Posted 2015-06-06, evaluated by djpretzel
VAMPIRE WEEKEND! How about some dramatic solo piano Castlevania jazz/classical from Nostalvania for your Saturday afternoon? Markus returns again to his namesake series with this arrangement, floating somewhere in between classical & jazz and offering up a new take on the popular "Wicked Child" theme:
"Here's my newest submission and it's (surprise) another Castlevania piano remix. This is actually my third Castlevania remix in a row. The arrangement is actually pretty conservative and a bit close to the source, but I think there's just enough variation to qualify as an OC ReMix (I hope). This was not a real live performance. I did play everything in on my piano, but used quantisation (partially) and some editing afterwards. Thanks for listening and judging!"
Because he didn't jazz it up quite as much, this does run closer to the source; while I could have seen a swingin' 3/4 adaptation working quite nicely, this more straightforward approach maintains the forward drive/push of the original - reminds me of JJT's excellent arrangement of F-Zero during the softer bits. Liontamer writes:
"The piano sound could use more body & richness, but this arrangement gets it done. I liked the drawdown from 1:33-1:49, followed by 1:49-1:59's delicate rebuild before re-raising the intensity again at 2:00. While we have several rocked-out interpretations of "Wicked Child" (including those by the lowercased-named goat and the uppercase-named BONKERS), we had yet to get a more laid-back version, so it's cool to add something that's more jazzy to the picture! Picturing a Fleaman hopping to this makes no sense, but I'm laughing at the imagery. :-) Thanks, Markus!"
Chimpazilla adds an Amadeus reference into her comments, for bonus points (of course, in the film, it was actually backhanded praise from Mozart to Salieri...):
"When one hears such sounds, what can one say, but... "Nostalvania!" Seriously Markus, can you please just make something groovy next time, I'm getting tired of these bland, ex
pressionless and definitely grooveless tracks. SHEESH. LOVE IT AS USUAL. :-D"
Some great examples of the effective use of dynamic contrast in this arrangement & performance. At just under three minutes, this feels complete, and at the same time I could actually see Markus covering the same exact source in the future and going in an entirely different direction - a testament both to the versatility of the instrument and of course his own arranging skills. Enjoy the mix, and enjoy your weekend!
on 2015-12-02 15:55:13
New review: Very creative and jazzy take on "Wicked Child" -- which has been remixed to death. This one still has a more traditional/classical feeling to it, especially during the "B" parts. Some other parts add some tension to the track -- fitting level 3 of the original game, I guess! Love the little ending. Nice job!
on 2015-06-23 11:48:00
Excellent work on this one. This is an awesome ReMix to go along with the other Castlevania mixes you've made.
on 2015-06-10 09:04:17
No joke, I started thinking about the philosophy of music regarding solo performances and multi-instrumental performances. When a composition does that, it wins in my book. Love the dynamics and the slightly narrowed jazz piano tone.
on 2015-06-10 00:40:49
Chill. Easy. Fun. Man, just a click-and-enjoy here. Love it.
on 2015-06-08 11:20:28
Wow..epic! Amazing stuff as always markus..
on 2015-06-07 10:14:03
I heart solo piano. Thank you.
on 2015-06-07 05:33:25
Finally, my Castlevania Trilogy is complete! Now i can die in peace
on 2015-06-06 14:12:04
Just to be clear, I am in fact aware that the "when one hears such sounds" comment was meant to be derisive. Sarcasm mode was definitely engaged!
on 2015-06-06 13:01:34
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Castlevania (Konami, 1986, NES)
Music by Kinuyo Yamashita, Satoe Terashima
- "Wicked Child (Outdoors BGM)"
- Classical, Jazz
- Energetic, Jazzy
- Piano, Solo Piano
- Arrangement > Solo
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- Size: 5,385,112 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 2cbcd42fa9efe7a4611c619569957287
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