ReMix: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest "Simon Says: Let There Be Jazz" 4:33

By Nostalvania

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jazz piano solo-piano jazzy solo timesig-variable
Arranging the music of one song...

"The Silence of the Daylight (Town Stage BGM)"

Primary Game: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (Konami, 1988, NES), music by Kenichi Matsubara, Satoe Terashima

Posted 2015-02-27, evaluated by djpretzel


And he saw that it was good... Want some solo piano Castlevania II jazz? If you answered "YES!!!," then you'll be happy to know that's the RIGHT answer! At least for today, as we're posting Nostalvania's 4'33" long jazz meditation on the town stage BGM from Simon's Quest. As with Markus' previous three mixes, the arrangement, performance, and recording are all impeccable, but I specifically dig some of the voicings he came up with here, in particular some gorgeous major-key turns... very striking & fresh. Playful mix title, too - like a combination of Die Hard 3 & The Book of Genesis. The undercurrent at moments reminds me of "Take Five," even if the time signature doesn't, and the overall variety and harmonic complexity packed into this mix really satisfy, not unlike the peanuts in Snickers. The artist writes:

"This is my solo jazz-piano arrangement of "The Silence of the Daylight" from Castlevania II. I used reharmonisations, time shifts, and time signature changes to keep the arrangement interesting. Special thanks to timaeus222 (Truong-Son Nguyen) for the mastering! I used my Roland FP-4 Digital Piano and Cubase Artist 7 as my DAW.

Source breakdown:

0:00-0:15 - Intro (variation of original intro)
0:16-0:41 - Theme A, B, C
0:41-0:56 - Intro
0:57-1:19 - A, B, C played in octaves
1:20-1:29 - Transition into 6/8 time
1:30-1:53 - Interlude (kind of a variation of the intro chords)
1:54-2:05 - C
2:06-2:10 - Interlude
2:11-2:35 - C repeated with varied chords
2:36-2:56 - Interlude, transition back to 4/4 time, slowdown
2:57-3:09 - B, buildup and speedup
3:10-3:27 - C
3:28-3:43 - Chords of A
3:44-3:39 - A
4:00-4:11 - Outro
4:12-4:33 - Ending"

That ending is classic; makes me mentally go "Oh yeahhhhhhhhhhhh!" and add a ride cymbal roll. In my mind. Markus is one of a handful of artists carrying the solo piano VGM arrangement torch on OCR these days, and I'm personally thrilled to be posting his music - each new mix offers something different while maintaining all of the strengths of his debut last year. This is a familiar CV tune given new life & depth through a creative arrangement & invigorating performance - Chimpazilla agrees wholeheartedly:

"I can't say enough good things about this track. Once again Markus knocks it out of the park with his solo piano interpretation. The source is used throughout the track with the exception of a couple of beautifully written transitions. He has woven the portions of the source together expertly into a unique arrangement, yet he has kept everything recognizable... the very definition of a remix! The playing is flawless, the sample is lovely and the reverb is tasteful, and Timaeus did a very nice job mastering it. Really awesome!"

Ditto all that; great stuff!

djpretzel

Discussion

Latest 14 comments/reviews; view the complete thread or post your own.
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Chernabogue
on 2015-12-02 07:06:37

New review: An interesting and original arrangement, very jazzy (duh). Solid performance as well. A few references to other pieces (I swear I heard a few notes from "Beginning") before it gets quieter. I really like this part -- more intimate, and still jazzy. Nice transition to the final part.

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Nostalvania
on 2015-04-03 08:58:02
Any chance of ever posting a chord chart? :grin:

Well i dunno maybe, if i have the time and patience :smile:. All i can offer for now is a VERY bad hand scrawled sheet of the intro and the first A B and C. I didn't write down the other chords and stuff.

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Ghetto Lee Lewis
on 2015-04-01 13:32:12

As a fellow pianist who used to toy around a lot with this song (and the rest of the CV2 soundtrack), I really dig this. Any chance of ever posting a chord chart? :grin:

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Nostalvania
on 2015-03-17 18:51:50

Just wanna say thanks for all the nice comments, i'm really glad people like my remix!

There will (probably) be more castlevania jazz in the near future. :smile:

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Crulex
on 2015-03-16 14:56:58

I have always liked the town theme in Castlevania 2, and some jazzy piano is more than welcomed in these parts. Terrific slowdown section, I'm digging that the most in this amazing ReMix. Sounds like it could have ended there, but you went even further with it and kept going for well over another minute and put the exclamation point on it. That ending, man, damn! Well done, fella!

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MrKyle
on 2015-03-04 09:41:29

The sources blend so smoothly in this mix. And all on a single instrument allowing for natural, ultra-solo representations of the themes. Minimalistic but dynamic, true to the source, and honest about what it is. My kind of remix...heck, my kind of song in general. Kudos!

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Bejack
on 2015-03-02 12:42:43

Great work! This song is a breath of fresh air that caught my attention from the beginning and didn't let me go until the very end.

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Ramify
on 2015-03-02 12:13:00

Really love this solo piano arrangement. It's one of those pieces that's so good I don't need to know the original to enjoy it.

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Scaredsim
on 2015-02-28 10:15:52

Excellent arrangement, I like it a lot ! I would love to be able to play like this.

Oh, I alsmo forgot : Let There Be Jazz ! ;-)

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Nostalvania
on 2015-02-28 06:37:52
Congratulations on getting this on the site! This is one of my favorite pieces of yours. 2:10 - 2:34 is my favorite part.

Hey man, thanks again for helping me with this one!

gut schtaf!

lets kollap one day! let's make some schwiezerjazz

Alright, but don't expect me to yodel!

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Nase
on 2015-02-28 02:13:02

gut schtaf!

lets kollap one day! let's make some schwiezerjazz

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codebeard
on 2015-02-27 18:22:24

Love it! Can never get enough solo jazz piano on here.

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timaeus222
on 2015-02-27 18:16:35

Congratulations on getting this on the site! This is one of my favorite pieces of yours. 2:10 - 2:34 is my favorite part.

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djpretzel
on 2015-02-27 16:52:54

What did you think? Post your opinion of this ReMix.

Sources Arranged (1 Song)


Primary Game:
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest (Konami, 1988, NES)
Music by Kenichi Matsubara, Satoe Terashima
Songs:
"The Silence of the Daylight (Town Stage BGM)"

Tags (6)


Genre:
Jazz
Mood:
Jazzy
Instrumentation:
Piano, Solo Piano
Additional:
Arrangement > Solo
Time > Time Signature: Variable

File Information


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Castlevania_2_Simon_Says_Let_There_Be_Jazz_OC_ReMix.mp3
Size:
8,449,773 bytes
MD5:
bf0ff7b9e3c34de92a51fe8ff44f8246
Bitrate:
244Kbps
Duration:
4:33

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