ReMix: Teen Agent 'A Village's Welcome'
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More Teen Agent, this time orchestral, from the ever-impressive VHD. He writes:
"My experience with this game began just a short while ago, but in that time, I've come to learn that its composer had quite a knack for writing arrangement-friendly melodies. The "Village" theme is rich in melody and catchy chord structure (not to mention its bass lines), and orchestrating it has truly been a great experience for me, as I rarely arrange light-hearted/major key pieces. Hopefully, the fun I had will reach each listener."
Definitely upbeat, fanfarish fare, dainty & pleasant; I'd even say this would work as good Christmas music in a pinch, as it's got that effervescent, major-key charm. Excellent use of solo winds (trills!), choral elements, orchestral percussion, ensemble strings (love the portamento later on), brass (badass Tuba run) - there are some real elated highs, here. Love the exposed flute cadenza towards the end and the overall dynamic is great - full of pomp & circumstance, I think the artist captures the feeling of homecoming, of a community coming together, and as I mentioned it also just seems to seasonally fit w/ Thanksgiving, Winter holidays, etc. It's emotional, it's rich and full of character, and even employs some cues that seem to mix in humor and charm. The diversity of instrumentation, playing styles, integration of percussion, and the soaring choir really just sparkle. The fun that the artist clearly had making this mix is conveyed in full, and as a listener I for one shared it in full. A highlight of both this album and Vampire Hunter Dan's works to date, I'm really wowed by what he did with the source material; fantastic.
- Crulex on September 24, 2012
And indeed, djp may have mentioned something about Christmas in the writeup but I can indeed imagine NiGHTS on top of Twin Peaks during a gentle snowfall with that trilled intro. :razz: Going into the arrangement though, it manages to keep with the fundamentals of the source, namely going with the bass line and melody, and using it to capture something that might reflect a very lively and bustling Soviet village in mind.
Even the dynamics are great, going from the dynamic louder parts that comprise of most of melody section A and the gentler contrasts of section B with the softer oboe and brass parts contrasting each other, with one of the highlights being the trilled section at 3:11 really bringing the tension for the arrangement remarkably well. The only suggestion I had would've been to either extend the trills or fade it out suddenly so that it didn't end up being so sudden, but otherwise it made for a powerful transition to that steadier-progressing ending with the key change and everything.
All in all, a very sweet and well-realised work from Vampire Hunter Dan! I am sure Brandon was very proud of his contribution towards the Teen Agent project, and for me with his rising contributions in the field of orchestration it can be seen as a project highlight. Nice going! :nicework:
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Needless to say, the more I dwell on this the more I appreciate this song. Definitely worth checking out.
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