Liontamer

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    Larry "Liontamer" Oji has been a judge at OverClocked ReMix since July 2004, having evaluated more than 4,500 submissions. Reporting to site founder David "djpretzel" Lloyd, Larry is responsible for primary submissions evaluations, informational database maintenance and other otherwise sundry & unsexy tasks at OCR, becoming head submissions evaluator in June 2006.
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  1. Liontamer

    Album Requests?

    You don't need any technical know-how to direct an album project, just putting that out there. You just need to have the time & energy to organize it and keep things progressing.
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  3. Sorry for the long wait on formal feedback; always love SoE music, so I wanted to check this out. As soon as I heard the opening synths, the parts seemed really vanilla and bland, BUT I could definitely imagine a capable producer then busting out of a purposefully minimal opening to hit you with a dense track, which is exactly what should have happened at :29 but unfortunately didn't. In any case, the sequencing's too stiff, the soundscape is too dry, the parts don't have any meat/heft to them, there's little in the way of dynamic contrast (because even when parts were dropping in and out, and the overall energy level was always at the same). The arrangement's also way too repetitive and undeveloped, but it appears as if maybe the length was more about showing a proof of concept. The sitar at 2:16 was a cool approach as the lead. Obviously you have a lot to learn, so there's no problem starting from somewhere; you'd do well by checking out other artists doing stuff in the vein of what you're doing here and find out what they do - Just Coffee would be the person that comes to mind given the initial instrumentation of this SoE piece; I know it isn't going for an 80s-pop style, just that he's successful in styles where you have more robotic/grid-style timing and need denser effects/fuller soundscapes.
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  5. Sorry for the unreasonably long wait on a formal evaluation, but I'm glad to check into this now. I'm definitely open to tracks where the source tune references are more quiet than usual, but I'd argue they were too quiet and understated in this case. That said, it's a creative approach. The opening stutter build subtly referencing the percussion parts of the source's intro was a detail that I could see most people overlooking, but I appreciated it. The drone/beat was creatively done but ends up feeling not substantive enough due to how quiet and de-emphasized the other "Terra"-based part-writing was. It comes off as not much of an arrangement, not out of a quality sense, but in the lack of prominence of the source material; that said, it's a intriguing experiment. For consideration to OCR, consider making the lines/parts based on "Terra" more audible, and providing more variation/evolution to the droning beats. This is cool and interesting thus far though; you do have a lot to learn, but don't short-change the creativity you're showing off already. I hope we hear more from you.
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  7. There's something about the main drum tone & timing that make it sound programmed, but I could be wrong on them being sequenced; it was a criticism I also had with your Castlevania mix that I evaluated, but overall they sound solid, so it's a relatively small issue. The ending at 3:04 was trite and sudden for me, but we'll live. Good arrangement work again; indeed conservative, but eventually incorporating original composition and more interpretive treatment of the theme to compliment the rock cover approach. I don't think the original writing flowed as naturally from the arranged parts, but it wasn't an awful fit; perhaps other people may have opinions on that. In any case, this sounds fine as is to submit, if you haven't done so already. Let's see what the panel thinks.
  8. Liontamer

    1. work-in-progress Final Fantasy X - To Zanarkand

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    1. work-in-progress Final Fantasy X - To Zanarkand

    Cool stuff, just too short and underdeveloped to be something that would be approved as a standalone arrangement on OCR, since that's the lens I'm looking at it through in terms of a formal evaluation. The genre adaptation is melodically conservative, but the new instrumentation and subtle changes to the backing writing with the piano went in the right direction. That said, it's ultimately 70 seconds of the source tune and that's not enough substance vis-a-vis the Submission Standards here. If you were at all interested in developing this specifically for submission as an OC ReMix, there would need to be more ideas, variation, and development of the arrangement. For what it is, it's a very good listen, and I thought the original section at the end pieced together nicely with the arrangement of the source.
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  11. Pretty rough stuff. The backing line that starts at :03 was off-key with the rest of the instruments, the timing of the parts was rigid, and the parts weren't expressive. It basically sounds like a re-instrumented MIDI; was it taken from VGMusic or did you add some arrangement for 1:02's section? The only feedback would be to continue experimenting with making music, asking questions from more experienced people (via our forums, as one example), and getting comfortable with your tools.
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  13. Shortening the opening melody we're all familiar with was a nice touch for your opening that set it apart from the original song. Decent base, and I don't intend this criticism as mean, but this got very lazy/underdeveloped/repetitive. Once you got to 2:03, the rest was cut and pasted from :50's section, even down to the little original stutter section from 1:37 being repeated verbatim again at 2:51. The repeated sections are all the same intensity with 0 variation, so the track ultimately plods along. This is a solid genre adaptation for now, but it was relatively straightforward melodically and didn't realize its potential. In this current form, I would reject it on the judges panel, but strongly recommend a resubmission because the interpretation here is well in the right direction. You should be developing/interpreting this further; that doesn't mean you need to add super-pronounced, bombastic dynamic contrast or throw in grace notes and original writing for the sake thereof, but you do need some sort of variations after 2:03 through some combination of tempo, rhythm, melodic variation, additional notes, original countermelodies, different instrumentation, textures, or effects. Thing about what more you can do, even subtly, to further develop this. Keeping your BotW ReMix in mind, you're more than capable of making this DKC arrangement something more.
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  15. The piano timing was mechanical, as well as the plucked and bowed strings, so I wish their sound was more humanized. The way you do it is stylized, and potentially could be fine on the panel, but I know I'd ding it for that and have criticized it in the past, because the track has a stilted quality to it. Arrangement-wise, that may carry it. You could certainly consider submitting this as is, and I'd likely YES this in spite of the mechanical timing, but it is something to be mindful of. IMO, go for it and submit it as is if you haven't already done so, but be ready to tweak it (or be proactive and tweak it now).