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Pilotwings: take flight. front cover

halc:

"Hey, I made this. Enjoy it!"
Drew Wheeler, Creator & Producer

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Creator/Director: Drew Wheeler (halc) (Facebook / Twitter / YouTube / Bandcamp / SoundCloud)
Artwork: Blake Troise (PROTO·DOME)
Executive Producers: David W. Lloyd (djpretzel) & Larry Oji (Liontamer)


Pilotwings: Take Flight features seven tracks from halc, as well as halc and Benjamin Briggs as the group Insert Rupee, arranging music from each entry in the Pilotwings series. It was made by fans, for fans, and is not affiliated with or endorsed by Nintendo; all original compositions are copyright their respective owners.

This album was produced to help promote video game music, the amazing compositions of Soyo Oka, Dan Hess and Asuka Ito, and the talented artists that contributed to this project.

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(HQ MP3 & FLAC, 7 Tracks, 22:40, 191MB)

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(HQ MP3, 41.5MB) - Right-click & save any mirror link: MIRROR 1 ~ MIRROR 2 ~ MIRROR 3

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Song Comments from halc

1. halc - "Liftoff (Get High)"

Source: Pilotwings - "Light Plane"
Original Composer: Soyo Oka

This is probably the simplest track on the album in terms of composition and production, but sets the tone for the rest of the album. Kick back, grab an in-flight drink, and enjoy. :)

2. halc - "The Evolution of Flight"

Source: Pilotwings - "Hang Glider"
Original Composer: Soyo Oka

This track is actually almost a year older than all the others. It was originally for a different project, but ended up being ineligible for various reasons. So, since I was up a Pilotwings remix, I thought why not make a few more and call it an album? The rest is history! :)

3. halc - "Freefall"

Source: Pilotwings - "Sky Diving"
Original Composer: Soyo Oka

This was definitely the toughest to arrange of the bunch, so it ended up becoming more of an intermission of sorts. The lead in this one is actually sampled from the original and timestretched to fit the new key signature.

4. halc - "9-bit Skies"

Source: Pilotwings - "Rocket Belt"
Original Composer: Soyo Oka

I decided to treat this one a bit more conservatively and focus more on the syncopation and rhythmic variation of the percussion and the interplay between various instruments. I think this came out to be one of my catchiest, most bouncy mixes yet. :)

5. halc - "You Don't Talk About Flight Club"

Source: Pilotwings - "Flight Club"
Original Composer: Soyo Oka

If your familiar with Palpable's excellent remix of the same theme, you'll probably notice that this was heavily inspired by it. I even stole his original melody, hopefully he doesn't mind! ;D

6. Insert Rupee - "The Birdman Cometh"

Source: Pilotwings 64 - "Birdman"
Original Composer: Dan Hess

The album needed some slow-jam/porn-groove action, 'nuff said. ;P

7. Insert Rupee - "Depth Perception"

Source: Pilotwings Resort - "Hang Glider"
Original Composer: Asuka Ito

djp wanted some 3DS action on the site, so, obviously, I was obliged to make this happen. This one actually built up some dust as a WIP on my hard drive, but my other half was able to help push it across the finish line. Very happy with how this turned out, and I believe it is one of our finest collabs yet. Enjoy the flight. :)

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