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  1. Whoops. The picture didn't load or I didn't notice it when I first saw his reply. In that case, good one.
  2. It's obvious that you didn't read my constructive reply. I'll say it again in case you didn't notice; I love OCR's vocal offerings and I can list you bunch of vocal remixes which are way superior. The Ken Song is an example of one of the oldies but still a way better track. Hale's Bopp's Summertime is also a good one. While both of those are rock tracks, they do have some punk in them. Both have way better vocals. I'm sorry, but scoffing the obvious vocal shortcomings as punk rock is a straw man's argument. Punk doesn't mean that it needs to be underdeveloped and subpar. I'm not faulting you for liking this track since musical tastes are subjective, but that doesn't mean that we can't constructively critique its flaws. There's a huge gap in production between the awesome backing track and bad vocals which is very distracting to me. If you want true punk, the whole track needs to have that garage sound, which is not the case here.
  3. As much as I love the instrumental track, the vocals are very harsh...so much so that they practically ruin the mood that this remix is going for. It's one of the few times I felt turned off by the track due to the subpar vocals. Singing, melodies/harmonies, and mastering of the vocals could be a lot better than what's presented here. Lyrics is a subjective thing obviously, but in my view I didn't find much of a hook to it in spite of being "meta" and self-referential. I appreciate the nod to Hard Times, but personally it isn't enough for multiple listens. Sorry for the harsh critique, but I'm used to decent vocal remixes from OCR. This is one of the most unfinished final submissions I've heard in awhile. I know not everything can be a hit obviously and I understand this was part of a competition entry with very limited time in getting things done. What's presented in the final product is impressive relative to the time constraints, but it's not up to par with the bar set in terms of OCR vocal remixes.
  4. Brilliant work. Brilliant idea for a remix concept, too. The nods to Riders of the Storm in the intro get the mood going well, then you realize that it really sounds like a Doors tribute band playing the Dark World from ALttP and all of a sudden your mind is blown. From the awesome keyboards/synth to the smooth guitar sounds, you really nailed the idea down to a T! It reminds me of Fishy's Beneath the Canopy remix from a few years back when he paid tribute to Pink Floyd in there. I really want more remix concepts like this, but I totally understand how difficult they are to make at times; you're walking a very thin line when trying to emulate certain mainstream hits into video game music remixes as you need to embrace the track's mood rather than follow its notes. Congrats to 3000 remixes! Feels like yesterday when I was around for the 1000th and 2000th entries. I can't imagine this community getting this popular and this far so fast. What better way to celebrate than chilling to an ALttP remix.
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    Mario Kart 8

    For me, Sunshine Airport is the most creative track theme from the new circuits. Absolutely awesome work with that one. From the old school tracks, I'm really liking what they've done with Toad's Turnpike n64 and Wario Stadium DS. It's like they've completely transformed to new beasts while retaining the original's feel. The old-school n64 Rainbow Road is a lot better than the lame new version. One factor that I'm kind of frustrated with is forcing the map to the GamePad, which is just not ideal at all with the fast-paced nature of the game. I just have no time at all to glance down at the pad while racing, especially when I'm using a Pro Controller. Also, this basically kills any kind of fairness with 4 player local Balloon Battle. The mode itself is already bad with the lazy track designs, but they've made it worse by not giving us the option to display the map on screen.
  6. Seriously...what's left about this classic that hasn't been said? It's a masterpiece, which is a word I don't throw around that often. One of the first DoD tracks which wowed me back in the day and of course introduced me to CHM. Ever since the unlifting of the time limit in OCR, Unsealed first came to mind...and it's finally here! The original would've gotten a pass, but the fact that you re-worked this from the ground up...wow, dude, talk about dedication. I really appreciated the remastering, additions, nips and tucks here and there. My two favorite pieces of the track are the transition to the Santuary bit and the arrangement of the vastly underrated credits theme. You somehow manage to make these sections even better with the remastered version! I can't sing enough praises here. Excellent job, CHM. This will always be your crowning jewel in your arrangements!
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    Theatrhythm Final Fantasy

