ReMix: Tales of Destiny "Pretension"
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Seems like quite a bit can happen in just a couple days, too:
- Congratulations to zircon and pixietricks on their recently announced engagement (!!) - OCR's power couple finally makes it official!
- That's actually it, but that's pretty big, so...
Actually, I also finally broke down and bought a Kurzweil PC3 after a decade-long obsession with VAST, which you'll probably be hearing on all my '09 mixes, but that's small potatoes next to Andy & Jill's announcement - sincere congrats from me personally and on behalf of OCR. Definitely saw it coming a mile away, but that just reinforces how much sense it makes and how good a fit you two are!
Right then, for this frigid weekend morning we've got more toasty n00b action, as Jewbei (James Joyner) hits us with some Tales of Destiny trance. He straightforwardly writes:
"This is a remix to Tale Of Destiny's Title theme. I've learned from my mistakes from my last submission. The feedback from the judges have helped to realize my strengths and weaknesses. In my last submission Liontamer pointed out that i have the skills necessary and that I just need to develop them. Thank you for your time."
It sounds a little like Larry was performing the role of Tony Robbins in that exchange, but whatever - it worked, and the final result is some epic trance that really focuses on the rolls/builds. Some elements here are pedestrian, and the cleaner saw synth seems like it could have used a touch-up, but the builds are huge, extended out past the usual number of bars to the point where they become less transition and more the emphasis of the song structure. Mr. Fiancé says:
"This is reminiscent of Siamey's style of trance, which is somewhat "harder" than most subs we get. I like the creative soundfield: it has a decent amount of standard trance sounds, but some other interesting tones on the side... I'm liking the arrangement, which has a good balance between original writing & source material. The variations on the simple source arpeggio are well-executed. I was hoping to hear more of the chord progression from the original, but this is not a big issue."
James did actually make some production fixes while the mix was being evaluated by the judges that addressed most of their concerns in that arena, nixing some clipping and polishing things up. I think there's room for growth in terms of instrumentation & arrangement, but with these fixes James has solid production, and most importantly his mix has a sense of energy & urgency that's critical to sustaining a longer trance track, so definite kudos there. I dug it, I looped it a couple times, and I've come to the conclusion that it's an enjoyable bit o' trance to get your holidays thumpin'. Congrats to Andy & Jill on the engagement and to newcomer Jewbei on his first mix being posted.
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