This one made me smile - really cool & creative debut submission from MrKyle (Kyle Raub), who puts a fun neo-Latin spin on "Great Fairy's Fountain" from Ocarina of Time, employing piano, acoustic guitar, & a superb assortment of percussion:
"This slightly renamed resub (was "La Gran Manantial de Salsa") has had some notable overhauling done to it since the first submission, though the basic arrangement is still intact. Electric guitar work was removed and an acoustic performance was added. Percussion, piano, and synths were all reworked. A new intro and outro have been added, and, finally, the sound bytes were removed. I put the mix through the Workshop several times and made further tweaks per discussions there. Source coverage starts in the intro and eventually fills out around 75%, so things are solid on that front as well.
The whole piece has taken on a salsa/tango/Latin jazz feel that I am really enjoying. I am looking at this and future submissions to OCR as opportunities to challenge myself with new concepts that I personally haven't attempted before or writing/arranging ideas that can be more difficult to execute. Being the prior in this case, this genre is (was?) honestly outside of my comfort zone, but I have enjoyed creating the track immensely and have taken on a whole new appreciation for a flavor of tunage that I was aware of, but wasn't aware of, ya know? I hope the listening goes playfully well."
So much to say, here :) Firstly, we don't see nearly enough arrangements in a Latin/South-American vein; I know these genres can be tough to pull off with sampled instruments, but it's such a vibrant, energetic sound... and the percussion is a joy to sequence & listen to, in my opinion, even when it's synthetic. Secondly, kudos to Kyle for going outside his comfort zone and stating his intent to continue doing so; while "authenticity" is always subjective and this piece clearly incorporates some more modern elements, it feels pretty comfortable to me. Things start off slowly and you might find yourself wondering (as the immortal Clara Peller once did) where the beef is, but give it time...Kyle does a good job building up the anticipation towards an eventual groove that I found myself swaying along to & enjoying quite a bit. I'll always be partial to 2P & Puga's brilliant rap/hip-hop take on this theme, but there's definitely room for some Latin groove alongside that interpretation, and it's good company to be keeping. DarkeSword writes:
"I think it sounds really clean. I can hear what Kris is saying about the dissonance but there's nothing egregious; I'd just chalk it up to some interesting harmonic choices. They keep me guessing but never make me cringe. This is one of those pieces that makes you sit up and pay attention.
Really like everything going on here. Sounds like everything came together really well. Very creative."
Agreed; Emunator adds:
"I have to be honest, I actually didn't pick up on how you adapted the source usage til about a minute in, but it put a smile on my face when things finally clicked! Very subtle and clever adaptation throughout, your arrangement feels fluid and constantly evolving... nothing ever repeats wholesale and you consistently introduce new ideas and flavors throughout. This truly feels like a live jam session despite the fact that much of it was sequenced, which is a rare feat to achieve when it's so easy to fall back on loops and copy/pasted writing."
Also agreed; it's a unique piece, I'm VERY glad Kyle revised it as I do feel the end result is a stronger & more interesting work, and it's an excellent way to make a splash with a debut mix that's colorful, playful, unexpected, & well-crafted, too - more, please!
Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time (Nintendo, 1998, N64)
Music by Koji Kondo
- "Great Fairy's Fountain"
- Energetic, Happy
- Acoustic Guitar, Chromatic Percussion, Hand Drums, Piano
- Origin > Resubmission
Regional > Latin American
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