    I'm surprised that I couldn't find a dedicated thread to this game on OCR. My initial reaction was, "Man, Final Fantasy is stooping to new lows." But then, I played it. Wow. This is just a love letter to Nobuo Uematsu and fans of Final Fantasy music. It's basically made for communities like OCR. They visualized the various soundtracks quite well in the game. Keeps you on your toes with various hand-eye-ear co-ordination as you tap & slide your way through the notes of some of the best game music ever. I found myself acing and loving the music I'm very familiar with, particularly over-world notes. The difficulty scales up quite well depending on the song and choice of which notes you would like to tackle. In the harder difficulties, some tracks put notes out that I initially didn't pay attention to, especially battle music. The transition from melodies to background harmonies during the song is jarring at first, but that's what makes it so cool and special. In addition to all of that, the RPG aspects are really cool and addictive. A lot of the favorites make in the game. I never expected to see Dancing Mad though as it is quite a long track. Sadly, it's the abridged version...not the entire song, but still the longest track in the game. Takes some time to unlock though. DLC tracks are also good choices. Nintendo really needs to take notes from theatrhythm and celebrate their own music in a game similar to it. Definitely a must play for VGM communites like OCR.
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    Mario Kart 8

    So now that's the game's out, let's get some discussion going on! OCR can also host its own tournaments for the forum community. Loving the game thus far. Course design is sharp and extremely innovative. Can't praise the audiovisuals enough. The only blemish is the terrible balloon battle mode.
  9. Love it! All tracks that have XPRTNovice involved in the FF6 album are classics! Gogo's is no exception. It's very playful and the clarinet playing complements what he was going for and keeps the soul of the original intact. The carnival transition in my opinion is seamless. It doesn't sound odd since the clarinet and melodies are up-beat already. Awesome job all-in-all. One of my favorites in Balance and Ruin.
  10. Snap. Makes me wish that I caught wind of the thread earlier.
  11. My entry says bonus track on it. I'm assuming that means nobody can vote for me, right? Is this because I entered late during the 3rd round? If so, then that's unfortunate. Would've been nice if I could actually participate officially. Comments/Reviews 1) Anterrior: huge props for creativity. Nice and cheesy lyrics which go with the track well, especially the change-ups you made in the chorus. Your singing voice is also good. 2) Rexy: props for being a champ and singing while your sick. Performance isn't up to snuff obviously due to the cold, but I really enjoyed your enthusiasm and vocal harmonies. Something about the accent which I dig, too. I feel that you would definitely sound better if you weren't sick. 3) Amayriot: decent singing voice but can be flat at times, but you're in tune with the instrumental and the production values on your voice are good because you sound clear. 4) CN: I like your passion and your voice is cool. The only parts which sound a bit pitchy is when you're singing high-pitched (falsetto) during the 2nd half of the track. I liked it better in the first half. Also, there's a bit too much echo.
  12. Just a heads up that I sent you a finalized second version of my track via PM, WillRock. Please use that one for my entry instead of the original.
  13. Just sent you a dropbox link via PM with my entry, WillRock. Please confirm to me that you can see the link and download the file.
  14. Sweet! That's an excellent source to pick. Very underrated. If Ocarina of Time 3D wasn't fresh off my mind, I wouldn't have recognized it. Excellent job to everyone involved in that one, including DrumUltima with the percussion.
  15. I'm going to go ahead and throw in Xenogears, because it sort of reminds me of it. You know, another one that's getting into my head right now is "Generations". Starting to really like this track. And for some weird reason, it's giving off an Ocarina of Time vibe to me. If you listen to the Forest Temple music from OoT, the track also shares some similarities with the way the basic melody of Generations is structured. Loving how I'm noticing this stuff and it's making me like the tracks even more. Is there any basis to the nods I'm hearing or am I just crazy? Either way, guitars and vocals are really cool for this track, too.
  16. It's too bad that I stumbled upon this thread so damn late. Awesome concept and I'm really interested in joining in the fun! Oh well. Maybe next time. Have fun, everyone.
  17. Just got my e-mail today for the digital download. Great job! I like the ethnic feel of the album and it's great to see Kindered making the cut. Upon my casual listens, my two favorite tracks are Daughter of the Rain and Siren. Regarding the former, the last 30 seconds with the vocals are really cool. That bit immediately reminded me of the background melody of Zeal's Theme (Corridors of Time) from Chrono Trigger since the way it's structured is incredibly similar. Kudos if that was an intentional nod.
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    Bravely Default: Return of old school Final Fantasy

