I love the submission email on this one, from Blue.Nocturne:
"Before you say "NOT ANOTHER #$%@ing DR. WILY REMIX," be sure to give it a listen as I promise it will be worth the 2:49 of your life. I decided to orchestrate it, as I feel every good song deserves to have an orchestral counterpart. Enjoy! (at least I hope so)"
Give it a listen I did, and enjoy it I did; the original's a classic among classics on the MM2 OST, and I agree with Dennis that the theme needed some orchestral love. Kim's debut LttP ReMix featured some excellent arrangement in the genre, and this follow-up continues that trend. At 3'28", that mix was fairly short, but here Blue.Nocturne weighs in at 2'49"- can true and complete justice be done for such a venerable, classic source in such a relatively brief amount of time??
It helps, of course, that the artist has maintained the very quick pacing of the original, with strings aided by the quicker attacks of xylophone hitting you with the intro riff right out of the gate. I love how, at 0'23", the B section is treated as sort of an orchestral beat drop, with the tone becoming mellower and harp glissandi creating a temporarily serene atmosphere. It's true, however, that structurally and melodically this arrangement plays it close to the source: most of the variation and interpretation is happening at the accompaniment level and is additive in nature. Judges had minor beef with that, and I too would like to see future submissions from Dennis branch out just a bit more, but overall he's got it going on, as he has again proven. Andy writes:
"Pretty nice orchestration here. Lots of people use QLSO, but few people use it properly. This is one case where I'd say it was used very creatively, particularly in the slower break in the middle with the quartal movement in the wood percussion. Great original writing! I would have liked to hear more variation in the main melody, though - the chord progression and the melody are basically identical to the original. Some flourishes or variations on the chords/rhythms would have been very welcome there, for example. There are, however, some great fills and transitions throughout, as well as little touches of detail that add to the whole package."
Sounds good to me... this is yet another sophomore/follow-up mix from an artist who recently had his OCR debut, and it's yet another strong track that brings something new to the table and proves the first track was no accident. Wish the mix title matched the creativity of the music, but other than that, this is (more) great work from Blue.Nocturne.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Mega Man 2 (Capcom, 1988, NES)
Music by Manami Matsumae, Takashi Tateishi
- "Dr. Wily Stage 1"
- Orchestral, Strings
- 4,158,408 bytes
- Size: 4,158,408 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: d77edb4030dff971d19599e8cb33698e
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