ReMix: Professor Layton and the Curious Village "Luke, a True Gentleman Prefers a Touch of Light Jazz"
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OMG PROF. LAYTON MIX! Actually, I haven't played these games myself, but I plan to, partly because I'm a big fan of Level 5, and partly based on recommendations. Anyways, I know there are definitely some fans out there, and hopefully they'll be pleased that ProtoDome's followed up his own Scribblenauts ReMix with this even shorter, two-minute light jazz joint. Glad someone's repping the DS 'round 'ere! Blake writes... lots:
"Okay, this one needs explaining; I love Professor Layton ATM, I really do, and whilst the music is effective for the genre it's just... nasty (excluding Layton's Theme - that's quite cool when it gets into it). Take the source for this remix for example - the Puzzle Theme is just a random walk through melodic ambiguity and anguish. It's actually annoying, especially when you're working hard on a puzzle for ages and you've got THIS repeating over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over. /rant
But Proto? Why remix this you say? Well, because there was a MIDI for it on VGMusic for one, and two I kinda like giving simple songs complete harmonic overhauls. Hurray!"
Interesting love-hate thing going on there, sir. There's a goodly portion of original material entwined with the source, so it's probably liberal enough to avoid any painful flashbacks of hour-long puzzles and the BGM looping ad infinitum. Shariq says:
"I love the contrast between clean piano and rhodes with that soft, glitchy percussion. Source is prevalent enough to keep this in the realm of ReMix. The interplay between rhodes and percussion is really nice; things really lock together, despite being fairly complex rhythmically."
Vinnie punnily adds:
"Gotta agree with Deia that the piano was on the (Mr.) bright side - it got irritating to me after repeat listens. I wonder if I wouldn't like this more just played down an octave, though that would change the feel of the song. In spite of that, I do like the arrangement a lot. It's sparse but uses what it has to great effect. I don't think the piano was mechanical in a way that hurt this, it played stiff at times to match the clockwork feel of the song, but at other times there was a little looseness."
That's what she said... Remember in Ghostbusters, when Bill Murray is in Sigourney Weaver's house, and he trills on the top two notes of the piano? Yeah, on headphones the upper-register ivories did ring out a bit at times, but on speakers it didn't bother me, and I like the very delicate feel it yields, which I think the next octave down wouldn't have provided to the same extent. Short, sweet, unique mix from ProtoDome; his fourth posted mix, and his fourth mix of a handheld game, so he's four-for-four on representing the handheld VGMs. Kudos on that point, and congrats on another great mix, too!
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