New mix from a new artist & a previously unmixed game - I always love these. This time we've got Sreyas Krishnan, aka Hollidayrain, giving us a catchy electronica mix (with some acoustic elements) of Kirby's Block Ball. This was subbed twice before, so it's a 2X resub, which is a testament to Sreyas' determination and ability to take the panel's feedback and hone & refine his track. He writes:
"I decided to give this another shot. I felt bad about my last resub because I kept exporting it and continued to sound really lo-fi. Eventually it got so muddled that I couldn't use it anymore. The compressor I was using was wreaking havoc on me and I was really unhappy with the quality of...everything, especially the bass synth. So, basically, I started over from scratch. I used a lot of ideas from the first two, but it sounds extremely different.
Just as an aside, Larry, I wanted to make note of your comment about my growth as an artist. So, to see exactly what you were talking about, I decided to go back and listen to my first ever OCR submission back when I was 14 (2006)...WOW. The discrepency between then and now is absolutely unbelievable to say the least."
Personally, that's fantastic to hear. If OCR can be a motivating force and help people improve their craft over not just months, but years, that really means a lot to me. Of course, artists improve over time independent of and maybe even in spite (literal, actual spite!) of us, but - at its best - the panel can provide guidance and feedback and serve as something of a compass. This mix has good, varied instrumentation that extends beyond straight electronica, including acoustic piano and some ethnic percussion, and also varies up the dynamics well with plenty of four-on-the-floor beats but also some nice breaks, fills, and dropouts. Melody is catchy as all get-out, and while at times I wanted different levels here and there and more aggressive production, all in all there's a really good balance of toe-tapping and interest-holding. Vinnie writes:
"Huge step forward for Sreyas with this mix, both in production and arrangement, and great to see him growing as an artist. I love the way the melodies from the original are used in this new context, they fit beautifully. Somewhat reminiscent of Willrock."
I hear that, too - this mix shows some of the same promise Will's earlier stuff did, and also employs synth solos in a similar fashion. Often cantankerous veteran judge Vigilante adds:
"cool production, and while the arrangement isn't exactly groundbreaking, It does have enough going on to keep me from getting bored. The occasional drum groove variations were certainly appreciated, although more would have been nice. There's not a great deal to complain about, so I won't."
Sweet. I've looped this a few times now and I'm not sick of it, especially with the variety and ideas Sreyas has thrown in to keep things interesting. Guiro in the intro beats, for example, or the generally groovy gating work throughout. I also love the source, and wasn't familiar with it prior to this mix, so props there. VERY solid, enjoyable debut from Hollidayrain - I'm already psyched to see what he comes up with for his next mix.
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Kirby's Block Ball (Nintendo, 1995, GB)
Music by Ryoue Takagi, Sukezo Ouyama
- "Stage 1"
- Electronic, Piano, Synth
- Origin > Resubmission
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- Size: 7,700,089 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 1c99db288283e01f3206e570a02e36e5
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