Posted 2014-03-24, evaluated by djpretzel
Uno, dos, tres... FOUR. Joe really left his mark on Balance and Ruin with a great selection of diverse & charismatic arrangements; this Latin flamenco arrangement of Mt. Kolz is vibrant, energetic, and chock full o' live performances. Led by acoustic guitar, there's also flute, trumpet, and even some singing. This is kinda the musical style that a fully-realized rendition of Claw's theme from Street Fighter II might have; very Spanish! Joe writes:
"I was looking through some of the gaps in the album set and I saw that nobody had done "Mt. Koltz." I admit, it's not my favorite track from the OST, but you can't just IGNORE a track and expect forgiveness. So, I started listening to it. That minor second chord shift that is prevalent throughout the entire track reminded me a lot of the way some traditional flamenco tunes sounded, so I thought I'd give it a try. My father-in-law, Ray Webb, happened to be in town while I was recording it, and I handed him my trumpet and backed away slowly, the result of which is that screaming trumpet lead you hear in the middle. The guitar and a lot of the nonsensical Spanish singing is live, as well as the flute. I'm still not any more Spanish now than when I started, but I do have some street cred, having slapped a bull calf at the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona back in 2011. And that, I think, counts for something
Many thanks to zircon for helping me mix/master this. Apparently, not knowing what compression is can hinder the quality of your final product. Who knew?"
I've heard that this "compression" stuff can be important, and also that "EQ" can help make your music more good, so I think he's on to something, there. This is the type of genre & arrangement that really lean on live instrumentation & very personalized performances to make things sing; the playful atmosphere and the constant fluctuations in tempo require that every major component ooze with character, and if there's one thing Joe knows a lot about, it's oozing. With character. Hmm, that came out all wrong. You get the gist, though - flamenco ain't somewhere you wanna go armed only with samples, generally speaking. The singing and background ambiance make me feel even more like I'm on Vega's stage and he's about to wall-jump me with that high-pitched "Yeaaaaaaaah!" sound that always came off just a little fruity, and not particularly intimidating. But I digress; acoustic guitar gets the lion's share of the action, but all accompanying components do their part in contributing to an overall jam that's transporting, traditional, fun, and (as per the norm for XPRTexpert) highly creative. Olé!!
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Folk, Latin
- Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Singing, Talking, Trumpet
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