    I've been hooked on Bravely Default since the demo. Once in a while an RPG gets me so engrossed into its setting I get absolutely hooked. It happened with Xenoblade, Ni No Kuni, and now Bravely Default. What I love about the latter is the reinvention of the classic turn-based battle system. The combination of saving/overspending turns, auto-battling, fast-forward, and customizing the encounter rate makes the game so much fun to play whether you're grinding or taking your time to beat tough enemies strategically. I'm 16 hours in so far and I'm not finding myself bored playing it, despite the slow-paced blandish plot. Of course, the Final Fantasy Tactics-type depth to the job system makes leveling up and customization all the more addicting. The visuals are absolutely artistic. Gotta love those pre-rendered environments which remind me of games like Baten Kaitos. The music is pretty freakin' kickass, too; going for a symphonic metal kind of vibe. The voice acting is pretty entertaining, save for Anges who seems kind of flat most of the time. I'm dreading the final 1/3rd of the game as many people say it's pretty repetitive. I don't want to get there soon as I'm enjoying my time so much right now.
  19. Leave it to the title to describe the remix. This is honestly one of the more creative remixes I've listened to in awhile. The concept of meshing Bubble Crab and Sting Chameleon never crossed my mind, but you managed to make it work. Not only is the remix catchy and funky, but the way both sources play off each other is very well executed. My ear picks up more Sting in contrast to Bubble, but it's as if this track works more in Bubble Crab's stage due to the fast-paced melody.
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    MAGFest 12 - Post-MAGFest Depression hits again

    http://www.twitch.tv/magfest I just realized that they're streaming. Loving this so far!
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    OCR02804 - Donkey Kong Country 'Focus'

    The intro was absolutely mesmerizing. Loved the soundscape you were going for there as it reminded me of some of Miss Yoko Shimumura's work (listen to Sommom Woods from Mario & Luigi: Dream Team). I'm disappointed that you didn't follow through with that kind of sound, opting for a dance remix instead. I didn't like the rest of the track as it sounded repetitive and overstayed its welcome, but that's just me.
  22. Wow. That blew me away. Those instruments are played live if my ears don't deceive me. Absolutely awesome update of Stickerbrush Symphony. Each instrument holds out very well, particularly the guitars and flute. I love how you emulated the original down to a T with updated sounds, although I'm very surprised that OCR accepted it as it is kinda conservative to their standards from what I typically see. Aside from a few nice improvisation parts in the latter third, the track is a cover of sorts but I don't mind. Excellent work.
  23. Very well executed remix to one of Sonic's most underrated tracks. I love the balance between the orchestral and electronica bits as they compliment each other perfectly and do the original a lot of justice. My only critique is the missing "Go" vocal soundbit from the original. I was waiting for it to pop out at some point but sadly it was not to be.
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    OCR02798 - Mario Kart 64 'Radiance'

    Catchy. Interesting take on Rainbow Road. I like it. The lyrics are well written and while the singing is not the best (a bit flat), you still have a nice and confident voice. I like the unplugged dynamic of the acoustic guitars and the accompanying background chip-tunes. Keep 'em coming.