ReMix: Tyrian "Data Flux"
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This classic DOS shooter will now pretty much always make me think of Game of Thrones :) Magellanic hits us up with a sweet rock arrangement that's got a lovely, more peaceful intro before it kicks out the jams:
"The arrangement itself is fairly conservative when looking at the themes and such, but I really love playing around with the structure of a source. The intro is formed from the chorus. The verse theme is great, but due to its single chord harmonic progression, I didn't feel I could do very much with it in terms of expansion. The original really manages to expertly capture a bright, upbeat catchy melody, but also evoke some melancholy and emotion. As with all my ReMixes, I just wanted to try and enhance what is already written by the original composer and give the spotlight to aspects of the music that I really connect with.
I just want to also mention this is part of the PC ReMix Initiative by Archangel. Spread the word and get those pre-2000 PC ReMixes on OCR. There are many VGM gems and they aren't just on consoles. :D Other than that, thank you again for listening and I look forward to your feedback. I really appreciate all you guys do for the community and like so many others, owe a lot of the skills I've learnt to OCR. Just want to say thanks for the feedback."
More love for the judges panel! I feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone ;) Shariq was diggin' the revisions that Liam made based on initial feedback:
"Love it! The issues I had with the previous version are all fixed now. Love the subtle brass in the background. Like I said in my last vote, the guitars are so joyous here, which is exactly the way to approach this song, IMO. Really wonderful stuff."
Other judges still had some reservations, and while the panel was split, Palpable cast the deciding vote with his approval, stil noting some areas for improvement:
"The intro is great - well played/sequenced guitars, lots of space in the mix to create an airy feel. When the track gets to the meat, the drums don't hold the rhythm as well as I would have liked. It seems like you have too many elements fighting and the distinctness is lost a bit. It's not awful, but just not as good as it could have been. I would have played with the balance and EQ a bit more to get each element showing up in its own space. That said, it's a great arrangement and I think it's good enough to pass."
I almost feel like this mix could have STAYED in "intro mode" and gone interesting places without opening the shredgates, and I do hear some of the issues in the louder bits that the judges pointed out, but like Vinnie I think the arrangement sells it in the end. Kudos to Archangel for motivating more artists to focus on PC games - consoles tend to dominate the world of VGM, but computer, handheld, and arcade games all need some love! Good stuff from Liam that starts off smooth and rocks out hard!
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