emotion, and also because it makes it seem a little more nostalgic somehow.

I'm afraid I wasn't a big fan of the big sunshiny happy ending - I would've much prefered something that went with the rest of the piece's minor mood, or at least something that didn't sound so outright happy, at least not when the rest of the piece is somewhat dark. Still, the rest of the song is so good that it's just forgiveable. That may sound pessimistic, but it's not a bad listen by any means - goin' on the player.

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3 months late in response, but I'll reply anyway :)

Concerning the ending, a darker ending would have been something that I almost did, but prior to writing it out I personally felt the subdue nature of the rest of the mix meant that something like that could be overkill. And even if I did, the mix's title would have been entirely different (its original name was "Betrayal of Time" when writing it, fact fans).

The lighter ending ended up coming from a personal experence that I faced with family relationships (hah, same source of inspiration as "Tomorrow's Wake"; go figure). Things started to become somewhat brighter in spite of facing a personal struggle, so I needed to try and reflect that mood as a source of inspiration. (Hah... I am a complete sucker for stuff like this.)

And there we have it, the direction for the ending in a nutshell. :)

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Though some sections drag, there are some pretty nice parts too. It didn't really grab me as a whole, but it was pleasant listening while I worked for a few times through.

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...I have no advice to offer, nor criticisms to make. Just gratitude that I deeply owe you for composing such a beautiful reinterpretation of an already wonderful song. The image this portrays in my mind's eye is a frozen City, with a giant Crystal clock tower. The falling snow never loses rhythm, nor does the pace of it's inhabitants. It is a silent and lonely place...

Sorry if that was a bit deep, but I had to say something. To pass up such musical splendor and not write about how it makes me feel would be a crime against it's very existance. And I won't have that! The instrumentation all moved gracefully, as do the tides of time as they march on...

I'm a particular fan of the ending and can bask in it's awe and the sound that promises a new beginning. Your works are wonderful and I hope you continue to grace the world with your genius.

Thanks from the bottom of my heart,

DarkX.

PS: I apologize if I come off as flattering, but I really do love this piece. :)

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There's nothing like a mix that can sing, hum, float, and glisten the whole way through. Blessed instruments with angel polish create a fresh atmosphere I can set my spirit adrift in.

Right away I noticed how the bouncy chorus (0:53 - 1:15, 3:50 - 4:12) follows the notational progression of the CV3 version of Clockwork rather than the Circle of the Moon one. A deliberate return to the source tune's roots? If so, +1 nostalgia for that. I also like how, after the quiet half-pauses following the mini-climaxes, the mix snaps back to "let's hurry along now" mode, particularly with the addition of the subdued percussion (0:30 and 3:28 ) and the drum-like quadruplet (2:16). When things start to wind down, there's some unique shades of anticipation for the end: 4:35 seems to gear up for another climax, 4:46 feels lost in ethereal space, and 4:57 wants to linger while being tugged by a decisive hand. The last half minute or so sounds like a mother gently putting her child to bed: "I'll bet you'd want to gaze out the window all night... It IS a very lovely view with the stars twinkling... Well, it's time to tuck you in, little one... Sweet dreams."

Love it. A+

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I'm loving the ePiano early on, definitely sets up a mood, almost like a 90s soap opera. Like I would expect to hear this while something heavy was happening on "Days of our Lives". It quickly transforms into a more game-music vibe at 0:53. The multiple instruments playing the lead was a very nice touch. The variation between the volumes of each lead makes it a detail that you are subconsciously drawn to. The dark atmosphere is fantastic, even reminding me of The 7th Guest at a couple points. Some of the instruments are pretty raw, some of them piercing as well -- like that accordion sample. It may just be my headphones or the volume I'm playing this at, but those those notes are pretty shrill. The wider-panned string ensembles are a bit too dry, and too loud considering they are more of a background element. I really liked the subtle choir section at 4:48. As a whole, this is a really enjoyable mix with a strong arrangement.

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The opening is somber and always draws me in.

The slight percussion in the back is what makes the mood without you realising it.

The imitation section makes me happy every time I hear it.

That, and the remix has always reminded me of James Bond. Not a bad thing. ;-)

3:07, when the horn comes in... things get awesome!

The percussion picks up shortly after which is perfect.

5:00 onwards always gives the perfect outro to the piece. Slowing it down accordingly.

This piece could easily be a film score. It's lush and beautiful.

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Just lovely. ^_^ So peaceful and... and not something I normally associate with Castlevania. But it does fit. :)

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i like this song sorry i'm not musically gifted so i can't go into detail with all the music terms but i can say the song is "clockwork mansion" not "clockwork" it was a remix of a previous games song (except for awake, circle of the moon had a completely remixed soundtrack)

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37 minutes ago, Darksymphony777 said:

i like this song sorry i'm not musically gifted so i can't go into detail with all the music terms but i can say the song is "clockwork mansion" not "clockwork" it was a remix of a previous games song (except for awake, circle of the moon had a completely remixed soundtrack)

Based on YouTube (and the videos matching the length of the official soundtrack), you don't appear to be accurate. :-) "Clockwork Mansion" is an arrangement of Super Castlevania IV's "Rotating Room," which makes sense given the similar meaning of those song titles.

 

 

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On 6/17/2016 at 0:26 AM, Liontamer said:

Based on YouTube (and the videos matching the length of the official soundtrack), you don't appear to be accurate. :-) "Clockwork Mansion" is an arrangement of Super Castlevania IV's "Rotating Room," which makes sense given the similar meaning of those song titles.

 

 

wow always thought differently then again i always spammed awake so wow me a castlevania fan boy out maneuvered and proven wrong

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