Posted 2015-12-08, evaluated by djpretzel
Fresh off Vampire Variations: Volume III comes Slimy, making his OCR debut with a stirring orchestral arrangement of one of my favorite sources from the SCIV OST, "Chandeliers," aka "Banquet Hall" - love this piece, so darn sinister but also very energetic. The artist captures much of that with his ReMix; VV album series director Chernabogue writes:
"Slimy jumped on this track at the very end of the production, but the source was screaming for an orchestral arrangement. I swear I can hear some Mussorgsky bits in his track, which wouldn't surprise anyone. With its big orchestra outbursts in the middle of the track, the arrangement carries on the epic mood, but adds a baroque twist to it. A very nice and epic way to begin the end of the first album."
The artist adds:
"During this stage of Super Castlevania IV, you run across giant chandeliers as they swing precariously, dodge even more chandeliers as they attempt to fall and crush you, dinner tables slide toward you, and coffins come alive, trying to slam shut on you. It's awesome. And hence the name, "Deadly Furniture.""
It was a great stage, and the music fit like a glove. So does this arrangement/style; Larry sums it up nicely:
"Excellent cover that ups the gothic feel and the tension. Nice use of tempo changes as well. Brass samples were a bit exposed from 2:55-3:04, but no big deal, and the overall production and treatment of the samples was pulled off nicely. Welcome aboard! :-)"
I love that the artist was able to work piano, organ, & harpsichord all in, alongside a full gamut of brass, strings, & woodwinds, and still have time for some nice string effects as well - those prickly pizzicato clusters are indeed spine-tingling! Orchestration & part-writing are generally spot-on, and the structure/tempo does a nice job transitioning from clockwork momentum to dark disorder. Slimy's asking a lot of these samples, and sometimes there's an element that sticks out when it's not supposed to, but that's gonna happen when you're not playing it safe... some minor balance issues, but nothing prohibitive; I'm definitely looking forward to hearing more in the future, as the fundamentals here are very impressive...
The one-and-only Sixto Sounds was originally slated for this track, and I do still think it would make for an epic hard rock/metal shredfest, but it's great to see a new orchestral face on OCR, Slimy's first posted mix is strong and shows tons of promise, and he's taken a source I'm near & dear to and come up with an enjoyable interpretation that adds something new. Can't argue with any of that!
on 2015-12-23 22:39:48
Hah, this is cool! I love the use of brass for many rhytm parts. Harpsichord sample sounds a bit weak in a few parts but it's nothing major. Arrangement is quite fun and incorporates many different instruments, from harpsichord to a pipe organ, to a piano, strings and brass! The break at the 2:00 mark is particularly good, with amazing use of dynamics to make a calm yet creepy section followed by a more intense and louder section.
Overall, awesome remix!
on 2015-12-11 00:36:24
This sounds really amazing.
on 2015-12-10 20:05:06
Glad this turned out so well! The dynamics on this are great, and I love the bassy breakdown. This really uses the orchestra to a great extent, and more people should listen to this.
on 2015-12-10 15:04:37
Hey, it's Slimy! Good to see him finally get posted. While I don't know the source, I agree that this baroque-like remix seems to fit really well. Nice job creating an atmosphere of darkness, an image of the interior of a dark castle came straight to mind. Also, as Chernabogue said, this is a highly versatile and dynamic orchestral mix. Lots of good arranging. Really good mix.
on 2015-12-08 17:17:43
Vey nice. Something I could see getting the Fantasia treatment.
on 2015-12-08 16:56:59
Ah yes! This one is one of the latest tracks I got for VV3. It is nice to see how versatile an orchestra can be: bombastic, quiet, ominous, etc. Slimy nails all of those in his arrangement. Plus the source is awesome, so you get a super orchestral remix which fits totally the album, the game, and the Chandeliers level. Very nice job -- I already said that!
on 2015-12-08 08:18:21
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Super Castlevania IV (Konami, 1991, SNES)
Music by Masanori Adachi, Taro Kudo
- "Banquet Hall (Stage 6 BGM 2)"
- Dark, Energetic, Spooky
- Brass, Harpsichord, Orchestral, Piano, Strings, Woodwinds
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