ReMix: Wild Arms "Cries of Earth"

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Vampire Hunter Dan!!

We didn't post anything from VHD at all in 2011, which made me sad, but album projects sometimes have that effect on schedules, and now here in 2012 we've got his superb contribution to our Wild Arms album. I've consistently been impressed by everything Dan has done - arrangement and production have always been thoughtful, well-executed, expressive, and meticulous. That being said, I feel like he's upped the ante with this track; I'm not sure if he's using a new library, new mastering or processing, or a new approach to layering elements, but the exciting blend of solo and ensemble passages here is extremely vivid, and the diversity in articulation & dynamics is... well, I just smiled. We don't get enough orchestral AND we get less than I think we used to, so it's fortuitous that those who still represent the vanguard in the genre on OCR are so talented. Trumpet trills, some very nice legato ensemble strings, lovely integration of various winds, and the overall balance - significant complexity without compromising clarity - are all highlights. From the deliberate, minimal phrasing of the first dozen notes/chords, with church bells setting the stage, to the energetic motion of brass-led passages urged on with a rolling snare, to some amazing piano & wind runs, this is ornate composition at its best. It's not complexity for the sake of complexity, in other words, but rather a rich, intricately-woven tapestry of textures where every last note-thread has its place & furthers the whole. Excellent work.

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 9 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Loning
on 2014-07-07 00:14:31

I love Vampire Hunter Dan's musical arrangements! I have to admit that when i saw it was his name, i happened to be biased on my expectations. This piece of orchestral awesomeness went above and beyond what i had imagined. Very, very well done. :)

Crulex
on 2013-08-25 12:19:43

Pretty tense in the intro, and builds up to a pretty grand sounding orchestra. A wonderful addition to the Wild Arms project, and with top-notch production and power to boot. Hell of an orchestral ReMix, VHD.

Bahamut
on 2012-07-04 20:48:15

Dan put together a grand suspenseful song here - his orchestration has been becoming more big, it's impressive what he has been able to do. It'd be great to hear his vgm compositions played by a live orchestra sometime, he puts out some quality stuff and this continually climaxing song is no different.

DaleNorth
on 2012-06-18 13:01:57

Veeeerrrryyy nice.

SuperiorX
on 2012-05-18 20:38:40

Another standout track off the WA album. Awesome orchestral stuff here, we really do need some more of this! Great work!

Phonetic Hero
on 2012-05-18 09:28:45

This is amazing... If only I had the sample power to make orchestral stuff :sad:

Melbu Frahma
on 2012-05-17 23:33:36

VHD always gets it right, and this is no exception; one of the finer pieces off of the WA album. Dan's always had a genius for instrument interplay, and his talent for it really shines on this one. A must listen.

WesternZypher
on 2012-05-17 20:52:23

I get the sense of rising over vast and ancient ruins in the desert, and then steeply descending through miles of labyrinthine tunnels, speeding along, and then up and out again to face the starry night sky. Very cool stuff!

djpretzel
on 2012-05-17 19:42:27

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