HAPPY THANKSGIVING! While obviously a US tradition first and foremost, ain't nothin' wrong with giving thanks once in awhile, no matter who you are and where you live. For me, personally, I'm thankful that artists, fans, and staff alike continue to make OCR a rewarding, awesome site to run, among other things. Family, friends, food... the letter "F" has a virtual monopoly on the things we hold most sacred & are most thankful for. In America, for a lot of folks, especially on Thanksgiving, that list includes Football. No, not the kind the vast, overwhelming majority of the world plays - that's soccer, of course, and it begins with an "S" in these parts. No, I'm talking about four quarters of helmet-crushing, bone-cracking goodness, with trick plays, hail mary passes, and inane color commentary. For me, it's not a question of liking or disliking the sport (especially since I'm a Redskins fan...) - it's woven into the fabric of tradition, one more element that makes a more complete whole. And so what better day to post this ReMix from Vurez, which turns the music from NES classic Tecmo Bowl into an Appalachian jam, replete with banjo riffs and infectiously rural energies. Judge OA channels his inner prospector, Stinky Pete:
"Well Tar-nation, it's a right good hootenanny all up in these parts! Performances are great, and the arrangement is pretty expansive. The style is just right for a good ol' boy like me, I reckon. YEE HAW. Ok, I can't think of anything else, but seriously, this mix is excellent, and really brings the track to life in a unique and compelling way. The transitions and flow are great, and the production sounds awesome. Overall a super win, IMO."
Let the above quotation serve as sad lesson & grave warning to any other Minnesotans trying to emulate Southern affects ;) Don really is talented & ambitious when it comes to trying different genres and employing varied instrumentation, and this is certainly one of the harder types of music to really "nail" with samples. Nevertheless, it sounds great, and has appreciably more verisimilitude than my own rodeo (minus the super-authentic yodeling/gibberish) from days of yore. Vinnie's decidedly less exciting comments summed it up well:
"Haha, very fun. It's great seeing underrepresented styles and underrepresented games getting love. The arrangement and the sequencing makes up for some slight mixing problems you acknowledged."
It's really the sequencing & articulation that make or break ethnic instrumentation; no matter how good a sample library may be, if you employ an instrument in a fashion that is at odds with its intended usage, results are either going to be eccentric (possibly good) or incompetent (also known as "bad"), and this is where Don always shines - using effective samples effectively. If this mix played every time the Redskins scored a touchdown or won a game... well, it'd be awesome, I just wouldn't hear it often enough. Plenty to be thankful for this year, but right now I'll just thank Vurez for adding some unique charm & flavor to the holiday with this mix!
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