ReMix: Castlevania 'Enough Time to Dance'

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I'm technically on vacation, but the mixpost must go on... hopefully our US visitors had awesome Thanksgivings & are now well-fed and amped for more quality VGM arrangements. If so, well, you've come to the right place; up first is newcomer Magellanic (formerly Lidawg) with an upbeat electronica/dance arrangement of Castlevania, off Vampire Variations, which he resubbed based on panel feedback:

"This version may sound rather different to the last but I think its punchier, clearer and more energetic. There isn't really any change to the arrangement. What's mostly changed are the synths. They should sound more organic and human. They are better quality and I've re-recorded the parts to give them a bit of swing and soul. Andrew mentioned that he would of liked the drums to have more oomph....I think they have a little more than before. Hopefully the soundscape is a bit more exciting and atmospheric too.

Other than that I'd just thought I'd say how this mix has been a labour of love. I started the track in July for Vampire Variations and it is now almost unrecogniseable from what is was then. I've lost count of how many times this mix has been revised. I owe a lot to the guys on Vampire Variations, they were and are fantastic to work with."

Part of me feels like EVERY mix should be a labor of love, but there are also a lot of great tracks that only take a few hours for their workflow-optimized creators to produce. Personally, I always have more of an emotional attachment to the tracks I spend weeks (if not months) with, even if that in and of itself doesn't guarantee their comparative strength. This mix is solid and plain-old enjoyable; while metal tends to fit Castlevania like a glove in terms of genres, there are actually a good number of kickin' dance/trance CV mixes, and I'd point to this as yet another example that Belmonts, Dracula & co. can bust moves as adeptly as they bang heads. Judges were split, as some felt there were further mixing tweaks needed and that the instrumentation was a smidge generic, but the prevailing sentiment was summarized nicely (again!) by Emunator:

"This is pretty decent, I feel like it's just on the cusp of passable as far as simple, generic electronica goes, and the strong arrangement and pretty neat transitions are what push it over the edge. Your production sounds much improved from some of your other submissions that I *do* remember, though I think you might have gone a little bit overboard on the sub bass frequencies in your bassline, it's a little strong on headphones.

Pretty sweet though, I love the writing across the board here and the production/synths, while nothing special, definitely get the job done and don't hinder your arrangement at all. I can sign off on this."

Kudos to yet another Vampire Variations mixpost; I'm really glad so many of the tracks off this album were submitted, and that the panel revision process allowed for improvements that facilitated their being posted. Congrats to Magellanic for a straightforward & accessible CV mix that doesn't reinvent the wheel but takes on a lesser-arranged source & does an admirable job with it!

djpretzel

Discussion: Latest 11 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
Crulex
on 2013-10-14 10:04:29
It does have a livelier sound to it, and the dance beat gives it enough punch to keep the momentum going. While it isn't something that blows my mind, all in all it's still pretty good. Nice work, man.
cipher_nemo
on 2013-07-19 11:54:48
Awesome remix! I just found this one, but one of my favorites now. :)
Kudos to the artist.
BONKERS
on 2013-02-17 14:12:22
I was just listening to this again and it's SOOO GOOD.
Man the improvements are just insanely awesome. The soundscape and vibes it gives off are incredible. <3:nicework::nicework:
Magellanic
on 2013-01-07 09:23:29
Thanks for nice comments guys. Yeah, this one is an old one and so it is rough round the edges. I don't know what I'll be doing in the future but I just hope that whoever listens, enjoys what I produce. Much love to all who've had a listen :)
Guifrog
on 2012-12-13 08:00:42
I like this track in a vacuum [/lol]. In fact, I only wish that guitar played a bigger role in it, because it fits soooooooo nicely!
And, I, can't, wait, for, more!
BONKERS
on 2012-12-11 03:49:11
I loved this song. <3
That is all.:nicework:
WillRock
on 2012-12-01 10:40:47
Yay for first Magellanic Mixpost! I knew you'd get there bro! ^-^
Count me surprised that the guitar fits in as well as it does here. Sounds damn awesome in its context, better than some of the synths even. Granted, a few issues, like minor synth timing issues. Even so, the bits that work are really really awesome. Nice first mixpost man, and I look forward to seeing many more! :D
P.S. Nice job on going with a source tune that really doesn't get enough love!
evktalo
on 2012-11-29 08:04:24
The guitar goes really well with the electronics in this one, very well done combining them. I also really liked the transition around 2:30. High point of the track!
As for criticism, the judge decision thread has a lot of good points. I personally wasn't fond of the eurodancey bass/beats, and many of the drum fills, especially as the bassdrum doing the fast notes didn't add to the energy, but seemed to lose it. (All of the those notes seem to be at full velocity - varying it might make it work better). Overall the beat of the song could have flowed better, it feels like its dragging down rather than building up and going forwards.
But apart from the bass and beat, I enjoyed the synth sounds, and as I said I admire how seamlessly and effortlessly the guitar is incorporated, and that 2:30 bit keeps me listening to this piece again. Congrats on the well deserved first post, and I'm looking forward for more!
--Eino
psychowolf
on 2012-11-27 19:16:56
Ever since hearing your mix in the sonic competition i've been begging to see more from you magellanic and boy oh boy did you not disappoint.
My first reaction though?
"please not vampire killer"
Glad you focused on a lesser done track for castlevania.
what can i say about this track? i think the synths and the guitar work wonderfully together
Great job on having this well done track as your first post dude.
PROTO·DOME
on 2012-11-27 19:01:42
Congrats on the mixpost broseph!
A warning guys, this man just gets better and better.
djpretzel
on 2012-11-27 18:35:38
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