For today we've got a heavy-hittin' symphonic rock arrangement of Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia from... Tim Sheehy! While many of the mixes under his previous pseudonym of Kaijin were on the mellower, r&b ballad side of things, Tim proves his flexibility & versatility here with a solid rock piece that also highlights a nice solo violin part:
"This arrangement had been collecting dust for years despite being nearly complete, so I pushed myself to finish it up. It's still not the arrangement I wanted it to be, but if I let that stop me, nothing would ever get done. Still, I think it stands up to the original pretty well."
There were some panning/production concerns with the initial submission which Tim addressed in two separate revisions, the latter of which most judges actually felt had too MUCH panning/separation - damned if you, damned if you don't, sometimes. I can relate to having incomplete mixes sit on the shelf collecting dust for years, and I think Tim's decision to move forward was the right one, as this feels appropriately complete & grand; of the mix in general but also of the two revisions, DaMonz writes:
"Although I agree that Version 1 has some mixing issues (especially with the low-mids being particularly crowded) I feel like the arrangement very much makes up for that. The writing is excellent, the guitar playing is spot on, the flourishes are all awesome, the sequencing is great. The structure is very nice, the direction is clear and works definitely well for the source, which is still very recognizable even with all the personalizing touches. Bottom line, I agree that the panning in Version 2 is deal-breaking, but Version 1 is enough of an improvement to make this very acceptable to me, along with the awesome arrangement."
Great to see more coverage of the Castlevania DS OSTs, and of course great to hear from Tim; love the lets-get-down-to-business intro, love the legato violin bends, and in general the energy is good & the part-writing crisp. Strong stuff, distinct from most of the artist's previous ReMixes but still enjoyable in its own right!
on 2016-09-25 15:40:24
One of the best remixes 2016. God damn, sent chills down my spine
on 2016-09-14 22:41:36
Pretty nice sounding. This was one of my favorite themes in OoE, behind Unholy Vespers. Parts of Wandering the Crystal Blue reminds me of something out of James Bond. Would've been cool if there was a choir in the backdrop at certain parts, but that's just me. Overall, I like it.
on 2016-09-14 21:47:03
My only complaint is that the lead guitar sounds a little too
fake; a little too sharp on the attack of every note, and the
tremolo seems to be just slightly too heavy. Usually a real
guitarist will hit the note first, and then the tremolo starts
slightly after the beginning of the note, but here the tremolo
seems to start at the same time as the note being hit.
Minor gripes with the lead guitar aside, I really like the arrangement. The other instruments all sound great (and honestly I suspect the lead wouldn't bother me if I wasn't a guitarist). Heavy-hitting, but still has a bit of that mellow ballad feel that I've always loved in your stuff. Very lush, very pretty, overall excellent mix
on 2016-09-14 16:35:58
I should probably note that I wrote this back in 2011, and despite taking a little time to finish it up, I hadn't had the time to re-record or mix it the way I would have liked to. I'm not even sure I still have some of the original sound sources installed, for that matter. My schedule has since filled up considerably (see lpcollider.com for a look at one of the games I'm currently scoring.) That said, for a product of its time, it's not a terrible arrangement and if I ever get the time to go back and remaster the project, I'll post a link here for anyone who wants it.
on 2016-09-14 13:13:44
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Sources Arranged (1 Song)
- Primary Game:
Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia (Konami, 2008, NDS)
Music by Konami Kukeiha Club, Masahiko Kimura, Michiru Yamane, Yasuhiro Ichihashi
- "Wandering the Crystal Blue"
- Rock, Symphonic
- Aggressive, Dark
- Brass, Electric Guitar, Orchestral, Strings, Violin
- Origin > Resubmission
- 5,023,877 bytes
- Size: 5,023,877 bytes
- MD5 Checksum: 21fcf697cae1dc56a51bcd4ca0274d69
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