Posted 2010-09-10, evaluated by djpretzel
Last but not least, the main man himself, project director Shariq Ansari writes:
"The Monk is a martial artist, and coincidentally, so am I. As some of you may be aware, I practice Shaolin Northern Dragon Style Kung Fu, and every year I go up to Chinatown in New York City with my school and we perform the Lion Dance in front of all the stores up there for the Chinese New Year. Part of the Lion Dance involves us wheeling a giant drum around, and I happen to be one of the drummers who gets to make a lot of noise in the streets every year. Gentle Fist is my first remix that isn’t made entirely with free soundfonts and FL Studio preset sounds; I’m using an ethnic library called Ra here for all of the Chinese instruments. I wanted to evoke an Eastern kind of feeling here, and the big drum with the rimshots is something you hear a lot when you’re out in Chinatown doing the Lion Dance, and indeed, something you can practice your Kung Fu forms to. The rhythms aren’t entirely the same (my master would kill me if they were), but I came up with something I thought would be fun to play. I hope everyone enjoys."
I can totally see this as "training montage" music for a heart-warming film about a young kid who gets bullied and then learns discipline and respect by studying with Pat Morita, Jackie Chan, etc. and eventually faces his enemies - while growing as a person. But I kid; DarkeSword's really gone outside his usual sound with something that's far more ethnic than standard motif, but the emphasis on shimmering melodies and delicate, refined accompaniment is still there. I dig what sounds like shamisen patterns, taiko rumbles, and erhu, as the whole arrangement embraces an Eastern instrumentation that still has a Western melodic push & structure to it, and the contemplative, fade-to-duet conclusion is also something you don't hear often and which works well.
Fantastic work from Shariq, who gets kudos for putting this entire album series together, and a general congratulations to all who were & will be involved; while we're only on part one of five, I've got a feeling WIND will be well-received, and that WATER, FIRE, EARTH, and DAWN will successfully continue expanding and developing The Fabled Warriors project while paying tribute to Uematsu's amazing music. Please help us spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, and anywhere else you think appropriate, head on over to ff5.ocremix.org to grab the whole enchilada, help us seed the torrent, and enjoy another great OC ReMix album!
on 2012-09-18 09:55:43
Sounds like the perfect ReMix for a martial artist training feeling combined with FFV sources. Very Eastern feeling and I thought the song went through enough changes to keep the interest going. Really love that ending. So, not only am I impressed by this great ReMix, but hearing that DarkeSword knows Dragon Style Kung Fu is pretty cool, too. Great stuff, man.
on 2010-12-04 20:46:54
OMG, this could have came straight off the Okami soundtrack. 333
I'm in love....
I'm not picking up the "training montage" vibe from it. I suppose its cause I've always associated training montage with You're the Best Around or Eye of the Tiger.
But definitely this just feels just so right for the Theme of Monk.
One can just feel the power and strength of the melody. The word that keeps coming to my mind is "unbreakable". There's strong, powerful moments in it, but it's never up in you're face about it. It just feels so calming yet vibrant; like I mentioned before it's like a slice off the Okami soundtrack. I can definitely hear this being played as Amaterasu races across the land.
on 2010-09-28 23:34:08
this is the best song on the album.
on 2010-09-15 15:49:59
on 2010-09-15 12:38:00
Pretty nice stuff, good texture and a very serene soundscape. I like the drums and the plucked instrument. Shamisen? Koto? I don't know!! But I like it.
on 2010-09-13 11:27:45
Though there are some close seconds, but this mix is my favorite from the album. DS handled the delicate theme perfectly with the leads, while setting the stage nicely with the backing instruments and percussion. Probably my only gripe is it feels a bit rehashed near the end, so it probably could've been a bit shorter or switched up for the last take on the theme.
Still, a great song that I'll be listening to for a long time.
on 2010-09-13 02:24:46
I like this a lot, although it started to get old before it ended.
Reminiscent of Torvus Clockwork
on 2010-09-13 01:59:11
I don't know what's more amazing. That DS routinely makes amazing mixes with free sounds and FL Studio presets, or just how awesome he can make a mix using new sounds.
Either way, this is quite stunning. I love how it is constantly evolving, and really does take the source in a direction I would never have thought of, or guessed. I remember when I first played the game, this track really did strike me as relatively boring, and quite dreary in comparison to the rest of the soundtrack and the overall aesthetic.
This really does capitalize on that melody though, I love the sound choices here. Definitely feeling the DS style of cascading sounds, never really building up to a climax but never feeling short of energy either.
on 2010-09-12 17:38:02
I fell in love with this sound track. Fits perfectly with my routinely work out.
on 2010-09-12 17:18:27
Right on, Darkesword! Celebrating the Lion Dance at New Year sounds like a whole lot of fun.
I'm absolutely loving this mix! The texturing and layering of the samples is fresh and interesting. Great choice of distinctive samples you've used, and the sample quality from that Ra pack sounds very nearly authentic. Delighting in the spirit of the whole thing. You've triumphed again!
on 2010-09-11 21:31:45
Why hasn't this gotten truckloads of reviews? It's been on the front page for two days now!
Great, I love the eastern instruments. I agree it sounds very different from your other posted stuff, and I can definitely hear the Kung Fu movie influence in this.
on 2010-09-10 23:58:35
I'm really digging the Eastern feel to this music - it's breathtaking. Great work, Darkesword!
on 2010-09-10 13:27:48
Love the drums/timpani (or whatever percusion that is) in this piece. Gives it that epic-ness feel and movie-like kick. =] Great stuff!
on 2010-09-10 12:46:20
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