ReMix: Touhou Chireiden: Subterranean Animism "Lullaby of Flame"
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Gotta love those Touhou game titles... I for one feel that most animism SHOULD be subterranean. Newcomer DDRKirby(ISQ) (Timothy Wong) makes his OCR debut with this mellow, chippish electronica waltz that plays it pretty close to the original but ultimately had enough personalization to win the judges over. The ReMixer writes:
"So, it's been =over 7 YEARS= since I last tried to submit to OC ReMix. Needless to say, I've gotten much better since then. Of course, your standards are also higher now, so it's an interesting sort of arms race. ;)
This one has a bit of an interesting story behind it. I've gotten pretty involved in the social dance scene recently, and waltz has always been my favorite dance (even though much of my music is more of the UNTS UNTS variety), so I had the idea of composing some sort of waltz in my own style...around the same time, I ran into one of those "wait, what is this tune I'm humming from?" moments and traced it back to Touhou 11's stage 5 theme. The two ideas eventually clicked together, and this mix was born.
I had actual dancing in mind when I was producing this one, hence the just-under-3-minutes track length. One other example is the slowdown and boom at the finale, which is perfect for a spin spin spin spin->dramatic dip sort of move. I considered two other alternatives: one was a dramatic end without the slowdown, but that might catch dancers off guard if they didn't know that the song was ending. The other was a more gentle fadeout, as in the original track, but that would lead to a sort of awkward "okay are we still supposed to be dancing or not" moment."
Clearly some diehard Touhou fans need to tie the knot and dance to this at their wedding; that ending ritardando is a nice touch and I love that Timothy put this together with dancing logistics in mind, informing his decisions on tempo, conclusion, etc. Larry writes:
"The different mood, original countermelodies during the more coverish melody section, coupled with the substantial interpretation from :51-2:05 all set this apart from the original nicely as far as the arrangement goes. Everything was mixed/balanced solidly, so I was diggin' this. I wasn't put off at all by the 1:29-2:06 section from, as that was all based on the source's acoustic guitar intro, and did a good job of giving that part a new style."
"good stuff here, really smooth, pristine soundscape and a catchy arrangement. great drum programming too. I like it."
A little more interpretation & greater dynamic contrast wouldn't have hurt, but overall this is a sweet debut from DDRKirby(ISQ) that takes a thoughtful chip approach to arranging the source and ends up with a lovely & (bonus!) danceable waltz.
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