This Gershwin-inspired orchestral ReMix from Nicolas Ferranti alias Nixdorux virtually defines the term 'pleasant surprise' - it's from a more obscure gameboy tune, it's orchestral, and it draws on outside inspiration, namely Gershwin (whose influence is also embedded, if not as overtly, in the original), for a type of orchestral arrangement that's atypical in structure. Though I usually give people the benefit of the doubt, I was even a little suspicious of this mix, until I heard the original GBS and confirmed that Nicolas had indeed arranged the piece quite a bit, lending the triumphant, fanfare-laden synthesized original not only more appropriate instrumentation, with thundering brass, tell-tale Gerhswin clarinet, strings, timpani, and assorted percussion, but infusing the structure and tempo as well with intelligent manipulations. What I love here is the planning, the effortless segues and the way the quite jumpy, energetic original is developed into a more mature piece that builds up, pares down, rocks out, and alters tempo in a very Gershwin way. There's a reason Rhapsody in Blue worked so well to an adventurous, cartoon setting in Fantasia 2000 - the style involves numerous motifs that are flamboyantly played around with in a coy but at the same time amazingly technical way. It's not an easy style to emulate - more power to Ferranti for even trying, and especially for pulling it off to this extent. While it's fun to listen to and highly interpretive, which is more important, it's nevertheless the type of mix you could play side-by-side with the original for a music theory professor and (hopefully) prove a point about the type of creativity that so many ReMixers exhibit on this site. Sample quality is excellent, although not over-the-top believable, but an arrangement of this calibre and refinement easily mitigates such concerns. An excellent, memorable, unique mix from Nixdorux. UPDATED: I originally posted this as if it were Nicolas' first submission, but his impressive Kid Icarus mix from December of last year bears that honor, and is definitely worth checking out as well.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Gargoyle's Quest (Capcom, 1990, GB)
Music by Harumi Fujita, Yoko Shimomura
- Orchestral, Piano
- 4,371,829 bytes
- Size: 4,371,829 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 24e7ca67ab27ccdf66dc6aebeababfb3
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