ReMix: Aquaria "Prayer for the Azure Waters"
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Sure, Xmas was yesterday, but how about a late-breaking stocking stuffer?
In case Santa didn't bring you everything you wanted, or if you're just looking for more great VGM arrangements, newcomer Garpocalypse (Ryan Davis) has you covered with this beautiful ReMix of Aquaria that blends new age, choral, & folk/acoustic elements for an angelic, peaceful ballad:
"Hey, OCR! Here is my latest submission which is a re-recording of the track I did for An OverClocked Christmas v.8. The source is "Icy Waters" from the Aquaria OST. Aquaria was the first indie game I played which made me realize that everything that was great about games so many years ago has been making a comeback with indie game developers. I've always felt a connection to the soundtrack as much of it is very similar to the music I was listening to by one of my favorite composers, Ed Van Fleet, which I listened to a lot while I was growing up. For this remix, I wanted to take everything I loved about the Aquaria OST and give it a few personal touches. Special thanks to Brandon Strader who gave me insight on processing acoustic guitars."
VERY PURDY; from the washing tides to the ethereal vocals to the delicate plucked & strummed string instruments, there's an intimacy and a seasonal sense of wonder here that are really mesmerizing. Chimpazilla writes:
"This is a lovely remix! It is conservative without being too coverish. The acoustic guitars sound really wonderful. The choir gives this an Enya feel. The arrangement gets a little bit repetitive, but the evolving textures and instrument changes keep it fresh enough for me. I feel like the mixing could be improved just a little, but this is working well enough for me as-is. Really sweet mix."
While ocean waves may not scream "winter wonderland," I did feel the holiday spirit in this mix - it captures a certain sense of contentedness & warmth quite well, I think. Judges didn't get as much of a seasonal vibe, but were nevertheless uniformly positive, while also being fairly consistent that a little more variation in the third half would have given the arrangement a bit more direction. As it stands, though, this is a stunning, atmospheric piece that creates a certain vibe, stays there, and marinates effectively. Great debut from Garpocalypse - cool to see more coverage of Aquaria, congratulations on the mixpost, and props for putting together a piece of music that should help us all keep warm as the weather (finally) starts getting colder!
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