So, I went ice skating for the first time in my life yesterday, and managed to survive without the ignominy of falling on my bum even once... though five year-olds were routinely whizzing past me and I think I was cut off by an octagenarian. I also recently got the chance to drive an entire day with the top down on my convertible, thanks to unseasonably warm winter weather last week, which segues nicely into our latest mix, an extremely impressive initial submission from Ilari Nieminen which represents our first ReMix from the GT franchise. Obviously, due to extensive usage of licensed music in the later iterations, there's not as much material there, but ilp0 takes us back to the revolutionary roots of Sony's flagship racing series with some excellent instrumental jazz/rock work on Moon Over The Castle. Now there are some minor production issues with this, as there's a few clicks/pops/hiss/hum, but none of them are glaring enough to get in the way, and unless you're on phones, you might not even detect them at all. But wow... what an arrangement! This really sounds like Steely Dan to me at numerous points, specifically their song "My Old School" (one of my favorites) - similar strong downbeat, staccato piano chords, kit, and crunchy lead guitar. Towards the end it deviates from that a bit and adds a tango/latin element that I don't think Donald Fagen would have coined, but it's still reminiscent of that track in my mind. JJT saw a different influence:
"I dig. Creative, inventive transferring of the theme to a new setting. It sounds like you're one of those guys who follows Phish around the country in a van; the kind of guy who would trade a kidney for a chance to jam with Trey Anastasio."
Kidney, or perhaps his... Golgi Apparatus? Who can say... this mix DOES have a certain sound to it that's quite unique on OCR; it's polished but still a little rough, has an old-school rock vibe to it but also clear jazz and latin elements, and the playful ending is just something that, well, not too many people would have done, let's put it that way. It's a fantastic first mix, distinguishing itself stylistically and taking on previously uncovered territory, in addition to having an amusing title (as a fan of Ridge Racer, arcade-style controls, this is my sentiment exactly when playing any GT game)... regardless of whether you're a Steely Dan fan, Phish fan, GT fan, or just looking for some good music, ilp0's got you covered.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Gran Turismo (Sony, 1998, PS1)
Music by Isamu Ohira, Masahiro Andoh
- "Moon Over the Castle (The Theme of GRAN TURISMO)"
- Jazz, Rock
- Electric Guitar, Piano
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- Size: 5,475,217 bytes
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