ReMix: Amberstar 'AmberTrance'
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Hail to the Redskins! While I'm not the biggest American football fan in the world, Washington D.C. is ultimately a football town, and the 'Skins win today in OT against the Jaguars was pretty sweet. Speaking of pretty sweet, if you've been waiting for some good ole-fashioned four-on-the-floor trance ear candy, newcomer VIRTUALVIBE, in real life Beat Gregoric, has cooked up a fine example of such with this arrangement from a relatively obscure Amiga title called Amberstar. As an interesting sidenote, when I Googled for screenshots of said game, I got some rather risque materials mixed in, which always livens up the ReMix-posting process. Jesse had some problems downloading the track from Beat's site:
"in trying to download this track i accidentally "bewerten"ed "sehr gut," which is opposed to "schlecht." I'm not sure I made the right decision."
Fortunately, that situation eventually sorted itself out. The panel's vote on this piece was actually split - trance somewhat notoriously raises red flags around repetition and arrangement that the genre inherently makes a little more difficult - but there's been a number of relatively straightforward trance pieces that have similarly managed to incorporate enough variation and interpretation to cut the musical mustard. BGC, whose demo will just blaze you, came in with the tiebreaking passing vote, and had this to say:
"Well, I guess I get to be teh n00b ti3br34k3r, zOmGz0rzz!!!!!11!!!eleven!!!1!!one!!!11 Upon listening to the source, this is passable on the arrangement level as far as I'm concerned. 2:20 onward was a bit of a let-down in terms of expectations, but overall, this song was decently constructed. The gating was nicely-done, and the crowd effect blew my socks off. The theme itself is catchy enough. 1:05 suffers a little clipping/overcompression, but it doesn't cripple the piece, nor sway my vote. I would have preferred for the crowd to make a 2nd appearance in the 2nd half of the tune, but that was your call, and while it's not what I would have rather heard, my preference is not what this vote is based on."
This mix isn't attempting to be caviar, but rather a quick bit of solid fish n' chips, and in that sense its near four-minute running time gets the idea across and employs standard additive and subtractive trance arrangement mechanisms effectively. The filters used here are supple and deep, which helps a lot when they're being spread out gradually over several bars, and from a production perspective in general everything's pretty crisp and clear. Some additional harmonic risks and some extra counterpoint elements would have upped the arrangement ante and added a bit more distinguishing character, but Beat's turned in a fun and architecturally sound first mix nonetheless. Don't let the (likely) unfamiliar source material throw you - this is a track almost anyone should be able to get into.
The ending also seems pretty weak :-( . The song could use some more development after that changeup somewhere around the 2:20 mark - you're led to expect some huge build up for the future, but it doesn't really happen.
- Bahamut on May 31, 2010
Nice work, worth checking out.
- DragonAvenger on December 5, 2009
- evktalo on December 11, 2007
I really liked some of the floating synth lines used as counterpoint at the 1:35 point. More like loved.
I think the crowd is really cool but would have been better employed near the end to really kick the song into the atmosphere. Still this is a great dance track, and stays fresh for it's duration.
- OA on December 6, 2007
- meccaneer on January 15, 2007
- The Instrumental Light on November 11, 2006
Global-Trance wrote: Not trance. :(
Then what, bluegrass?
- Insaintan on October 14, 2006
- Global-Trance on October 11, 2006
- realpolitik on October 4, 2006
Or in short, this tune sounds so light and fun and it bugs me to think that some technicalities about what this isn't got picked on and as a result I almost never heard this. And yeah I too love the crowd heh, fantastic. =D Its like simple, easy mass happiness when I hear that.
Anyway, not bitching for a solution, just bitching 'cos I was reminded. I really enjoy how this mix makes me feel. I agree that it does stale out later on, but it doesn't make it a bad, just more plain than it was teasing us with. All its doing wrong is not matching the hype it created to start with. Imo.
Lack of innovation does not get points off...just misses out on some bonus points. The arrangement is solid.
I thank Vig (and those judges who adopted a similar perspective) for keeping OCR in check.
- Defend on October 4, 2006
- Retlaf on October 3, 2006
edit: or not. first download got corrupted halfway through and clipped for the rest of the track.
- Red Shadow on October 2, 2006
Trance has never really been something I can get into... it's just not catchy enough and tends to sound weird. This song makes no exception since it has the usual repetitive synth, weird background sounds, and an over-used catchy section. It's perfect for those trance fans out there, but that isn't me.
The production is fairly smooth, not real noticeable balance issues. The arrangement could have been better, but it's not bad either. Maybe just a wee bit more variation to the melody... if there is a noticeable melody in trance.
So basically... trance fans go ahead and listen... anybody else... well... I dunno what to recommend.
- Pink on October 2, 2006
- Nec5 on October 1, 2006
- djpretzel on October 1, 2006