ReMix: Castlevania II: Simon's Quest "Simon Says: Let There Be Jazz"
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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.
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!
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